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3.0 out of 5 stars A Few Good Bits But be Prepared to Skim a Lot, 14 July 2012
This review is from: Uriel's Machine: The Ancient Origins of Science (Paperback)
I bought this when it first came out. I recently dragged it out while having a clear out and had a quick look. There were some interesting things in it but in the end I decided to get rid of it.

The text is very dense and I did not understand a lot of it but I will summerise quickly what I did understand.
The authors posit:
That there was an anciant advanced civillisation in Europe before the pyramids and Sumerians.
They cite the stone circles, stone age archaeological sites and stone items that could not be made without metal as partial proof of this.
The authors say that markings at these sites might have been the earliest writing rather than that in the Middle East. (I found the evidence of that fascinating. I wish there was more on that.)
They posit that Europeans took some of their advanced knowledge around the world. Evidence they use is the European Mummies in China, the legends of bearded gods bearing knolege in South American cultures pre Columbus amongst a few other things.
They reconstruct how the megalithic yard came about.
They try to use Freemason rites and the book of Enoch to tie into all this but I was less sure about that. For example The book of Enoch describes going to a cold place with snow and longer nights, but I am not sure that can really be used as evidence of a trip to Britain. A lot of Enoch's book is very vague. It's hard to know what it was describing, unlike the clearer later biblical accounts of Joseph, Moses etc.
It would have been a marvelous book if the text had been less dense and better written. They also went into rambling legends of celtic Irish Jewish visiters which I could not take as seriously. I only recommend it if you enjoyed the "Sign and the Seal" and are capable of a lot of skimming for the good parts.
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