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A new expanded edition of the groundbreaking investigation into early high cultures and ancient solar outbursts
• Updated throughout with recent developments and additional illustrations
• Reveals how solar outbursts caused the end of the last ice age, unleashed catastrophe upon ancient advanced civilizations, and led to six millennia of a Solar-Induced Dark Age
• Includes evidence from solar science, geology, oceanic circulation patterns, the Sphinx, the underground cities of Cappadocia, the Easter Island rongorongo glyphs, and the Göbekli Tepe complex in Turkey
In this newly revised and expanded edition, updated throughout with recent developments, geologist Robert Schoch builds upon his revolutionary theory that the origins of the Sphinx date back much further than 2500 BCE and examines scientific evidence of the catastrophe that destroyed early high culture nearly 12,000 years ago.
Combining evidence from multiple scientific disciplines, Schoch makes the case that the abrupt end of the last ice age, circa 9700 BCE, was due to an agitated Sun. Solar outbursts unleashed electrical/plasma discharges upon Earth, triggering dramatic climate change as well as increased earthquake and volcanic activity, fires, high radiation levels, and massive floods. Schoch explains how these events impacted the civilizations of the time, set humanity back thousands of years, and led to six millennia of a Solar-Induced Dark Age (SIDA). Applying the SIDA framework to ancient history, he explores how many megalithic monuments, petroglyphs, indigenous traditions, and legends fall logically into place, including the underground cities of Cappadocia, the Easter Island rongorongo glyphs, and the Göbekli Tepe complex in Turkey. He also reveals that our Sun is a much more unstable star than previously believed, suggesting that history could repeat itself with a solar outburst powerful enough to devastate modern society.
Weaving together a new view of the origins and antiquity of civilization and the dynamics of the planet we live on, Schoch maintains we must heed the megalithic warning of the past and collectively prepare for future events.
About the Author
Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D., a tenured faculty member at Boston University, earned his doctorate in geology and geophysics at Yale University in 1983. His books include Pyramid Quest, Voyages of the Pyramid Builders, Voices of the Rocks, Stratigraphy, Environmental Science, and The Parapsychology Revolution.
Catherine Ulissey, a 20-year ballet and Broadway dance veteran, earned her B.A. from Emerson College in 2002. Married to Dr. Robert M. Schoch in 2010, she enjoys contributing to his research while teaching her art, formerly for Harvard University’s dance program and more recently for Wellesley College.
“Schoch is a true scientist, following the data wherever it leads, heedless of political pressures or worn-out paradigms. His redating of the Sphinx in 1991 launched the New Archaeology. Forgotten Civilization distills all that has happened since into a simple conclusion: that solar activity ended the last cycle of high culture and may destroy ours in turn. Schoch is no scaremonger, no hawker of a pet theory. What we do with this knowledge is up to us, but once digested, it changes everything.”
— Joscelyn Godwin, author of Atlantis and the Cycles of Time
"The new edition of Forgotten Civilization also acts as a platform for Schoch to launch a broadside against his critics in the establishment, whose denizens so often blinker themselves in the interests of self-preservation—and who can blame him? Schoch is to be admired for sticking to his guns, and for his academic resilience over decades. My belief is that it will turn out that he has been, and is, on the right side of history, alternative or otherwise."
— Geoff Ward, writer, editor and journalist
"Schoch proposes, based on findings from several different scientific fields, that back around 9700 BCE what he described as an agitated Sun brought the last ice age to a sudden end. He believes that solar outbursts brought about powerful electrical/plasma discharges upon our planet, resulting in severe climate change that involved increased earthquakes, volcanic activity, massive floods, and high radiation levels.Schoch writes how this brought about a Solar-Induced Dark Age (SIDA) that set humanity back thousands of years, and he warns that such a solar outburst could happen again and could have a devastating impact upon our modern civilization. He reveals evidence that our sun is far more unstable than we previously realized."
— Brent Raynes, Alternate Perceptions Magazine