Ancient Mysteries Discover the Latest Intriguiging, Scientifically Sound Explinations to Age-Old Puzzles

ISBN-10: 0345434889
ISBN-13: 9780345434883
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Description: For centuries, philosophers, scientists, and charlatans have attempted to decipher the baffling mysteries of our past, from Stonehenge to the lost continent of Atlantis. Today, however, DNA testing, radiocarbon dating, and other cutting-edge  More...

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Book details

List price: $23.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/30/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

For centuries, philosophers, scientists, and charlatans have attempted to decipher the baffling mysteries of our past, from Stonehenge to the lost continent of Atlantis. Today, however, DNA testing, radiocarbon dating, and other cutting-edge investigative tools, together with a healthy dose of common sense, are guiding us closer to the truth. Now historian Peter James and archaeologist Nick Thorpe tackle these age-old conundrums, presenting the latest information from the scientific community–and the most startling challenges to traditional explanations of mysteries such as: • The rise and fall of the Maya • A lost cache of Dead Sea Scrolls • The curse of Tutankhamun • The devastation of Sodom and Gomorrah • The Nazca Lines and the Vinland Map • The existence of Robin Hood These true mystery stories twist and turn like a good whodunit, as James and Thorpe present the evidence for and against the expert theories, shedding new light on humankind’s age-old struggle to make sense of the past. Ancient Mysteries will entertain and enlighten, delight the curious and inform the serious.

Peter James was born in Brighton, England on August 22, 1948. He graduated from Ravensbourne Film School and worked as screen writer and film producer for several years. He began his writing career in 1979 and has written over 25 books including Dead Letter Drop, Twilight, Host, Alchemist, The Perfect Murder, Perfect People, and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series.

Acknowledgments
Author's Note
Introduction
Lost Lands and Catastrophes
Introduction
Atlantis--Lost and Found?
Sodom and Gomorrah
The Sin of Sodom
Poleshift
The Rise and Fall of Maya Civilization
The Maya Calendar
Watching the Skies
Introduction
Megalithic Astronomers
The Orion Mystery
The Day the Sun Stood Still?
The "Missing Day"
The Star of Bethlehem
Architectural Wonders
Introduction
Stonehenge
The Druids
How Were the Pyramids Built?
The Riddle of the Sphinx
Tiahuanaco
The Mystery of Easter Island
Rongorongo
Earth Patterns
Introduction
The Glastonbury Spiral
The Somerset Zodiac
Ley Lines
The Nazca Lines
Voyagers and Discoveries
Introduction
The First Americans
Phoenicians Around Africa
The Lost Roman Army
The Vikings in America
The Maine Penny
The Welsh Indians
Legendary History
Introduction
Theseus and the Minotaur
The Elusive Amazons
King Arthur
Robin Hood
Dracula
Hoax?
Introduction
The Man From the Ice
Schliemann's Treasure
The First Dead Sea Scrolls?
King Arthur's Grave
The Vinland Map
Archaeology and the Supernatural
Introduction
The Curse of Tutankhamun
The Case of Omm Seti
Edgar Cayce on Atlantis
The Company of Avalon
Sources
Bibliography
Index
Picture Credits

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