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"Altogether, the reflections of these frontier investigators provide a big-picture perspective on the cycle of human existence which challenges orthodox knowledge.  If you've not read their works before, this anthology is an ideal place to start." (Nexus Magazine, Vol. 17, No.8, October 2010)

"Fascinating!  That's how I found the theories in Lost Knowledge of the Ancients." (Irene Watson, Reader Views, October 2010)

“The face of archaeology has been irrevocably changed . . . This volume brings together a series of essays which explores many aspects of this new domain with papers covering diverse. . .” (Living Traditions Magazine, January 2011)

“This incredible anthology introduces the revolutionary work of cutting-edge researchers who are currently defining a new view of not only the high level of science and technology in the remote past but also the relationship of humanity to cosmic cycles over vast expanses of time. Lost Knowledge of the Ancients may hold the key to our future.” (Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D., author of Voyages of the Pyramid Builders and Pyramid Quest)

“These accounts of ‘lost’ or anomalous knowledge are building blocks of an alternative universe, and, taken altogether, they reveal something of the deep structure of this alternative universe. They also show that this universe made up of anomalies may be more real than the everyday, commonsensical one!” (Mark Booth, author of The Secret History of the World)

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“This incredible anthology introduces the revolutionary work of cutting-edge researchers who are currently defining a new view of not only the high level of science and technology in the remote past but also the relationship of humanity to cosmic cycles over vast expanses of time. Lost Knowledge of the Ancients may hold the key to our future.”
--Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D., author of Voyages of the Pyramid Builders and Pyramid Quest

A revolution of thought is under way in our world, fostered by decades of research and well-documented evidence by alternative theory pioneers such as Graham Hancock, John Anthony West, Robert Bauval, and Robert Schoch. These provocative, cutting-edge scholars now represent a direct challenge to the academic establishment as the paradigms of science and history shift and their ideas gain acceptance.

Representing the latest, often controversial findings in scientific and historical research, this anthology of essays commissioned by Graham Hancock, bestselling author of Fingerprints of the Gods, covers the forefront of alternative theories on history, the origins of civilization, technology, and consciousness with topics ranging from quantum philosophy and paranormal phenomena to the ancient use of electromagnetism, the effect of cosmic rays on human evolution, and NASA’s cover-up of ancient Martian civilizations. Recognizing that many recent discoveries are actually rediscoveries of lost knowledge from past civilizations, these authors seek to understand where, within the bigger picture of human knowledge, our present time fits into the cycle of human existence.

Glenn Kreisberg, editor of the Author of the Month page at, is a radio frequency engineer, writer, researcher, and licensed outdoor guide and currently serves as the vice president of the New England Antiquities Research Association. The author of numerous articles and papers, including Lithic Mysteries of the Northeast, he is the founder and editor of the alternative science and history website He lives in Woodstock, New York, with his wife and two children.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company (August 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591431174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591431176
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am the author of the forthcoming Magicians of the Gods, published on 10 November 2015, and of the major international bestsellers The Sign and the Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods, Heaven's Mirror, Underworld, and Supernatural.

I share below the story of the journey that led me to these books

In the early 1980's, when I was East Africa correspondent of The Economist, writing about wars, politics, economics and aid programmes, I had no idea where fate was going to lead me or what strange seas of thought I would find myself sailing on. But in 1983 I made my first visit to Axum in northern Ethiopia, then in the midst of a war zone, and found myself in the presence of an ancient monk outside a little chapel in the grounds of the cathedral of Saint Mary of Zion. The monk told me that the chapel was the sanctuary of the Ark of the Covenant and that he was the guardian of the Ark, the most sacred relic of the Bible, supposedly lost since Old Testament times. What he said seemed ludicrous but for some reason it intrigued me. I began to look into the Ethiopian claim and found much surprising and neglected evidence that supported it, not least the faint traces of a mission to Ethiopia undertaken by the Knights Templar in the twelfth century. I kept adding to that dossier of evidence while also continuing to pursue my current affairs interests (including Lords of Poverty, my controversial book about foreign aid, published in 1989), and finally, in 1992, I published The Sign and the Seal: A Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant, my first full-fledged investigation of a historical mystery.

As well as to Ethiopia and to Israel, my research for The Sign and the Seal had taken me to Egypt and opened my eyes to the incredible enigma of the Great Pyramid of Giza, while the "technological" aspects of the Ark (shooting out bolts of fire, striking people dead, etc) had alerted me to the existence of out of place technologies in antiquity. The stage was now set for my next project - a worldwide investigation into the possibility of a lost, prehistoric civilisation that resulted, in 1995, in the publication of Fingerprints of the Gods, undoubtedly my best known book. The Message of the Sphinx (co-authored with Robert Bauval) followed in 1996, looking specifically into the mysteries of the Great Sphinx of Giza, and then in 1998 Heaven's Mirror, photographed by my wife Santha Faiia, which shows why many ancient sites in all parts of the globe replicate the patterns of constellations on the ground and are aligned to important celestial events such as the rising points of the sun on the equinoxes and the solstices. In 2002, I published Underworld, the result of five years of scuba diving across all the world's oceans to find ancient ruins submerged by rising sea levels at the end of the Ice Age.

After Underworld, I decided to step away from lost civilisation mysteries for a while and my next non-fiction book, Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind, published in 2005, focussed on shamanism, altered states of consciousness and the astonishing universal themes that appear in rock and cave art from deepest antiquity right through to the paintings done by shamans in the Amazon rainforest today.

From my years as a journalist I've always distrusted armchair theorising and believed I have a responsibility to seek out direct personal, "boots on the ground" experience of what I'm writing about. That was why I did five years of often difficult and dangerous scuba diving for Underworld. And it's also why, as part of my research for Supernatural I travelled to the Amazon to drink the visionary brew Ayahuasca with shamans there. As well as better equipping me to write Supernatural, my experiences in the Amazon changed my life and brought out a new side of my own creativity. I've continued working with Ayahuasca ever since and in 2006, during a series of sessions in Brazil, in a ceremonial space overlooked by images of a blue goddess, my visions gave me the basic characters, dilemmas and plot of the book that would become my first novel, Entangled, published in 2010. Entangled tells the story of two young women, one living 24,000 years ago in the Stone Age, and the other in modern Los Angeles, who are brought together by a supernatural being to do battle with a demon who travels through time.

Since the publication of Entangled I have also written the first two volumes of a series of three epic novels about the Spanish conquest of Mexico - the War God trilogy. The first volume, War God: Nights of the Witch, was published in 2013, and the second volume, War God: Return of the Plumed Serpent, was published in 2014. The third volume, War God: Apocalypse, is already more than half written and will be published in 2016 but in the meantime my new non-fiction book, Magicians of the Gods, is published on 10 November 2015. Magicians is the sequel to Fingerprints of the Gods, and presents all the new evidence that has emerged since 1995 for a great lost civilisation of prehistoric antiquity and for the global cataclysm that destroyed that civilisation almost 13,000 years ago - a cataclysm on such a scale that it forced mankind, as Plato put it, "to begin again like children with no memory of what went before."

My ideas on prehistory and on the mysterious nature of reality have made me something of a controversial figure. In 1999, for example BBC Horizon made a documentary ("Atlantis Reborn") attacking my position on the lost civilisation. But part of that documentary was found by the UK's Broadcasting Standards Commission to be unfair - the first time ever that the flagship Horizon series had been judged guilty of unfairness. The BBC took the problem seriously enough to put out a revised re-edited version of the programme a year later. More recently, in 2013, my TED talk "The War on Consciousness" was deleted from the TED Youtube channel on grounds that TED itself later admitted to be spurious by striking out every one of the objections it had originally raised to my talk. TED, however, refused to restore the talk to its Youtube channel resulting in dozens of pirate uploads all over the internet that have now registered well over a million views.

I make mistakes like everyone else, but ever since my time with The Economist I've felt it is important to strive for rigour and accuracy, to check facts, to set out my sources clearly and openly for all to see and to admit my mistakes when I make them. As I continue to explore extraordinary ideas in my works of non-fiction, and in my novels, I'll also continue to do that.

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98 of 107 people found the following review helpful By shawn kohut on January 15, 2011
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I rarely review books, but I felt this title required additional information to the potential buyer. This book is represented as a collection of writings on the Lost Knowledge of the Ancients. Unfortunately, I found it more of an opportunity for a group of authors to pimp their books.
Each chapter is an abstract of a particular book by the author whom wrote it. Some of the chapters are an honest effort to provide an interesting summary of their books. Most chapters are devoid of real information and time is often spent attempting to convince you to buy their book or video on the subject. A search of the topics on the internet would have yielded just as much information at no cost whatsoever.
No serious subject can withstand the carney hucksterism of the snake oil salesman. It demeans the material. It pollutes the few authors whom make an honest attempt to give a chapter of useful information. As the material is often controversial, at best, all the more reason to err on the side of a more complete treatment.
In a difficult economy, it behooves all of us to not waste each other's money.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Anne Wright on January 4, 2011
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It seems to me that there is some kind of intellectual battle going on. In this battle I think we are all pawns. I say this only because I am reasonably well-versed in the mainstream views of ancient history and yet I find that I cannot easily dismiss what the various writers in this book have to say about our ancient history.

In two words this book is quite an `eye-opener'. And these are not the words of some sycophant. I have read and take on board much of what mainstream historians have to say about our ancient past - and yet I feel there are still questions. Over the past two decades I have read various works of the better known alternative historians presented in this book but what I found quite remarkable and somewhat surprising in this anthology is that it is the lesser known contributors here that actually, in my opinion, have contributed the most intriguing and controversial material to this work.

I did not entirely understand the math, but Dr Flavio Barbiero's pole shift article sent shivers down my spine. I would dearly love to see a constructive rebuttal by mainstream science of the theory he presents. Likewise the essay on the Gulf of Khambat by S. Badrinaryan presents highly compelling evidence of an ancient civilization that pre-dates anything mainstream historians seem prepared to acknowledge. The Article by S. Creighton seems to expand Robert Bauval's Orion Theory into a whole new dimension although I think this particular article could have benefited from some diagrams to help better explain the expanded theory.

Was this book worth the dollar? I think if you feel there are questions in our ancient history that are not easily answered or are perhaps poorly answered by the prevailing historical opinion then why not consider alternative views?
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By William A. Nielsen on November 20, 2010
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I found this collection of essays and articles to be a concise and straight forward exploration of alternative approaches to a variety of disciplines. Though already familiar with some of the names and theories, it served to bring into sharp focus the quintessential position of each author regarding their chosen field of endeavor, as well as revealing their passion for the same. Even if you are familiar with Hancock, Bauval, Collins, Shoch, and others, one gets a real feel for where their coming from that may not be evident in some of their longer and more involved works.

To any one not familiar with the work of the authors presented, this collection also serves as a fine introduction to alternative views to the status quo theories of a wide range of modern sciences. Whether it's the pyramids and their purpose, the effects of cosmic pulses on consciousness, or the flawed history of the first americans, each presentation leaves one with plenty of food for thought as well as intelligently challenging our ideas about what we've come to believe about each. All in all - Well worth your time and money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cody Charron on December 13, 2013
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The four horseman (Hancock, West, Schoch, and Bauval) never let me down. I'm so thankful for the open minded thinkers out there that offer an alternative to the widely accepted, and no doubt inaccurate views of mainstream academics. These dudes, and others like them, are daring enough to challenge what we were all taught in school, and I welcome this 100%! Very good read, covering many different subjects. Another lovely middle finger to Lener and Hawass!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By godwin on March 18, 2011
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I must agree with those that have stated the title does not deliver the content. It is more a promotion of the different authors' books.With some good exceptions, there are to many broad and general statements, not a detailed analysis.If you are looking for a general overview to decide what other books to read, then this book is for you. However, if you already know something about the subject and are looking for detailed/speficic information get another book.
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Like most people I read books for a wide variety of reasons. In this case, "Lost Knowledge of the Ancients" edited by Glenn Kreisberg sounded like an interesting book. This is a book is organized into 14 sections and has numerous unusual topics and writers. The focus this volume to be less of a scientific approach and more of a mystical and esoteric view of ancient history. The introduction provides some basic information on the search for lost knowledge. Some of the unusual topics in this 243 page text includes the following:

Thoughts on parapsychology and the paranormal phenomena. Quantum philosophy and the ancient mystery school. The Egypt code. Alternative history and esoteric philosophy. An open letter to the editors of Archaeology. Dark mission. History and celestial time. the Orion key. The Cygnus mystery. Electromagnetism and the ancients. The gulf of Khambhat. The Orion zone. On the possibility of instantaneous shifts of the poles and mysterious strangers.

The main theme throughout this text seems to be aimed at the hard science community and how they refuse to recognize the alternative hypothesis these contributors are promoting. It is obvious most of the contributors believe in the esoteric pseudo-science answers to ancient mysteries rather than the theories most main street scientists have accepted. In any case, this book was at times very interesting. As a scientific minded individual I found some of the chapters amusing; however, I found no scientific compelling information to change my mind about some of these topics. Some of the topics in this book remind me of the power of faith, which is many times stronger than scientific facts, reason, logic and rationality.

Rating: 3 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Never Trust a Politician: A critical review of politics and politicians).
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