I don't know, it's just that 'they keep talking about the paucity of written documentation during the period of the 5th to the 15th century AD', and it got me thinking...
DID WE JUST LOSE 1,000 YEARS OF HUMAN HISTORY?
"Poppy cock," you're probably spitting out your Sunday morning cornflakes.
But think about it, and it's not like it hasn't happened before:
a) recent recalculations i.e. missing periods, in the Ancient Egyptian timeline where whole dynasties have been placed in the wrong order or removed completely because of some blasé historical agenda.
b) recent recalculations i.e. missing periods, in the Jesus timeline where the ages of the relevant events appear 32 years earlier than they should because of some blasé historical agenda.
c) recent recalculations i.e. missing periods, in the period of history we call The Dark Ages because of some blasé historical agenda.
Now, this isn't a new idea. There's something called the Phantom Time Hypothesis which concerns itself almost specifically with the 5th to the 15th century AD.
Remember, "History is Written by the Victors," but let's not be overly naive about this, history is rarely written in real-time. Take the Jesus story itself... the Gospels weren't written at the time of the Man's Crusade. There are no written logs glowing, "Went to a Jesus gig today, man that preacher rocked, I wonder if he'll be remembered as the best prophet in times to come," etc. Contemporary reviews of the actions of the man don't exist in the Historical Records either. Jesus, like the Dark Ages, wasn't chronicled. Didn't actually exist.
Until later, a long time later; when the stories started to appear: when the web of the legend spins. The Garden of Eden. The Ancient Greek Gods of War and Love. The Dinosaurs.
Yes, dinosaurs existed millions of years ago, right? If you can form a(n Electric Universe) mountain range in a few molten seconds... If you can increase a planet's gravity by decoupling it from one stellar host to another... If you can project backwards a timeline that never existed...
Then anything is possible, surely?
How old is this planet, and what role do we really have upon it?