Fingerprints Of The
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'They knew their epochs,' said Bauval, 'and the clock that they used was the natural clock of the stars. Their working language was precessional astronomy and these monuments express that language in a very clear, unambiguous, scientific manner. They were also highly skilled surveyors - I mean the people who originally prepared the site and laid out the orientations for the pyramids - because they worked to an exacting geometry and because they knew how to align the base-platforms, or whatever it was they built, perfectly to the cardinal points.'
'Do you think they also know that they were marking out the site of the Great Pyramid on latitude 30 degrees North?'
Bauval laughed: 'I'm certain
they knew. I think they knew everything about the shape of the earth. They
knew their astronomy. They had a good understanding of the solar
system and of celestial mechanics. They were also incredibly accurate and
incredibly precise in everything they did. So, all in all, I don't think
anything really happened here by chance - at least not between 10,450 and
2450 BC. I get the feeling that everything was planned, intended,
carefully worked out...Indeed I get the feeling that they were fulfilling
a long-term objective - some kind of purpose, if you like, and that they
brought this to fruition inthe third millennium BC...'
Connecting puzzling clues scattered throughout the world, Hancock discovers compelling evidence of a technologically and culturally advanced civilization that was destroyed and obliterated from human memory.
A search for evidence of a prehistoric, advanced civilization speculates about an Atlantis-like world buried beneath Antarctic ice and makes predictions about forthcoming geological disasters.
In _Fingerprints of the Gods_, Graham Hancock embarks
on a worldwide quest to put together all the pieces of the vast and fascinating
jigsaw of mankind's hidden past. In ancient ruins as farapart as Egypt's
the strange Andean temples of Tiahuanaco,
and Mexico's awe-inspiring Pyramids of the Sun
and the Moon,
he reveals not only the clear fingerprints of an as-yet-unidentified
civilization of remote antiquity, but also disquieting signs of its vast
sophistication, technological advancement, and evolved
scientific knowledge. Could the storyof mankind be far older and far more
mysterious than we have previously believed? Using tools as varied
as archaeo-astronomy, geology, and computer analysis of ancient myths,
Hancock presents a devastating case to suggest that it is. As we recover
the truth about prehistory, and discover the real meaning of ancient myths
and monuments, it becomes apparent that a warning has been handed down
to us, a warning of terrible cataclysm that afflicts the Earth in great
cycles at irregular intervals of time. A cataclysm that may be about to recur...
It is an astronomical code that deals with the position of the stars over vast periods of time - a code that reveals the ancients knew far, far more than they are generally credited with. Traces of the same code appear in Egyptian myth, and it is to this desert land that Graham and Santha travel, finding there haunting parallels in architecture and ritual to the New World sites they have just left behind.
Moreover, the whole layout of the Giza plateau
seems to point to a date many thousands of years earlier than the date
of its supposed construction - a date revealed in the astronomical alignments
of the Pyramids,
the 'mansions of a million years', home of the god Osiris,
the bringer of agriculture to the Egyptians, like Quetzalcoatl,
after a flood.
Could the Piri Reis maps be evidence for a previously unknown complex maritime civilisation, capable of mapping the globe? A global culture, cataclysmically destroyed at the end of the ice age, remnants of which survived the devastation to pass on their knowledge to the shaken world?
Were the figures of Osiris and Quetzalcoatl survivors of this lost race - passing down not only advanced geographical knowledge, but a secret astronomical code veiled in myth that pointed to the devastation in the past, and warned of that which is to come?
From the mysterious sites of Tiahuanaco
and Teotihuacan, to the enduring enigmatic Sphinx
pyramids of Egypt, the grandiose Nazca
the stark primal beauty of the Osireion at Abydos, this is a journey both
around the globe and into the heart of the true prehistoric origins of
man. Part adventure, part detective story, this book will force you to
revaluate your beliefs of the past.