The people behind the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis—the claim that a comet struck the Earth during the last Ice Age, often alleged to have destroyed an Atlantis-like civilization—are at it again with a new claim alleging that another comet hit Ohio in the early centuries CE and destroyed Ohio’s Hopewell civilization, who conveniently commemorated their own incineration with a comet-shaped earthwork.
A team of scientists led by Kenneth Tankersly, a member of the Comet Research Group, the team investigating the alleged Younger Dryas impact, published their Hopewell research in Scientific Reports this week. The research surrounds an unusual collection of meteoric material found in Hopewell sites. Archaeologists have long concluded that the Hopewell acquired iron and stone meteorites as part of a long-distance trade network; however, Tankersly and his team attempted to argue that all of the meteors were in fact part of a cosmic airburst in the style of the 1908 Tunguska Event in which a chunk of a comet broke off an exploded over the Hopewell territory.
According to their hypothesis, the Hopewell witnessed a catastrophic airburst and then collected chunks of the comet to inter with their dead, memorializing the event with a comet-shaped earthwork at Milford. Their culture, they allege, went into terminal decline because of the impact: “The airburst event may have created mass confusion resulting in an upheaval of the social interaction sphere.”
Astonishing, I suppose, that archaeologists who have worked on Hopewell sites for the past century have completely missed the impact of a huge chunk of a comet, but no archaeologists who have published on the Hopewell have found any supporting evidence for Tankersly et al.’s claims. Indeed, many of the Hopewell’s meteor fragments are not related to a comet that hit Ohio but were traced by chemical analysis to the Brenham Meteorite, which hit what is now Kansas 20,000 years ago, as the American Museum of Natural History explained. Tankersly et al. allege that this analysis is flawed and that the meteor fragments contain too little platinum, germanium, and gallium to be part of the Brenham Meteorite.
Regardless of the authors’ correctness on the source of the meteoric fragments, their conclusion cannot be correct because the Hopewell did not enter a terminal decline after their proposed impact date of c. 255-300 CE but flourished for another 200 years.
2/6/2022 01:29:33 pm
Interesting. A few questions. Where are all the downed trees in a butterfly pattern? Where are all the charred burnt bodies, animal and human? Where are all the artifact clusters? If this occurred so instantaneously, should be able to find a few microwaves with popcorn still in them….Maybe just a ufo crash site, better call in the big guns.
2/6/2022 02:16:04 pm
Here I thought that the Hopewell had some metal because they were Book of Morman Lost Tribes-type folks and brought it with them.
2/6/2022 02:18:45 pm
Well, you've set off the alarm... Now it's just a matter of time.
2/7/2022 10:25:42 am
Hi Jason -
2/9/2022 02:22:59 am
There should be an Impact Event Calendar because there seems to be one every year. There's a difference between never shaddingup about something and "full disclosure".
2/11/2022 10:19:27 am
2/12/2022 12:15:09 am
"This is not exactly an academic debate, as 5 billion people live on this planet and they need to eat."
2/14/2022 09:23:17 am
Good morning, Kent -
2/9/2022 10:37:13 am
The reply buttons are not working, so this post -
2/11/2022 12:59:15 am
E.P. Grondinomo may not like it but CEOs take money too. And take and take and take. This is why non-profits are established.
2/14/2022 09:37:05 am
Hi Kent - I've mt a lot of CEO's. There is a need fro research funding, I have not thought about setting up a non profit, as it is well beyond my capabilities now. (So just send me money.)
2/26/2022 09:56:14 pm
"Half the population of the US now sets dealing with it as NASA''s highest priority."
2/14/2022 10:06:11 am
Geez Louise, my bs detector must be on the fritz. Too much to unpack and reply to. But, how can it be the Chinese have been recording comets since the Han dynasty, and there are no real reports of any impacts in their records? Maybe meteorites, but comets? And, Ernie P, where is the evidence for the air burst pattern you describe? Need to go back and read your Velikovsky, thinking he is only one of many who predated you. Interesting how comet impacts turned off when writing was invented.
2/15/2022 10:15:39 am
Hi Paul -
2/16/2022 09:35:57 am
So, Ernie P, just shows you don’t know what you are talking about. You are the one making the claims, you are the one to submit the credible, verifiable proof. I won’t wait for your hummingbird ass….
2/16/2022 09:40:40 am
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