Presents proof that an advanced black African civilization inhabited the Sahara long before Pharaonic Egypt
• Reveals black Africa to be at the genesis of ancient civilization and the human story
• Examines extensive studies into the lost civilization of the “Star People” by renowned anthropologists, archaeologists, genetic scientists, and cultural historians as well as the authors’ archaeoastronomy and hieroglyphics research
• Deciphers the history behind the mysterious Nabta Playa ceremonial area and its stone calendar circle and megaliths
Relegated to the realm of archaeological heresy, despite a wealth of hard scientific evidence, the theory that an advanced civilization of black Africans settled in the Sahara long before Pharaonic Egypt existed has been dismissed and even condemned by conventional Egyptologists, archaeologists, and the Egyptian government. Uncovering compelling new evidence, Egyptologist Robert Bauval and astrophysicist Thomas Brophy present the anthropological, climatological, archaeological, geological, and genetic research supporting this hugely debated theory of the black African origin of Egyptian civilization.
Building upon extensive studies from the past four decades and their own archaeoastronomical and hieroglyphic research, the authors show how the early black culture known as the Cattle People not only domesticated cattle but also had a sophisticated grasp of astronomy; created plentiful rock art at Gilf Kebir and Gebel Uwainat; had trade routes to the Mediterranean coast, central Africa, and the Sinai; held spiritual and occult ceremonies; and constructed a stone calendar circle and megaliths at the ceremonial site of Nabta Playa reminiscent of Stonehenge, yet much older. Revealing these “Star People” as the true founders of ancient Egyptian civilization, this book completely rewrites the history of world civilization, placing black Africa back in its rightful place at the center of mankind’s origins.
Egyptologist Bauval, author of the best-selling The Orion Mystery, and astrophysicist Brophy make a compelling argument regarding the origins of ancient Egyptian civilization, a Black African people that predated the pharaohs. Looking into remote areas of the Sahara and acknowledging earlier remarkable explorations, the authors proclaim to have coaxed the silent, ancient stones to reveal their secrets with the universal language of the sky. The Stonehenge-like cluster of megaliths at Nabta Playa reveals a mysterious civilization and the supposition that the people s practical knowledge of the stars was converted into a star religion... The authors discuss tales of a long-undiscovered stone temple, provide a fascinating study of hieroglyphics, and examine the astronomy-driven nature of the alignment of stones; they re always cautious in their interpretations, however, noting a tendency even within physical science to find only what one sets out to find. Extremely dense and possibly groundbreaking, Bauval and Brophy make an honest case for a very different story of the origins of ancient Egypt. Their scholarship is meticulous but too much so for the everyday reader. 16-page color insert and 50 b&w illus.