Recently, JR who is a frequent commentator on this blog noticed something fascinating via google earth. He began to notice huge amounts of land that were possibly ancient farmlands all around the world. This begs the question: What were ancient people growing so much food for if the global population back then really wasn’t that large?
Below are the comments posted by JR concerning his finds. At the end I will post my own thoughts about this phenomena. GREAT FIND JR!! Now we must solve this mystery and that’s why I’ve created this post so that we can discuss your finds in one place 🙂
COMMENTS BY JR about ancient farming:
Well in following this as you guys are I realized something interesting. I got to thinking about ancient farming and how much was being farmed that is now lost due to the environment drying up into desert like the or civilizations disappearing and farmlands being over grown.
As you know I am big about exploring with Google Earth. I have found evidence of ancient farmlands being much more area than current farm lands by about ten to one. A thought came to me that the ancient populations, maybe even “before” the last ice age, had to be absolutely incredible and not at all what we are lead to believe.
I did some theoretical math based on what I can see with my own eyes on Google Earth. We are digging up previously ancient farmed land everywhere, the overgrown Amazon for example. By my estimates I figure from what I see about 30% of most continents were being farmed at one time in the past.
What we farm now is but a fraction of what was once actually being farmed. The current population is 7.6 billion right? So figure it takes an average of one acre to feed one person for a year no matter how it is utilized. Grain, Crops, or Husbandry. So we are currently using about the same in farmland acreage.
So based on just what I can see and what we have dug up in just South America and Now Africa including the Sahara. The ancient population numbers we are given just do not add up now that we are finding all this ancient farmland.
Not counting the much wetter past Middle East, what little there was in North America, Southern Asia, China, and now arid parts of India like the Indus Valley…
6,880,000 sq miles = 4,403,200,000 acres
30% = 1,320,960,000 Acres
11,600,000 sq miles = 7,424,000,000
30% = 2,227,200,000
3,548,160,000 Acres total farmed in ancient S.A. and Africa. One acre per individual average equates to 3.5 billion in just South America and Africa alone. Now my thinking might be off on this but what made me wonder about this discrepancy was tooling around the Andes on Google Earth and realizing that every mountain grade 45 degrees or even steeper is terraced for ancient farming.
And we now know most of the flatter lands were also all farmed and no longer farmed like the Nasca Plain . That is a huge amount of acreage and not being looked at as a total. In fact from what I am looking at there the total of ancient acreage no longer farmed is more than even the current population numbers of South America would ever need. Same with Africa…
Like I say I might be off a bit but the evidence is there for a very possible huge discrepancy. Something isn’t quite right with the official estimates.
Has anyone else taken a real look at this?
Yes, something just isn’t right… Why would they farm all that if they didn’t need it? Survival was hard enough let alone unnecessary effort without real need. I will have to dig deeper when I get a chance Continue Reading