Earth’s Capture of the Moon, 1200 BC (gks 12)

The Origin of the Moon

The following essay (below) was published on the Graham Hancock Forum on the 12th January 2003. It needs updating and editing slightly. For example I’ve revised my original proposed date for when earth gained its moon from circa 2,000 BC to approximately 1,200 BC. This coinciding with a global Dark Age of the same period, or in Egyptian times the New Kingdom (my revised chronology).

Moon Phases MonthI suppose what it boils down to is this — here’s the Moon (left), now try and find a similar simple crescent Moon in Neolithic times, you won’t because I have searched high and low. The nearest you’ll get is some ambiguous lumps of clay with holes in it. If these artifacts represent the Moon then there should be many hundreds (if not thousands) of basic crescent Moons, as will be shown this clearly isn’t the case. Further, try and find a simple crescent moon on temple walls throughout the length and breath of the Nile Valley (historical times). Again, any search will prove futile – I’m still searching!!

Also, the true age of the Moon cannot be determined, how’s this? Because the rock samples brought back by the Apollo missions, which reveal ages of between 3.2 & 4 billion years old are mainly rocks and dust blasted off from the planet Mars. In brief; as Mars and Venus entered into 3,000 years (Pharaonic Egypt ) of encounters with earth, Mars became transformed from an earth-like planet (replete with oceans, atmosphere and magnetic field) to its now frozen desolate state. This involved countless tons of rock, volatiles, dust and debris blasted out into space. The moon, also born from Jupiter, vacuumed tons of this stuff up. So, by sampling rocks from the surface of the Moon we are in effect, merely dating rocks from Mars. To obtain the true age of the Moon would involve digging down probably several kilometres. I will expound on this later.

Anyway, here’s my essay from 2003.

Earth’s capture of the moon c. 1,200 BC – by Gary Gilligan

How Earth gained such a large moon is still one of the great unsolved mysteries of our time. I propose past planetary chaos involving Earth, Mars and Venus resulted in the capture of the moon in orbit around the Earth circa 1,200 BC. This chaotic ‘capture’ of the moon paralleling a “Dark Age” as proposed by archaeologists (See Geological Evidence).

I will show that the moon could not have existed during prehistory as evidenced by the absence of the moon in Neolithic artwork and artifacts.

Though I have amassed a great deal of corroborative material supporting past planetary chaos covering the periods between 3000-500BC, in this essay, I will limit the discussion to Neolithic cultures and will separate these from the later ‘fully formed’ civilizations such as the Ancient Egyptians (c.3,000 BC.)

Additional evidence will be discussed in future work.

Neolithic Period c. 6,000 – 3,000 BC.

No one knows what the earliest humans thought about the sky, for no records exist. However a good deal of insight can be gleaned from the way these people lived by analyzing the artwork and artifacts dating from this period. The Neolithic period was a time of great change. Before this, people had survived by hunting and gathering food. Now they started to farm the land and to keep animals for meat and skins. They learned to grow crops and make pottery and tools to use on their farms.

Archeologists continue to discover thousands of beautiful crafted artworks dating from this time, and some of the cave drawings and pottery are considered to be works of art.

The art of these prehistoric cultures included stone monuments, artifacts, crafted pottery and visual art. Neolithic peoples buried their dead, often with great ceremony.

Everyday Neolithic objects reveal that hunting was the main occupation of these prehistoric peoples. This explains the most prevalent cave drawings which archeologists have labeled ‘hunting scenes’, many of which show bison and buffalo roaming the plains. The multitude of rock art discovered reveals shapes from simplistic spirals and circles to abstract shapes that even the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes would have a problem deciphering. The pottery reveals outstanding masterpieces of prehistoric art.

While some of the prehistoric monuments, artifacts, cave drawings, pottery and rock-art can be attributed to the sun, there is one glaringly obvious fact that scholars and historians have overlooked. They are all devoid of one image – the moon! There is not one monument, one artifact or one rock drawing that could be taken to represent an image of the moon! Why?

Quite simply: it wasn’t there!

No moon images from Pharaonic Egypt