Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth’s Lost Civilization

ISBN: 0517887290
ISBN 13: 9780517887295
By: Graham Hancock Santha Faiia

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An exciting journey of discovery that spans continents and centuries, seeking evidence of humanity's first great civilization.

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Intriguing writer who challenges conventional wisdom through keen observation of physical evidence aroudn the planet.

Aaron Rodriguez

I really am not sure what more there is to say other than pleasurable mouth-noise that is indicative of a sigh of a relief. In no way did this book disappoint. Moreover, I found that it was able to speak to the inner-self's journalistic-archaeologist. Hancock captures the inquisitive inquiries that the reader may, or may not, have. More importantly Hancocks FOTG provides a vast citation source which substantiates all if its claims regarding the anomalies of past epochs and its associated prehistory. Times in which, quite possibly at one point or another, an as-of-yet unidentified lost civilization has left fingerprint-smudges of their ancient, (pre)historical presence. My only problem with the book is that there is no way to know that zodiacal anthropomorphism of constellations such as Leo, the constellation of a lion, was a animalistic imagery recognized by ancient observers. In other words, just because Leo and the sphinx have many characteristics in that it is indeed a lion. There is no way to know, as far as I am aware of and I may be speaking out of line that, the ancients who built the sphinx did so because they were projecting the constellation of Leo. How can we be do certain that the ancients thought of the constellation of Leo as a lion? And moreover how can a Greek-based stance on astronomy be the basis of how science (archeoastronomy) justifies the (re)constructions of past civilizations? Other than that one beef, I found this book entertaining, fun, and educational. A perfect mixture of fact and narrative that Hancock and FOTGs associates coalesced beautifully. Go fucking read it and learn how people back in the day knew more than just how to bang rocks together. It's eery knowing that people used to be really fucking smart and had the cohesiveness of working together to construct such megaliths and monuments that defy today's comprehension. It is amazing that people, if they are united under a common goal, are capable of leaving their mark (i.e. fingerprints) on history, telling future generations, who stumble upon their ruins, a story of the pasts' culture and individuality. And i cant help but feel appreciative of how such stories and people, although physically no-longer with the present-moment, can be preserved through the cataclysm of time. Great read.


I have mixed feelings about this book. What I liked: Hancock covers a lot of territory (literally) exploring physical evidence of ancient civilizations all over the world; in this book he is mostly focused in South America and Egypt. The evidence he uses to support his theory is fascinating and provokes a lot of questions regarding to current theories in mainstream science. What I disliked: First, he uses too much of an anecdotal approach for what could be a balanced scientific work. I had the feeling throughout that he couldn't make up his mind whether he was writing a scientific journal article or an action/adventure novel, and in the end compromised with something that doesn't work for either. The his stories re: how he gathered evidence are interesting, but would be better saved for another book or a "Bonus Material" section; as they are they just detract from the real story - Hancock's controversial theory of ancient civilization. The scientific community has been largely critical of his theory as "pseudoscience," but this book shows a lot of interesting evidence that needs to be better explained. I would have much preferred a more straightforward read presenting the evidence on it own and then giving balanced opinions and theories, putting dissenting scientists in their own words.


Bene, che dire di questo libro che ho tenuto in lettura per ben un mese. Sensazionale. Potete pure chiamarla pseudo-archeologia, ma la logica non sbaglia. Questo libro è un viaggio nel tempo, dalle prime scoperte, fino alle ultime. Dall'America, all'Egitto. Il tutto è collegato solo e soltanto seguendo la logica, non vuole fare storia, non vuole fare il maestro, non vuole essere uno pseudo-archeologo.L'unica cosa che vuole dal suo lettore è poter, grazie ai suoi ragionamenti (semplici, che potrebbero benissimo farli chiunque), farvi arrivare alla calotta cranica una piccola pulce che si insinua piano piano nel vostro cervello per farvi domandare. Perché è la domanda l'unica cosa fondamentale, non ti da risposte, ti chiede di domandarti. L'uomo è in cerca di risposte, l'uomo è in cerca di domande. L'uomo non conosce a fondo questo mondo, non conosce nemmeno sé stesso e allora domanda.Ed io aggiungo un piccolo ed insignificante, BASTA.Basta con queste risposte fittizie, basta con questo bigottismo.Domandate, domandate sempre.

Heather Koehler

If you’ve seen Stargate, 10,000 BC, or 2012 you’ll recognize the research behind those films. It’s no coincidence that all were directed by Roland Emmerich. In truth, that’s why I decided to read this book. I’m a huge Stargate fan. Fingerprints of the Gods presents a view of history that, like the films based on its research, has earned the scorn of traditional archeologists. It point-by-point contradicts the established timeline of human civilization. As a historian (or at least, someone with a BA in History), I’m trained to scoff at these types of books. And yet, Hancock’s evidence is so much more comprehensive than traditional archeologists’ that I find myself unable to ignore the research in this book. In fact, I find myself convinced.There were places where the science was over my head. Much as I loved my Astronomy and Geology courses, they were only introductory classes. The photographs and diagrams help to visually explain, and Hancock does a diligent job writing out all the mathematical calculations for the readers who have not studied Trigonometry or Geometry. This book is fifteen years old, and so some parts do seem slightly dated, but only in the sense that some astronomical events Hancock calls ‘future’ have already taken place.Fingerprints of the Gods raises more questions than it answers, but I’m comfortable with that. I read to be challenged by ideas, not to be bludgeoned with facts. Furthermore, my mind has always been open to new theories. It was no great leap of faith for me to accept that there is more to our history than what we know.


buku yg sangat menarik!diawali dg penyelidikan thd peta yg terbukti otentik milik piri reis,seorang admiral terkemuka pada masa turki ottoman abad 16. dl peta tersebut tergambar dg sangat akurat daratan kutub selatan tanpa tutupan salju. padahal terakhir kali kutub selatan tdk tertutup salju adalah pd 4000 SM, dan survei seismik yg memungkinkan pemetaan daratan yg tertutup salju baru bisa dilakukan pada tahun 1960-an. pd peta piri reis terdapat catatan dari sang admiral, bahwa dia menyalin peta tsb dari sumber terdahulu yg ada di perpustakaan konstantinopel-yg merupakan pusat iptek di kala itu.berdasarkan penelitian lebih lanjut peta itu hanya dapat dibuat jika sang kartografer (pembuat peta) setidaknya memiliki tiga hal yaitu : melakukan ekspedisi yg luar biasa menjelajah bumi, keahlian matematika (memiliki pengetahuan trigonometri spherikal) dan keahlian kartografi kelas satu, serta yd ketiga adalah memiliki chronometer(pencatat waktu) yg canggih. instrumen yg terakhir tsb digunakan untuk dapat menentukan longitude/garis bujur yg akurat-yg tidak dpt dilakukan oleh peradaban kuno sumeria, mesir ataupun yunani. alat ini diketahui baru ditemukan oleh pembuat jam dari Inggris pd abad 18, dan mulai digunakan pd th 1770-an.Jadi siapakah pembuat peta-peta tsb(selain piri reis banyak ditemukan peta-peta kuno lain seperti milik piri reis)? Apakah ada sebuah peradaban yg hilang,yg kemungkinan mempunyai teknologi seperti saat ini bahkan mungkin lebih maju? Mungkinkah peradaban seperti Atlantis bukan sekadar legenda?...hehehe,menarik!


I try not to be easily swayed when reading about certain subjects, but the author, Graham Hancock, did a phenomenal job of convincing me of every one of his theories. Most of the book discusses the Giza pyramids and the Sphinx in Egypt and how their mysterious construction, and the construction of Mayan pyramids, are all related to a possible ancient civilization as advanced as our own. These massive structures and certain inscriptions could have been intended to pass on knowledge, as well as serve as a warning of a massive cataclysmic event like the one that may have wiped out theirs. Using similarities in myths and structure design across the globe, the alignment of the pyramids and Sphinx with constellations of a specific age long before recorded history, and other geological evidence supporting a shift of the earth's crust, Fingerprints of the Gods is one hell of a compelling read. And you will be convinced by the end of this book that these are not mere conspiracy theories and myths, but most likely shreds of truth that managed to make it to our ears through thousands and thousands of years.


** spoiler alert ** Excellent book, very though provoking. Huge amounts of data and research as one takes a voyage with G. Hancock through his global research voyage hunting to discover the truth.The sheer volume of data presented in this book will either be something you appreciate [because it makes his case very strong:] or make you shy away.There are many things to discuss about this book, but the conclusions seem to be that:1. There was an advanced civilization living prior to the last ending iceage in 11,000BC+ most likely in Antartica [which then was warmer and not under ice:].2. Major floods, combined with a polar shift, and probably also tectonic movements which moved antartica into the polar region [and canada/wisconsin-usa out of it:] occurred, sea levels rise 400 feet in less than 200 years, and left the earth devastated for at least 1000 if not 2000 years.3. Major myth stories of "the flood" permeate the world. It is the most common ancient myth story on earth, shared in more than 130+ cultures and 80+ countries.4. Those who survived the upheaval were often reduced to barbarism, and cannibalism spread around the world. Forcing everyone back into "the stone age"5. Some of the people from the advanced civilization managed to educate, teach and share their knowledge of science, calendars, long-term celestial cycles, medicine and astronomy with various peoples across the world. The laps of time between devastation and these civilisers actually being able to carry out their work is likely to have been in the order of several thousand years.6. Given the gap of time between devastation, barabrisim and survial, and their re-encounter with the "civilisers" these people were often viewed as Gods; and are described in all north, central, north American, Egyptian and Sumerian cultures in a similar manner: White men, with long bears; often symbolized by the snake [either as a crown, and/or as their boats:], and with a cross [This is pre-Christianity, and these crosses are more like upright "X"s:]7. In many areas these cilizers are killed or fail, or their methods are taken but corruption or power thwarts their efforts. However a few areas take on the ideas well, especially Egypt.8. Egypt was in 11,000BC a tropical location, with lush lands and rainfall. It was the "age of Leo", and a Sphinx was built that would face the rising sun in Leo perfectly (in 10,450 BC).9. Three pyramids were built, with stones so big it defies logic, in a pattern that aligns it perfectly with the belt of Orion, the river Nile as the Milky-way and Drakonis [back then the North Star:]. This new alignment will only re-occurre again in some 25,920 years10. The pyramids use the π and phi ratio, numbers that relate to the processional spin of the earth [how fast it "wobbles" and the 25,920 years required to return to where it was:].11. The grand pyramid is an exact-to-scale model of the earth, where if one multiples the ratio of precession to the sphere the pyramid makes, it is in exact proportion to the round-earth itself.12. One theory has it that the Pyramids were built as important markers for a future civilization. The exact correlation of their position with the movements of the stars would give future generations knowledge as to when they were built [10,450 BC:]14. The Olecs adopt the calendar system "from the gods" which later the Mayan adapt from the Olecs, known as "The Mayan calendar". This calendar employs similar mathematics and information about earth's precession, as well as the inevitability of the earth undergoing total devastation again in the future.15. Many large stones are found, like those at Giza, Egypt in many south/central American sites; including cities at the top of mountain lakes and Machu Pichu, Peru. These stones also show the same techniques for fitting, cutting and cementing in every site. Along with the same large 80 to 200 ton blocks; often raised in confines which are not logically possible.16. Ancient folk lore speaks in both the Americas and in Egypt of Magicians/Gods who could move large stones with "sound" or "words of command". And both also speak of Dwarves who were builders.17. After the Giza pyramids every following pyramid was built in inferior methods, probably some 6 to 8,000 years later. Then, near the end of the Egyptian rule, one pyramid is built with all its walls covered with texts that describe foreign words, machines, implements and things which Egyptologists can't translate, or more air ships in a sort of historification of their knowledge.18. The next two small pyramids they built, no one has been able to enter, since Egypt has placed a military base around them. No one, no scientist, Egyptologist, historian or the like has ever been able to visit them.19. People from 10AD to 1500AD find various maps of Antartica, which show it without ice and correct place the mountains and rivers at where they would be if there wasn't 2-miles of ice over them today.20. The Sphinx erodes from 6000-8000 years of rainfall between 11 millennium BC and 4,000 BC, until eventually Egypt turns into a desert.21. All the old texts and cultures [Egyptian, Mayan, north/south/central USA, India:] all speak of celestial ages being in relation to where the sun rises [we are in the age of Pisces still now:], and of there being a risk of total-global destruction between the passing of one age to the next. The Mayan calendar, possibly the oldest calendar system we know [and the most accurate, more so than our Gregorian:] seems to pin this date to two days before Christmas 2012.and another 20 or so more points I could write... it just goes on and on, there is so much information here, well founded on research, that it really is a thick 500 page read that will bustle your mind.Nearly all of the data is referenced between many cultures and many texts, with different quotes coming from all places [the Bible, Islamic faiths, Chinese ancient texts, mathematics, geology, astronomy, cultures all across the Americas, India and so forth:] -- that it makes it actually very hard to not believe Graham's Conclusions on the data he has so carefully collected.If his Ideas are right, then it would mean that Civilisation has been completely destroyed in the past, and it can likely happen again; but this time around, what would be different? Would we loose everything? If we did, would those few who held their knowledge in their heads become "Gods"? Could we bridge spans of 2,000 years of time between one devastation and the coast of a new stable "drier" world to start off where we left off, or would all our ancient knowledge become "myth" once more?Other questions that come up, it is clear from the history of many cited cultures, that who ever these "gods" were that gave them the gifts of civilization, that this knowledge also represented "power"; power which could be wielded over others; as it has been, since the time of Babylon [slaves, sacrifices etc:]. The question is: if all of mankind were stripped of all their tools, knowledge and technology, is it better to let them learn it all over themselves? Or to teach them what you knew, even if that means that they may not know how to handle or appreciate it, and thus get lost in a cycle of corruption, abuse and power?Who knows, maybe the last civilization was "smarter" than this one. Looking at the state of the world, one has to wonder...

Erik Graff

Michael Miley turned me on to Hancock during one of my visits to San Francisco. Since then I've read more of the author, seen one of his television documentaries and heard many of his interviews. The overwhelming conclusion I've drawn is that Hancock is earnest and well-intended. As his books about global poverty suggest, he is a compassionate and ethical fellow.He is not, however, a specialist in history, geology or archeology. He is a learned amateur and, given his many years as a straight journalist, a decent writer. Fingerprints of the Gods is perhaps the best of his alternative histories to be recommended as an introduction to his work as it is more global than some of them.


I must say I enjoyed reading the book. I like Hancock's style of writing, which is clear and easy to follow. Unfortunately he does not score so high on objective research side. I appreciate the years of work he put to the material, but he even admits himself that he is on a mission to "prove" his theory, which puts him in the same class of mainstream academicians that he criticizes. He says he did not focus on Antarctica, because he realized he does not "need" it. Well, looking for truth requires objectivity and freedom from bias. As soon as we talk about "needs" we can say goodbye to truth and welcome fanaticism. Apart from that I think he has interesting points on the origin of our current civilization, and it certainly is fun to read some alternative speculations.


not yet done with this book, but i have discovered several grossly false statements. Most of the stories regarding Virococha that refer to him as a being white were documented well after the Spanish took over(Graham fails to state this and concludes all the Virococha types must have come from Europe). I don't disagree with his conclusion as he presents other evidence, but this facet is lazy.he presents a lot of information and as typical for Hancock it takes him way longer to say something than it should. i like his guiding theory behind the book, but really the most valuable information is his references in the back.his search for a mother culture for humanity leads him to rip off of another author's work, Rand and Rose Flem-Ath who propose a mother culture started in Antarctica, the Earth's crust shifted moving Antarctica from a temperate climate to the south pole. The residents fled to all parts of the earth which is why so many ancient myths have so much in common. over time their stories and technology were forgotten.There's a million theories about this mother culture. Typically this is referred to the search for Atlantis. Maybe it's true. Maybe it's not. There is strong evidence to suggest that what really happened thousands of years ago may be very different than what we believe.

David Beers

Really, there's so much to say about Graham Hancock, much more than could fit in a review. In short, Hancock's theory, which is elucidated in this and most of his other books to some extent, is that an advanced civilization existed during the end of the last ice age, somewhere in the 15,000 - 8,000 BCE range, and dispersed remnants of their advanced knowledge around the globe after their civilization was destroyed by one of the many mega disasters associated withy the end of the ice age. He doesn't go so far as to call it Atlantis, or to be in a hurry to draw overly dramatic conclusions from his research. What he does do is travel to virtually every megalithic monument site around the world to photograph, measure and study them. Research into local mythology combines with modern scientific analysis to expose the giant hole in the historical record - namely, the idea that advanced civilizations simply appeared with their complex culture in full flower in Egypt, Sumer, Indus Valley, etc around 4,000 BCE, with no historical precedent whatsoever. Hancock tries to uncover the roots of ancient knowledge and civilization. His wife, Santha, is a first class photographer, which is a real treat. These kinds of megalithic monuments defy description, so a photo goes a long way. Hancock is simply a brilliant an enlightened individual; check out his lectures online if you're not sold on buying his books. Fingerprints of the Gods opened my eyes and changed my life when I was about 19 or so. I've been reading and studying ancient man ever since.


I am willing to admit that I am a huge fan of alternative histories/unorthodox scientific explanations. This text falls into the general category that your average reader is going to label as 'conspiracy theory.' It is also likely that you have run into someone during your life who reads "conspiracy theories' and buys them hook line and sinker. What people forget, is that Science, History, in fact all scholastic inquiry, is a conversation of published works proposing advances in research for other scholars to review and appraise. When the scholarly gestalt becomes so entrenched in the official HISTORY that they are no longer willing to entertain well-researched radical hypothesis then they become institutional hypocrites. Reader, please remember that the Academy provides one side of the story and someone else (most certainly disowned or under respected by the status quo) will provide another side of the coin. Chances are that the image of a coin is a terribly deficient symbol to accurately represent the various reasonable hypothesis for any given scholarly subject. Fingerprints of the Gods is one face on the cubic representation of the study of pre-history. Read the book; I implore you, and keep an open mind. Hancock's diction flows in a friendly and inviting manner. The research proceeds with the pace and encouragement of a ninth grade literature classic. This text offers an exciting summary of years of research into the past. Read the book, even if you don't agree, at least you can support your opinion with the information that on occasion you are willing to entertain radical notions.


Brilliant book. Graham is a magnificent writer and researcher. What is of great importance to me is that he asks the questions and searches for possible answers and is not simply trying to prove his point, the "theory of his choice". Great work. I also recommend to check other, later researches of this author, worth to see the great developement of his work.P.S. We sometimes forget that historians and scientists are just humans and may be wrong with their interpretations. What we learn at school may be not correct.


It's worth reading the science skeptic reviews on this book. For me, it passes the science test, and for open minded types who are interested in alternate historical explanations that don't require aliens or other deus ex machina to explain some unexplainables, this is a special treat.My main issues with this book are its excessive length due to the intermittent travelogue, and the heavy amount of repetition.The basic thesis is that the pyramids (and other megalithic structures around the world) were built earlier than conventional wisdom supposes, probably around 10,450 BC, and here is where the skeptics really get tweaked, because we MUST know more than any other humans previously, that there was a technologically advanced civilization around then which built them. To me this is a no brainer-- contemporary still can't duplicate some of those engineering feats, so however they got there it's some way we can't figure out.(Hancock says) this advanced civilization was destroyed by the periodic catastrophic events around ice ages.There is a lot more to it, but the basic concept is pretty sound, and it's enjoyable reading the support for it, as well as his speculations about what are obviously a lot more details.===> update. It's been two days since I finished it and I keep thinking about it. This book has the virtue of presenting you with a lot of information that contradicts status quo ideas about the past. Hancock makes his interpretation, but he isn't ultra dogmatic about it. All those wacky tidbits of information (accurate maps of the topography of antarctica, which has been under an ice sheet for thousands of years) are still churning around in my head and making new interesting patterns.The point being, there is food for thought here. The stuff you don't hear about from regular sources because it does not support regular theories. An uncertainty about what the actual interpretation of this data might be which invites you to make your own.andnow, an observation about the goodreads rankings. This book has a lower rating than Flower of Life by Drunvalo Melchizedek. Of course one must take writing style into account, but it is now clear to me that books are ranked by the people who read (and feel like ranking) them. I theorize that people with a greater preference for the default view of history are liklier to read this book than flower of life. And that they may find it too far beyond their views for their liking. Where to read Flower of Life, which bases its story of ancient civilizations on far far far less actual data, and tells the reader how it is rather than inviting the reader along on a voyage of discovery and interpretation. OTOH, this book is twice as long, so maybe that has something to do with it ;-)

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