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4.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Need Not Be Supernatural, July 18, 2010
This review is from: Ancient Egypt 39,000 BCE: The History, Technology, and Philosophy of Civilization X (Paperback)
This book is a very welcome look at ancient Egypt. Some of what Malkowski investigates is great: he exposes archaeological problems, strange artifacts, new evidence and enigmas, shines the light on weak or contradictory evidence and theories. All well and good and necessary. I love open-minded investigations and science can only benefit from removing blinders and digging deeper. This book is in the inquisitive nature of Von Daniken, to always question and remain open to the new.

However, Malkowski also suffers a bit from the same "wild speculations" disorder that many of the members of "fringe" historians/scientists do. He can't seem to relax into the proposal that, yes, quite probably Egyptian civilization or its precursors are far older and more advanced than we give them credit for being. He almost crosses that Sitchen-line from inquisitiveness into well maybe it was ancient gods or extraterrestrials who did it? Not necessary. He goes up and maybe peeks over, but should stay well on this side of the fence. My fear is that this book is misunderstood and lumped in with the kooky trash rather than being read on its own merits. But basically, Malkowski does a great service and should be commented for it.

Ancient Egypt 39,000 BCE is a fact-filled, fascinating read that raises many important questions.
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Initial post: Sep 8, 2010 5:12:49 PM PDT
For a much more comprehensive examination of the technological accomplishments of the ancient Egyptians, whatever they called themselves, read "Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt: Advanced Engineering in the Temples of the Pharaohs," by Christopher Dunn. Dunn explores the ancient temples and sculptures of Egypt with the eye and instruments of a technologist of some 50 years' experience, and uncovers a treasure trove of buildings and artifacts that could not possibly have been created with the primitive tools attributed to the ancients. Dunn keeps speculation to a minimum, while demonstrating, through modern analysis, the incredible accomplishments of an ancient technology whose machines have yet to be found in the archaeological record. Where he does posit the existence, of, for instance, giant mega saws for cutting large blocks of stone, Dunn shows through photographs of the tool marks and the formulas of his trade what kind of tool had to have made them. His analyses of giant Ramses statues, and of the Temple of Denderah are astonishing and revelatory. As much as he uncovers marvels of ancient technology, Dunn also shows how colossally inadequate conventional academic notions of Egyptian technology have been in explaining the artifacts that exist in monumental granite across that ancient land.

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 3:45:31 PM PST
S. Turner says:
Sitchen never says these early people were gods in the sense that we think of in our modern day religious dogmas. He poses the solid possibility that these people were simply an advanced race who came to Earth and helped the human race genetically to evolve much more rapidly. This gives some answers to the biggest missing links in the anthropogical records. He makes more sense than most anything else around these days even though some speculation is a bit out there even for me. When the humans finally became civilized and aware enough they realized that there were these seemingly all powerful beingsin control of everything in their natural world so to them they were "gods"much the same as the first white men who came to the Americas were worshipped as gods by the native tribes...for a while anyway. We still seem to be waiting for a "second coming" in our greatest world religions. That may well occur too. Just in a different way than we have been led to believe by the evangelists and priests among us.
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