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Forbidden Archeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race [Hardcover]

Michael A. Cremo , Richard L. Thompson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover: 914 pages
  • Publisher: Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (Sep 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963530984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963530981
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 6.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,348,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Over the past centuries, researchers have found bones and articrafts showing that people like ourselves existed on earth millions years ago. But the scientific establishment has suppressed, ignored or forgotten these remarkable facts. Why? Because they contradict dominant views of human origins and antiquity. Evolutionary prejudices, deeply held powerful groups of scientists, have acted as what Michael A.Cremo and Richard L.Thompson call a knowledge filter. And the filtering, intentional or not, has left us with a radically incomplete set of facts for building our ideas about human origins According to Cremo and Thompson, we have come to accept a picture of prehistory that is largely incorrect. This book is a call for a change in today's arbitrarly rigid minset. Deploying an unexpectedly great number of convincing facts, deeply illuminated with critical analysis. Cremo and Thompson challenge us to rethink our understanding of human origins, identity and destiny. In forbidden archeology, we accompany the authors on a fascinating intellectual expedition.

We take part in the literary excavation of a vast store of hidden knowledge that adds a new dimension to our understanding of the history of our spieces. The journey of exploration takes us accross five continents to key archeological sites. Some long forgotten, some the centre of ongoing research. Along the way, we encounter many famous and infamous pioneers of prehistoric research, all with secrets to share. "Forbidden archeology" is bound to inspire controversy, challenging as ti does one of the most fundamental components of the modern scientific world view. Meticulously researched and carefully written. The book takes us to a crossroads of knoeledge and invites us to take a courageous first step in a new direction of truth. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Readers interested in scientific reactions to Forbidden Archeology may want to check out my recently released book Forbidden Archeology's Impact, which includes all reviews from scientific publications and my responses. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't see this history taught in schools... 14 Jan 2009
...which in itself should tell you everything you need to know about modern "education"...

After having spent best part of the last 6 months reading this juggernaut and cross-checking references, I can only say that the authors have done a tremendous job of proving that the evidence for the great antiquity of man is at least as strong as much of the evidence commonly accepted today as proof of human history. Those reviewers who claim the authors do not know their subject, or that they employ junk science or bad archaeology, quite simply have not read the book. Those claims are based more upon the (often very impressive) ignorance and preconceptions of the reviewers; do not be put off by them. Examine the evidence and judge for yourself.

Not only do they present a very strong case that we should either open our minds or discard most, if not all, of the commonly accepted evidence of human antiquity, but they demonstrate very clearly how the process of knowledge filtration works to preserve orthodox beliefs and bury contradictory evidence. This is a very important part of the discussion because it needs to be understood why a lot of evidence which was once widely accepted is now widely regarded as mythical or having never existed at all (look at some of the early reviews for this book, mostly from Mr. A Customer, which show how widespread that view is).

I started reading this book with no preconceptions at all except for a nagging suspicion that large parts of the history we are asked to uncritically swallow are wrong and known to be wrong by certain small groups of people. It strikes me from the evidence discussed that not only is the accepted version of human history inaccurate, it is almost completely wrong!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brave and meticulously researched! 10 Jun 1999
By A Customer
No other book has provoked so much debate on the archaeology and anthropology DGs. It is not always an easy read - the wealth of evidence presented over the 900 or so pages is enormous and is often recorded in painstaking detail. Stick with it however and the reader will become convinced that the conventional view of humankind's origins is totally and utterly incorrect. There is plenty of fascinating material about the cheating, misrepresentation, back-stabbing and conspiracies that have plagued archaeological science ever since Darwin stirred up the hornets' nest of evolution. The sections on human fossils in the UK and the reexamination of the infamous Piltdown case, I found particularly interesting.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Sometimes, a book review articulates nothing other than an opinion devoid of any substance whatsover. Is that how scientists in general - or archaeologists in particular - are "supposed to" debate on the (alleged) even playing field of the scientific process? I think not.
Interestingly, we read in "Forbidden Archeology" that such reviews perfectly exhibit the responses of many paleoarchaeologists through the past hundred and more years when confronted (at the time) by evidence contrary to accepted theory.
As a non-archaeologist, I found the book to be an eye-opener for those who think that science is, in fact, done fairly when orthodoxists' paradigms are threatened. In this book, we see over and over how they would throw out data that doesn't fit their paradigm rather than consider changing the theory when confronted by honest and well researched work which produces 'anomalous' finds.
This book is a fantastic slap in the face for those who could use a wake up call, which I believe includes most of us. Through it, we see how the status quo goes kicking and screaming, not wanting to let go of a reality that is increasingly being shown to be inaccurate.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant record of the history of man. 18 Jun 1999
By A Customer
This is a meticulous and patient presentation of the evidence that "modern" man has been around for a much longer length of time than the evolutionists will acknowledge. Current science holds that modern man is 200,000 years old or less. Michael A. Cremo and Richard L. Thompson take that notion to task in a painstaking review of the record by going back to the original sources of antiquated archeological finds and reevaluating them in an unbiased fashion. They manage to push man's origins back to at least one million years with no trouble at all. Their case-by-case review of published literature dating from the mid-nineteenth century until the present is fascinating. This is not a casual read for a weekend. It is a tough, scholarly work that makes you think about the "science" in the established scientific community.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
A level-headed, painstakingly researched tome documenting the systematic suppression of paleontological evidence militating against currently popular theories of human evolution. A chilling, non-sensationalistic look at the "sloppiness" and general lack of integrity of members of the scientific establishment who, in their devotion to defending the current models of human origins, reject or ignore unwelcome data - much of it seemingly impeccably researched - that would throw much of their field into utter confusion.

The sheer volume and detailed discussion of "anomolous" data compiled in this book is staggering: traces of the hand of man (tools, etc.) found in strata millions of years before his supposed appearance on the evolutionary scene; off-the-cuff dismissals of such evidence by influential scientists for sometimes contradictory reasons (and sometimes almost none at all, save that "it simply cannot be"); the findings of distinguished, top-notch scientists ridiculed and being branded as heresy for going against the prevailing wisdom.

It is instructive that most scientists today are totally unaware of the controversial evidence presented here, even in their fields of specialty. If we are able to do as the authors ask and evaluate the evidence as it stands without prejudice against their (eastern) religious beliefs, we might well find that the underpinnings for their belief in the great antiquity of the human race is at least as solid as that of the ruling paradigm - and probably even more so. Even if we do not agree with their conclusions, an open-minded inquiry into these findings will certainly show current theories to be, at best, serious negligence in blissful ignorance - Mr. Magoo in a lab coat - or, at worst, anti-science.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book tells you - if you really want to ...
This book tells you - if you really want to know - that humans have been making sophisticated stone tools for millions of years, even 10's of millions of years. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Startling, impressive.
Those of you who have ever been interested in what in the philosophy of science is called 'the demarcation problem', namely, what exactly distinguishes science from non-science (or... Read more
Published 3 months ago by spiritus
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good and also very boring.
I came to this book from Michael Cremo's videos which are very interesting. He himself jokes that his book is often called "Forbidding Archaeology". Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. S. C. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be taught in schools
The study of history and archeology would be astronomically improved if Forbidden Archeology was introduced in the schools and colleges of the world. I've personally met Mr. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Irish Eyes
5.0 out of 5 stars the knowledge filter
forbidden archaeology takes us to a crossroads of knowledge and invites us to take a courageous first step in a new direction of truth, once again the scientific establishment has... Read more
Published 9 months ago by sputnik1
5.0 out of 5 stars it was a gift,think it was appreciated and enjoyed
bought this as a gift for my husband,he read it and enjoyed it,not my kind of reading material,but a good gift
Published 15 months ago by finlaystead29
5.0 out of 5 stars The Slaying Of A Beautiful Hypothesis By An Ugly Fact....or Not
I don't hold a religous world view, I am A Gnostic Atheist. I know there are no gods or god. I subscribe to the scientific method and Occam's Razor. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. Steven C. Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars strange ideas
This book is full of very strange assumptions but it is an excellent read. It is a pretty hefty book but it was highly entertaining
Published 15 months ago by F. Docherty
1.0 out of 5 stars freedom of speech is a marvellous thing
I am glad I live in a culture that permits everyone to put forward their thinking without imprisonment and torture and if the price of this is indulgent trash like this then I am... Read more
Published 17 months ago by attattatta
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard back
Another excellent book covering history from another perspective.
A bit hard work at times but its worth keeping going with it. Read more
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