The Sign And The Seal and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
£7.99
  • RRP: £9.99
  • You Save: £2.00 (20%)
FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10.
Only 6 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Trade in your item
Get a £1.22
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Sign And The Seal: Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant Paperback – 14 Jan 1993


See all 13 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£7.99
£5.18 £5.07

Trade In Promotion


Frequently Bought Together

The Sign And The Seal: Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant + Fingerprints Of The Gods: The Quest Continues (New Updated Edition) + Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind
Price For All Three: £32.38

Buy the selected items together


Trade In this Item for up to £1.22
Trade in The Sign And The Seal: Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £1.22, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Product details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (14 Jan 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099416352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099416357
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

When I was East Africa correspondent of The Economist, writing about wars, politics, economics and aid programmes, I had no idea where fate was going to lead me or what strange seas of thought I would find myself sailing on. But in 1983 I made my first visit to Axum in northern Ethiopia, then in the midst of a war zone, and found myself in the presence of an ancient monk outside a little chapel in the grounds of the cathedral of Saint Mary of Zion. The monk told me that the chapel was the sanctuary of the Ark of the Covenant and that he was the guardian of the Ark, the most sacred relic of the Bible, supposedly lost since Old Testament times. What he said seemed ludicrous but for some reason it intrigued me. I began to look into the Ethiopian claim and found much surprising and neglected evidence that supported it, not least the faint traces of a mission to Ethiopia undertaken by the Knights Templar in the twelfth century. I kept adding to that dossier of evidence while also continuing to pursue my current affairs interests (including Lords of Poverty, my controversial book about foreign aid, published in 1989), and finally, in 1992, I published The Sign and the Seal: A Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant, my first full-fledged investigation of a historical mystery.

As well as to Ethiopia and to Israel, my research for The Sign and the Seal had taken me to Egypt and opened my eyes to the incredible enigma of the Great Pyramid of Giza, while the "technological" aspects of the Ark (shooting out bolts of fire, striking people dead, etc) had alerted me to the existence of out of place technologies in antiquity. The stage was now set for my next project - a worldwide investigation into the possibility of a lost, prehistoric civilisation that resulted, in 1995, in the publication of Fingerprints of the Gods, undoubtedly my best known book. Keeper of Genesis (co-authored with Robert Bauval) followed in 1996, looking specifically into the mysteries of the Great Sphinx of Giza, and then in 1998 Heaven's Mirror, photographed by my wife Santha Faiia, which shows why many ancient sites in all parts of the globe replicate the patterns of constellations on the ground and are aligned to important celestial events such as the rising points of the sun on the equinoxes and the solstices. In 2002, I published Underworld, the result of five years of scuba diving across all the world's oceans to find ancient ruins submerged by rising sea levels at the end of the Ice Age.

After Underworld, I decided to step away from lost civilisation mysteries for a while and my next non-fiction book, Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind, published in 2005, focussed on shamanism, altered states of consciousness and the astonishing universal themes that appear in rock and cave art from deepest antiquity right through to the paintings done by shamans in the Amazon rainforest today.

From my years as a journalist I've always distrusted armchair theorising and believed I have a responsibility to seek out direct personal, "boots on the ground" experience of what I'm writing about. That was why I did five years of often difficult and dangerous scuba diving for Underworld. And it's also why, as part of my research for Supernatural I travelled to the Amazon to drink the visionary brew Ayahuasca with shamans there. As well as better equipping me to write Supernatural, my experiences in the Amazon changed my life and brought out a new side of my own creativity. I've continued working with Ayahuasca ever since and in 2006, during a series of sessions in Brazil, in a ceremonial space overlooked by images of a blue goddess, my visions gave me the basic characters, dilemmas and plot of the book that would become my first novel, Entangled, published in 2010. Entangled tells the story of two young women, one living 24,000 years ago in the Stone Age, and the other in modern Los Angeles, who are brought together by a supernatural being to do battle with a demon who travels through time.

Since the publication of Entangled I have also written the first two volumes of a series of three epic novels about the Spanish conquest of Mexico - the War God trilogy. The first volume, War God: Nights of the Witch, was published in May 2013, and the second volume, War God: Return of the Plumed Serpent, is published in October 2014. The third volume, War God: Apocalypse, is already more than half written and will be published in 2016 but in the meantime I am putting the finishing touches to a new non-fiction book, Magicians of the Gods, which will be published in late 2015. Magicians is the sequel to Fingerprints of the Gods, and presents all the new evidence that has emerged since 1995 for a great lost civilisation of prehistoric antiquity and for the global cataclysm that destroyed that civilisation almost 13,000 years ago - a cataclysm on such a scale that it forced mankind, as Plato put it, "to begin again like children with no memory of what went before."

My ideas on prehistory and on the mysterious nature of reality have made me something of a controversial figure. In 1999, for example BBC Horizon made a documentary ("Atlantis Reborn") attacking my position on the lost civilisation. But part of that documentary was found by the UK's Broadcasting Standards Commission to be unfair - the first time ever that the flagship Horizon series had been judged guilty of unfairness. The BBC took the problem seriously enough to put out a revised re-edited version of the programme a year later. More recently, in 2013, my TED talk "The War on Consciousness" was deleted from the TED Youtube channel on grounds that TED itself later admitted to be spurious by striking out every one of the objections it had originally raised to my talk. TED, however, refused to restore the talk to its Youtube channel resulting in dozens of pirate uploads all over the internet that have now registered well over a million views.

I make mistakes like everyone else, but ever since my time with The Economist I've felt it is important to strive for rigour and accuracy, to check facts, to set out my sources clearly and openly for all to see and to admit my mistakes when I make them. As I continue to explore extraordinary ideas in my works of non-fiction, and in my novels, I'll also continue to do that.


Product Description

Review

"Highly readable" (Times)

"Hancock's book will probably be as popular as the Raider's film. Added to the Holy Grail excitement of his quest, he has invented a new genre: an intellectual whodunnit by a do-it-yourself sleuth" (Guardian)

"It should cause widespread discussion and it deserves to" (Daily Telegraph)

Book Description

A gripping religious historical conspiracy thriller from the bestselling author of investigative history book Fingerprints of the Gods. This controversial book establishes Hancock as a leading voice in the popular genre of religious theory. Perfect for fans of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. A. Horrocks on 11 Jun 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is quite hard to believe, the story of where the Ark of the Covenant rests is surely going to be very contreversial. However, I have lived in Ethiopia and been to all the places that the author mentions and it is true that Ethiopians believe with a passion that the Ark rests in Axum. When I read the book I can take my mind back to Axum, Lailibela and Addis and feel exactly what he feels. I hope that people who read this book take time to imagine the rich history that Ethiopia has and perhaps they will be inspired to go see this beautiful country for themselves and make up their own minds.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By richard@kcagroup.demon.co.uk on 5 July 2000
Format: Paperback
I can thouroughly recommend this book to any reader. Hancock explores the whole history of the arc and leads the reader to a gripping finale with a twist.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By duncan kaiser on 16 Jan 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is a wonderful, gripping descent into ancient history and biblical myth. Part adventure, part archaeological detective work, the reader can't fail to get sucked in as the author's obsession with his subject carries you along.
The search for the fabled Ark Of The Covenant, in which it is said that Moses placed the Ten Commandments etched upon tablets of stone, takes in a journey through distant lands and the sands of time. The style of writing conveys each step of the journey in vivid and eminently readable detail as you wait for the next clue to emerge from some ancient script or stone carving.
For anyone who has even the slightest interest in biblical stories, the mysteries of the ancient world, or of some of the great figures in history, this book will keep you enthralled.
Meticulously researched, written with verve, gusto, and no little skill, and with a tantalising quest at its core, this is one of the best, and earliest, books in the now saturated alternative archaeology genre. READ IT !!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sylvain Tristan on 19 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
A must-read for anyone interested in the Ark of the Covenant or historical mysteries regarding ancient relics and the origins of religions in general. The author has made an in-depth investigation, carefully studying a constellation of primary sources, and he takes the reader along on field trips from France to the Middle East, and from Scotland to Ethiopia through Egypt. Like a good whodunit with many twists, much better than an Indiana Jones film, the book is fascinating all the way through till the bottom line. The reader follows Graham Hancock from Jerusalem to a remote monastic island in Lake Tana, Ethiopia, one clue leading to another clue in one of the world's greatest historical puzzles. The evidence often seems so compelling it is hard not to agree with most of the author's views. Even though I have to disagree with Hancock's final conclusion as to where the Ark might be located today, this book should be considered as one of the most thorough research works on the Ark of the Covenant ever done.

Sylvain Tristan, author of "Les Lignes d'or" ("The Golden Lines"), Paris: Alphée 2005
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Young on 10 April 2010
Format: Paperback
Hard on the heels of the Indiana Jones movies (this book was first published in 1992), Graham Hancock sets out on a quest to discover the whereabouts of the Ark of the Covenant. This takes in the Bible, various Medieval texts from diverse places, the Knights Templar and several locations in the Middle East, North Africa, Ethiopia, France and (believe it or not) Scotland.

Readers of a serious disposition should bear in mind that this is no scholarly work - no academic would dream of making such assumptions as Hancock makes here based on very scant evidence, what I strongly suspect is a fairly fast-and-loose interpretation of certain texts and a ready willingness to resort to outright speculation based on the author's own assumptions wherever the facts dry up (which they do ... frequently).

That said, this is a work that is part-travelogue, part historical detective work that quickly captures the reader (I was addicted after the first chapter) and leads us on such a fascinating journey that most of us would be prepared to forgive Hancock his various foibles.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Astore Stargazer VINE VOICE on 9 May 2008
Format: Paperback
For people that are looking for a genuine attempt to locate the one true Ark Of The Covenant, one should no look further that this excellent book.
From the get go Graham lays out the Ethiopean legend and follows it up with some first class research and investigation.

His links to the Ethiopean government realy helped him pursue the Ark. He followed up on every piece of information scrutinised his own theories until proven otherwise, and would stand the test of his own investigations to disprove his own work.

So many researchers into the Ark fall into the trap of investigating only the areas of research that prove thier own theories. Graham's work is open and honest and is a breath of fresh air when comparing this type of book against the many other biblical researchers.

A ripping well written yarn from start to finish, a book I couldnt put down and although I didnt always agree with some of his findings his thorough investigations made me think otherwise. This book should be the hallmark for all biblical scholars.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Nov 2002
Format: Paperback
This is an exceedingly interesting book, albeit controversial, for anyone interested in "history's mysteries." For those of us who have pored through the works of Zecharia Sitchin and dared to ponder questions that the scientists and religious authorities regard as sacrilegious (after all, science itself is a religion), this is especially interesting material. You don't have to believe in Hancock's theories (although he offers a weighty, serious argument for them) in order to love this book. Even if you regard the idea of the Ark of the Covenant resting in Ethiopia (or the notion that the Ark even exists) as preposterous, you can enjoy this book in the same way you can delight in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories; this book is about solving a mystery. Just as Holmes' series of adventures often resulted in no real, firm, graspable truth, so is the case here. This detracts little from the story, however. The final judgment is left up to you, the reader, which is the trademark of any substantive mystery--only in this way can the great and unattainable "truth," in its most esoteric sense, be discovered.
Granted, Hancock is not a scientist or theologian, but this may in fact serve as his greatest qualification for tackling the types of lofty problems he embraces. After all, the vast majority of scientists and theologians dismiss without consideration the sorts of "wild" ideas discussed in this book; if not for the open minds of men like Mr. Hancock, many truths that have now been established would remain jokes told by the arrogant "experts" over tea--take, as an example, the discovery of Troy. As for the content of this book, it truly is a mix of history, religion, and archaeology.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Feedback