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on 5 January 2011
I have mixed views on this book. In introducing this prehistoric and previously neglected architecture of South Africa to the reader, Tellinger and Heine have pulled off something of a coup. The book is lavishly illustrated with photos depicting many of the strange prehistoric "circles" and other artefacts that dot South Africa and were previously considered to be nothing more than cattle kraals. The authors reason that the tens of thousands of structures discovered to date couldn't possibly have been built by the meagre human population projected to be in the area during that epoch. Had they left it at that and simply confined themselves to reporting and commenting on what they have found I would have been fascinated and intrigued, but instead they have (in my opinion) somewhat overcooked the book by coming up with their own theory as to the purpose of the circles.

From pointing out that virtually all the circles are bereft of an obvious opening for access, they have deduced - in a couple of stupendous leaps of logic - that they can only be energy-generating structures that were built, for example, to facilitate the levitation and transportation of heavy objects. Credence for this startling theory is scarcely helped by the now mandatory ascribing of advanced scientific, astronomical/cosmological and mathematical knowledge and method to groups of antediluvian Africans whose only bequest to us are these enigmatic heaps of stones. Politically correct, of course, but frankly quite bizarre.

In summary, though, a highly interesting and fascinating introduction to a previously neglected subject that promises much scope for future scientific investigation and analysis.
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on 14 September 2015
I am Sooooo tired of yet more European versions of African (and others) history.

Now we have these convoluted beliefs to explain that, it couldn't possibly have been AFRICANS and other non-white pepple around the world who built these monuments, calenders and knew science and culture thousands of years ago, no that can't possible be !

It MUST have been Aliens !!

Yawn yawn yawn.

When will it ever cease.

Kemet as Egypt was called by the people who actually lived there, pre-dates Sumeria and the near east by thousands of years and the Greeks learnt much of their knowledge from studying in Kemet (Egupt).
There are no doubt many unearthed discoveries awaiting humanity on the continent of Africa. Unfortunately due to racism tied to slavery and Imperialism and colonialism Africa has all but been dismissed from history books. Only now are many Africans scientists and scholars managing to stand up against the tide of ignorance and present their evidence to the world, although they sadly get over looked in favour of this waffle written by and for Europeans. Look at the treatment of scholars such as Cheikh Anta Diop etc… A more honest, meticulous and careful academic it would be hard to find.
If he was European he would have been revered as one of the greatest scientists of the 20th Century.

These are Black African cultures. Africa is certainly on all the evidence we have to date where modern human life first evolved and expanded from so its fairly rudimentary to conclude that of course, great civilisations existed there first !

I'm a white european but I seek truth in all things for the benefit of all and so we can all understamd the world better.
The popularity of this twoddle is deeply saddening, including piffle like the Ancient Aliens TV shows !
I just wish people would seek out more thorough reasoning by Africans themselves before holding these authors up as heroes.
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on 10 March 2016
Lovely coffee table book.
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