Lost Knowledge of the Ancients: A Graham Hancock Reader Paperback – Aug 13 2010
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"Altogether, the reflections of these frontier investigators provide a big-picture perspective on the cycle of human existence which challenges orthodox knowledge. If you've not read their works before, this anthology is an ideal place to start." (Nexus Magazine, Vol. 17, No.8, October 2010)
"Fascinating! That's how I found the theories in Lost Knowledge of the Ancients." (Irene Watson, Reader Views, October 2010)
“The face of archaeology has been irrevocably changed . . . This volume brings together a series of essays which explores many aspects of this new domain with papers covering diverse. . .” (Living Traditions Magazine, January 2011)
“This incredible anthology introduces the revolutionary work of cutting-edge researchers who are currently defining a new view of not only the high level of science and technology in the remote past but also the relationship of humanity to cosmic cycles over vast expanses of time. Lost Knowledge of the Ancients may hold the key to our future.” (Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D., author of Voyages of the Pyramid Builders and Pyramid Quest)
“These accounts of ‘lost’ or anomalous knowledge are building blocks of an alternative universe, and, taken altogether, they reveal something of the deep structure of this alternative universe. They also show that this universe made up of anomalies may be more real than the everyday, commonsensical one!” (Mark Booth, author of The Secret History of the World)
About the Author
Glenn Kreisberg, editor of the Author of the Month page at GrahamHancock.com, is a radio frequency engineer, writer, researcher, and licensed outdoor guide and currently serves as the vice president of the New England Antiquities Research Association. The author of numerous articles and papers, including Lithic Mysteries of the Northeast, he is the founder and editor of the alternative science and history website ASHnews.org. He lives in Woodstock, New York, with his wife and two children.See all Product Description
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Each chapter is an abstract of a particular book by the author whom wrote it. Some of the chapters are an honest effort to provide an interesting summary of their books. Most chapters are devoid of real information and time is often spent attempting to convince you to buy their book or video on the subject. A search of the topics on the internet would have yielded just as much information at no cost whatsoever.
No serious subject can withstand the carney hucksterism of the snake oil salesman. It demeans the material. It pollutes the few authors whom make an honest attempt to give a chapter of useful information. As the material is often controversial, at best, all the more reason to err on the side of a more complete treatment.
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In two words this book is quite an `eye-opener'. And these are not the words of some sycophant. I have read and take on board much of what mainstream historians have to say about our ancient past - and yet I feel there are still questions. Over the past two decades I have read various works of the better known alternative historians presented in this book but what I found quite remarkable and somewhat surprising in this anthology is that it is the lesser known contributors here that actually, in my opinion, have contributed the most intriguing and controversial material to this work.
I did not entirely understand the math, but Dr Flavio Barbiero's pole shift article sent shivers down my spine. I would dearly love to see a constructive rebuttal by mainstream science of the theory he presents. Likewise the essay on the Gulf of Khambat by S. Badrinaryan presents highly compelling evidence of an ancient civilization that pre-dates anything mainstream historians seem prepared to acknowledge. The Article by S. Creighton seems to expand Robert Bauval's Orion Theory into a whole new dimension although I think this particular article could have benefited from some diagrams to help better explain the expanded theory.
Was this book worth the dollar? I think if you feel there are questions in our ancient history that are not easily answered or are perhaps poorly answered by the prevailing historical opinion then why not consider alternative views? After all, if mainstream opinion cannot categorically prove, for example, the true age of the Sphinx, and there is potential evidence available that could perhaps prove that the ancient Egyptian civilization is much older than we presently think, then why should we not consider other such opinions? Why should we not look at ALL interpretations of the available evidence? No one has a monopoly on the evidence, or the truth - it is, after all, mere interpretation. And surely there can be more than one interpretation? After all, there is no umpire from ancient times to say this person is right and this person is wrong.
In my opinion, the many ideas expressed in this gem of a book are very refreshing, particularly those essays from the lesser known authors. All the various authors have clearly researched their subject and seem to know it intimately. This anthology, in my considered opinion, is well researched and presents a significant challenge to mainstream scholars regarding certain aspects of our most ancient history. As such, I seriously doubt it will find any favor at all with those of a more mainstream view of our ancient history. But I think even the most hidebound academic must accept that there are gaps in our knowledge of our history, many unanswered questions with regard to our most ancient past. These authors could well be in error in what they are saying but this book is bold enough to attempt to try and address some of those unanswered questions.
Rightly or wrongly, this book cannot be dismissed simply because it challenges orthodox opinion. If it is to be dismissed then it must be done so on the basis of evidence. And from what I have seen here, the evidence presented in many of the articles in this book of an alternative paradigm to our past is highly compelling and cannot be easily dismissed.
An intriguing and fascinating read that is sure to ruffle the feathers of those of a more mainstream view of our most ancient history.
Just my two cents.
To any one not familiar with the work of the authors presented, this collection also serves as a fine introduction to alternative views to the status quo theories of a wide range of modern sciences. Whether it's the pyramids and their purpose, the effects of cosmic pulses on consciousness, or the flawed history of the first americans, each presentation leaves one with plenty of food for thought as well as intelligently challenging our ideas about what we've come to believe about each. All in all - Well worth your time and money.