Robert M Schoch



Dr. Robert M. Schoch, a full-time faculty member at the College of General Studies at Boston University since 1984, earned his Ph.D. (1983) in Geology and Geophysics at Yale University. He also holds an M.S. and M.Phil. in Geology and Geophysics from Yale, as well as degrees in Anthropology (B.A.) and Geology (B.S.) from George Washington University.

In the early 1990s, Dr. Schoch stunned the world with his revolutionary research that recast the date of the Great Sphinx of Egypt to a period thousands of years earlier than its standard attribution. In demonstrating that the leonine monument has been heavily eroded by water despite the fact that its location on the edge of the Sahara has endured hyper-arid climactic conditions for the past 5,000 years, Schoch revealed to the world that mankind’s history is greater and older than previously believed. More recently Dr. Schoch has determined the astronomical cause of the demise of antediluvian civilizations, which he describes in his book Forgotten Civilization: The Role of Solar Outbursts in Our Past and Future, along with the scientific and archaeological evidence that supports his conclusions.

Dr. Schoch has been quoted extensively in the media for his work on ancient cultures and monuments across the globe, including Egypt, Turkey, Bosnia, Romania, England, Wales, Scotland, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Chile (Easter Island), Indonesia, and Japan. His research has been instrumental in spurring renewed attention to the interrelationships between geological and astronomical phenomena, natural catastrophes, and the early history of civilization. Dr. Schoch has appeared on numerous radio and television shows and is featured in the Emmy-winning documentary The Mystery of the Sphinx, which first aired on NBC in 1993.

The author and coauthor of books both technical and popular, Dr. Schoch’s works include Phylogeny Reconstruction in Paleontology (1986), Stratigraphy: Principles and Methods (1989), Voices of the Rocks: A Scientist Looks at Catastrophes and Ancient Civilizations (1999), Voyages of the Pyramid Builders: The True Origins of the Pyramids from Lost Egypt to Ancient America (2003), Pyramid Quest: Secrets of the Great Pyramid and the Dawn of Civilization (2005), and The Parapsychology Revolution: A Concise Anthology of Paranormal and Psychical Research (2008). Dr. Schoch is also the coauthor of an environmental science textbook used in universities across the United States, and he has contributed to numerous magazines, journals, and reviews on geology, parapsychology, and ancient civilizations. His works have been translated into a number of languages and distributed around the world. His most recent book is Forgotten Civilization: The Role of Solar Outbursts in Our Past and Future (2012), published by Inner Traditions.

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Talk 1: The Antiquity of Civilization: Rethinking the Paradigm

Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.

In the 1990s geologist Dr. Robert Schoch determined that the core-body of the Great Sphinx of Egypt dates back thousands of years earlier than the standard attribution of 2500 BCE, upending the conventional chronology of when and where civilization began. Further research by Schoch and others has confirmed Schoch’s original findings and clarified various matters. The head of the Sphinx was re-carved in dynastic times and there is a chamber, found seismically and still unexplored, under the left paw of the Sphinx. An older Sphinx ties in with celestial alignments found on the Giza Plateau and we are now aware of other structures in Egypt that date back to this earlier period. The implications of these discoveries are profound, forcing a re-writing of our early history. However, for many years conventional archaeologists demanded further evidence of civilization during a period when they believed humanity was still in a primitive hunter-gatherer stage. Now we have such evidence! Göbekli Tepe, a site located in Northern Mesopotamia (modern Turkey) was discovered subsequent to Dr. Schoch’s initial re-dating of the Sphinx and is currently under active excavation. Stratigraphic, radiocarbon, astronomical, and other analyses date Göbekli Tepe to the end of the last ice age, an astounding 12,000 years ago, confirming many of Dr. Schoch’s original speculations regarding how far back civilization goes. Dr. Schoch has visited Göbekli Tepe several times, studied it intensely, and finds it to be incredibly sophisticated – from the beautifully carved megalithic stone pillars arranged in circles with astronomical alignments, to the apparent symbolic representations on the pillars, to the sculptures, beads, and other artifacts found at the site. What is Göbekli Tepe? How do we interpret it? Why did its builders purposefully bury it 10,000 years ago?

Talk 2: The Collapse of Early Civilizations at the End of the Last Ice Age: Causes and Implications

Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D.

It has now been established that advanced civilizations flourished prior to the end of the last ice age, circa 10,000 BCE. Why did these early civilizations disappear? The key to the mystery may be found on Easter Island, home of the moai and the mysterious rongorongo script. An abundance of evidence – including geological, archaeological, and astrophysical – now points to a major solar outburst nearly 12,000 years ago, which had far reaching ramifications (this solar outburst may have been preceded, some 1200 years earlier, by a comet that impacted Earth or exploded in the atmosphere). Not only did the ancient mega solar outburst radically alter the climate, melting glaciers, causing torrential rains that resulted in widespread flooding, and raising sea levels by over a hundred meters, it also set off a cascade of associated natural disasters (electric and magnetic discharges hitting Earth touching off widespread wildfires, increased radiation levels on the surface of the planet, and a spike in earthquake and volcanic activity). The psyches of the few survivors of the catastrophes, our ancestors, were materially and directly affected. It took thousands of years before civilization reemerged, ultimately to give rise to our modern technological society. In recent years our Sun has been exhibiting erratic and unstable behavior, with violent mood swings from high activity to apparent dormancy, similar to its behavior at the end of the last ice age. Could a major solar outburst be in the offing?

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Endorsement of Forgotten Civilization: The Role of Solar Outbursts in Our Past and Future

“Schoch is a true scientist, following the data wherever it leads, heedless of political pressures or worn-out paradigms. Twenty-two years ago, his redating of the Sphinx launched the New Archaeology. Forgotten Civilization distills all that has happened since into a simple conclusion: that solar activity ended the last cycle of high culture and may destroy ours in turn. Schoch is no scaremonger, no hawker of a pet theory. What we do with this knowledge is up to us, but once digested, it changes everything.”

Joscelyn Godwin, Ph.D., senior faculty member at Colgate University


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