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Pyramids Comparison in American Origins Documentary

In addition to the recent blog post about the Atacama (Desert, Chile) skeleton, and the mystery about its origins, where I mentioned the similarities between Middle-Eastern Mesopotamian culture and Mayan, especially in the pyramids and depictions of humanoids carrying a ‘handbag’, the similarity between the pyramids was featured in an Ice Bridge documentary on the Yesterday channel a while ago (not currently available).

North America Population Origins Debate

That documentary claimed there were more differences between the pyramids on each side of the Atlantic than flints they thought proved Europeans known as Solutreans crossed an ice-age land bridge 20,000 years ago, contrasting with the current dominant paradigm that North America was populated from the east about 13,000 years ago.

Although the Middle-Eastern and American pyramids still have a certain amount of mystery about them, and their cultures, as written history was very limited, they were built within the last 5,000 years, so their convergence doesn’t seem as amazing as when considered in isolation.

Civilisations of Art

In the first episode of the current Civilisations series Simon Schama provided a good summary of the datelines for the start of human creation; starting with human ‘civilisation’ about 200,000 years ago, and art 77,000 years ago, and the first human-animal cave art and pagan statues about 40,000 years ago, starting what is now known as ‘paganism’, but I’m pretty sure was then just natural.

I’ll post that on my travel25years.wordpress.com site now, so as not to confuse the two, and with the amount of content and different television documentaries more suited to two blog posts rather than one.