- Hardcover: 786 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebook Project; 1st Ed. edition (September 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0915554038
- ISBN-13: 978-0915554034
- Package Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 x 1.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,402,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ancient Man: A Handbook of Puzzling Artifacts 1st Ed. Edition
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I suppose the obscurity of the findings makes it difficult to discover a lot of information on some of these objects, but this does not help if you have an inquisitive nature and want to learn more.
I do feel it is worth reading, but would have liked to have an updated edition that had additional information on some of the discoveries.
He wrote in the Preface to this 1978 book, "The primary objective of this handbook is to provide libraries and individuals with a wide selection of reliable descriptions of unusual artifacts of ancient man. To meet this goal, I have analyzed hundreds of volumes of archaeological journals as well as the complete files of 'Nature' and 'Science.' The result of this research is an incomparable collection of information on the frontiers of archaeology. From this assemblage, I have selected the most interesting and controversial for this book." He also admits that "I have introduced a handful of articles from fringe periodicals and books that are doubtless considered offbeat and 'wild' by most professional archaeologists." Some of the publications included are from as far back as the 19th century.
He includes such items as Lat'te ("Houses of the Old People") stone monuments, which seem out of place among the "thatched huts of naked Indians" (pg. 11); or a medicine wheel marking the summer solstice sunrise found on a "cold and windy" trail (pg. 125); an article notes excitedly that some of the famous Nazca lines in Peru were constructed "to mark the winter solstice" (pg. 495), and many more.
All of Corliss's "Sourcebooks" are stimulating and thought-provoking---the more so, since most of them are taken directly from "respectable" mainstream scientific journals.