A new Netflix documentary series has divided viewers as it challenges everything we know about human civilisation on Earth. The six-part series, which is currently in the top 10 programmes in the UK on the streaming site, has been branded “dangerous” due to a narrative which promotes conspiracy theories.
Ancient Apocalypse uncovers mysteries surrounding archaeological phenomenons around the world including the world’s largest pyramid in Mexico, megalithic temples of Malta and even the Bimini rock formation off the coast of Miami, which has been fabled to lead to the ancient city of Atlantis.
According to British author and journalist Graham Hancock, who hosts the show “we have forgotten something incredibly important in our own past”.
Narrating the show’s trailer, he goes on to explain as a species with “amnesia,” humans have long forgotten what he described as “a lost, advanced civilisation of the ice age”.
In the trailer, the journalist explained how he “spent decades searching for proof of this lost civilisation” and that he wants to “challenge the traditional views of human history”.
Stuart Heritage at The Guardian has branded the series “the most dangerous show on Netflix,” and fears some of Hancock’s theories will be treated as fact.
He wrote: “It whispers to the conspiracy theorist in all of us. And Hancock is such a compelling host that he’s bound to create a few more in his wake.”
Hancock takes viewers across the globe with him, visiting forgotten archaeological sites, which he insists prove his theories.
The persuasive narrator, who promotes “pseudoscientific theories” is known for his controversial speculations on science and history, which contradict mainstream academia.
Hancock’s views and interpretations of history have divided viewers, with many taking to Twitter to share their thoughts.
American Geologist Matt Willemsen posted: “Ancient Apocalypse is the most dangerous show on Netflix – A show with a truly preposterous theory is one of the streaming giant’s biggest hits – and it seems to exist solely for conspiracy theorists.
“Why has this been allowed?”
Other academics have accused the show of disrespecting scientists’ line of work.
Archaeologist John Hoopes said: “Thanks to #ArchaeologyTwitter for calling out the rude absurdities of Graham Hancok’s #AncientApocalypse. Our efforts have not gone unnoticed, We feel seen.” (sic)
Dr. Sara Parcak, an Anthropology Professor from the University of Alabama also voiced her thoughts on Twitter: “Graham Hancock doesn’t know how to dig, or run an excavation/ survey.
“It’s like saying I cannot do heart surgery. It’s just a fact. Not mean. He’s not an archaeologist.”
But other viewers praised the series and its compelling content as Bunnyzbear posted: “Ancient Apocalypse is magnificent and deeply informative”
While the series has definitely sparked debates on social media, it hasn’t stopped viewers around the world from tuning in as it remains one of the most popular shows on the streaming giant.
Some have posed the question as to whether theories like Hancock’s should be platformed for such a large audience and labelled as a ‘documentary.’
Others were quick to point out the streaming giant’s senior manager of unscripted originals happens to be Hancock’s son.