I am a religious Christian with a solid belief in the Bible. I probably accept the Old Testament as more literal and less allegorical than most - even Christians. That sets the origins of my ancestry at about 4,000 BC with Adam and Eve. Admittedly, that doesn't fit well with much archaeological evidence of highly intelligent civilizations much earlier than that. That was one of my reasons for reading this book, and I was not disappointed. I found about half of the book very intriguing and compelling. There is more in this evidence that fits my beliefs than I expected. In fact, I think I could personally clarify some of the issues addressed in the book. (See below) I have not reconciled all of the apparent discrepancies between my religion and archaeology. However, I have an open mind and this book gave me a lot to consider, although it in no way diminished my belief in the Bible, including the Old Testament. (The other half of the book, particularly toward the end, contains some useless drivel that appears to be a desperate attempt to add pages to the book - which, incidentally, does nothing to increase by confidence in the availability of further information.)
I find it interesting how far scientists will go to discover evidence while totally ignoring information clearly presented in scripture. That is especially true with the New World theories. The Bible has been through so many transcriptions and translations that many precious truths have been lost or corrupted. However, regarding the New World, there is a book that has been in print for almost 200 years, translated directly to English, that presents a thorough history of one Mesoamerican civilization that existed from 600 BC to 400 AD as well as significant information regarding two earlier civilizations and valuable clues to other civilizations further north and probably also Polynesia. It's called the "Book of Mormon." Another book of scripture called "The Pearl of Great Price" includes a book called "Abraham" that was translated from writings of Abraham on papyrus. It is only 14 pages long but presents a ton of clues as to the source of the advanced scientific knowledge of the Egyptians.