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Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America [Kindle Edition]

Frank Joseph , David Hatcher Childress , Zecharia Sitchin , Wayne May , Andrew Collins
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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The nursery rhyme begins, "In fourteen hundred and ninety two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue." Less well-known is the line that follows: "…to learn if the old maps were true." How can there be "old maps" of a land no one knew existed? Were others here before Columbus? What were their reasons for coming and what unexplained artifacts did they leave behind?
The oceans were highways to America rather than barriers, and when discoverers put ashore, they were greeted by unusual inhabitants. In Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America, the author of The Atlantis Encyclopedia turns his sextant towards this hemisphere. Here is a collection of the most controversial articles selected from seventy issues of the infamous Ancient American magazine. They range from the discovery of Roman relics in Arizona and California's Chinese treasure, to Viking rune-stones in Minnesota and Oklahoma and the mysterious religions of ancient Americans. Many questions will be raised including:

What role did extraterrestrials have in the lives of ancient civilizations?

What ancient pyramids and towers tell us about the people who built them?

Are they some sort of portals to another dimension?

What prehistoric technologies have been discovered, and what can they tell us about early settlers, their religious beliefs, and possible other-worldly visitors?

Did El Dorado exist, and what of the legendary Fountain of Youth?

Was Atlantis in Cuba?

What are America’s lost races and what happened to them?

Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America brings to the fore the once-hidden true past of America’s earliest civilizations


Product Details

  • File Size: 4248 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books (January 30, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001D261E8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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68 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real early discoverers of America April 27, 2006
Format:Paperback
Everyone knows Columbus discovered America - but in fact he owned and worked from charts of the region drawn by Viking explorers hundreds of years before he was born - and they in turn were preceded by Irish missionaries, shipwrecked Romans and others. DISCOVERING THE MYSTERIES OF ANCIENT AMERICA: LOST HISTORY AND LEGENDS, UNEARTHED AND EXPLORED gathers all these accounts, using the articles from Ancient American magazine to assemble some documented discoveries which are real puzzlers. Most have not been closely examined and certainly not under one cover, in a place convenient for contrast and discussion.
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84 of 115 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Be Realistic In Your Analysis... May 23, 2006
Format:Paperback
Childress' book cites numerous known abberations to the common perception that most relics and antiquities found in North America are of "native" cultural origin, and having these bits all in one place in one book is useful and entertaining. However, the speculation on aliens, portals, and Atlantis-type culture is, as always, tedious. Anyone can speculate and it is a writer's choice on how he or she chooses to speculate. The reader ,however, must be realistic in their analysis and truth behind the writer's speculation. If it is for entertainment purposes, the book and its speculations are wothwhile; if it is for actual information, the book is worth the price to read about the additional relics that have been found in North America that can really question our prevalent interpretations of North American history - however, the speculation on aliens and such is just that...entertainment value only. Early Mankind was a lot more innovative and flexible than people like Childress give them credit for - no use of aliens and portals is necessary to explain the historical evidence that is apparent in the antiquities record.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and full of information November 8, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The book is not really a book but a collection of articles from a magazine called North American. The book was a gift and I didn't know what to expect from it. I thought it will be about Atlantis and UFOs. I was pleasantly surprised.

The book is not about Atlantis (only one article mentions it) and there are no UFOs in it or any other weird stuff. The articles argue that the two American continents were visited in the past by old civilizations long before Columbus sailed on his first voyage.

Evidence is offered that Americas were visited as early as ancient Egypt. The writers try to prove it by discussing various artifacts found on American soil, ancient legends, Native American culture and existence of corn (an American plant) in Europe and Asia long before it was imported by the Spanish.

I must say that after reading the book I am still not completely sold on the idea of ancient contacts, but at the same time I would not be surprised if it turned out to be true. The writers spend a lot of space and ink describing how the historical/archeological establishment is deeply conservative and all evidence of pre-Columbian presence in the Americas is dismissed as a hoax or ignored without any serious research.

From my personal experience and from other readings, I can testify to the conservatism of the mainstream academic establishment. Among the academia, once a certain theory is accepted as fact, it becomes almost sacred dogma. The theory then persists until evidence against it becomes so overwhelming that it simply cannot be accepted anymore.

Just take the case of the Vikings.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Short Summary Compilation April 25, 2008
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This is a fairly decent book in some ways and one to take with a big laugh in others. I've certainly read worse though. Most of it is review for me since I've read most of the authors mentioned here in more detail and most of the information was not new to me. Overall the feel for the book is rather one sided. For example, some of the latter stories regarding ancient findings of artifacts and one in particular about an oil lamp that was found in a yard in Ohio strongly lead the reader to believe that the oil lamp that was found by this gentleman has been there since ancient times never mentioning the fact that due to the masses of peoples populating the USA that it is more likely that the lamp was in fact brought here and discarded by a settler rather than laying there in someone's yard waiting to be found for thousands of years. Why it is easier to believe that the lamp lay there undisturbed in the ground all by itself with nothing else anything like it found before or since in the same area is beyond me.

The idea that the lamp could quite easily be explained by another reason as simple as a theory that maybe the man that found it made it all up and put it there himself after buying it in a garage sale is never brought forward. In other words this is not proof at all for the ancients being in America but just another of many unverifiable stories that may as well sit along side the big foot, UFO/USO and big bird stories in other books. Frankly I'm surprised this and some other stories like it were even used because they do not show very much in the way of intelligent study of the findings but in fact bring the book down a notch to that approaching a tabloid magazine article.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient America
Loved this book. It was fascinating to read about the past events of Chinese, Romans & Vikings. Once you start this book you'll keep going non stop.
Published 5 months ago by Walter Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
The book gives clear evidence of many who have made their way to the Americas long before Columbus. Great fun to read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Margaret Hess
4.0 out of 5 stars Discovering the mysteries of ancient America
Opened a whole new reality for me. Long suspected there were humans here many years before Columbus, but no idea just how long before. Read more
Published 9 months ago by nancy chapin
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok but could have been better.
Was a bit disappointed with this collection. But found new materials that were interesting. The print size was ideal for me though and it was an easy read.
Published 14 months ago by Maria Teresa Kiil
5.0 out of 5 stars Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America
Good read, seemed to be informative.I'm interested in ancient mysteries and I've also read a few other books by the same author.
Published 15 months ago by LE
3.0 out of 5 stars A little thick
This bok is a fast read, but a little hard to get through with out faling asleep. Not one of my top picks, with some far reachig ideas.
Published 17 months ago by Steven Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars Reading
Interesting perspectives on things. Makes you think. You need an open mind to read this. Don't dismiss until you have read. Read more
Published on October 23, 2009 by Gordon Dietz
1.0 out of 5 stars A funny novel
Just not what I expected. The writer of this book should be a novelist with all those funny ideas he have. Read more
Published on May 29, 2009 by Daniel Lucas
2.0 out of 5 stars The editor should be embarrased
I'm still trying to figure out if the Romans of Arizona used "led" or "lead" to cast their ancient relics...and did the vikings in America use "watAerways"? Read more
Published on April 1, 2009 by D. Schneider
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply interesting
i was very intriqued by this book. Many of the theories are now coming out in the open.
Published on November 24, 2008 by Debrah D. Phillips
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