A New History for Humanity – The Human Era

by birtanpublished on September 29, 2020

Humans have existed for millions of years as part of nature but then something changed and in an incredibly short amount of time we terraformed this planet and designed it to fit our needs as far as we know with the first beings to awaken and completely take over a

Planet with the transition from hunting and gathering to farming and building was so breathtakingly fast that many of our ways of thinking about the world are no longer useful one of our most outdated ideas is that the most commonly

Used calendar in the world insists that we live in the year 2016 this distorts our view of our own history and makes it harder to understand who we are as a species and just how far we've come in an incredibly

Short amount of time so maybe it's time to choose a year zero for Humanity a year zero that truly represents us as a species and includes all cultures a year zero that marks when we began building our own world on top of the old one

12,000 years ago hundreds of humans came together in the hills of southern Anatolia they were hunters and gatherers without knowledge of Agriculture or metalworking all they had were tools

Made of stone and wood but they built humanity's first big construction project seven thousand years before the pyramids were built in Egypt spread over three hundred meters our ancestors erected circles of massive stone pillars

Each of them up to six metres high and 40 tons in weight decorated with artful pictograms and stone carvings of animals and mythical creatures we have no idea how they were able to do this it was probably a project of epic scale for the

Stone Age requiring a level of organization we didn't know early humans were capable of until we found this site so why did they build it the most popular theory is that this was the first temple of humanity dedicated to

Long-forgotten gods we only know that this construction project the first of its kind marks the beginning of a new era it's in this area around that time that humans truly began to build their own

World which would make it a fitting milestone in our history for the start of our calendar this moment in time is so distinct that scientist Cesare emiliana proposed that humanity should switch to what he called the Holocene

Calendar by adding 10,000 years to our current Gregorian calendar we don't need to change our well-established days and months and religious calendars could stay the same as well but for all official purposes our current year would

Be the year 12,000 and 16 of the human era this would drastically alter how we think about history and how it feels let's take a very brief look and move through our new history from our New Year Zero 12,000 years ago saw the

Beginning of the first construction project kicking off our history it would be in use for about 2,000 years it took nearly a millennium until Jericho probably the first city on earth was founded in the year 1000 after the start

Of the human era progress was still very very slow at this point over the next thousand years more and more permanent settlements appeared around the world and more and more plants and animals were domesticated as agriculture spread

Evidence for trade over thousands of kilometres has been found from this period around five million humans were alive at this point in history fewer than live in London today technology advanced constantly at a slow pace

Pottery became widespread the first cultural communities appeared in China India and Fertile Crescent around the Year 4,000 8,000 years ago from today humans started to use metal for the first time

Learning to mix tin and copper and kick-starting what we know as the Bronze Age around the Year 5000 the first proto-writing emerged and the wheel was invented in South America the Chinchorro culture started to artificially mummify

Humans 2,000 years earlier than in ancient Egypt the first high cultures began emerging around the Year 7000 the Indus Valley Civilisation ancient Egypt the Minoans in Greece and the Sumerians in Mesopotamia Stonehenge was built in

Britain and the first dynasty in China began let's see the IceMen lived around this time what we consider history now started and things began picking up pace as the world population rose to over 30 million a number of new high cultures

Appeared around the world many writing down their legends more and more cities were founded in South America the Olmec culture emerged around this time the legendary siege of Troy is supposed to have happened soon after in the eastern

Mediterranean and the Fertile Crescent the Bronze Age ended in violence every Bronze Age culture except Egypt was destroyed by mysterious invaders rioting and progressive froze for hundreds of years around the Year 9500 what we

Consider Western culture began the Greek city-states beat off the Persian invasion and triggered their golden era ended by Alexander the Great around 9700 one hundred years later Rodan destroyed Carthage and became a

Dominant force in the world Caesar was murdered in the year nine thousand nine hundred and fifty-six while the world population had risen to about 300 million people and it's only now around the Year 10,000

That we've reached the point where the Gregorian calendar and our current method of marking human history begins a mere 2,000 years from now humans will walk on the moon if we think about history as we do now we are under

Playing 10,000 years of human progress and development including all of it in our calendar makes our past more impressive it shows how progress became exponential with time and it incorporates all humans

From all cultures into our calendar a new year zero for our history could reframe how we think of ourselves as a building project that started 12,000 years ago when for the first time our ancestors came together to carve a

Temple out of bedrock with tools made of stone not knowing what they would set in motion where it would lead us as a species from building the first temple to ships flying beyond the sky we've made eight cuts cause after

Version of the human error calendar that you can buy here if you want it's a calendar for 2017 but with one important difference it's for the year twelve thousand and seventeen the year we think we should be

In right now there are only a very limited amount available but if we sell enough of them we'll make this a regular thing and maybe produce more print products in the future the calendar is illustrated and we put in a few fun

Facts also as always if you like what we do please consider supporting us on patreon for buying things we made it really helps thanks and have a happy twelve thousand and seventeen

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