Graham Hancock's multi-million bestseller Fingerprints of the Gods remains an astonishing, deeply controversial, wide-ranging investigation of the mysteries of our past and the evidence for Earth's lost civilization. Twenty years on, Hancock returns with the sequel to his seminal work filled with completely new, scientific and archaeological evidence, which has only recently come to light...
The evidence revealed in this book shows beyond reasonable doubt that an advanced civilization that flourished during the Ice Age was destroyed in the global cataclysms between 12,800 and 11,600 years ago.
Near the end of the last Ice Age 12,800 years ago, a giant comet that had entered the solar system from deep space thousands of years earlier, broke into multiple fragments. Some of these struck the Earth causing a global cataclysm on a scale unseen since the extinction of the dinosaurs. At least eight of the fragments hit the North American ice cap, while further fragments hit the northern European ice cap.
The impacts, from comet fragments a mile wide approaching at more than 60,000 miles an hour, generated huge amounts of heat which instantly liquidized millions of square kilometers of ice, destabilizing the Earth's crust and causing the global Deluge that is remembered in myths all around the world.
A second series of impacts, equally devastating, causing further cataclysmic flooding, occurred 11,600 years ago, the exact date that Plato gives for the destruction and submergence of Atlantis.
But there were survivors - known to later cultures by names such as 'the Sages', 'the Magicians', 'the Shining Ones', and 'the Mystery Teachers of Heaven'. They travelled the world in their great ships doing all in their power to keep the spark of civilization burning. They settled at key locations - Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, Baalbek in the Lebanon, Giza in Egypt, ancient Sumer, Mexico, Peru and across the Pacific where a huge pyramid has recently been discovered in Indonesia. Everywhere they went these 'Magicians of the Gods' brought with them the memory of a time when mankind had fallen out of harmony with the universe and paid a heavy price.
A memory and a warning to the future... For the comet that wrought such destruction between 12,800 and 11,600 years may not be done with us yet. Astronomers believe that a 20-mile wide 'dark' fragment of the original giant comet remains hidden within its debris stream and threatens the Earth. An astronomical message encoded at Gobekli Tepe, and in the Sphinx and the pyramids of Egypt,warns that the 'Great Return' will occur in our time...
Reinforces the theory
I will start by saying that I am a 'believer' in the Ice Age civilisation wiped out by disaster theory. This is not because of numerous books, web sites etc (most of which are pure conspiracy theory) but because of the numerous creation, flood etc myths worldwide that seem to be part of our species 'memory' and recent archaeological discoveries - some covered in this book.
This book kept me up into the early hours and constantly flicking over to the web to check statements or read further. It book provides some seemingly solid scientific evidence regards the 'great flood' etc. It also draws on global myths and makes a very believable case.
The Author has shot himself in the foot before with some of his bolder suggestions, later proven otherwise, and I fear the same might happen here. This is a shame as the errors are jumped on by the 'establishment' and used to taint the entire theory. For me, it does not need the sensationalism.
There are also inconsistencies that cause doubt when spotted - e.g. In one chapter he argues a bit of Roman masonry is simply a repair to a wall he claims to be far older (I happen to agree) rather than having been used to build it, while he later states the presence of a statue head in a younger wall suggests the statues were there far before the wall and the head was recycled to build it (why can't it be a repair though and the statues as young as the wall?). I also don't like the 'I think it because it just feels right' approach, seems just as bad as mainstream archaeology sticking its head in the sand!
Overall a book that got me thinking and reading many of the sources. This is what any good 'non fiction' ought to achieve but mainstream archaeology lacks both the reach and 'wow factor' to achieve.
In fact, given sales of previous books, this is fast becoming the mainstream!