The Antediluvian Period, also known as the pre-flood period, refers to the time in the Bible before the great flood. This period is described in Genesis as the time between man's exile from the Garden of Eden and Noah's flood. In addition to the Bible, legends of a great flood similar to this one can be found in various religions and have a history dating back thousands of years.
Records of a large flood can be traced back as far as 200 BC, when they were recorded on ancient Sumerian clay tablets. These tablets not only detail the history of the pre-flood period, but also recount the story of human creation and the involvement of "gods" in this process.
"It had only been twelve hundred years since the Earth's inhabitants had expanded and multiplied. The earth screamed like a bull, and the deity, startled by its ferocity, heard the commotion". Then he addressed the great gods, saying: "Humanity's clamour has gotten too loud for me, and its bustle has deprived me of sleep. Cut off the supply to the cities, and the world will suffer as a result".
"Adad must keep his rain from falling and send a flood. Allow the wind to blow and hit the land, causing clouds to rise but not warning of severe rain, which would reduce crop yields. There should be no happiness among them." (From the Mass Market Paperback edition of The Gods of Eden)
It is important to note that, according to the Sumerian tablets, "the gods fled the earth to remain safe in the heavens" shortly before the great flood that devastated the Earth, "only to return after the flood".
Scholars refer to these stories as "ancient accounts" and suggest that they indicate the existence of civilizations, cultures, and people who lived on Earth before recorded history. This lost period of prehistory includes a range of events and is being pieced together through the discovery of its traces in modern times.
Evidence of advanced civilizations existing before our own time goes beyond just the legends of a great flood. There are numerous additional findings that support the hypothesis of pre-flood civilizations.
The discovery of numerous artifacts around the world suggests that the history we have been taught may not be entirely accurate. Scholars have verified maps like Piri Reis's, but are puzzled by their level of precision and detail. Some of these maps even appear to have been created as if the terrain was being viewed from the air before the maps were drawn. These mysteries are yet to be fully explained.
The Piri Reis map, which was inspired by older maps from various parts of the world, provides evidence of the existence of advanced civilizations with advanced cartographic knowledge in the distant past.
It appears that these ancient civilizations had knowledge of areas of the world that are now covered in ice, like Antarctica, indicating that the creators of these maps must have seen parts of the world with a significantly different climate prior to the last ice age.
The Piri Reis map was discovered in 1520 and is known for its accurate depiction of Antarctica without ice and its detailed representation of the geology of the American continent, which appears to have been created using aerial imagery. The US Navy Hydrographic Service thoroughly reviewed the chart and determined that it is 100% accurate.
The accuracy of the Piri Reis map has been established and it is believed to have been used to correct errors in modern maps. However, the question remains: who was able to chart the East Antarctic sector of the Southern Ocean so accurately 6,000 years ago? What unknown civilization had the technology or need to do so? The mystery of the map's creation remains unsolved.
The geographic information depicted on the Piri Reis map dates back more than 5,000 years. While the map itself was not created until after the great flood, it was compiled using older maps that are over 5,000 years old.
Captain Lorenzo W. Burroughs, head of the United States Air Force at Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts, wrote an interesting letter about the Piri Reis map:
"The coincidence of the Piri Reis map with the seismic profile of this area made by the British expedition Norwegian in 1949, beyond any reasonable doubt, allows the conclusion that the original source of the maps must have existed before the current ice sheet of Antarctica covered the coasts of Queen Maud's Land".
The Zeno Map, which predates the Piri Reis map and accurately depicts the coastlines of modern-day Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Scotland, and Germany, is considered even more remarkable. The Zeno Map also shows the precise longitude and latitude of many islands.
The Zeno Map's precision is particularly noteworthy because the necessary equipment for conducting such precise measurements did not exist at the time it was created. Even more remarkably, the map appears to depict the terrain of modern-day Greenland without glaciers, suggesting that someone must have visited Greenland before the ice age. This raises questions about the capabilities and knowledge of the civilization or individual that created the map.
It is believed that the knowledge depicted on the map was passed down through the generations. The navigation charts seem to have originated with unknown people and were transmitted by them, possibly the Minoans and Phoenicians who were renowned as the best navigators of antiquity for thousands of years.
There is evidence to suggest that the maps were gathered and studied at the Great Library of Alexandria in Egypt, and that geographers working there compiled them into a collection. It is likely that Piri Reis saved the maps because they were housed at the Library of Alexandria, which was the most well-known and important library in ancient times. This information comes from "Dr. Charles Hapgood - Maps of the Ancient Kings of the Sea" (Preface to Turnstone Books, London, 1979).
The maps created by cartographer Yehudi Ibn Ben Zara are particularly intriguing. His 1487 map includes snow-covered regions in Brittany, as well as islands in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas that are now submerged. This suggests that the map was created at a time when Earth's geology was significantly different, possibly prior to a global flood event.
There are several mysteries and questions surrounding these ancient maps, suggesting that advanced civilizations existed on Earth long ago, potentially as far back as 10,000 to 12,000 years. These civilizations were capable of constructing impressive structures, achieving remarkable feats, and navigating the world with great accuracy.