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on 13 April 2009
Included in "Unearthing Ancient America" are 37 articles ranging from Roman coins found off the coast of New Jersey to Vikings in Minnesota and Templars in Newfoundland. The articles themselves are very interesting, resulting in a good read for anybody who has an interest in ancient America. That's assuming they're not one of the "censors" keeping all of this information from the general public, of course!

The book is divided into a series of chapters, from Ancient Artifacts to Subterranean Mysteries and Underwater Discoveries. The subject matter is quite varied, with a couple of articles on copper-trading barons in the Great Lakes area, a Crystal Pyramid of Wisconsin's Rock Lake and various figurines and artifacts found either underwater or in deep caves in the Midwest. Thus, the reader never gets bored with one subject as the next article could be on something quite different (occasionally, there is a follow-up or supplementary article following the first one). For those who have only read, or are only familiar with the popular history of the country, most of these articles are quite intriguing, even as some offer more evidence for their theories than others.

Occasionally, the author of an article goes "way out there" and comes to some wild conclusions, but thankfully that's not very often. Most of the articles are interesting in their own way, all of them are short, but occasionally there is one that takes forever to wade through as the authors spend so much time detailing every little bit of their discovery and theories that they forget to actually make it interesting to the reader (with the exception of the small subset of people who might be as fascinated as they are with what they found).

Still, "Unearthing Ancient America" has a lot to recommend it. There is, of course, the occasional sniping at mainstream historians and scholars who want to keep all of this quiet (the introduction has most of this, though some of the articles do too), but most of the time they provide good detail on what the discovery is and what it could mean. It's fascinating stuff, and kept me interested as I made my way through the almost 300 pages of the book. Most of the articles are short and to the point, which makes picking the book up and reading in small segments very easy.

Keep an open mind when you're reading and you should enjoy it. Unless, of course, you're one of these vile censors who would love nothing more than to make sure the "standard" history of America is all that people know. If that is you, I would bet that Frank Joseph is willing to take you on one-on-one.

David Roy
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