CHAPTER 12

WHERE DID CIVILIZATION COME FROM?

bout two thousand years ago probably 100,000 people in what we now call Mexico were living in a magnificent city with many ziggurats or stepped pyramids, or temples . The city was called Teotihuacan, ("City of the Gods"). Here's one artist's impression as to what part of it looked like. It was in colour, not black and white as shown here:



Close to 4,000 years ago other people were living in cities in the Near East whose names are famous to this day: Babylon, Ebla, Eridu, Luxor, Thebes, Ur and Uruk. Here's an artist's impression as to how part of Babylon looked, although it was in vivid colours:



There were other ancient cities, for example in the Indus Valley area of what we now call the sub-continent of India: such as Mohenjo Daro and Harappa over 4,000 years ago.

In many of those cities, bricks were baked before laying, just as we use baked bricks today. That's why some of their brickwork still stands today. The houses of the Indus valley cities and Minoan cities were connected to main drainage, something many much later cities, such as in the European Middle Ages over 3,000 years later were lacking. It is evident that these very early cities had very carefully planned systems and architectural and engineering know-how.

The merchants of Mohenjo-Daro used seals to identify their property being shipped, to seal it for protection against theft and to certify documents. They were distinctive and sophisticated seals.

Seals were also used in the Near East, and in Central American cities. If we go back another 6,000 or 7,000 years beyond that, to, say 10,000 to 11,000 years ago, we have found no evidence for urban civilizations and the few people on earth in those days are thought to have lived in huts or caves.

What caused this remarkable advance into civilization in so short a time? Evolutionary theory can't explain it. We've already seen how the evolutionary theory is presented in a series of artist's impressions. Instead of an evolutionary path to man from forty million years ago to the present, I suggest we have only the last 300,000 years to consider. Even this is a very long period of time when we realize civilizations seem to have begun only about 5,000 to 6,000 years ago.

This "evolutionary path" in theory doesn't explain how there was hardly any progress for over 300,000 years, and then in the last few thousand years, we got from this, the most advanced technology of say, 30,000 years ago (with a one cent piece for size comparison):





to this, the US nuclear weapon command:

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