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Europe's Lost Civilization: Exploring the Mysteries of the Megaliths Paperback – 1 May 2006


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747242038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747242031
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,202,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘This beautifully written story of a 4000-mile journey… will be as refreshing as a long holiday’

(Independent on Sunday)

‘A fascinating story brilliantly told’

(Graham Hancock)

‘An intellectual adventure combined with an exciting 4000-mile voyage under sail’ 

(The Good Book Guide)

'Highly acclaimed'

(Western Daily Press)

About the Author

Peter Marshall sailed the world as a cadet in the Merchant Navy before teaching English in Senegal, West Africa. He taught literature and philosophy at several British universities before becoming a full-time writer in 1980. His circumnavigation of Africa was made into a major TV series and his voyage round Ireland a BBC radio series.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Aug 2004
Format: Hardcover
In this captivating book, the author described his journey in a small boat around the Atlantic shores of Europe and into the Mediterranean in order to prove his theory that the megaliths of Europe represent the remnants of a lost civilization. Sailing from Scotland to Malta, he explores the links between the ancient sites in this journey of 4000 nautical miles.
The engaging text draws on archaeology, geology, astronomy, myths and legends to investigate the history of Western Europe between 5000 and 1000 BC. Marshall is of the opinion that the sea and certain rivers united the scattered communities of this mysterious civilization that emerged along the Atlantic seaboard and extended all the way down to Malta, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica an the Balearic Islands, perhaps even to Crete.
Along the way he visits all the well-known sites like Skara Brae, Stonehenge, Newgrange Mound, Carnac and investigates the rock art of Galicia, the dolmens of Antequara and the ruins of Minorca, amongst others. He concludes that this civilization was a settled culture with a high artistic sensibility, a rich symbolic language and a spiritual vision; an advanced society that was familiar with the sciences of astronomy, mathematics and engineering.
Marshall refers to the work of Marija Gimbutas and the interesting book Lost Civilisations Of The Stone Age by Richard Rudgley. He explores the artistic symbolism in detail, especially the circle, maze and spiral that are found throughout this area.
The book includes copious notes, a bibliography divided into General, The British Isles, France, Iberia, Italy and Malta. There are 20 full colour plates plus many maps and diagrammes. The book concludes with a thorough index. Europe's Lost Civilization is a fascinating book on many levels and I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Job on 13 Feb 2012
Format: Paperback
A really great book. Very easy to read. Peter Marshall sails the waters of Europe and visits megalithic sites all over. From Scotland to Malta. Amazing temples of which many, he has added nice pictures.
I would recommend it highly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Facinating subject, Yawner of a book 16 Feb 2007
By Joan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is more of a travel log than a text about megaliths. The author tells the story of his sea journey to visit European megalithic sites. At each site he provides a brief description of the megaliths and a bit of background information as well as his emotional reaction to the site and conclusions about which he has "no doubt".

The information is too shallow and the author to opinionated for the book to be a useful text about megaliths. It does provide a good sense of the vast quantity of megalithic sites. It does also support well the author's premise of a shared European megathic culture.

But I had to force myself to finish the book. More photographs and illustrations would have helped. Leaving out the bad poetry and fuzzy-wuzzy feelings would have helped. Leaving out the words "no doubt" (which he says over and over again) would have helped.

The bibliography at the end is appreciated.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating evidence of an ancient civilization 31 Jan 2006
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In this captivating book, the author describes his journey in a small boat around the Atlantic shores of Europe and into the Mediterranean in order to prove his theory that the megaliths of Europe represent the remnants of a lost civilization. Sailing from Scotland to Malta, he explores the links between the ancient sites in this journey of 4000 nautical miles.

The engaging text draws on archaeology, geology, astronomy, myths and legends to investigate the history of Western Europe between 5000 and 1000 BC. Marshall is of the opinion that the sea and certain rivers united the scattered communities of this mysterious civilization that emerged along the Atlantic seaboard and extended all the way down to Malta, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica an the Balearic Islands, perhaps even to Crete.

Along the way he visits all the well-known sites like Skara Brae, Stonehenge, Newgrange Mound, Carnac and investigates the rock art of Galicia, the dolmens of Antequara and the ruins of Minorca, amongst others. He concludes that this civilization was a settled culture with a high artistic sensibility, a rich symbolic language and a spiritual vision; an advanced society that was familiar with the sciences of astronomy, mathematics and engineering.

Marshall refers to the work of Marija Gimbutas and the interesting book Lost Civilisations Of The Stone Age by Richard Rudgley. He explores the artistic symbolism in detail, especially the circle, maze and spiral that are found throughout this area.

The book includes copious notes, a bibliography divided into General, The British Isles, France, Iberia, Italy and Malta. There are 20 full colour plates plus many maps and diagrammes. The book concludes with a thorough index. Europe's Lost Civilization is a fascinating book on many levels and I highly recommend it.
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