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“Schoch’s well-founded conclusion is that mankind’s past on this planet is not only much older than what conventional historians have been teaching, but, as Paul LaViolette has demonstrated, we have gone through cycles of destruction and renewal corresponding to periods in and between coronal mass ejections (CME’s) and solar proton events (SPE’s) of our Sun.” (Alan Glassman, New Dawn, January 2013)

“ is pleasing, and in some ways a relief, to read a book in this field that has been written by an author with the qualifications to back up his theories...” (Trevor Pyne, Magonia, February 2013)

“Schoch is a true scientist, following the data wherever it leads, heedless of political pressures or worn-out paradigms. Twenty-two years ago, his redating of the Sphinx launched the New Archaeology. Forgotten Civilization distills all that has happened since into a simple conclusion: that solar activity ended the last cycle of high culture and may destroy ours in turn. Schoch is no scaremonger, no hawker of a pet theory. What we do with this knowledge is up to us, but once digested, it changes everything.” (Joscelyn Godwin, author of Atlantis and the Cycles of Time)

“Dr. Robert Schoch has produced an extremely well-studied thesis that is backed by his vast knowledge of geology and, more importantly, given the thesis impetus by his courage to go where many other academics fear to tread. Forgotten Civilization is a very well written book that not only reflects an excellent scientific research into the origins of civilization but also is highly entertaining and most enjoyable to read. Get this book and put it in a prominent place on your bookshelf. It deserves this honor.” (Robert Bauval, author of The Orion Mystery)

“...a powerful account backed by scientific and historical record, recommended for new age, science and history collections alike.” (Midwest Book Review, November 2012)

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Building upon his revolutionary theory that the Sphinx dates back much further than 2500 BCE, geologist Robert Schoch reveals scientific evidence of advanced civilization predating ancient Egypt, Sumeria, and Greece, as well as the catastrophe that destroyed it nearly 12,000 years ago and what its legacy can teach us about our own future.

Combining evidence from multiple scientific disciplines, Schoch shows how the last ice age ended abruptly in 9700 BCE due to coronal mass ejections from the Sun. These solar outbursts unleashed electrical/plasma discharges upon Earth and triggered volcanic activity, earthquakes, fires, and massive floods as glaciers melted and lightning strikes released torrential rains from the oceans. He explains how these events eradicated the civilization of the time and set humanity back thousands of years, only to reemerge around 3500 BCE with scattered memories and nascent abilities. He explores, within this framework, how many megalithic monuments, underground cities, and ancient legends fall logically into place, as well as the reinterpreted Easter Island rongorongo texts and the intentional burial, 10,000 years ago, of the Göbekli Tepe complex in Turkey. Schoch reveals scientific evidence that shows how history could repeat itself with a coronal mass ejection powerful enough to devastate modern society.

Weaving together a new view of the origins of civilization, the truths behind ancient wisdom, and the dynamics of the planet we live on, Schoch maintains we must heed the megalithic warning of the past and collectively prepare for future events.

ROBERT M. SCHOCH, Ph.D., a tenured faculty member at Boston University, earned his doctorate in geology and geophysics at Yale University in 1983. His books include Pyramid Quest, Voyages of the Pyramid Builders, Voices of the Rocks, Stratigraphy, Environmental Science, and The Parapsychology Revolution.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions (August 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594774978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594774973
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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116 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Carol E. on September 27, 2012
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Forgotten Civilization by Dr. Robert Schoch

Why should you buy this book?
1) You're already looking at it so you must have some interest in this topic.
2) Dr. Schoch has a great ability to take his, or others, theories and support them with well researched scientific data. This is helpful to those of us who are curious about alternative explanations but are still dependent on the "scientific thinking" paradigm. (He doesn't make statements like "when humans bred with aliens in 20,823 BC...").
3) He always makes you think about conventional wisdom in a new way. For instance, in this book - the age of Easter Island statues (moai). How DID they get buried so deeply when they (conventionally) only go back to a South Pacific Polynesian settlement times??
I have stood in front of the moais on Easter Island and read many books on it's history and it never occurred to me to question the timeline. It takes that unique geologist perspective which Dr Schoch brings to his writings.
4) He introduces you to other researchers or writers that you will want to know more about. Like Thomas Brophy, Anthony Peratt, Paul LaViolette and many others.
5) The Appendices. Some excellent information on multiple topics included at the end of the book.
6) Because Dr. Schoch has gone where many others SHOULD go - against conventional archeological/historical wisdom which makes no sense.
His initial theories on the age of the Sphinx as a young academic were very daring and absolutely correct. The geological community had no problem with his ideas - but Egyptologists did, and they have been after him ever since.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By David Montaigne on October 13, 2012
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I first heard of Robert Schoch about fifteen years ago when I watched the NBC special "The Mysterious Origins of Man." Schoch was brought into the project both for his PhD in geology from Yale and for his open-mindedness, specifically on the age of the Sphinx. Despite the assertion of mainstream Egyptology that the Sphinx could not be more than, at most, about 4,500 to 5,000 years old - Schoch said the Sphinx showed obvious erosion from intense rainfall, the likes of which Egypt had not seen for several thousand years before conventional theories permitted. He stuck his neck out (though not as boldly as John Anthony West, who suggested a far older date for the Sphinx) and said that mainstream Egyptology's date for the Sphinx is probably off by a few thousand years. This unorthodoxy brought many negative responses from established PhDs in a variety of fields.

At the time (early to mid 1990s) when Schoch and West were first getting attention for the idea that erosion by rainfall proved the Sphinx is older than we have been taught, one rebuttal from the orthodox Egyptologists was to ask who built it. "Where's the civilization" before dynastic Egypt? In the early 90s there was little evidence to counter the accepted paradigm that no society that far back was organized enough to build monuments.

This changed with the ongoing discoveries at Gobekli Tepe in southeast Turkey, which has been excavated by German (and Turkish) archeologists since 1994. As Schoch points out in "Forgotten Civilization" mainstream archeologists now date the monuments there to approximately 9-10,000 B.C. The established existence of an organized society at this point in time makes Schoch's conservatively early dating of the Sphinx seem less unlikely.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By R. Plom on September 13, 2012
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Robert's latest book is prescient and very important for the times we are living in. His deep background in geology and open mind give him a unique perspective on what has happened in the misty fog of the past on this planet. There's so much good material in this book that I do not know where to start! It spans a range of topics like a symphony, from Easter Island and Gobekli Tepe to the role of the Sun and solar outburst in natural disasters to Zep Tepi in ancient Egypt. Robert lays out convincing evidence that a forgotten civilization with high culture was potentially obliterated by plasma storms from the Sun around 12,000 years ago. With our world so dependent on electromagnetic technology Robert is giving us a chance to re-evaulate and potentially avoid history repeating itself. Robert is a solid scientist, his credentials are impeccable and he has a keen mind and ability to cut to the core of an issue. Robert is able to accomplish the rare feat of explaining complex scientific topics in a way that you and I can easily understand. I could not put this book down and had to read it cover to cover over the course of a week and I'll be re-reading it again because it's deep and thoughtful.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By T. Smith on September 13, 2012
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I thought this was an extremely well written book. Dr. Schoch touches on many ideas and cross references and using hard science, ties it all into an overall theory that is both logical and frightening. This is one of those books that leaves you thinking, long after your done reading it.

If you have have any interest in solar flares and the role they've played in our history and will play in our future, you should read this book.
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