Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization

Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization

by Graham Hancock

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Could the story of mankind be far older than we have previously believed? Using tools as varied as archaeo-astronomy, geology, and computer analysis of ancient myths, Graham Hancock presents a compelling case to suggest that it is.
“A fancy piece of historical sleuthing . . . intriguing and entertaining and sturdy enough to give a long pause for thought.”—Kirkus Reviews
In Fingerprints of the Gods, Hancock embarks on a worldwide quest to put together all the pieces of the vast and fascinating jigsaw of mankind’s hidden past. In ancient monuments as far apart as Egypt’s Great Sphinx, the strange Andean ruins of Tihuanaco, and Mexico’s awe-inspiring Temples of the Sun and Moon, he reveals not only the clear fingerprints of an as-yet-unidentified civilization of remote antiquity, but also startling evidence of its vast sophistication, technological advancement, and evolved scientific knowledge.
A record-breaking number one bestseller in Britain, Fingerprints of the Gods contains the makings of an intellectual revolution, a dramatic and irreversible change in the way that we understand our past—and so our future.
And Fingerprints of God tells us something more. As we recover the truth about prehistory, and discover the real meaning of ancient myths and monuments, it becomes apparent that a warning has been handed down to us, a warning of terrible cataclysm that afflicts the Earth in great cycles at irregular intervals of time—a cataclysm that may be about to recur.
“Readers will hugely enjoy their quest in these pages of inspired storytelling.”—The Times (UK)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307829054
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 09/19/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 78,723
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Graham Hancock was formerly East Africa correspondent for The Economist and a correspondent for the London Sunday Times. His The Sign and the Seal, an international bestseller, documented his real-life quest for the Ark of the Covenant. He has appeared on television with Michael Palin in his Pole to Pole series, and on the BBC and CNN, as well as the National Geographic’s Explorer series.

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Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read through a lot of the other reviews and I 've decided to write one myself. The first time I read Hancock was about four years ago. What really caught my attention was what he discovered about the Giza pyramids. The fact that the corners of the great pyramids were less than a minute of a degree off from 90 degrees blew my mind. Our modern buildings are not made to those exact standards. How did they do this? Modern historians do not even give the ancient Egyptians credit for knowing what pi was. How did they understand the measurements that would have to be made to construct a monument like that without it topling over? How did they move these 6-8 ton limestone slabs? How did they lift them so high? How in the world could they do all these things if they're nothing but a bunch of primative screwballs running around killing each other? I'm sorry. I've studied history all my life. Egyptologists have no problem telling you that these primative people built these great structures, but when you ask them how, they can't give you an answer. I have a feeling there's a lot more out there than what we know. No it wouldn't surprise me that there was once a great civilazation so old that it's memory was lost with time. No it wouldn't surprise me that this civilization or knowledge passed from this civilization had something to do with the pyramids and many other unexplained structures. I wouldn't be surprise at all. You know, at least Hancock is looking for an answer. He's trying to find an explaination. Read this book. Read some of his other works. Look at all this for yourself. If it doesn't at least make you think, then you need to open your mind. Check it out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent read. If you are interested in history, science, mathematics, and/or astronomy then this book is for you. You may not believe in lost civilizations, but the questions that are asked in this book are without a doubt very legitimate and enlightening. This book will definitely make you reconsider what you were taught in school and you will find out that there is much more mystery left in this world than you might have thought. Well written and researched, complete with a detailed bibliography.
JosephNicholas More than 1 year ago
Finger Prints Of The Gods is the riveting nonfiction account of Explorer / Writer Graham Hancock as he visits far reaching places on the earth, and cracks open dusty ancient documents in order to investigate evidences that seem to indicate a super civilization existed before our own. The reader follows along as Hancock puts the pieces of the puzzle together and draws logical conclusions that will astound! The pages fly as your mind fills with awe and wonder and possibilities. Graham Hancock, thank you!
Massattorney More than 1 year ago
Whatever one wishes to think about Mr. Hancock's thesis- that there is compelling evidence found around the world of influence of a very ancient culture on subsequent ones like Egypt, the Mayans, the Incas, etc- the fact remains that his research and the organizational structure of his writing are thoroughly engaging and compelling. In point of fact, much of what he writes about (the Viricocha-rype myths of the Incas and Mayans for instance) can be more likely readily explained by cultural diffusion rather than some far older culture's ostensibly universal influence. However, even that theory stands as a provocative counter-point to traditional archaeology and ancient history paradigms. Having said that, nevertheless the evidence Mr. Hancock compiles, and the way he presents it in such a cogent, organized and intelligent, yet engaging fashion, stands as a great example for others to follow.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This should be required material for humanity
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading all of the reviews both positive and negative I can remember a quote that I once heard. A fool will believe in something that is not true, a greater fool will be not to believe in something that is true. What are you?
miketroll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
FOTG is a landmark book. Not because it is enormously well written or because the scholarship is thorough. Rather because it was the first popular, eclectic survey of ancient history to capture the imagination of millions with its ideas of an advanced, early, global civilisation.Von Daeniken had done something similar two decades before, but his focus on extaterrestrials and the fraudulence of his claims had, arguably, put this field of research out of bounds for a time to scholars conscious of their reputation.This copy was signed by the author in Cardiff.
DBJones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When many speculation books attempt to drive the evidence to meet their conclusions the final result lacks credibility. Graham Hancock presents his evidence, offers his conclusions and lets the reader make up their own mind. This mature approach instantly made me like Hancock, his evidence can be researched and verified and his conclusions, while outside of how we understand history and open to alternate views, are sound. From the introduction and the Piri Reis Map onwards Hancock presents fascinating evidence for an older civilization that we have not yet discovered and unlike Von Daniken, his conclusions do not require a belief in aliens or ancient technologies left behind like a plot from Star Trek.A very entertaining read and very thought provoking.
millsge on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hancock is a very talented writer and his ideas are presented with great skill. Regardless of what one thinks about his ideas, one can always profit from reading his books as he presents many anomalies that sometimes get swept under the carpets of archaeology and anthropology.
emanate28 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fascinating. Whether one believes this or not, it opens up a lot of possibilities in how we explain our world and history. I'm certainly not looking forward to 2030, esp. considering the many earthquakes & other large-scale natural disasters in recent years!
lunaverse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book discusses an alternate view of ancient history -- that a civilization existed long before the Egyptians and Sumerians came on the scene.This is one of several of Hancock's books which expound upon the many evidences we have, that the orthodox understanding of ancient history is incorrect. Not every piece of evidence in this book is absolute proof (in fact, I think he is just wrong on some points). Yet when you put it all together, it seems there is something we should look at more closely. Orthodoxy of all kinds should be questioned, especially in the face of conflicting information.
jcovington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Graham Hancock's seminal work. It's wildly speculative and many of its hypothesis rest on bad history or bad science, but he really is passionate about it, its fun to read and some of it is quite thought provoking. Just keep in mind that Graham himself has said that his methods were faulty and that many of his conclusions are off base.
saskreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book made me re-evaluate how I think about the origins of civilization. Some of Hancock's theories might be a little hard to accept, but it's certainly worth reading for the intriguing information he presents regarding ancient Egypt, Central America, Antarctica, as well as myths and legends.
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I was a bit skeptical at first; Hancock's harsh critics can be quite convincing. But you just can't get around the fact that Hancock backs up his lost civilization theory with 400 pages of evidence, and another 100 or so pages of sources supporting his claims. Critics seem to hold on to one or two of Hancock's more flimsy claims, and ignore the more than hundred other unique points he makes. No point in sounding pretentious, so I'll just flat out say that it is painfully obvious something is not quite right with the academically and socially accepted view of history. Especially Egyptian history. Too many inconsistencies, too many double standards, too many oddities, too many mysteries, etc. It's unfortunate that modern academia feels the need to always be right and always have an answer, and that we are stuck with explanations such as "oh yeah those huge blocks were pulled up ramps and dragged into place with great precision by gangs of workers, in a relatively short amount of time" or "the great pyramid was definitely a tomb, despite the stone box in the corner of one of the chambers, there is nothing tomb like about the entire structure." Even if you're a history/archaeology/egyptology buff and think you know everything, this book does a great job at offering a convincingly different perspective on things. It interweaves both story and physical evidence, which is something modern academia tends to shy away from. The only reason I don't give it five stars, is because no book is that perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great. A good mix of science, astrology and folklore.
garcho More than 1 year ago
This book is criminally untruthful. Hancock's logic is based on the ultimate fallacy: if your premise is false, every conclusion is true. Unlike any of today's (or yesterday's) science, which he fails at usurping with his signature irrationality, he cannot produce the most basic evidence. This book is toilet paper.
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