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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company (Aug. 13 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591431174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591431176
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
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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.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa23ccb88) out of 5 stars 35 reviews
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HASH(0xa2696bb4) out of 5 stars Less than advertised Jan. 15 2011
By shawn kohut - Published on Amazon.com
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I rarely review books, but I felt this title required additional information to the potential buyer. This book is represented as a collection of writings on the Lost Knowledge of the Ancients. Unfortunately, I found it more of an opportunity for a group of authors to pimp their books.
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.
In a difficult economy, it behooves all of us to not waste each other's money.
43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa763b21c) out of 5 stars An Eye-Opener - Sure to Challenge Mainstream Opinion Jan. 4 2011
By Anne Wright - Published on Amazon.com
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It seems to me that there is some kind of intellectual battle going on. In this battle I think we are all pawns. I say this only because I am reasonably well-versed in the mainstream views of ancient history and yet I find that I cannot easily dismiss what the various writers in this book have to say about our ancient history.

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.
46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa763b45c) out of 5 stars Free thinkers unite! Nov. 20 2010
By William A. Nielsen - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this collection of essays and articles to be a concise and straight forward exploration of alternative approaches to a variety of disciplines. Though already familiar with some of the names and theories, it served to bring into sharp focus the quintessential position of each author regarding their chosen field of endeavor, as well as revealing their passion for the same. Even if you are familiar with Hancock, Bauval, Collins, Shoch, and others, one gets a real feel for where their coming from that may not be evident in some of their longer and more involved works.

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.
HASH(0xa763b600) out of 5 stars A sometimes interesting book that is filled with mystical and esoteric theories on so-called lost ancient knowledge. Jan. 29 2014
By Joseph J. Truncale - Published on Amazon.com
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Like most people I read books for a wide variety of reasons. In this case, "Lost Knowledge of the Ancients" edited by Glenn Kreisberg sounded like an interesting book. This is a book is organized into 14 sections and has numerous unusual topics and writers. The focus this volume to be less of a scientific approach and more of a mystical and esoteric view of ancient history. The introduction provides some basic information on the search for lost knowledge. Some of the unusual topics in this 243 page text includes the following:

Thoughts on parapsychology and the paranormal phenomena. Quantum philosophy and the ancient mystery school. The Egypt code. Alternative history and esoteric philosophy. An open letter to the editors of Archaeology. Dark mission. History and celestial time. the Orion key. The Cygnus mystery. Electromagnetism and the ancients. The gulf of Khambhat. The Orion zone. On the possibility of instantaneous shifts of the poles and mysterious strangers.

The main theme throughout this text seems to be aimed at the hard science community and how they refuse to recognize the alternative hypothesis these contributors are promoting. It is obvious most of the contributors believe in the esoteric pseudo-science answers to ancient mysteries rather than the theories most main street scientists have accepted. In any case, this book was at times very interesting. As a scientific minded individual I found some of the chapters amusing; however, I found no scientific compelling information to change my mind about some of these topics. Some of the topics in this book remind me of the power of faith, which is many times stronger than scientific facts, reason, logic and rationality.

Rating: 3 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Never Trust a Politician: A critical review of politics and politicians).
HASH(0xa763b4d4) out of 5 stars What are the Schools Teaching our Children? Sept. 3 2015
By Kathy F. Boulier - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read this twice already. I like the different articles by the greatest investigative reporters and scientists of all make and model out there who are at the cutting edge, discovering various parts of our past, being active in their fields and not sitting on their hands like so many so-called experts who simply copy what has been tossed about for decades when we need to know the new theories and discoveries. I'm afraid what they are teaching my grandkids in school. I plan to go back to college soon to find out what they are tossing about there.