The Big Bang. Evolution. A giant spaceship called Xenu bringing people to Earth. There’s plenty of theories about the world before we came to inhabit it – some, arguably, more credible than others.
Never one to stray too far from a controversial idea, Graham Hancock explores the possibilities of long lost civilizations and the thought that ultra-advanced life forms occupied the world before we did in a new Netflix series.
Here’s everything you need to know about Ancient Apocalypse, from how to watch to more about its quirky, questioning host.
What’s Ancient Apocalypse about?
In this eight-part Netflix original series, Graham Hancock explores his own ideas about prehistoric times and his belief that a civilization far more advanced than we could ever comprehend once walked the face of the earth.
Throughout the eight episodes, he'll visit archaeological sites across the globe to see if he can unearth new evidence supporting his (controversial) theories that an ancient but advanced civilization really did exist thousands of years ago.
The official synopsis for the series teases, “What if everything we know about prehistoric humans is wrong? Journalist Graham Hancock visits archaeological sites around the world to uncover whether a civilization far more advanced than we ever believed possible existed thousands of years ago."
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During the series, one guest suggests evidence found by Graham could be revelatory.
In the clip, the guest is shown saying that one of Graham’s findings is “going to absolutely demand a rewrite of history as we know it.”
Who is Graham Hancock?
Graham Hancock is a journalist, writer and author renowned for his theories on human civilization.
Most of his work has focused on investigating the controversial thesis that a global cataclysm wiped out an advanced, futuristic global civilization thousands of years ago.
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Passionate on the topic, Graham has written 12 books on the subject – despite his ideas being heavily challenged by academics.
In his 1995 book Fingerprints of the Gods, Graham claimed that this highly advanced civilization was made extinct by a comet strike in Antarctica roughly 13,000 years ago.
A follow-up book in 2015, titled Magicians of the Gods, brought new evidence supporting his thesis. Ahead of its release back then, he told The Sunday Times "In 1995, I wrote a book about all the clues - the fingerprints - that pointed to the existence of this lost civilisation."
He added, "But what I lacked was a smoking gun. Now we have it.”
The said smoking gun, he explains, is "… a series of papers in geophysics and geological journals have been bringing forward evidence that the Earth was indeed hit by a comet 12,800 years ago, which is exactly what I proposed in my book."
How to watch Ancient Apocalypse
All eight episodes are streaming on Netflix (opens in new tab) now.
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