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Ancient Mysteries Mass Market Paperback – June 12, 1987

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"It's hard to resist...the research is impeccable."--Chicago Tribune

From the Inside Flap

Where was Camelot?
Who sculpted the terrifying effigies of Easter Island?
Has Atlantis been located?
What was the purpose of the Great Pyramid?
Is the ark on Ararat?
What was Stonehenge used for?
Was God an astronaut?
What is the real evidence of extraterrestrial visitation to the earth?

Ageless riddles...mysterious questions... unexpected answers!
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 95 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345345282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345345288
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,638,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked up this book expecting a good scientific overview of many mysteries of the ancient world. It covers such interesting topics as megalithic buildings like Stonehenge and the pyramids, biblical mysteries such as the location of Noah's ark, and curiosities of the New World such as the location of Vinland. The book started off nicely with a chapter looking for the location of Atlantis, which gave a good historical and archaeological argument for placing it at Minoan Crete. I figured even though the book is over 20 years old, it would be a good read.
I quickly became disappointed. For every interesting and well written chapter, there seems to be one that takes giant leaps of fancy. It's almost like the author had a split personality. The other very annoying thing about the book is that while it was published in 1978, most of the few resources listed date to the late 1960s. There are even a number of sources published in the 50s. Even for the time it was published many of Mr. Furneaux's ideas were greatly out-dated.
A perfect example is his discussion of the end of the ancient Mayan civilization. He would lead you to believe that the only two people studying the ancient Maya were Eric Thompson and Sylvanus Morley. Further, the only works he mentions from them date to the 50s. There is no mention of such well-respected Maya scholars such as Kent Flannery, Michael Coe or Tatiana Proskouriakoff to name a few. They were all well-published on the Maya by the mid-1970s, if not the late 60s.
The chapter immediately following the discussion of the collapse of the Maya civilization, is actually an excellent synopsis of the discovery of Lord Pacal's tomb at Palenque (made famous by von Daniken as proof of ancient astronauts).
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By A Customer on June 25, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After seeing the first two reviews for this book, I decided to write my own because this is not a two star book. Ancient Mysteries is a very good book to start someone on the path of learning the history of the world. Ancient Mysteries covers many topics, including Atlantis, pyramids, Easter Island, biblical mysteries and many, many more topics. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick but thorough introduction to the mysteries of the world.
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Despite the lack or reviews, I was hoping this book would be a diamond in the rough, but it wasn't. The book has a low-quality feel to it, and its content has been covered by hundreds of better books. It's also not very readable; the style seems like a psudo-science textbook than a read-for-pleasure paperback.
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