The great pyramids of Egypt provide a wonderful glimpse of the artistry, skill and imagination of the ancient world. But pyramids can be found in India, China, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico and Ireland. In this provocative book, geologist Schoch (noted for his work in redating the Sphinx, which was recounted in his Voices of the Rocks) wonders how so many diverse cultures built such similar structures with similar purposes. Using geological, linguistic and geographical evidence, he contends that a protocivilization of pyramid-building peoples was driven out of its homeland, the Sundaland, which geologists believe connected Southeast Asia with Indonesia, by a rise in sea level caused by comet activity between 6000 and 4000 B.C. Fleeing their homeland, these peoples took their knowledge of pyramid building with them into Sumeria, Mesopotamia, Egypt, China and Peru. Schoch hypothesizes that the pyramids were built to reach into the skies and to penetrate the mystery of the heavens, source of catastrophe. Schoch also asserts that the pyramids point to unity and symbolize the deep concerns shared by all humans. Schoch builds his engrossing case on geological details of the pyramid sites he has examined around the world. In the end, however, even he admits his evidence of a Sundaland protocivilization is speculative. As controversial as this book is bound to be, Schoch's evocation of the pyramids forcefully reminds us of their enduring power as monuments to the spirit of human creativity. 16 pages of color photos not seen by PW.
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Robert M. Schoch, a full-time faculty member at the College of General Studies at Boston University since 1984, earned his Ph.D. in geology and geophysics at Yale University. Dr. Schoch has been quoted extensively in the media for his work on the Sphinx, and he was featured on the Emmy-winning documentary The Mystery of the Sphinx, hosted by Charlton Heston.
Ordered; haven't gotten it to read yet; have watched a number of videos with Schoch and his colleagues.
The thing that bothers me with "ooooh, pyramids! Read more
not sure if I buy the thesis at the end as to where proto-pyramid culture came from.Published 8 months ago by Christopher M Olson
I love reading historical non fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and have recommended it to others. Thanks Robert. Also thanks for the others reviews. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alan
As an academic who spends summers reading new - well grounded - theories, this was the best read of the summer. Intriguing! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Art Lover
Honestly, I was and still am very open minded. The entire read, I was actually buying most of what Dr. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Theinformation is well written, wellorganized To tell that ancient people could build ocean goingshipsout of grass and weeds
that would and did sail the vast oceans. Read more
My review here is quite belated, but I hope to bring out certain points pertinent to Dr Schoch's competence outside the field of Geology, as well as the fallacies in some of his... Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by Animo