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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Paul

Ok, I loved Sign and the Seal, and actually believed his story that the Ark of the Covenant is sitting in a church in Ethiopia. But the pyramids being build by aliens? He chose the wrong pill for this one...

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.

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.

Mahe

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!

Steve Walker

If you aren't familiar with Chariots of the Gods or In Search of Ancient Astronauts, Secrets of the Ancient Pyramids, etc., then this book may interest you. amazing groups of people were on this earth 5000+ years ago that had achieved things we can't figure out today. This is all over the world from Egypt, China to South America. There is certainly evidence that there was some kind of connection with shared technology. Was this aliens visiting? Was it God? I did not find a lot of new information for me except for some of the South American oddities like a seaport high in the mountains 10 miles from Lake titicaca that is thousands of years old. The plus of this book is getting to know the author a little bit. He doesn't just give facts and draw conclusions. He visited all these places and studied first hand as well as reading a lot of stuff (1/5 of the book is the bibliography!) It's part non-fiction sccience and part travelogue. I enjoyed the book from that perspective but I did not read every page. I scanned and skimmed a lot of it. There are some great photographs too.

Ken

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

Sebastian

** 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...

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:)

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.

Headraline

I have mixed feelings about this book. It talks about extraordinary discoveries and mind-blowingly fascinating scientific facts that makes you question humanity's entire foundations or at the very least the origins of what we canonically accepted as history.The main topic is the theory of a primitive but technologically advanced civilization from which the ones historically known as "ancient" derived part of their knowledge from, and how the existence of such civilization as a "common root" would explain many of the "mysteries" surrounding cultures like the Mayans, Ancient Egypt, and such.Though while it raises all these interesting points and enriches the reader's mind with incredible facts... the narration of the author's travels sometimes gets a bit too descriptive for my tastes, or rather descriptive in a way that doesn't "add" anything to the actual contents of the book and that is a tad too flowery and overdramatic for a text dealing with scientific discoveries about the history of human civilization -at least for my tastes.(The "worst" point in this was the bit where it talks about the infamous december 2012... it hadn't happened yet at the time the book was written, and it sort of made me cringe a bit the slightly dramatic way the author put it; because rather than actually believing the theory it sort of looked like he wrote it that way purposefully to "shock" the reader in a "dun dun dunnn" effect.)But aside from that minor flaw that just slows down the reading here and there, every time the text talks about scientific facts, actual discoveries, recounts myths or relays the thoughts of experts on each topic (and all of these combined are basically 70% of the book) it becomes engrossing and intriguing, in a way that makes you want to know more. What makes it all the more enjoyable is that complex information is laid out in a simple but not simplicistic way, easy to process but never boring.It also helps, both for clarity and credibilty, that at the end of the book there's a massive amount of pages made entirely of sources, citation, and bibliography, it really goes to show that the author got his facts straight and checked the sources of his information rather than just believe everything he saw.So, all in all, 4/5 for me.

Alesa

If you have an open mind, this book is fascinating. Hancock provides a tome-ful of evidence that an advanced civilization flourished on earth prior to 10,000 BC, and evidence of it may be buried under the ice in Antarctica.Hancock believes that the pyramids are a solar clock, aligned to the equinox after a huge catastrophe struck the earth. This, he believes, was probably a shift of the continents, along with a shift of the earth's magnetism. His theories help explain the amazingly sophisticated astronomical knowledge of ancient people like the Egyptians and Mayas.I enjoyed this book, but it was awfully long. The author goes on a lot about his travels to various ancient sites, rather than just sticking to his impressive evidence. Also, some of the scientific details went over my head. Still, he investigates true cultural mysteries, and makes you think a lot. I wished that he had gone into why the ruins and motifs of Mayan Central America and Angkor Wat are so similar. I think that his reply would probably be that the same advanced people who fled (in boats) the demise of the ancient civilization landed in both places.

Cuneyt

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.

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.

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.

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 ;-)

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