- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (26 Aug. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140264485
- ISBN-13: 978-0140264487
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,240,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ancient Traces: Mysteries in Ancient and Early History Paperback – 26 Aug 1999
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About the Author
Michael Baigent was born and educated in New Zealand, but has lived in England since 1976. With Richard Leigh he has co-authored a number of titles, including the bestsellers THE HOLY BLOOD and THE HOLY GRAIL and THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS DECEPTION. He lives in Winchester, HAmpshire.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is not terribly well written, and his treatment of the matters at hand is superficial and based on just a few sources, all of which supports his views. Most of the supposed mysteries in the book are much better dealt with by authors such as Robert Bauval and especially Graham Hancock, both of whom are also cited in "Ancient Traces".
This book is only recommendable to those who has never read any other books about Atlantean theories, the age of the pyramids, erosion of the Sphinx, and so on. Whereas it is not very interesting to the "experienced" mystery-"lover", it does after all introduce the reader to a host of mysteries, and may spark an interest in the subjects.
The first chapters look at how old humanity may be, and through well defined instances, throws doubt on the establishments dating. The book then focuses on anomalies within our scientific understanding of evolution and reveals that our true origins cannot be fully explained using the adopted methods that we have, up until now, relied upon.
The chapters dealing with the "Suppressed facts concerning ancient mankind" and "Where did our civilisation come from" continue to reveal occasions where evidence exists that bring conventional views into question. By looking at Atlantis, the Pyramids and the Sphinx, Michael then pulls together the idea that our history is skewed by profesional bodies trying to keep their theories intact, despite evidence to the contrary.
This book delivers an interesting mixture of facts and an extensive bibliography which is a good starting point should you wish to read further into the subject matter. It gives an overview rather than indepth research and is a great addition to your library if you are looking to expand your understanding of our ancient past.
I found it to be one of the most enjoyable books I've read being both interested in archaeology, prehistory and spiratuality. One thing for certain; while it critises archaeological and anthropologist institutes for dismissing evidence of ancient sites and artefacts which suggest that man is much older than conventional view allows, it does not dismiss any evidence excavated from sites accepted by 'conventional' experts either which some books of this type unfortunately does. In other words, it is not too one sided but I am rather skeptic over the 'evidence' that humans may have lived at the time of the dinosaurs. Perhaps those footprints were exterrestrial?!! It certainly wouldn't be an easy life to co-exist with the likes of T-Rex and raptors for any of those who saw the film Jurassic Park.
I would recommend it but only to broad and open minded people.
I bought this book as soon as i could and its a good guide to ancient mysteries.
It is a good book if you're starting out in this or similar topics.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
its been a grate read i have read it before but when i saw it in hard back i thought i would treat myself its a brilliant read if you are a lover of ancient historyPublished on 4 Oct. 2014 by alan john stevens
A great book that makes you think about the world we live in. You thought you had a good idea about our history> think again!Published on 8 Dec. 2013 by phillip gardner
I love a good read, and this is just that. Nothing is like opening a new book - e-readers eat your heart out! Will be added to my bookcase to be read again and again.Published on 11 Nov. 2013 by Mrs RC Waters-Biles
This book brings several disciplines together - gathered around the idea of hidden history and philosophies. It has a good index and most things are referenced. Mr. Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2008 by J. Ware