Patrick Nunn is Professor of Geography at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. Trained in the UK as a geographer and geologist, specializing in the effects of sea-level changes on landscape evolution, he spent much of his academic career at the University of the South Pacific where he became immersed in Pacific geological histories and cultural worldviews. Here he also developed interests in past and future climate changes and their impacts, especially in island worlds. He has lived in Australia for a decade, extending his research interests throughout this region. Author of more than three hundred peer-reviewed and several books, Patrick Nunn has also received a number of awards for his work. His scientific work shows that ancient myths and legends from around the world do in fact contain accurate records of major sea level rises and landscape shifts over the last roughly 13,000 years.
His recent books of interest are “Worlds in Shadow” and “On the Edge of Memory”
They are available from most outlets, including Amazon.com
More info: https://patricknunn.org/writing/books
Episode 54: Ancient Memories of Inundation - Tribal Myths of Prehistoric Catastrophe Proved True with Dr Patrick Nunn
November 28th, 2022 | Season 3 | 46 mins 23 secs
ancient history, geography, geology, history, indigenous culture
In this episode respected geologist and geographer Patrick Nunn shares insights into his ground-breaking research into ancient indigenous cultures and their oral traditions. Nunn’s work shows that these pre-literate societies’ verbally transmitted myths and legends actually encode truthful information about ancient catastrophic sea level rise and the resultant land loss and trauma. Astonishing cross-correlations between geographical and geological evidence and such stories dating back as much as 13,000 years have been established, validating ancient stories that were once dismissed as fable and imaginative fabrication. Nunn’s work supports the idea that while mainstream culture makes humanity look like a species with amnesia, many indigenous cultures have succeeded in remembering at least some of their roots—roots reaching back thousands of years.