When I studied in the Geological Prospecting Institute, I researched sand quarries, ravines and river shores, trying to recreate Earth’s past. A bit later, during Post Graduate Studies and work in an Institute of the Soviet Union Science Academy, Moscow State University, I was going to expeditions and studied cross-sections of bedrocks in mountains and sea shores; I carried out palaeographic and palaeogeodynamic reconstructions of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras. My candidate’s dissertation was based on them, it was called ‘Palaeogeodynamic analysis…’ My research was built on Lyell’s principle of uniformitarianism, which I always defended and continue to do so from critic’s attacks until now.
The uniformitarianism principle was founded by the English geologist Lyell during the first half of the 19th century. According to this principle, studying contemporary physical, chemical, and geological processes, one can judge about analogical processes of the distant past. Uniformitarianism principle – scientific base for historico-geological and palaeogeographical research, is widely used for landscape reconstructions and geographical processes of past epochs in palaevolcanology, lithology (studies about sedimentary development) and other areas of geology. Now, modern palaeographists and geologists have rejected full recognition of the analogy between geographical and geological processes in the present and past, which Lyell insisted on, and use the uniformitarianism principle together with Earth development, its geographical shell, geological structure (Geography. Modern illustrated encyclopaedia, - M: Rosman. Under editing of professor A.P. Gorkin. 2006).
During the 1990s in Perestroika, geology became a forgotten science, and I started to try myself in other areas; at last I chose writing. But my passion for geological expeditions and research of the past remained. I started to bind it together with another old hobby of mine- folklore, I found analogies between the description of events in ancient books and myths and geological reconstructions.
"…a declination of the bodies moving in the heavens around the earth, and a great conflagration of things upon the earth, which recurs after long intervals; at such times those who live upon the mountains and in dry and lofty places are more liable to destruction than those who dwell by rivers or on the seashore…
Survival from the fires and floods of ancient books and folklore contains the whole layer of information about the existence of highly developed civilizations on Earth- about their appearance, way of life and the habits of its' disappeared dwellers; periods of peace and war between gods and demons, and terrible destructions, which shook the world many times. However, modern science, history and archaeology do not pay the serious attention to legends and myths that they rightly deserve. Even if one or another specialist allows that folk lore was an echo of real events on Earth, they try to squeeze them in a chronological frame, which is acceptable to modern history and archaeology. Those frames are too narrow and seldom go beyond III-IV millennia BCE.
But I, a specialist geologist, studied global catastrophe’s consequences for a long time, written a few articles about this and almost all my life was interested in folklore, know well that many events, described in myths, such as the World Creation by Yahweh or Allah, sinking of the Earth deep into Patala (the underground world) and flooding from there, The Churning of the Ocean, appearance of the Moon as a result, the huge temperatures of the Earth's surface and the impossibility to live on it, the plunging of the planet into darkness and the existence of its' inhabitants underground for a long time and many other events; which are not possible to contain within those 5-6 thousand years allowed.
Research on the edge of geology and folklore made it possible for me to highlight extensive fields of automobile road of the Neogene (middle Miocene) period in central Anatolia, Turkey, (continuation here and here) confirming fairy tales and legends about highly developed civilisations inhabiting Earth long ago. The same ancient petrified roads of the Miocene, Pliocene and even earlier ages can be found in Malta, Mexico, USA, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Abkhazia, Crimea, Bulgaria…
But it is not everything. Researches on the edge of geology and folklore create even greater wonders. As I wrote in my works ‘Ica stones – message from Tulan-Chimostok 17 million years old’ and ‘The Picturing of Basilisks and other unknown animals’, on Ica stones found in Peru and on stones in temple complex Angkor in Cambodia, there were images and bas reliefs of animals (mastodons, dinotheriums, alticameluses, hyracoideas, amynodonts, indricotheriums and others) living in the Palaeogene and disappeared from the face of the Earth in the Neogene era (among others in its first half – Miocene). In fact, they are often depicted together with people, who morphologically do not look exactly like people. Stretching the time of intelligent humanity's existence to the Neogene and Palaeogene, which is confirmed by research on the edge of geology and folklore, it sounds very plausible. As the fact that the sculptures and bas reliefs of Aslantas, Aslan Kai and other places in the Phrygian valley and the capital of the Hittites’ empire, Hattusa, have pictures of not modern lions, but Machairodus giganteus, which appeared in the middle Miocene (15 million year ago) and were fully extinct in the Pleistocene.
See photos with my comments in the section "My explorations" "What lions are depicted on sculptures and bas-reliefs in Turkey? Comparison with fossil and modern lions"
Summarising from the above, we can conclude that there are many places on Earth, which contain large number of the Neogene civilisation’s remains. One just has to push away quasi-scientific dogmas and views, (which are on the contrary counted as scientific) and see them. To look at the world, not as a narrow minded specialist archaeologist, but as an open minded universal specialist who knows history, archaeology, geology and folklore equally well. Then, the past of the Earth would come to our view as a bright, ‘widescreen’ panorama, not as a bleak mirage of a non-existent Earth emerging for a moment from mist.
I have already written a few times about mistakes at age determination for megalithic and underground structures according to charcoal, strips of clothes or clay pottery crocks found there. However, almost nobody from the field of archaeology pays any attention to that. They continue dating stone structures, which were destroyed by powerful earthquakes, flooded by gigantic waves and swallowed by raging fires on Earth's surface according to those doubtful remnants, which could have got there millions of years later. It happens because the majority of archaeologists still do not use in their work (although lately this task is right in front of them) geological methods of rock age determination. There are many of them – for example, determining the absolute age of minerals from the crusts of hydrothermal bedrocks and weathering, which cover megalithic structures – and all of them prove that most of megalithic and underground structures are many tens, hundreds of thousands, and millions of years old.
"Remains of disappeared civilizations" section
A Koltypin, 2014