Does ancient carving prove ‘lost’ civilisation was wiped out by a comet 13,000 years ago?

Ancient symbols carved into stones at a site in Turkey suggest that a swarm of comets smashed into Earth 13,000 years ago.

The find has reignited debate over an author’s claims about an ancient civilisation on Earth – from which we inherit our knowledge of maths.

Scientists believe that the Gobekli Tepe site may have been an ancient observatory – and a carving of a headless man is thought to symbolise human disaster and extensive loss of life.

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It echoes claims by author Graham Hancock, whose book Fingerprints of the Gods sold three million copies in 1995.

Mainstream scientists dismiss Hancock’s claims, but he has a loyal following among his readers.

The ancient site of Gobekli Tepe, Turkey (Rex)
The ancient site of Gobekli Tepe, Turkey (Rex)

In his new book, he claims that prophetic ‘warnings’ left by an earlier, extinct civilisation in artefacts such as the Gobekli Tepe pillar tell us of a comet soon to strike Earth.

Hancock says, ‘These Magicians left a message for us — not a metaphorical, spiritual message, but a direct and urgent warning. What happened before can happen again; what destroyed their world can destroy ours.’

Hancock says, ‘Within the next 20 years, Earth faces a catastrophe a thousand times worse than the detonation of every nuclear weapon on the planet — a collision with the remnants of a comet big enough to end all life as we know it.’

‘Astrophysicist Victor Clube and astronomer Bill Napier believe that a giant unseen comet is now careering towards us through space. It is concealed within a cloud of cosmic debris, known to astronomers as the Taurid meteor stream.’

Hancock claims that a comet which hit Antarctica 12,800 years ago, wiped out a highly advanced human civilisation in Antarctica, thousands of years before the invention of the wheel.

Hancock claims that our knowledge of astronomy and mathematics comes from this ‘lost’ civilisation.