Welcome to the Apkallu Initiative
the apkallu initiative in brief
The ability of human kind to successfully explore and colonise the galaxy firstly depends on our capacity to leave the home world and avoid the cyclic catastrophes of nature; from the Sun, planets, or other objects of our Solar System. History tells us that approximately 12,500 years ago Homo Sapiens emerged from being a hunter-gatherer species to one of an agricultural-farming one, in what is termed the Neolithic revolution, as we transitioned from the Palaeolithic age into the Mesolithic age. Prior to this Palaeolithic cave art dating back around 40,000 years and older, tells us about the early history of thinking man. The history of human civilization may not be as linear as we once thought and recent discoveries such as Gobekli Tepi in the South East Anatolia region of Turkey, are suggesting that instead history may have been interrupted by periods of natural catastrophe to the extent that human progress from ancient Cro-Magnon man, perhaps as far back as 300,000 years, is thwarted and we have had to begin again.
In addition, observations of Oxygen isotope ratios from the Greenland ice cores, suggest up to five major interglacial periods in the last 400,000 years where global climatic conditions were similar to today, and the opportunity for human civilization to arise was present prior to the Mesolithic age. It is well established that incidences such as the Cretacious-Tertiary (K-T) extinction 66 million years ago led to devastation in our global environment and a prolonged winter which affected the photosynthesis of plants and plankton life. There is also evidence emerging of more recent impact events such as around the period known as the Younger-Dryas around 12,900 to 11,700 years ago, which saw a return to glacial conditions which temporarily reversed the gradual climatic warming after the last glacial maximum which began receding around 20,000 years ago.
In this web site we outline an initiative for the construction of an artefact that contains the foundation knowledge of human kind, necessary to reboot human civilization in the event of a global cataclysm. This artefact, which is called a mini-lith (analogous to Megalithic structures of the ancient world) would be constructed of hard stone and designed to last for at least 100,000 years. It would contain knowledge of multiple disciplines of thought such as geometry, mathematics, astronomy, biology, architecture, agriculture, law to name a few, such that any surviving communities of a future event could study this and thereby gain assistance in the re-booting of civilization. This is analogous to other ancient structures in history such as the Code of Hammurabi which have helped to preserve deep knowledge regarding the formation of a civilization. It is hoped that this web site will serve as an initial home for the project, in advance of the project coming to full public attention, and thereby seeing the construction of such an artefact come to fruition at some point in the coming years.