By Josh Blaylock
The Origins of Archeopunk and the ArkWorld Comic.
The foundation of all good fiction starts with building the world the characters are to live in. When it comes to sci-fi and fantasy, it's even more important. But what about a sci-fi world from the distant past that must tie into the modern real world?
That is the inspiration for ArkWorld, and this entire genre that I'm coining as Archeopunk Sci-fi. Specifically, ArkWorld is inspired by the convergence of dozens of real life scientific discoveries that are pointing to a very truly disruptive retelling of human origins. Does that mean we come from Ancient Astronauts? No. But it doesn't mean that we don't. It means that we are learning more and more that we have no idea what our real story is, but we're getting closer to learning the truth.
To create the ArkWorld universe, I had to create a complete history of the human species and the planet Earth. Creating the inner workings and rules of the universe, and the interconnected backgrounds of characters, so that some time years later, readers are not led into an empty payoff. With ArkWorld, though, beyond just creating fiction, I have done my best to create a research paper / sci-fi hybrid. Treating my story bible like a college thesis. That thesis, while I won't share every detail and spoil the story, pulls together a few very interesting discoveries that are truly throwing a wrench in the gears of traditional archaeological beliefs.
This website and blog is a fun place to explore these discoveries while simultaneously talking about the story. Below is just the beginning of some of the topics I look forward to diving into.
1. The Denisovans and DNA
This species of humanoids were discovered in a cave in 2008, revealed to have lived on the Earth at the same time as us, Homo Sapiens, and Neanderthals. Not only that, but we also all interbred. That's right, you likely carry a percentage of Denisovan DNA in your genetic makeup.
The genetic artifacts indicate that Denisovans may have been very, very tall. Their skeletal structure was larger than ours. But most mysteriously, an analysis of people alive today with the highest concentration of Denisovan DNA defies logic - South American natives and Australian Aborgines. At least it defies logic according to the mainstream beliefs on human origins and migration from Europe to the Americas.
And the cherry on top would be an ancient stone bracelet found in the Denisovan cave, dated to be over 30,000 years old. Drilled into this bracelet, where the clasp would go, is a hole so small, it would have required a high speed drill to create.
The Denisovans became part of the inspiration for the ArkWorld character Sovian. A 7'5" tall behemoth of a man, with an unusual elongated skull inspired by the ancient skulls of Paracus (yet an entirely different rabbit hole to do down another time). With all of that brain space is it any surprise he's a scientist? An expert of mycelium and.... oops! I'm giving away too much. Let's move onto the next topic.
2. Gobekli Tepi
Found by a farmer in Turkey who noticed an odd rock protruding from the dirt, who would later learn his discovery would forever change mainstream archaeology's story of human civilization. With civilization's origins believed to have started around 6,000 years ago, in ancient Sumeria, the massive, megalithic stone monument that is Gobekli Tepi blew that theory apart, coming in at an age of over 11,000 years old. Currently the accepted theory is now that this must have been a temple, and the first of its kind, erected by hunter-gatherers. The turning point at which they became an agricultural society. But the size and scope of the "temple," (150 times the size of Stone Henge), with its massive, multi-ton stone architecture, begs the question of how such a primitive people could have the engineering and mathematical skills to pull off such a task. Perhaps it will be revealed that this was built by an even older, already civilized people. You can count on Gobekli Tepe finding its way into ArkWorld, although its origins may not be what you expect!
3. 60,000 Mayan Buildings
While DNA science is poking new holes in our old beliefs about civilization's origins, on an almost weekly basis, new scanning technologies, like ground penetrating LIDAR ("laser RADAR"), is hitting them from another angle. Just last year, researchers in Guatemala discovered over 60,000 Mayan structures beneath the dense forests. No longer needing physically venture into the terrain to discover these artifacts, they found a vast array of cities spanning 800 square miles, connected by complex roadways and travel networks. Even special channels created to prevent roads from flooding. The population of Mayans thought to live in this area at the time has been increased by millions.
This 800 square miles, while an extremely impressive amount of territory to discover, pales in comparison to the 5 million square mile unexplored area of the Amazon Jungle. What else lies beneath the surface there? How much farther did the Mayan and Olmec civilizations extend, or their unknown predecessors? How far back does it go?
Recently, over 140 new Nazca line images were discovered. The Nazca lines being famous for only being visible from the sky, yet at the very least centuries old.
And just last month, it was revealed that researchers have discovered a new complex in Peru, thanks to LIDAR, buried under the Earth, similar to the legendary Machu Picchu. But this structure is 5,000 feet higher up in the mountains than its famous counterpart!
These new discoveries are only the tip of the iceberg, with the price to acquire the scanning technology getting cheaper and improving every year, and this doesn't even begin to cover what lost civilizations are hiding underwater. What will we learn next?
In ArkWorld, the character Elmack is a soldier living in the city of Tenoch, the predecessor of these lands we're talking about.
4. Comet Impact Hypothesis
One of the biggest questions asked is, if there was once a global civilization predating Mesopotamia by thousands of years, whether highly advanced or simply a medieval seafaring society, where is the evidence? Well, part of that may now be answered by mounting evidence that 12,800 years ago, Earth experienced one of the worst natural disasters in all of homosapien history. A cosmic impact from a comet that crashed into the Earth somewhere in North America. Not only is it believed to have hit there, but possibly could have been a series of impacts, spread out over centuries, hitting us with the force of the world's modern nuclear arms supply over and over again. Then again, 11,600 years ago, we were pummeled again in a massive impact that kicked us out of the Ice Age once and for all. This hypothesis has been moving closer to full blown theory, thanks to layers of soot (at the 12,800 year mark) across the Northern Hemisphere revealing particles only found in cosmic impacts, mounting evidence proposed by geologists, and now, as of 2019, a nineteen mile-wide crater found under the ice in Greenland. A crater that could have been ground zero for the main impact. The Earth at this time was buried in ice sheets a mile or two in height (yes, over a mile tall), and would have instantly melted, causing never before seen level of flooding, flying mountains of ice and rock crashing into the ground hundreds of miles away, tectonic shifts, canyons and canals carved out in mere days, and the complete annihilation of any remnants of a civilization unlucky enough to live there at this time. This could also explain the lack of evidence of human life in North America before the arrival of the famous Clovis culture of 13,000 BC (who by the way, also disappeared after the time of this cataclysm).
And are you ready for the weirdest tidbit of all? The impact suspected to have happened 11,600 years ago times almost exactly with Plato's account of when the city of Atlantis was supposed to have sunk into the sea on one fateful night.
For the past century archaeology (and science at large) had an aversion to any hypothesis that came anywhere close to insinuating any truth in the biblical flood of Noah, and for good reason. After centuries fighting against the Catholic Church to put reason over religious superstition, but unfortunately this caused many compelling discoveries made by researchers pointing to a global flood or cataclysm to be buried (pun intended), and for many of them to even have their careers destroyed.
Likewise, with so much of academia being orchestrated by the European conquerers, and mostly the British empire, any evidence pointing to civilizations more advance than their own, be it ancient Egypt, Ethiopia, India or the Mayans, would be outright dismissed as the modern world's educational infrastructure was born.
There is a lot more than this beginning to challenge the theories of modern academia. Much, much more. But I think this is a great place to leave for now.
All of the following have been taken into consideration, and incorporated into my comic book series, but as to how, you'll just have to read the book to find out.
This is an area to enjoy and explore the real world mysteries that are the backbone of what inspired my upcoming comic book series, ArkWorld, and what I call "Archeopunk" sci-fi. On a very real level, I follow mounting evidence that the story of human civilization is much, much older that we've previously thought. That ranges from some very hard-fact science and archaeological discoveries all the way to the esoteric and sometimes even silly. Although often what one originally dismisses as nonsense, I've found in my own journey, has ended up having more merit than I first thought.