Study shows 297 years of history were completely made up
A new study by a German historian has revealed that the year is actually 1720 and the entire early Middle Ages were completely faked.
The new theory named the Phantom Time Hypothesis, claims to prove that Charles the Great never existed and 297 years of history were wholly made up.
The man behind the discovery, Heribert Illig, aims to prove that the time and the calendar, as we know it, has been altered due to the addition of fabricated historical events.
He claims that significant events have been added over time to give leaders a more colorful past.
These include battles, wars, and even the existence of kings themselves.
According to Illig, the Gregorian calendar is a lie, and large chunks of material used by historians are entirely false.
ATIS reports: No, this man is not crazy (at least not officially) and he claims to have archeological evidence to support his case.
In 1991, Illig proposed his theory, aptly called the Phantom Time Hypothesis.
He claims there was conspiracy entered into back in 1000 AD to change the dating system by three world rulers.
Illig claims that Pope Sylvester II, Holy Roman Emperor Otto III, and Byzantine Emperor Constantine VII all got together and changed the calendar to make it seem as if Otto had begun his reign in the millennial year of 1000 AD, rather than 996.
The reason being that 1000 sounded a lot more meaningful than 996 considering AD stands for “anno domini,” or, “the year of the Lord.”
Illig further claims that the trio altered existing documents, and created fraudulent historical events and people to back themselves up.
He argues that Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne was not, in fact, a real ruler, but merely a King Arthur-type legend.
He explains that through all of this tampering and forgery, an extra 297 years were added to history.
Two hundred and ninety-seven years that just didn’t happen.
Illig says that an inadequate system of dating medieval artifacts, as well as an over-reliance on written history are to blame.
According to his research, the years between 614 and 911 AD don’t quite add up.
The years before 614 were full of historically significant events, as were the years after 911, however, he claims that the ones in between were unusually dull.
He also points out that mathematical discrepancies between the Julian and Gregorian calendars further complicates things.
The Julian calendar says that a full year is 365.25 days long, whereas the Gregorian calendar — the one we use now — says it’s 11 minutes shorter than that.
Furthermore, Illig claims that Roman architecture in 10th century western Europe is too modern for the time period in which it was supposedly built.
Though his Phantom Time Hypothesis seems far-fetched, Illig has managed to find some supporters.
Dr. Hans-Ulrich Niemitz published a paper in 1995 titled “Did the Early Middle Ages Really Exist?” in which he claims, no they did not.
“Between Antiquity (1 AD) and the Renaissance (1500 AD), historians count approximately 300 years too many in their chronology,” Niemitz wrote.
“In other words: the Roman emperor Augustus lived 1700 years ago instead of the conventionally assumed 2000 years.”
Some of Niemitz’s claims echoed Illig’s, such as the discrepancies between the Julian and Gregorian calendars, and the lack of reliable historical sources.
Though, Niemitz did admit that a counterargument could exist, as the Byzantium and Islamic regions were at war during the period, which was well documented.
Most historians worldwide are critical of the hypothesis.
Countless historians have chosen to argue it has used recorded dates of solar eclipses to do so, along with documented histories from other parts of the world that overlap the “missing” time periods.