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Voyages of the Pyramid Builders Paperback – May 24, 2004
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Unfortunately, other than a map of Sundaland (the speculative "sunken" landmass in southeast Asia), the book did not include a single map, drawing, chart, or photo. (It appears the ten pages of color photos of various pyramids that were tossed in the middle of the book was an afterthought.)
I kept referring to other books (primarily Reader's Digest's Mysteries of Ancient Americas published in 1986) to locate where a specific pyramid was located and what it looked like in order to understand Schoch's brief description. Also, Mysteries of Ancient Americas had photos/descriptions of the boats and artifacts (and even the corn) that Schoch described in his book. Somebody once said that a picture is worth a whole lotta words. Unfortunately, Voyages of the Pyramid Builders takes the whole lotta words approach.
I suspect the publisher (Tarcher/Penquin) eliminated all maps/drawings/b&w photos in order to cut costs down to an absolute bare minimum. It is a shame because if the book had been published in a much larger format with all the necessary maps, drawings, charts and photos, it certainly would've been a real winner.
Schoch, a geologist, is perhaps best known for his re-dating of the Sphinx back to 4700-7000 BC, based on weathering and climactic patterns. (This book has an Appendix where Schoch replies cogently to various critics of his Sphinx theory and cites some additional support.)
The main premise in this book is that there are enough distinct threads of evidence to support the theory that the proto-civilization for many of the notable cultures of the past (such as the ancient Egyptions, Mayans, and so on) was based in a time when the sea-levels were much lower in a region called "Sundaland". This region is now mainly underwater due to glacial melting since the last Ice Age and stretches from Indochina to Borneo and Timor.
Schoch uses a myriad of types of circumstantial evidence such as commonality of flood myths, linguistic comparisons, genetics, geologic, tree-ring data, archeological remains, ancient math and astronomical knowledge, and so forth to piece together support for his theory. Some of it is robust, some of it is a bit tenuous, but all in all, I find it worth considering.
In pulling together these disparate trails of evidence into a prehistorical timeline, I do not think Schoch has reached beyond plausibility; indeed, I consider some of mainstream archeology to be more ardently ideological and consist of far more speculative story-telling than what Schoch proposes here.Read more ›
Schoch isn't the first to raise the prospect of an ancient megalith building, seafaring civilization. He's not the first to come around to a catastrophic way of looking at the past, in historic or prehistoric times. But his presentation and credentials lend much higher credibility and a higher profile to such ideas.
From the work with proxy data in tree rings etc, to anthropological studies around the world, to exploration of the continental shelf, this scientist has produced what is easily the best of a problematical genre, as well as being a work of popular science. So much debris has been penned regarding the origin of the Great Pyramid, alleged astrological links with ancient structures (Tiahuanaco, Stonehenge, Giza, etc), and precolumbian navigation (those works written from a political rather than scientific or linguistic perspective), this book by Schoch is a new light in an ancient sky.
As Schoch recounts, Homo Erectus was crossing miles of open sea 800,000 or more years ago. But we're supposed to believe that crossing open sea was abandoned thereafter in the SW Pacific for at least 750,000 years, then abandoned again for at least another 47,000 years, and Australia was settled just twice during that nearly one million year period.
My reservations about this book involve Schoch's use of the conventional pseudochronology of the ancient Near East. But had he been interested in anything else, his book wouldn't stand a chance. As it is, the book's enemies will continue to forge links for their Marley-banshee chains. Recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of interesting info not found anywhere else but valid. Lots to think about. Just what I like.Published 4 days ago by hoot owl
A fascinating look at the cult of the pyramid builders in ancient history who traveled the globe, leaving pyramids in their wake. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Violet Bunny
This promotes the thesis that ancient civilizations didn't develop independently, but had a common origin, perhaps emanating from Sundaland, now under the Java Sea, a possible... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gderf
Very well written, personable, and good research. Several references were made about Noah and Moses as if they were valid historical people and their related events, which most... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert R.
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 13 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 15 months ago by Alan