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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 Great Sphinx,
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
and pyramids of Egypt, the grandiose Nazca
lines of Peru to 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.