Robert Schoch Cycles of Time and datng of The Sphinx

Robert Schoch

The Cycles of Time, The Rise & Fall of Civilization - 12,000 Years Ago

Talk Description

Many ancient and indigenous cultures speak of Earth cycles and cycles of civilization. This is expressed in such traditions as the Hindu Yuga Cycle, the World Ages of the Maya, Zodiacal Ages, and the classical concept of Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Iron Ages. These notions are often dismissed as mythological nonsense by orthodox academics, but Dr. Schoch has found evidence in support of their reality. In his presentation he will first review his groundbreaking work recasting the date of the Great Sphinx, supported by his recent studies of the 12,000-year-old site of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey, and his reassessment of the indigenous culture of Easter Island – all of which confirm that an earlier cycle of civilization dates back to the end of the last ice age. But the advanced civilizations of circa 10,000 BCE did not last – in fact, they all but totally disappeared in a flash. Why? A reinterpretation of the mysterious rongorongo texts of Easter Island, connecting the message of the glyphs to cutting-edge research in plasma physics, combined with a plethora of geological data (including detailed analyses of ice cores and sediments cores), elucidates the cataclysms that occurred. Solar outbursts and plasma discharges brought about the rapid end of the last ice age and the demise of the early civilizations of that remote period. Pockets of survivors escaped by literally going underground, as attested to by the caves and subterranean cities in the Cappadocia region of Anatolia and elsewhere. Humanity was thrown into a solar-induced dark age (SIDA) which lasted thousands of years before the re-emergence of civilization circa 4000 to 3000 BCE. Plato’s legend of Atlantis and many other ancient myths are confirmed. There have been, and will continue to be, cycles of civilization driven by natural events beyond our control. The implications for our modern society are profound.


Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D., a full-time faculty member at Boston University’s College of General Studies and director of its Institute for the Study of the Origins of Civilization, earned his doctorate (1983) in geology and geophysics at Yale University.

In the early 1990s, Dr. Schoch stunned the world with his geological analysis of the Great Sphinx of Egypt, demonstrating that the monument, as well as the walls of its enclosure, bears the scars of extreme water weathering and erosion. As Egypt has known hyper-arid climactic conditions for the past five millennia, Schoch concluded that the monument traces its origins to an earlier (pre-Sahara) epoch and a previously unidentified civilization, thus throwing a major monkey wrench into the orthodox view of the rise of civilization. Schoch’s courageous assertions of decades ago have been confirmed by the discovery of the astoundingly sophisticated 12,000-year-old megalithic complex of Göbekli Tepe in southeastern Turkey. Initially placing the Great Sphinx in the period of circa 7000–5000 BCE, thousands of years earlier than its standard attribution of circa 2500 BCE, new data and discoveries have led Dr. Schoch to now push the monument back to the end of Earth’s last ice age, a glacial period brought to a close by massive solar events (circa 9700 BCE).

Schoch’s career and interests extend beyond strict geology and geophysics—to anthropology (in which he earned a B.A. at George Washington University), environmental science (he is a co-author of the university textbook, Environmental Science: Systems and Solutions), and biology/paleontology (a genus of fossil mammals is named after him in honor of his graduate research). He has reached audiences around the world via television, radio, live presentations, and the Internet. (The Emmy-winning documentary The Mystery of the Sphinx, which first aired on NBC, remains a favorite among audiences.) In acknowledgement of his scientific contributions to the study of ancient civilizations, in 2014 Schoch was awarded the title of Honorary Professor of the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy in Varna, Bulgaria.

Schoch is the author of numerous books and articles both technical and popular that have been translated into multiple languages, including Forgotten Civilization: The Role of Solar Outbursts in Our Past and Future and Origins of the Sphinx: Celestial Guardian of Pre-Pharaonic Civilization (co-authored with Robert Bauval).


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Oct 6, 20184:45PM6:45PMThe Cycles of Time, The Rise & Fall of Civilization - 12,000 Years Ago