Searching Evidence – 4: Prehistoric Mass Burials.

This is a strange and sad proxy to consider in search of evidence that tells of events during the Holocene and later. But a recent paper by Cain G et. al. some weeks ago highlighted the importance of this subject. It is important because it shows directly the effect on humanity of these natural events. The name of the paper is “Prehistoric Coastal Mass Burials: Did Death Come in Waves?” published July 2018. The paper anticipates that the main actor in the cause of deaths is the tsunami. However it is here considered that the tsunami is a secondary event, the effect of a cause. The primary cause is something else. This thread points to evidence that uncovers the primary cause.

The correlation of dates to earlier material, plus what is inferred from the evidence, appears to corroborate events as elicited from previous research. One very important date from the paper is 5500BP (~3500 bce). Previous research, and as the megalithic calendar indicates, this was an Earth tilt change (a high-to-low). At first difficult to identify, this date showed up, along with others, from research on Iceland’s glaciers in a paper by D’Andrea et al “Glacier response to North Atlantic climate variability during the Holocene”.

The Cain paper not only identified evidence of mass burials dated to around 5500BP in Northern Scotland and Scottish isles, there were found indications of changed habitation; changed marine and terrestrial fauna (from before to after); changed terrain conditions, all indicating changed climatic conditions. This date also showed up in deep sea cores from the Arabian Sea. Then, Prof. P deMenocal identified in such cores a clear marker when the Sahara changed abruptly from wet to dry. The date: 5500 BP. In the North Atlantic proxy the date is a sharper ~3550bce.

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Another later ‘second phase’ of mass-burial related evidence was also identified; nearer to 3000bce. An event, 3195bce, had been identified in tree-rings. This date is also associated with mass burials found in similar condition and related to megalithic sites in Central Med. In sea bottom deposits this shows up as a thick sapropel layer (see Searching Evidence – 2). Interestingly, at yet another site, the Ness of Brodgar, fresh habitation started after this date, post ~3000bce. Termination appeared abrupt around 2200bce, by in-fill containing cattle bones; similar as elsewhere in the Mediterranean. Cause: Earth tilt at 2345bce, also evident in C/N and megalithic calendar.

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Particular dates, such as the above, show up from various unrelated sites but connected to mass burials, indicate that the root cause was a global event.

Ref: “To Cut a Long Story Short: Formal Chronological Modelling for the Late Neolithic Site of Ness of Brodgar, Orkney – EJA 2017.

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  1. thank you very much for this; all very interesting; can you point us to other reading; to try to learn a little of the processes behind these observed changes; I have read something of the Boyne valley sites; and some of the Scottish sites; and also of Malta and Brittany “this was an Earth tilt change (a high-to-low)”


    1. As reading material, the main that I know of is the paper referred to in the first paragraph above, plus the one listed at bottom as reference. The main point is that the dates correspond closely to specific events that other proxies corroborate.
      There are two types of events:
      One is that of tectonic rotations – in the Mediterranean because these left clear evidence in reorienting the megalithic temples/calendars.
      The second is Earth tilt change. Science does not acknowledge such events. However the Australian astronomer GF Dodwell did discern such an event. That event appears as an alteration in the Mnajdra megalithic calendar, thus confirming it. However the calendars leave evidence of earlier shifts. It is determining the dates of those shifts (as well as adding corroboration) that the other proxies help indicate. Unfortunately those shifts also leave a trail of deaths and destruction. That is also a proxy when the dates of those burials correspond to identical dates from other natural markers, and fit in with the evident design evolution of the megalithic calendar. (don’t mean to advertise but this site is all additional evidence to my research in understanding the megalithic calendar. Read first pages here: )
      Other material but not clearly related particularly with narrow dates:


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