Ancient Apocalypse Review 2022 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew
The first episode takes him to the Indonesian island of Java, to a site called Gunung Padang. There is extensive evidence at the site that the thousands of rock slabs, made from volcanic basalt, that are strewn about the site were brought there by humans in order to build a temple over 9,000 years ago. Interviews with local historians and archaeologists show Hancock that the slabs were cut by humans, and some were even attached to each other via some sort of mortar mixture.
Through the use of ground-penetrating radar and other new technology, Hancock is also shown that there’s evidence of a three-tiered underground chamber under the site, starting at 10 meters deep. In fact, there is evidence that the temple was built on the ruins of an even earlier civilization that may show that we had organized civilizations even earlier.
He theorizes that during the Ice Age, when lower sea levels meant that Java was part of a subcontinent named Sunderland, a sudden rise in those sea levels caused a great flood that ended that civilization. It’s the same great flood recounted in various cultures, including the story of Noah.
If you have an open mind towards what Graham Hancock is trying to explain in Ancient Apocalypse, then the show should be fascinating as well as entertaining. It helps that it has a dramatic soundtrack, spectacular cinematography and graphics that make what Graham is talking about sound more like settled fact than speculation. But a closer listen makes you realize that Hancock, even after all this time and research, is indeed still speculating and theorizing, using assumptions that can’t be easily proved or disproved.
For instance, when he talks about the columnar basalt that is scattered around the Gunung Padang site, he says that they’re “clearly” cut by humans. But how is it so clear? Straight lines? A certain pattern or shape that was repeatable? He doesn’t really say. In fact, he doesn’t even speculate on what tools this ancient society used to make or transport these columns to the site, just that they did.
Graham’s air of authority, driven by those decades of research, make his speculation sound more factual than it really is. But when he gets to the idea about how this civilization was killed by the same great flood that other cultures and religions have detailed over the millennia, he delves more into educated guesses than evidence and facts. Then he says that “the way archaeology works is that there will continue to be resistance to new evidence.” There is certainly a wistfulness in that and other similar statements he makes, which makes you wonder if the resistance is an institutional weakness of the archaeological community or if there’s something regarding Graham’s work itself that they’re resisting.