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5.0 out of 5 stars Discover "Lost Cities", Monuments, Possibly Natural Wonders, 19 Nov. 2005
This review is from: Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization (Hardcover)
Graham Hancock got my undivided attention with "Fingerprints of the Gods". He has won my continued interest by writing and researching ancient and mysterious civilizations. The "new" location of his research is underwater, off shore in the Meditarranean, India, and Asia, i.e., Taiwan and Japan. He *does* includes some references to fascinating "finds" in the Caribbean, the Bahamas and a recent site discovered near Cuba. His writing style is most engaging and so is the subject matter.
I enjoy his ability to include 1) solid scientific evidence to back up his theories, 2) diaries he kept while exploring underwater sites, 3) a photo journal of monuments and structures (whether natural or man-made is yet to be determined) by his wife, 4) descriptions of what he actually sees, 5) ancient maps of the "old world", and 6) "inundation" computerized maps (scientific but limited) of what the world would have been like *before* the flood which occured after the Ice Age. Graham Hancock does a phenomenal job of describing how he got started in this research and he does a superior investigative report supporting his main theory, that many civilizations/ancient cities were wiped out worldwide due to the floods that occurred approximately 11,000 years ago. He and his wife learned to dive just so they could view first hand, the objects of their theories and research.
I was impressed that this was a 700+ page book but found by part 4, I was tired and slowing down. The book picks up speed and moment after discussing monuments discovered near Japan that are either natural, man-made or a combination, as of yet, the "experts" are uncertain. The book is astonishing for its
use of "inundation maps" which aremaps developed by computers, from scientific data fed into them, such as, how high the water levels rose after the ice melted, etc. Graham Hancock compared
modern maps to existing ancient maps, such as "the 1424 Pizzagano chart", the results are quite similar. For this alone, Graham Hancock deserves recognition by the scientific community and serious consideration for his theories. This is a highly recommended book, although it becomes tedious about half
half-way through but its well worth finishing to the end. Erika Borsos (bakonyvilla)
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