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on 18 March 1999
I am an avid reader of Scientific American--and this is an extraordinarily interesting book. Intelligently written, well-researched, each chapter presents new discoveries and surprises--some of which are astonishing for their implications.
Here, perhaps for the first time in a single reference, is a recounting of all the remarkable achievements of the pyramid builders with ample evidence to document just how fantastic those achievements were. The scientific community's notion of people putting 200 ton blocks of stone in place with precision by sliding them up long ramps of mud is preposterous--now here is the engineering to prove it.
The book argues that the pyramids were built by a much older civilization of great wisdom and practical knowledge.
The book also provides an intelligent account of the importance of eastern (Vedic) astrology in the spiritual journey of mankind, at least as accepted by the ancients.
One caveat: The book is an easy read--an exciting book--and I sent it to five friends, four of whom couldn't get through it. The fifth loved it. You will need to have an interest in the subject manner and scientific detail. This is not a book that replaces scientific reasoning with easily rebuked, flaky theories so popular with the Atlantis/Aliens crowd.
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I have been to Egypt, the first time was in 1993, and I made my mind up that I'd like to study Egyptology.

Although in my second year of studying Egyptology, this isn't one of my study books that I'm required to read, but I am fascinated by the mystery the Sphinx. I have read most of the books that these two authors have written about Egyptian history. Although they have caused controversy in certain things they have stated it makes me think about how certain the Egyptologists are about certain things they've looked into.

It's a very in-depth read and you'll learn a lot about, it can be a little slow and sometimes you may have to read a chapter more then once for the knowledge to sink in,( I know I did), but it's well worth the money.

Remember to keep an open mind with this book.

It makes an excellent edition to my little Egyptian library, which now stands at nearly 1000 books on this subject. :-)
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on 29 March 1997
Every schoolchild is familiar with the pyramids of Egypt and their enigmatic guardian, the Great Sphinx. Though few of us are likely to have the opportunity to visit these monuments first-hand, they constitute part of mankinds' acknowledged cultural heritage, whether the situs of that culture be Cairo or Cambodia or Cleveland. Since antiquity, men have wondered at the provenance, and purpose, of these marvelous structures. Robert Bauval, whose 1994 "Orion Mystery" (co-written with Adrian Gilbert)presaged the present work, has teamed-up with the indefatigable Graham Hancock to produce a new, intriguing hypothesis regarding the origin of the sphinx and pyramids. While there is no shortage of material, dating back though the centuries, purporting to explain the function of these monuments, only in the past generation has computer technology rendered it possible to definitively establish that the sphinx and pyramids represent deliberate, calculated efforts to reproduce, at Giza, ancient sideral phenomena.

According to Bauval and Hancock, geologic evidence alone indicates that the sphinx itself is vastly older than is generally supposed. While the pyramids themselves may indeed date from the "pyramid age" generally assigned by Egyptologists, astroarchaeology provides compelling evidence that their spacial arrangement represents a model of the heavens as it existed in prehistoric times: 8,000 years before the "pyramid age." According to the authors, knowledge of the ancient skies was conveyed to the actual pyramid builders, through generations, via an enlightened brotherhood of initiates. Evidence of this primordial brotherhood abounds, according to the authors, in the so-called "Pyramid Texts" and other contemporary sources. It is only in the context of astronomy, however, that these various writings are rendered intelligible. Readers of Hancock's 1995 "Fingerprints of the Gods" will find they are already familiar with much of the material in the present work. Because "The Message of the Sphinx" devotes
itself exclusively to the pyramids and sphinx, however, the authors have the luxury of detailing their findings relative to those monuments. A basic knowledge of astronomy would prove helpful in following Bauval's and Hancock's arguments, but the book is replete with diagrams that enable the reader to visualize the points being made. There are also several black and white photographs, one of which shows a mysterious door, here-to-fore concealed, in a shaft leading from the "Queen's Chamber" in the Great Pyramid.

Anyone familiar with the work of Bauval and Hancock knows that their material is meticulously researched, copiously footnoted, and compelling presented. Happily, "The Message of the Sphinx" is without the dubious scholarship and sensationalism that too often characterizes books that offer an alternative position to the prevailing orthodoxy. I highly recommend it to any thoughtful reader.
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on 29 June 1997
This is a wonderful book, as so many of the reviews are saying. But I believe the authors have missed the Zep Tepi, or First Time, by 25,920 years--that this occured in the *previous* age of Leo. The software used to re-create the
night sky of 10,500 BC can only go back in time
30,000 years, we are told. When the length of the dynasties of the Shemsu Hor (13,420 years), the Neteru (23,200 years) are added to the generally accepted beginning of the first
dynasty (3,000 BC), that takes us back to 39,620 BC.
The previous Age of Leo was from 36,880 to
34,720 BC. So this
"First Time" meshes very nicely with the total dynastic years
mentioned in the Pyramid Texts.

I'd sure like to have a look at that night sky of
36,420 BC!

David Lamond (davelam@fast.net)
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on 27 August 1998
This is an absolutely delightful and fascinating synthesis of geological,astonomical and archaelogical evidence. It is a bold attempt to debunk the conventional and traditional view that the structures on the Giza plateau are only the funerary tombs of dead kings. By publishing the book in popular motif, Hancock and Bauval have succeeded in breaking through the arrogance and stuffiness of heavy structured academic form and argument and this makes the book entertaining and wonderful to read. I appaud the authors in not reaching too far into the speculative and sticking to the evidence through a multi-discilinary synthesis. I'm looking forward to Hancock's new book on his on-going quest for lost civilisations. The two authors make a wonderful team.
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on 4 August 1998
For you who wish to study further on texts , I recommend 'The Ancient Egyptian Pyamid Ttexts' by RO Faulkner (new publishers>Aris & Phillips) and 'The Egyptian Miracle, an introduction to the wisdom of the temple' by RA Schwaller de Lubicz, published by Inner Traditions International. If you can not read French, and can not wait for the English version of his 'Temple de L'homme', this book is the recommended alternative.
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on 22 July 2013
Fascinating and unusual research, but too much religious and astronomical mumbo jumbo to be unputdownable. I havnt finished reading it yet but I don't expect any earth shattering discoveries before the end, Were the Pyramids and the Sphinx built by Martians?
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on 30 June 1998
I was exhausted and pumped after reading this book . I hated to see it end. A must read for anyone as interested as I am in ancient egypt and its incredible monuments.
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on 22 February 1999
I read this book with great interest. I am a fan of Mr. Hancock's work since reading Fingerprints of the God's. I have always been one who has sought out different theories especially when surrounded by the narrow minded. I have worked with archeologists over the years and find them very narrow minded overall. Many just parrot what they have been taught. I feel very strongly this "blinds" them to looking at things from different angles just as Mr. Hancock and others (Richard Hoagland, Charles Hapgood, etc) have. Just like Robin Williams did in Dead Poets Society, you have to get up on the desk and get a new perspective on the facts. Mr. Hancock does just that. He is putting together the great global picture puzzle of our past and its starting to come into focus. Its rather ironic that he's a journalist not an archeologist. I hope more scientist will begin to investigate his findings if for no other reason than to try to disprove him. As for this particular book I did enjoy reading it however it often times left me in the dust with the details. I think better diagrams and more of them may have helped. Being a visual person I have to see the spacial relationships in an illustration in order to understand the text. Otherwise as usual Mr. Hancock makes his point, gives the facts, and let's the reader decide. Well done.
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on 15 May 1999
The authors are devoted and committed researchers who have sacrificed years of their lives to bring this story to us.
Because the mysteries of Giza are in such a state of flux, as new discoveries are being made daily, this book, which attempts to bring this subject up to the minute, may seem to the uninitiated to have no beginning and no end. In reality, the authors have been very generous by not rehashing pages of material covered in previous books. They assume that the reader has been following this subject for some time, but thoughtfully point out where the reader can look for more background if needed.
For those of us who believe this subject is one of the most important of our lifetimes, this book achieves it's purpose masterfully by addressing the latest discoveries and further unravelling astronomical clues left by the Giza builders.
I, for one, devoured the book greedily, and look forward, as always, with great anticipation to the next "chapter" in this saga...one the authors seem to hint may blow the lid off established doctrine concerning world history and Egyptology.
Signed: a grateful reader in Southern California!
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