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The Lost Tomb of Viracocha: Unlocking the Secrets of the Peruvian Pyramids Hardcover – 25 Jan 2001


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing; 1st ed edition (25 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747221650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747221654
  • Product Dimensions: 36.1 x 23.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,097,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Beautifully produced with dazzling colour plates, this book is as enthralling as Cotterell's earlier works.' Dail Mail 'Beautifully produced with dazzling colour plates, this book is as enthralling as Cotterell's earlier works.' Dail Mail --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Maurice Cotterell is a bestselling author, engineer and pioneering scientist, specialising in the connection between astrology, fertility and catastrophe cycles. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Feb 2002
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book for anyone interested in ancient civilisations. Maurice Cotterell obviously "knows his stuff" and puts forth very
plausable arguements - but of course I don't want to give it all away. Read the book! Minor downside, it does get a bit irratating having to flip pages back and forth to look at illustrations/colour plates, but don't let that put you off. I now want to know about the "Amazing Lid of Palenque"
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Warren on 10 Jan 2007
Format: Paperback
I was pointed to this book while looking for "Fingerprints of the Gods", wanting to read up on Inca culture and Machu Picchu before visiting the actual site. Unfortunately, since there's no Amazon.com in the Amazon, I got this instead.

I say "unfortunately" because even though it was recommended to me by a bookstore owner and I began by enjoying it, I very quickly got frustrated with the author. Throughout the book he uses terms like "super-science" to refer to ancient civilisations' knowledge of the sun. What's wrong with plain "science"? This isn't a marvel comic book.

That annoyance pales in comparison to the myriad theories he puts forth without any kind of solid reasoning. For example, he suggests that the Nazca lines in the desert in southern Peru bear a striking resemblance to drawings made on the computer using a mouse to connect points on a line. Therefore, the ancient culture which made the Nazca lines must have possessed computer technology.

I don't know where to begin, but the reasoning is so preposterous and leaves so many questions unanswered that poking holes in it would be like beating up on a child. That is the level of some of the theories and arguments put forth to support those theories on show in this book.

The final chapter of the book turns into a full on diatribe against modern western society's failure to accept the idea of reincarnation. Regardless of your beliefs, whether they be for or against reincarnation, I can't imagine why the author thought a book on South American archeological artefacts and mysteries is the proper place for such a rant. He finishes by picking random scientific theories, drawing vague correlations to religious beliefs, and thereby "proving" his own spiritual beliefs.
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By Mr L Brown on 29 Aug 2014
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Not as good as The Tutankhamun Prophecies 28 Aug 2004
By econdude - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Maurice does it again...I don't believe that he will ever write a book that is as good as 'The Tutankhamun Prophecies', but 'The Lost Tomb of Viracocha' reveals more of the great secrets encoded into artifacts by clever ancient peoples.

The book can be read simply as an archaeological or anthropological guide to the lost pyramids of Peru. The pictures and expanations of the pyramids and artifacts are fantastic (my favorite is the Crab Man). Cotterell also makes a cogent case regarding the spiritual messages encoded in the burial sites. The ancient Lord of Sipan, who should not have not more about physics than what can be seen in the heavens at night with the naked eye, knew more about some aspects of physics than our modern science does. He (and Tutankhamun and the rest of the Supergods) also had sophisticated knowledge about the physical world and its relationship to the spiritual world.

Cotterell has a special talent: finding, presenting, and explaining information that has previously been a mystery. The 'Lines of Nazca' is an example of this. Nobody knew who made these lines, many miles long, or why, and then suddenly Maurice says exactly who made them and what the significance of the lines is. This type of research makes it difficult for mainstream science or any other interested party to remain in a state of cognitive dissonance. Maurice's books are definitely for the open minded reader.

I highly recommend the book, although it is not a masterpiece like 'The Tutankhamun Prophecies'. Maurice tends to repeat himself, giving a great deal of old information to his fan base, and at the end of the book goes a little too far in attempting to explain how we escape the reincarnation cycle. Even after all of his research, we still don't know as much as we don't know. And who's to say that the path of the ancients is the only one? Other than that, the book really is a great read. Hold on for another wild ride in 'The Lost Tomb of Viracocha'. econ
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Bits of interesting history surrounded by unconvincing theories 10 Jan 2007
By Nigel Warren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was pointed to this book while looking for "Fingerprints of the Gods" by Graham Hancock, wanting to read up on Inca culture and Machu Picchu before visiting the actual site. Unfortunately, since there's no Amazon.com in the Amazon, I got this instead.

I say "unfortunately" because even though it was recommended to me by a bookstore owner and I began by enjoying it, I very quickly got frustrated with the author. Throughout the book he uses terms like "super-science" to refer to ancient civilisations' knowledge of the sun. What's wrong with plain "science"? This isn't a marvel comic book.

That annoyance pales in comparison to the myriad theories he puts forth without any kind of solid reasoning. For example, he suggests that the Nazca lines in the desert in southern Peru bear a striking resemblance to drawings made on the computer using a mouse to connect points on a line. Therefore, the ancient culture which made the Nazca lines must have possessed computer technology.

I don't know where to begin, but the reasoning is so preposterous and leaves so many questions unanswered that poking holes in it would be like beating up on a child. That is the level of some of the theories and arguments put forth to support those theories on show in this book.

The final chapter of the book turns into a full on diatribe against modern western society's failure to accept the idea of reincarnation. Regardless of your beliefs, whether they be for or against reincarnation, I can't imagine why the author thought a book on South American archeological artefacts and mysteries is the proper place for such a rant. He finishes by picking random scientific theories, drawing vague correlations to religious beliefs, and thereby "proving" his own spiritual beliefs. This is the type of "scientific proof", similar to the above example theory and proof I mentioned, which bears no relation to any kind of real science or scientific process.

Overall, he spends a bit of time discussing genuinely interesting aspects of South American history. He also has some though-provoking theories, but the arguments he presents to backup his thories utterly fail to convince me that he's not grasping at straws.

Not recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Ive read three of his books and I dont know why. 4 Jun 2009
By John J. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a avid reader of alternate history. Mr. Cotterell always picks good topics such as the one in this book or the terra cota warriors but digress's to the same topic. What is this same topic you say? It is his idea of some superscience and super-gods. No not just regular gods super gods who 999 represent because 999 is 666 upside down?OK now you understand???Then in every book he has to get into his theorys of life and reproduction as being evil blah blah please stick to the topic. I do not buy history to be force feed religion for no reason. I respect this man in one aspect he seems to be great with mathmatics. But on the other hand he's one of those people who if you divid this by 4 x 360 +2x the sacered Phi +15 you come to the number of the super god? I am not big into math but it seems to me you can come to any number if you do enough calculations?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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By Carolyn T. Burt - Published on Amazon.com
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This was extremely interesting (if heavy) reading! Having studied archaeology for 45 years, I found this book made some outrageous interpretation which, frankly, surpassed what anyone else has achieved. And who's to say Cotterell's wrong? Everyone has taken a stab at what Mayan and Incan glyphs mean so Cotterell has as good a chance at being right as anyone else. I applaud the discicpline it took to write a book of this complexity; his research had to take years.

There were some facts about which I was previously unaware that I found exciting: Tiahuanaco has been dated at 16,000 years old? That bit of information alone made the book worth reading! What it implies is astounding!

The photos are high quality, glossy color, and there are numerous illustrations. Cotterell's descriptions of the digs are exhaustive, but more readable than most archaeological descriptions. (Archaeogists aren't good writers, which is a shame since their continued employment is based on "publish or perish.")

Archaeology is one of the most conservative, prejudiced disciplines, slow to admit error or accept new interpretations. The fringe of archaeological research is where the most interesting discussions are taking place. Once Troy was a myth. Once the Sphinx was buried in sand. Once, we walked on the moon. Knowledge is lost -- and rediscovered.

For what this book discusses, I'd recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lost Tombs in My Mind 9 Aug 2009
By Wesley A. Ornick - Published on Amazon.com
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Again Maurice examines and researches cultural and belief systems rooted in mystery, code and symbolism, fear and what made people carry on with survival and their influences of animal spirits and powerful guides that have faced and formed modern day societies when they no longer could survive a clean and healthy lifestyle. From carvings and lighting aspects to show different symbologies to cover who was teaching and giving advanced knowledge to boost their understandings...it came from nothing -- but Maurice shows how sunspots, waves and duration of radiation from the natural world formed and enveloped their life and the GODs from above that aided them in boosting their comprehension and way of living...
Very different aspect of religion and animal - power -- a way in which they only understood in thos circumstances but it is very uplifting and gives me more ?s to research and try to figure out on my own...lost knowledge is being opened up and discovered...discover for yourself.
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