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155 of 161 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A credible map of Antartica in the 16th Century
"Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings", Hapgood. I read this book when it was first published...must have been 30 years ago. What I remember most was an ancient map of tne continent of Antartica, published in 1509, but with an outline amazingly close to what the continent was recently shown to be late in the 20th Century. The map was published by a French...
Published on May 29, 1998 by Lamour712@aol.com

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3.0 out of 5 stars Some good and some bad
All too often, people who write about alternate theories about history advance fanciful theories, and use any evidence, no matter how flimsy, to support their beliefs. Hapgood flirts with this, but does not go as far as some.
How he flirts with this is glossing over the inaccuracies in maps that support his views. However, even in doing this, he does show some...
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155 of 161 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A credible map of Antartica in the 16th Century, May 29, 1998
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Lamour712@aol.com (Monterey Peninsula) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings: Evidence of Advanced Civilization in the Ice Age (Paperback)
"Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings", Hapgood. I read this book when it was first published...must have been 30 years ago. What I remember most was an ancient map of tne continent of Antartica, published in 1509, but with an outline amazingly close to what the continent was recently shown to be late in the 20th Century. The map was published by a French cartographer who had no notion of Antartica. In addition to its inexplicable similarity to the Antartica that we know, the margins of the continent are shown to be free of ice, and across this landscape rivers flowing from the frozen center down to the sea. It has always been assumed, I imagine, that Antartica has been covered with its two mile thick ice sheet for millions of years. But last year Discovery magazine reported that a scientist, working in Antartica claimed to have evidence that the southernmost continent had been partially ice free in recent times, recent meaning sometime in the Pleistocene. There is also in this unusual book a strange map of Europe as it might have been seen during the last Ice Age from a vantage point somewhere in space. In this map, also produced in the early 16th Century, the sun is shown glinting off the ice cap that covers all the northern European countries. Since the 16th Century knew nothing of ice ages, you can't help but wonder who was around, say twenty five thousand years ago with the technology and the desire to make maps whose accuracy would not be duplicated again until our own age. Along this line, who was around, a few years ago an English engineer wrote a book called, "The history of Metrology", which is the study of measuring things. In his research through the old world, he discovered that some of these ancient peoples, the Greeks, the Romans, the Assyrians, for instance, used a measure of length that was a geo-physical reality, like our nautical mile. In other words, these ancient units of length were a segment of a mean circumference of the earth, or a segment of a "! ;greater circle" and not an arbitrary measure "from the king's nose to the king's finger". Since all these people had to be unaware that their unit of length had a special geographical significance, the author of the book assumed that they had inherited their systems from some unknown culture in the distant past. Again, who? It's a thought provoking book, "Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings". Were there some technologically sophisticated people around at a time when other men were painting horses on cave walls?
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161 of 172 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly and Challenging, June 29, 2001
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Charles Hapgood's Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings is a much needed scholarly examination of the large number of maps dating from the Renaissance period which seem to show an ice-free Antarctica and accurate depictions of areas thought to have been unknown at the time the maps were drawn. Since the maps in question were based on older maps which are now lost, the inevitable question is: How in the world could they have been created? Hapgood does not draw fantastic conclusions about ancient astronauts or magical powers, he simply sets forth compelling evidence that civilization is far older than orthodox science thinks. His work deserves to be taken seriously,not ignored.
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135 of 144 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth the Read, December 30, 2000
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Robert Napier (Dallas, Tx United States) - See all my reviews
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At first reading Charles Hapgood makes a good argument for a crustal shift theory 10,000 years ago. Certainly, something must have happened at that time, to cause such a sudden end to the, so called, ice age. This book is well written and well thought out, if one does not accept geologist findings concerning the Antarctica, although it would not be the first time science was wrong.
The most interesting aspect, to me, about these, so called, ancient maps, is the idea that they were reported to be drawn up before Columbus sailed to the Western Hemisphere. This would seem to point toward a more advanced civilization in the past than we thought existed, and a civilization that had ventured out to the Western Hemisphere long before Columbus.
The fact that the oldest and largest stone megalith constructions are in South America (Peru), seems odd, considering mankind, it is believed, crossed into North America 10,000 years ago, and, according to archaeological thinking, waited till they reached Peru, around 1,000 AD, to move 300 plus ton stones around. Hapgood's theory about ancient maps could be a possible explanation for how a civilization arrived in South America well before Columbus, perhaps 10,000 years ago. The megaliths of the Western World seem to be a thorn in the side of scientific theories, but by placing them in the civilizations which they were found, most megalith structures are explained away, which I find more convenient than scientific, but, with free thinkers, such as, Charles Hapgood, Graham Hancock, Robert Schoch, Eric Von Danyken (yes even Danyken) and many others on the sleuth, maybe an explanation is near. The search for past advanced civilizations is very exciting, and those engaged in that search should be commended not condemned. After all, anyone willing to believe the Egyptian people of 2500 BC built the Great Pyramids, albeit, on the slimmest of evidence, should be willing to accept a past advanced civilization theory, even if that idea is also on the slimmest of evidence, if it is, it is only because such evidence has greatly been ignored at the university and scientific levels.
Placing such theories, as Hapgood's and Graham's, and the many others, in our school's textbooks, could make our educational institutions a more exciting and competitive atmosphere. It could launch the next generations on a great scientific quest. God forbid, they might even be induced to learn more.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential reading, November 10, 2005
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Mark H. Gaffney (Chiloquin, OR USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings: Evidence of Advanced Civilization in the Ice Age (Paperback)
I'd like to dispel an idea that's pretty widespread -- but without foundation. Some of the folks who've read Hapgood's books seem to think he's been disproved, for example, by plate tectonics or maybe ice cores. NOT SO.

Hapgood's book about the ancient maps and his theory of crustal shift remain just as valid and plausible today as when he wrote them. His ideas have not been successfully debunked. It is true that he has been passed over -- and often dismissed. But the reason is not because the maps and his theory of crustal shift have been disproved. They haven't.

In my opinion science has passed over his work because the implications for our civilization are so horrific. It's easy to see why this could be so. Even Hapgood himself didn't want to face the logical conclusion of the wholesale mammoth and mastadon extinction in Siberia and Alaska at the end of the Pleistocene. Something killed those animals by the millions and quick froze them in vast muck beds -- so that ten thousand years later the meat was still edible. This is fact -- not conjecture. But the crunch is the flowers and other temperate zone vegetation found in their mouths. The animals were eating and were killed suddenly where they stood. Hapgood preferred to argue that the crustal shift occurred slowly -- over a thousand years or more. But the evidence suggests that it was a very rapid event -- a cataclysm.

The maps today remain, just as Hapgood claimed -- necessary and sufficient evidence that a high civilization existed on earth long long before Sumer and ancient Egypt. The question is what happened to it?

Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings is essential reading for anyone interested in the untold story of our human origins.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hapgood"s writing style is dry; his content is fascinating., June 17, 1999
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Hapgood presents crucial evidence that libraries of ancient Greece and Constantinople held accurate maps of the New World, the west coast of North America, and of the Antarctic prior to the twelfth century. These maps were made with mathematical formulae that were not rediscovered until the 1600s. The clear implication being that someone in the dim past had possessed the knowledge and the ability to accurately map the entire world, not just the ancient "known world." The Antarctic coast is detailed without the current ice covering. Modern technology allows the ice sheet to be penetrated to confirm the accuracy of this ancient map. As the original libraries and their contents were destroyed, the copies of those seminal maps, stored elsewhere, became the primary sources for subsequent sailors and explorers. Many of the maps' details were lost or distorted over time due to repeated copying, but the essence of the original accurate mapping remains to this day.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, rigorous analysis., June 18, 1998
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This review is from: Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings: Evidence of Advanced Civilization in the Ice Age (Paperback)
I recently read the book "Maps of the ancient sea kings" by Charles H. Hapgood. The book provides a rigorous analysis of a number of maps that appear to be copies and compilations of far more ancient maps detailing the coasts of North and South America, Antartica, India, possibly Australia and other coastlines that are currently thought not to have been "discovered" until only comparatively recently. The ancient maps appear to have used a projection system that was not "invented" until recent times and some of the maps seem to indicate a remarkably accurate estimate of the circumfrence of the earth. Interestingly, the ancient maps, according to the author, appear to have been drawn at a time when the level of the oceans was lower and the distibution of glaciers was different, thus detailing islands (e.g., in the Aegean Sea) that are currently submerged. The author's conclusion is that the ancient maps were created by a highly organized and advanced culture predating currently known cultures of the ancient world. I found the author's analysis of the maps to be rigorous and convincing although some of the assumptions are questionable. The author wisely keeps speculation to a refreashing minimum (as compared to other books on related topics) and bases conclusion on the facts at hand. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the topic.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worth reading and useful to undertsand Columbus travels, April 21, 2006
This review is from: Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings: Evidence of Advanced Civilization in the Ice Age (Paperback)
The reviewer from Antwerp makes very useful comments which I agree, but he makes a mistake when talking about Christopher Columbus.

Actually, the mistake is logical since he says what official history has come to consider a real fact: Columbus was looking for a shorter way to reach India, or China. This is completely untrue.

Before leaving for the first trip, Columbus signed a very detailed contract with the King of Aragon (called "Capitulaciones de Santa Fe" and still available to any researcher) where they explicitely say that Columbus is going to gain some new lands, which he has knowledge of, for the crown. In exchange of that he gets the nobility titles of virrei (viceroy), governor and almiral of that lands, and this tittles are to be a legacy for his descendants, for ever.

After the death of Columbus the spanish kings did not will to acomplish with that contract and used as many tricks as they could to break it. They asserted he was a foreigner (which he was not, he always said he was natural from the lands belonging the spanish king), they said the discovery was a pure coincidence (which was not true according to the signed contract), they made dissapear all the diaries written by Columbus (since they were a proof of the real puporse of the travels) and so on. All of that in order to refuse to give the nobility titles to Columbus descendants.

Taken all these considerations into account, it is obvious that Columbus owned one of the maps mentioned in the book. As a matter of fact, the official history of the Piri Reis map says it was obtained by a turkish sailor from a sailor that acompanied Columbus in his travels.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing!, November 24, 1998
This review is from: Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings: Evidence of Advanced Civilization in the Ice Age (Paperback)
Seven years of absolutely amazing detective work by the author and his students. The discoveries were absolutely amazing. Well done! The author made thorough analysis on a number of maps from 1300's-1500's and presented his findings, and allows the reader to draw their own conclusions. The discoveries indicated that the people of the 1300's - 1500's could not (no way in the world) have drown the maps but instead the maps were copies and copies of some original ancient (source) maps. There are maps that shows Greenland and Antarctica without the icecap showing rivers, streams and the topology, there are maps that contained islands that could not have existed in the 1300's-1500's or even in the present day. Why hasn't anyone thought of it before! A map contains so much information in terms of sea level, climate and hence the time in which the (source) map was drown, the technology used in drawing the maps. So who were these ancient sea kings? Could they be the ancient Sea People (Philistines) as refer to by the Egyptians or could they be the Phoenicians. Or could they be the descendants of the forever mythical Atlanteans. The book also points out that our famous scientist and mathematicians who thought to have invented what ever, did not actually invented them but merely rediscovering what the ancient advance civilisations had known along. I guess we will never know since countless amount of information were destroyed due to burning of books and libraries in the past. History and knowledge lost forever!
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible & Well Thought Out Thesis!, September 4, 2004
This review is from: Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings: Evidence of Advanced Civilization in the Ice Age (Paperback)
In "Maps of The Ancient Sea Kings" Professor Charles Hapgood creates a compelling thesis suggesting that ancient maps, hand copied and handed down through the ages, may actually have been copied from earlier maps which offered world views, such as aerial, that were premised on technology not previously thought to exist.

Hapgood offers a comprehensive index and bibliography and of course, many maps and plates to help the reader understand exactly what is being suggested by the author.

At slightly over >300 pages, this text does not require advanced education to read and understand. This book is for anyone interested in world history. I rate this text at five stars for Hapgood's tackling an alternate theory of history. Well done!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect but deserves to be taken seriously, March 3, 1999
This review is from: Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings: Evidence of Advanced Civilization in the Ice Age (Paperback)
While Hapgood's "Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings" is not as thoroughly scientific and impeccably argumented as many readers seem to think (mbulger@fred.fhcrc.org from Seattle has correctly pointed out many weak points in the book), it does seem to be an honest piece of work and one might say that the facts Hapgood has gathered for our appreciation are too numerous and too peculiar to be plainly dismissed as sheer coincidence or the caprices of imaginative mapmakers. No matter how one decides to link these facts or interpret them they do constitute evidence for some past reality modern historians have generally failed to recognize.
Much of the problem lies in our unwillingness to attribute a normal human status and intelligence to our forefathers, let alone a refined and complex spiritual life. Our blind faith in the positivist creed of continuous progress has made us think of human beings living fifty, ten or even five thousand years ago as fierce and stupid brutes dragging their females around by the hair and killing each other for a piece of meat. Though vividly painted in our imagination, nothing could be more wrong.
What makes us truly human is not the presence in our society of microscopes and spaceshuttles but our possession of three inalienable prerequisites, namely theomorphism, transcendental intelligence and free will [F. Schuon]. In their wisdom many (but not all) peoples of the past (and some of the present) chose not to dwell in heavy, stone-erected urban settings and, in view of their sacred and ritual outlook, did not find it attractive or particularly "human" to engage in an unchecked and unwholesome development of machinery and commerce (like the one our present humanity has produced for itself). Consequently, one should not expect automatic weapons and spark plugs to be common occurrences in archeological excavations (of course, they wouldn't be recognizable as such for long, either).
Another thing which makes it hard to verify Hapgood's claims is what René Guénon used to call "the time barrier" (actually the starting point of what some traditions term "the iron age" or even "the dark age") at approximately 4,500 B.C. For some unexplained reason historians call the time prior to this barrier "Pre-history" while every cultural phenomenon in it is ascribed to "legend" (so let historians admit that if History is something that can begin at a specific time it must be the History of something likewise specific). Another and lesser time barrier at around 600 B.C. - when vast reformulations of world traditions occurred - is about as far as they are able to date any event unequivocally.
Thus, if Hapgood's source maps really contained vestiges of rivers and mountains on now ice-covered land masses they would necessarily have been drawn by civilizations from the "legendary period" prior to Guénon's time barrier. Such civilizations are now all but inaccessible to conventional scientific research, so I think Hapgood's hard work and partial success in bringing at least fragments of such evidence to light deserves our recognition - and more than two stars!
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