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.

Reader's Thoughts

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.

Bruce

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 ;-)

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.

Corey

Scary. As. Hell.This is a real life horror story. This explains a lot about human history. I totally understand why some people might label it as weird, conspiracy-theory-esque, or bologna. But ultimately I feel that it was well researched, well reasoned, and well written.Basically what this book does is add to our history books, it doesn't necessarily have to re-write them. Bits might need a little tweaking now, but the gist of what we understand about Egypt isn't just flat out wrong, its misguided and misleading.It deals with much more than Egypt of course, a lot of information regarding Incas, Mayans, even a smidgen of Atlantis thrown in, but Mr. Hancock rightly stays as far away from Atlantis as he can. He recognizes that subject is a bit touchy for some people, so he grounds himself in as many facts and as much evidence as he can.What it all comes down to however, is just simply a desire to increase peoples mind-openness. Mr. Hancock tries really hard to point out stuff that can be considered evidence and even proof, and consistently runs into giant walls when confronting academics or historians with these things. So many people don't want to be wrong about human history that they'll just sit there with their thumbs in their ears, humming very loudly and chanting "I can't hear you! I can't hear you! I can't hear you!"This very well could end up being the latest flat/round earth debate. Did Egyptian history extend back 37,000 or so years? Was there a cataclysm that killed 95% of humanity about 12,000 or 13,000 years ago? Did the Egyptians try to leave a marker as a warning about this catastrophic occasion, in the form of 3 large pyramids arrayed in the layout of Orion's belt? I think so. He's got me convinced.Are we being fools for not, at the very least, taking a closer look at the evidence being presented? Are historians being way too complacent and way too arrogant about what they believe to be the truth about history? Are we dooming ourselves, as a species, by not preparing ourselves better for a potential new cataclysm in the future? I am greatly fearful for our entire species, all of the ignorance, the prejudice, the hatred and fear directed at anyone who tries to scream that the sky is falling... when it very well might be.Read this.Think about it.Pass it on.Keep thinking.

Aaron

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.

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.

Jacob

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.

A-ron

I can't get this book out of my head. It helps that I've yet to see a convincing refutation of Hancock's central thesis: one that involves a Sphinx, some South American ruins, and a shitload of years unaccounted for in standard chronology. His argument is elegant and puts forth some juicy evidence upon which orthodox Egyptology is tasked with debunking. As a child of the Internet generation, I will take his claims at face value and consider them as truth until convinced otherwise. He certainly went through a lot of trouble--check the chapter where he bribes Egyptian security forces to summit the Great Pyramid commonly believed to serve as burial mound for ancient graffiti artist Khufu. Yes, the brain commonly seeks out evidence for its own beliefs and has pleasure mechanisms in place to reward such discoveries. But look at something as wondrous as the Dabous Giraffe petroglyphs in Niger (created in 8,000-10,000 BC) and consider whether our common ancestors were the real cavemen.

Christina

Probably one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. If you are at all interested in this World’s history and I guess I should say mystery, this is a must read! The book makes you question whether we really are progressing through time or maybe we had already progressed. Hancock poses that a highly evolved civilization existed, and was wiped out during the last Ice Age. His evidence held in the ruins of Central America, Peru, Egypt, and Antarctica to just name a few. Hancock’s research and evidence found while authoring this book is amazing and really makes you consider and query the evolution of our planet and its inhabitants:)

Qazyman

This book makes a very compelling case for the existence of an advanced civilization that survived the last ice age, and helped in the development of early civilizations. It also makes a strong case for further study by illustrating a clear bias by many modern researchers. While I don't feel the book can be taken without some skepticism, it does make the point that significant evidence is being ignored.I find it very compelling that this book all but predicts the finding of a lost city (not the Japan site specifically) off the coast of Yonaguni Japan, and that the site falls within a timeline supported by Hancock's theory. This clearly shows how close to real science this book is. This book is to broad in scope, and to dependent on research and documentation to be classified as real entertainment (thus the 4 stars), but it never loses sight of the need to keep the reader engaged. Anyone with a interest in the history of man or ancient cultures should be able to say they have read this book. Still, it's a book that asks questions as opposed to answering them.

Pygmalion7

Having just completed the excellent “Gods Of Eden” by Andrew Collins; which was incidentally written after “Fingerprints Of The Gods”; I was primed with intrigue about a cyclic phenomenon of planet earth known as precession. I was also now accustomed to thinking along the axis of a possibility; the human race may be largely ignorant of a lost civilisation. Whereas “Gods Of Eden” could be described as a chasm hopping scramble through the epochs, with dazzling conceptual leaps and pirouettes; “Fingerprints of the Gods” is more like an insightful series of hikes through the ages, tracing mankind back to what is described as a largely forgotten pre-ice-age, pre-apocalyptic history. Who were the architects of Gizza, Tiahuanaco, the Nazca lines and other enigmatic structures? What messages are encoded in these enigmas? What conclusions can be drawn from startlingly accurate maps of Pre-Arctic Antarctica? What threads of commonality links these and other phenomenon? This work is both sublime and subtly beguiling. Sublime in the sense that; arguments are exhibited and scrutinised with an authoritative style that is tempered with a passion for sharing insights that have been painstakingly researched. Beguiling in the sense that; despite the authors regular “self-reality checks”; the arguments used to support hypothesis, become increasingly difficult to resist with anything approaching a comfortable slice of objective scepticism. It is difficult to avoid being swept up in the author’s sheer enthusiasm for each cyclopean chunk of conceptual historic evidence.Surely this excellent example of the authors ability to captivate, inspire and enlighten his audience, is to be applauded! Hang on here! He is talking about possible cataclysmic events that may have been responsible for wiping out traces of an earlier enlightened civilization. He is saying this civilization may have conducted undisputed feats of engineering still unsurpassed today. They may also have been attempting to transmit an important but coded message to mankind in future aeons through ingenious, and painstakingly executed megalith structures they believed might survive until the next apocalyptic cycle. This cycle might be as inevitable as its ability to completely destroy life as we know it. Though flawed by Graham Hancock’s mini tirades, a suspect whiff of self importance, weak graphics, and a less than thorough index; this is nevertheless an astounding book. Bravo to Graham Hancock and the teams of researchers whose work made it’s creation possible; that those reading it may start asking questions. Lots of them.

brendan

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.

Ken

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

Lyrae

So intriguing! Had a really hard time putting this down. I admire Graham Hancock for the depth of his research and the restraint to not commit to only one solution to the many questions asked by this thought provoking work. As hard as it may be for an author to leave the door open to multiple possibilities, the fact that science has not caught up to the mysteries of mankind means that we still have some serious soul searching and exploring to do. I wish that this had been required reading at some point in my education. Our culture provides us with the false of security that we have so many answers, but this is a collection of mysteries that inspire one to realize that we really have more questions than answers.

Alessio

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.

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