Claim: Stone Carvings Reveal Comet Catastrophe | Space News

Welcome to Space News from the Electric Universe, brought to you by The Thunderbolts Project at New scientific reports suggest that ancient stone carvings confirm that a great comet struck the earth over ten thousand years ago. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland have studied the perplexing symbols carved on stone pillars at Göbekli Tepe in Turkey. They have concluded that the markings in effect document a bombardment of comet fragments that hit Earth around 11,000 BC. Lead investigator dr. Martin Sweatman says of the research, "It appears Göbekli Tepe was, among other things, an observatory for monitoring the night sky. One of its pillars seems to have served at a memorial to this devastating event — probably the worst day in history since the end of the ice age.

" He continues, "I think this research, along with a recent finding of a widespread platinum anomaly across the North American continent virtually seals the case in favor of a comet impact….Our work serves to reinforce that physical evidence. What is happening here is the process of paradigm change." But if ancient stone carvings count as evidence of actual events, a far more sweeping paradigm change may be necessary. For nearly half a century, the founder of The Thunderbolts Project, David Talbott has identified countless global patterns in ancient myth, symbols and storytelling which under strict forensic guidelines allow a reconstruction of extraordinary events. Talbott offered an introduction to his work in the feature-length documentary film, Symbols of an Alien Sky. In his ongoing video series, Discourses on an Alien Sky, he offers more detailed analysis of specific mythical themes none of which can be understood in terms of anything observed in the sky today.

We asked David Talbott for his summary of this latest claim of an ancient comet impact. One thing is pretty clear, the global headlines were calculated to draw attention. From the British publication New Scientist we read, "Ancient carvings show comet hit Earth and triggered mini ice age." Or another popular media headline, "End of the World: Ancient Göbekli Tepe 'Vulture Stone'. And also this, "Ancient 'observatory' may hold secret to 'comet collision' and sudden climate change." Climate change even? With possible shifts in Earth's rotational axis. But no such thing is actually documented in any version of the story. The explosion of headlines around the world was ignited by a random speculation in reference to archeological findings in Turkey, going back to the 1960's. One headline after another looking for a story.

And yet there is a story reaching far beyond this meager report. The real story has occurred across decades as scholars have begun to notice carvings on stone raising the possibility that certain common themes might have been provoked by unusual celestial events. Think, for example, of the original work of plasma scientist Tony Peratt showing profound similarities between rock art carvings of the so called stickman and also the ladder of heaven concretely identifiable as electric discharge configurations in the laboratory. That was real science and it helped to animate the Electric Universe community more than 15 years ago. From the recent headline-grabbing announcement you would not even know that there are recurrent themes in rock art or that these themes find counterparts in early human storytelling and in sacred practices the world over. This cross-cultural accord requires systematic investigation and without that you're left with nothing but a wild guess.

Why should anyone believe that the obscure picture shown here depicts either a comet or a swarm of comets? The carving itself gives no reason to believe such a thing. And yet it is significant that today's scholars appear increasingly willing to consider a celestial referent. What they need to consider is the vast field of evidence and a vantage point that works and provably works. My own conclusion from years of research touching directly on this field is uncompromising. Isolated artwork and storytelling never provides sufficient content for a reliable reconstruction. Reliable conclusions are possible only when one takes into account the worldwide patterns and that requires systematic attention to a broad field of evidence.

The patterns to be explored include storytelling, artistic representations and ancient reenactments of Earth-altering events. Nothing less than a global cross-cultural investigation could lead to any reliable conclusions. The greatest surprise for me was that there are far more global patterns than I've even imagined possible. Hundreds of archetypes, all vitally connected to each other and you won't find anything more compelling than that provable fact. Without a referent at the fundamental level of cross-cultural archetypes, no explanation could advance beyond a mere conjecture. Nevertheless, it is encouraging to see a general interest in unusual possibilities, something potentially profound in the ancient sky, something not occurring today. That does make good sense and could be the beginning of real advances in the study of the ancient cultures and the planetary history as well. For continuous updates on Space News from the Electric Universe, stay tuned to Thunderbolts.