Experience the awe of standing at the Point of Human Origins. Visit world renowned archaeological site with earliest evidence for modern human behaviour. Mossel Bay, South Africa.
Our tour is a dual journey - one in space and time, and one within. Our main goals are to create awareness of the original human design, to awaken the human spirit, and to inspire people to change the way they behave towards all life on our planet.
Point of Human Origins offers an experience with Dr. Peter Nilssen (3-4 hours) and Guided Cave Visits (90 min).
Please note that ALL tours and cave visits by appointment only. The sites are not open to the public.
To book please contact us for details or visit our website http://www.humanorigin.co.za/
Peter Nilssen: Why archaeology?
For me, the archaeological record is like a road map of human development with signposts that indicate where we've been, what we've done, what has worked, and what hasn’t.
Our current situation on the planet clearly indicates that what we are doing doesn’t work- hence the death of our oceans, the death of species, the destruction of our fellow humans, the destruction of nature, and the insane belief that we are all separate, and that we need to kill each other and everything around us in order to survive.
Our present condition is overwhelmingly indicative of a dysfunctional and highly destructive species - a society hell-bent on devastation.
We are the single most dangerous animal roaming the earth.
While the Middle Stone Age was almost certainly never a rosy time for humans, people at that time were clearly doing something that worked, something that allowed our species to survive a near extinction event - the genetic bottleneck - sometime between 150, 000 and 200,000 years ago.
So what were they doing?
The archaeological record shows us that there were two major components of human behaviour that allowed us to survive. The first was technology (which indicates cognitive abilities) and the second was a belief system based on a close connection with the natural and animal world, and on a reverence for life - which I think of as ‘intuition’ or ‘spirituality.’
That belief system is still alive - barely - amongst the last remaining hunter gatherers such as the Australian aborigines and the San of the Kalahari.
The rest of us have excelled in technology, but - on the whole - we’re spiritually bankrupt. In my opinion it is the absence of the second behavioural attribute that has brought humanity to its knees. Instead of a connection to the planet that supports us, we worship power, and we’re allowing ourselves to be led over the cliff.
The significance of the archaeological record then, specifically the record of the Middle Stone Age, is that it is the record of the origins of all humans alive on the planet today. It is therefore a potentially powerful catalyst for unifying a desperately divided species.
If a belief system grounded in a reverence for all forms of life - and in the interconnectivity of animals (including humans) and the environment - is the thing that pulled us through that near extinction event nearly 200,000 years ago, then maybe we should take cognisance of the signposts on our road map, and start mending the hole that we created when we stopped living IN nature - when we started trying to live ON TOP of it, and trying to manipulate and control the planet’s finite resources for our short-term gain.
Our progression through the Middle Stone Age speaks to us all as one - rather than to our more recent histories of ‘us’ and ‘them.’ “The significance of the archaeological record then, specifically the record of the Middle Stone Age, is that it is the record of the origins of all humans alive on the planet today. “It is therefore a potentially powerful catalyst for unifying a desperately divided species. “ ~ Dr. Peter Nilssen