- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press; First Edition edition (March 6, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385334796
- ISBN-13: 978-0385334792
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Atlantis Blueprint: Unlocking the Ancient Mysteries of a Long-Lost Civilization Hardcover – March 6, 2001
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In this pseudoscientific account, Flem-Ath, a Canadian librarian, and Wilson (Alien Dawn: An Investigation into the Contact Experience; etc.), bestselling author and New Age-y jack-of-all-trades, propose a single, geo-historical theory that links the Egyptian, Chinese and South American pyramids and other sacred sites. According to this argument, these civilizations received templates from Atlantis that contained crucial geodesic, geological and geometric information. Furthermore, Atlantean mariners, based in Antarctica, sailed the globe over 100,000 years ago and established more than 60 sacred sites around the world, such as Byblos and Jericho, to preserve the sophisticated wisdom of their culture. They erected these sites, say the authors, before geological disasters wiped out their civilization. Flem-Ath and Wilson take us on a hectic roller-coaster ride through pseudoscientific history, complete with the requisite numerology and mythology. The authors stand proudly on the shoulders of their forefathers, Charles Hapgood featured prominently among them. Before his death in 1982, Hapgood had amassed "irrefutable" proof of civilizations far more ancient than accepted archeology allows for. Flem-Ath and Wilson seem to leave no cultural, geological or paleontological stone unturned in their quest for detailed evidence, touching on everything from the origins of Freemasonry and the Ark of the Covenant, to ancient Japanese pottery in America and angels in the Book of Enoch. Frequently, they claim the interest or support of various famous people, many of whom suffered untimely deaths. Albert Einstein and John F. Kennedy, for instance, died before fully embracing earlier theories about Atlantis. For followers of mystical science, fantasy readers and conspiracy theorists, Flem-Ath and Wilson's enthusiasm and conviction will be a welcoming island in a sea of skepticism.
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Veteran chronicler of history's mysteries Wilson and his cowriter Flem-Ath have come up with a new theory on Atlantis, or at least an expanded version of an old one. An intelligent society (but probably not from outer space), commonly known as Atlanteans, lived in snow-free Antarctica and left a connection of sacred sites that spans the globe. Whether the authors' theory could possibly be true is hard to divine because their evidence is so convoluted, so filled with measurements and math, geometry and geography, that it would take an Atlantean to work it all out. It doesn't help that the authors feel compelled to throw into their discourse everything but the kitchen sink: the Knights Templars, pyramids, even the Shroud of Turin make an appearance. Still, these sorts of books always generate hype and never fail to attract a solid audience. Pair it with James and Thorpe's Ancient Mysteries (1999), which debunks just this kind of treatment. Ilene Cooper
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I've been reading a lot in this area lately. Flem-Ath has done some great research. Wilson has a history going back many decades. Is this definitive? No, of course not -- nothing is (yet?). But it's a fantastic 'piling up' of (much) more data and opens more questions to add to the great gaping holes in our knowledge of pre-history!
Do you like "earth's mysteries," and things like the Sumerian tablets, Atlantis studies, Anunnaki theories, and Flood traditions in ancient history? If so, this book will bring greater depth to your understanding of mankind's enigmatic past. Highly recommended.
Today the greatest single issue that cries for attention is the untold past history of our planet, which is the crux of this collaborative effort by Colin Wilson (The Outsider) and Rand Flem-Ath (When the Sky Fell). Their book is not seminal, it's a continuation of the dialogue begun by such revolutionary thinkers as Charles Hapgood (The Path of the Pole) and Immanuel Velikovsky (Worlds in Collision). Nevertheless, it makes important contributions and is certainly worth a read.
Has our earth experienced repeated catastrophic events -- that wiped out previous high civilizations with hardly a trace? Plato thought so (see his Timaeus) and growing evidence certainly points in this direction. The Atlantis Blueprint argues that the location of ancient archaeological sites is not arbitrary, but reflects a planet-wide grid system that becomes evident once it is understood that in the ancient world Giza (rather than Greenwich) was the prime meridian of longitude. Wilson and Flem-Ath can't take credit for this idea. Credit goes to the royal astronomer Piazzi Smythe, who pioneered modern scientific intrumentation at Giza (see Smythe's The Great Pyramid).
Still, Flem-Ath uses the Giza meridian model to predict where ancient sites ought to be found -- then goes for a look -- and, what do you know? he finds them, spot on. This is the book's most impressive contribution.
There's also much more here that's worth a look. The material covered is vast. My problem with the author's case is that while I agree with the crustal displacement theory, the actual locations of the former north pole remain to be determined. The authors casually toss off coordinates as if these locations were already precisely known. They jump the gun in this respect, presenting very little hard evidence for the true coordinates of the former Hudson's Bay, Greenland Sea and Yukon poles. Hapgood had good reason to conclude the former pole shifts, but his locations were estimates, and it seems to this reviewer that more work remains to be done to firm up the precise points on the map. For this reason, The Atlantis Blueprint should be read with a critical eye -- but it should be read. The book offers food for thought.
The inhabitants of this civilization were technically advanced, particularly in the area of geology and possibly in other areas as well, including acoustics. In terms of geology they were able to figure out that even earlier pole shifts had occurred and, the authors surmise, were able to predict that there was another one coming that was going to wipe out most of what they had come to build. They had two goals: to create as permanent a memorial as possible to their existence and to pass along their knowledge to subsequent cultures. This memorial would encode a message to a future, advanced civilization that it, too, should be aware of the existence of pole shifts.
Wilson and Flem-Ath postulate that this ancient civilization accomplished its first goal -- memorializing their civilization -- by creating a huge network of "markers" at meaningful locations around the globe. Giza was chosen as the prime meridian, partly due to its being the geological "center of mass" of the continental array of the time. The global survey resulted in markers being placed all of the globe, at regular intervals of degrees of latitude and with orientations that pointed to the pre-shift pole location and/or to the post-shift location. Through this means they knew that a future advanced civilization -- one that also had knowledge of the earth's dimensions and poles -- would be able to interpret their message. The Great Pyramid of Giza, as the monument located at the center of world mass and on the then-prime meridian, provided the most carefully coded clues based on its dimensions and design.
As the people of this culture came into contact with the other, less advanced cultures of the time, they made a powerful impression. They were often considered to be gods or angels. As a result, their influence is expressed in a miriad of ways: as Mayan gods, angels in the Book of Enoch, Egyptian gods, etc. In addition, the sites they marked in their survey came to be considered sacred sites. This resulted in sacred temples, shrines, and buildings being erected.
"The Atlantis Blueprint" presents a remarkable overview of how sacred sites all over the world -- from Stonehenge to Easter Island -- fit into the scheme created by the lost civilization. It even shows how it has become possible to actually predict where an ancient site *should* be located, based on the blueprint, and how certain sites came to be discovered based on it. (This latter point was to me the most compelling part of the authors' presentation, since the truest test of any theory is its ability to not only explain past phenomena, but to *predict* future phenomena. Wilson and Flem-Ath's concept of the site markers provides a straightforward way to test their ideas -- if their techniques can be applied to areas of the globe where historical sacred sites have not yet been uncovered, and this results in the discovery of sites at those locations, then it adds tremendous weight to their ideas. And, indeed, this is just what happens.)
The book is entertaining and engrossing. It also provides an excellent starting point for exploring various other theories about the possible existence of this civilization, including the books by Charles Hapgood, Andrew Collins, Graham Hancock, and Robert Bauval. In some instances, Flem-Ath and Wilson provide elegant summaries of these authors' theories. (Based on this book I myself have now decided to read books by Hancock and Bauval as well as more about the Book of Enoch, the Templars, and the Mayans.)
Some points I would like to make in addition:
The book does not propose that Antarctica itself took a "voyage", or that any islands sank into the sea, but rather that the longitude of Antarctica shifted and thereby radically altered its climate.
In addition, Wilson and Flem-Ath do *not* claim that the advanced civilization actually built all of the sacred monument that exist at these important latitude locations. Instead they believe that the local inhabitants were responsible for the monuments, viewing the locations as sacred due to the fact that the revered "gods" had placed markers on them.
Also, you will notice that I have avoided using the term "Atlantis" to refer to this ancient civilization, since I think many readers may find the Atlantis association too "New Age" for comfort. Perhaps these people did refer to their home city as Atlantis, or maybe it was Plato who is more responsible for the name, but whatever the case, for me it is the possible existence of this civilization that is most important.
Finally, some readers might find it more helpful to read the Appendices *first*, then the main portion of the book. The Appendices provide some nice summaries of Wilson and Flem-Ath's theories that I probably would have liked having under my belt before I began the book.
Highly recommended to those with open minds and inquisitive natures.