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Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization

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The bestselling author of The Sign and the Seal reveals the true origins of civilization. Connecting puzzling clues scattered throughout the world, Hancock discovers compelling evidence of a technologically and culturally advanced civilization that was destroyed and obliterated from human memory. Four 8-page photo inserts.
Paperback, 592 pages
Published April 2nd 1996 by Three Rivers Press (first published 1995)
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brendan
Dec 01, 2008 brendan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Actually, everyone.
Recommended to brendan by: Joanna
I am willing to admit that I am a huge fan of alternative histories/unorthodox scientific explanations. This text falls into the general category that your average reader is going to label as 'conspiracy theory.' It is also likely that you have run into someone during your life who reads "conspiracy theories' and buys them hook line and sinker. What people forget, is that Science, History, in fact all scholastic inquiry, is a conversation of published works proposing advances in research for ot ...more
Bruce
It's worth reading the science skeptic reviews on this book.

For me, it passes the science test, and for open minded types who are interested in alternate historical explanations that don't require aliens or other deus ex machina to explain some unexplainables, this is a special treat.

My main issues with this book are its excessive length due to the intermittent travelogue, and the heavy amount of repetition.

The basic thesis is that the pyramids (and other megalithic structures around the world)
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Lyrae
So intriguing! Had a really hard time putting this down. I admire Graham Hancock for the depth of his research and the restraint to not commit to only one solution to the many questions asked by this thought provoking work. As hard as it may be for an author to leave the door open to multiple possibilities, the fact that science has not caught up to the mysteries of mankind means that we still have some serious soul searching and exploring to do. I wish that this had been required reading at som ...more
Sebastian
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Ryan
Mar 22, 2012 Ryan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ryan by: Joe Rogan Experience Podcast
I try not to be easily swayed when reading about certain subjects, but the author, Graham Hancock, did a phenomenal job of convincing me of every one of his theories. Most of the book discusses the Giza pyramids and the Sphinx in Egypt and how their mysterious construction, and the construction of Mayan pyramids, are all related to a possible ancient civilization as advanced as our own. These massive structures and certain inscriptions could have been intended to pass on knowledge, as well as se ...more
Alexander Curran
Substantial research and references. A journey with Graham through time at ancient locations. Really enjoyable and thought provoking... I learnt and discovered a few things as well.
Christine McIntosh
I read this for fun. It's a thick book but most of it is easily readable at a quick pace. There is a large section focused on precession that would probably be hard for people who didn't recently watch an intro to astronomy video. There's also some math that people-who-don't-do-well-with-numbers will find difficult. Just either plow right through it or spend some time trying to understand it.

I loved the sarcastic bits. He loves to point out the "razor-sharp reasoning of Egyptology" (pg. 340). I
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Graham
Something of a book which changes your whole outlook on the world. Hancock posits the theory that an ancient super-civilisation once inhabited the Earth, complete with technology comparable to our own, and that 'fingerprints' or evidence of its existence still lurks around if you know where to look.

The book wins points for its easy to read, constructive approach; the theories are open to the layman, but complex enough for those with more of a mathematical mind to appreciate. Hancock throws you i
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Steve
I read this just after high school, when my fascination with astronomy was at its peak. Here's what I remember: Hancock believes that human civilization is much older than we think it is. He believes that there was once a great civilization (let's call them the Atlanteans) that existed long before Sumeria or Egypt or Greece, and that they had some very advanced technology. But something terrible happened to their home land, maybe to all of earth at the time, he talks about it possibly having bee ...more
Cuneyt
I must say I enjoyed reading the book. I like Hancock's style of writing, which is clear and easy to follow. Unfortunately he does not score so high on objective research side. I appreciate the years of work he put to the material, but he even admits himself that he is on a mission to "prove" his theory, which puts him in the same class of mainstream academicians that he criticizes. He says he did not focus on Antarctica, because he realized he does not "need" it. Well, looking for truth require ...more
Christina
Probably one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. If you are at all interested in this World’s history and I guess I should say mystery, this is a must read! The book makes you question whether we really are progressing through time or maybe we had already progressed. Hancock poses that a highly evolved civilization existed, and was wiped out during the last Ice Age. His evidence held in the ruins of Central America, Peru, Egypt, and Antarctica to just name a few. Hancock’s research a ...more
Alesa
If you have an open mind, this book is fascinating. Hancock provides a tome-ful of evidence that an advanced civilization flourished on earth prior to 10,000 BC, and evidence of it may be buried under the ice in Antarctica.

Hancock believes that the pyramids are a solar clock, aligned to the equinox after a huge catastrophe struck the earth. This, he believes, was probably a shift of the continents, along with a shift of the earth's magnetism. His theories help explain the amazingly sophisticated
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Alessio
Bene, che dire di questo libro che ho tenuto in lettura per ben un mese. Sensazionale. Potete pure chiamarla pseudo-archeologia, ma la logica non sbaglia. Questo libro è un viaggio nel tempo, dalle prime scoperte, fino alle ultime. Dall'America, all'Egitto. Il tutto è collegato solo e soltanto seguendo la logica, non vuole fare storia, non vuole fare il maestro, non vuole essere uno pseudo-archeologo.
L'unica cosa che vuole dal suo lettore è poter, grazie ai suoi ragionamenti (semplici, che potre
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Matt McClard
Mar 25, 2009 Matt McClard rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historians, conspiracy theorist, egyptologists
Finished up Fingerprints of the Gods over the weekend. And I am still thinking about all the implications that this book could have. I don't want to ruin it too much by laying everything out in this book. But just like most of modern times there is much we think we know about ourselves that maybe we don't.

Graham Hancock lays out his theory that there was a very educated very special civilization on our planet around 10,500 BC that was wiped out. The book details all of the fingerprints they left
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Erik Graff
Apr 24, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: alternate history fans
Recommended to Erik by: Michael Miley
Shelves: history
Michael Miley turned me on to Hancock during one of my visits to San Francisco. Since then I've read more of the author, seen one of his television documentaries and heard many of his interviews. The overwhelming conclusion I've drawn is that Hancock is earnest and well-intended. As his books about global poverty suggest, he is a compassionate and ethical fellow.

He is not, however, a specialist in history, geology or archeology. He is a learned amateur and, given his many years as a straight jou
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Michael
Fingerprints of the Gods is a tremendous scope of work and a supremely relevant global perspective of the storyline of our human species. Graham Hancock is clear, scholarly, and fair in his tireless pursuit of wisely discerning the curious markers left behind on the Earth by earlier civilizations. With many questions unanswered and an on-going denial of legitimate research and knowledge into the "mainstream" dialogue surround the ancient global architecture and civilizations clearly still influe ...more
Kota
Brilliant book. Graham is a magnificent writer and researcher. What is of great importance to me is that he asks the questions and searches for possible answers and is not simply trying to prove his point, the "theory of his choice". Great work.
I also recommend to check other, later researches of this author, worth to see the great developement of his work.
P.S. We sometimes forget that historians and scientists are just humans and may be wrong with their interpretations. What we learn at school
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Gero Marino
Graham Hancock è uno fra gli autori di spicco che ha delle illuminanti teorie sulla storia dell'uomo risalenti a 11.000 anni fa. Grazie alle sue ricerche, ai suoi viaggi e alle preziose collaborazioni con altri esponenti dell'archeologia alternativa tra ricercatori, scienziati, geologi e storici dell'egittologia, con questo libro Hancock porta alla luce l'ipotesi che una prodigiosa civiltà antica, ma progredita e globalizzata sia esistita migliaia di anni fa e che abbia eretto monumenti come le ...more
Headraline
I have mixed feelings about this book. It talks about extraordinary discoveries and mind-blowingly fascinating scientific facts that makes you question humanity's entire foundations or at the very least the origins of what we canonically accepted as history.

The main topic is the theory of a primitive but technologically advanced civilization from which the ones historically known as "ancient" derived part of their knowledge from, and how the existence of such civilization as a "common root" woul
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David Beers
Really, there's so much to say about Graham Hancock, much more than could fit in a review. In short, Hancock's theory, which is elucidated in this and most of his other books to some extent, is that an advanced civilization existed during the end of the last ice age, somewhere in the 15,000 - 8,000 BCE range, and dispersed remnants of their advanced knowledge around the globe after their civilization was destroyed by one of the many mega disasters associated withy the end of the ice age. He does ...more
Jonathan
This book has been put to the back burner and slowly read since last fall. The heavy use of references and the archaeological and historical detail made it a slow but worthwhile read. In the end all that cataloging was a credit to Mr. Hancock. Instead of throwing hair brain ideas at the proverbial wall and seeing what sticks, he examined facts and details and took them to what he saw as the logical conclusion . I won't ruin the ending but I will say it was not what I was assuming.
Corey
Jun 23, 2014 Corey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Corey by: Joe Rogan Experience
Scary. As. Hell.

This is a real life horror story. This explains a lot about human history. I totally understand why some people might label it as weird, conspiracy-theory-esque, or bologna. But ultimately I feel that it was well researched, well reasoned, and well written.

Basically what this book does is add to our history books, it doesn't necessarily have to re-write them. Bits might need a little tweaking now, but the gist of what we understand about Egypt isn't just flat out wrong, its misgu
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Adrian
Graham Hancock has provided both a page-turner, and a groundbreaking work of truly revolutionary research. Fingerprints of the Gods is both a historical who dunnit, a travelogue, and a prophecy of doom. As for the latter, that is perhaps what this work has become best known for, namely as the direct inspiration behind Roland Emmerich's 2012, and indeed the work on possible global cataclysms dominates the last chapter of the book.
However, the true strength of the book is Hancock's convincing case
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Jim
Although I am not convinced by certain individual pieces of evidence that Graham Hancock presents in this book, taken as a whole I do think that the premise of the book could be correct. The connections that not only Hancock presents, but also other more main stream authors such as Joseph Campbell, in mythology, architecture, and religion show that a common ancient society may have existed at some point in the past. There is no reason why not that anatomically modern homo sapiens could have deve ...more
Kendra
Discussion about the possibility of an older possibly alien civilization that existed before our time. Discusses the myths of the Egyptians, and Central and South Americans being taught information and such by "gods". Links the pyramids with their building complexities to the other civilization as well.

Enjoyable book. Written in 1995, so there were some differences with the "end of the world" scenario that was supposed to happen in 2000.
Rex Libris
In a nutshell, here is Hancock's arguments. Before 15,000 BC, the globe was oriented so that Canada was the north pole, and Antarctica was in a more temperate zone. An advanced civilization has developed there. Around 15,000 to 10,000 BC there was an entire displacement of the earth's crust. Pressure from the rotation and orbit of the earth cause the crust en masse to slide around, placing Canada where ti is now, and Antarctica over the south pole.

The results was to cause the north pole ice mas
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Aarón
I can't get this book out of my head. It helps that I've yet to see a convincing refutation of Hancock's central thesis: one that involves a Sphinx, some South American ruins, and a shitload of years unaccounted for in standard chronology. His argument is elegant and puts forth some juicy evidence upon which orthodox Egyptology is tasked with debunking. As a child of the Internet generation, I will take his claims at face value and consider them as truth until convinced otherwise. He certainly w ...more
Dark-Draco
This is the sort of book that give Sci-fi writers a plethora of ideas for their next book!

The author travels to South America, Africa and other sites around the world, collecting evidence that might suggest that a highly advanced, civilised society lived in Antarctica millennia before humans were thought to have developed so far. He supports this idea using myths and legends of great floods and cataclysms, the evidence of ancient, very accurate maps of Antarctica before it was covered in ice, t
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Isabelle
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Paul
Ok, I loved Sign and the Seal, and actually believed his story that the Ark of the Covenant is sitting in a church in Ethiopia. But the pyramids being build by aliens? He chose the wrong pill for this one...
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Graham Hancock is a British writer and journalist. His books include Lords of Poverty, The Sign and the Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods, Keeper of Genesis (released in the US as Message of the Sphinx), The Mars Mystery, Heaven's Mirror (with wife Santha Faiia), Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization, Talisman: Sacred Cities, Secret Faith (with co-author Robert Bauval)and Supernatural: M ...more
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“What is remarkable is that there are no traces of evolution from simple to sophisticated, and the same is true of mathematics, medicine, astronomy and architecture and of Egypt's amazingly rich and convoluted religio-mythological system (even the central content of such refined works as the Book of the Dead existed right at the start of the dynastic period). 7 The majority of Egyptologists will not consider the implications of Egypt's early sophistication. These implications are startling, according to a number of more daring thinkers. John Anthony West, an expert on the early dynastic period, asks: How does a complex civilization spring full-blown into being? Look at a 1905 automobile and compare it to a modern one. There is no mistaking the process of `development'. But in Egypt there are no parallels. Everything is right there at the start. The answer to the mystery is of course obvious but, because it is repellent to the prevailing cast of modern thinking, it is seldom considered. Egyptian civilization was not a `development', it was a legacy.” 14 likes
“Ancient Egypt, like that of the Olmecs (Bolivia), emerged all at once and fully formed. Indeed, the period of transition from primitive to advanced society appears to have been so short that it makes no kind of historical sense. Technological skills that should have taken hundreds or even thousands of years to evolve were brought into use almost overnight-- and with no apparent antecedents whatever. For example, remains from the pre-dynastic period around 3500 BC show no trace of writing. Soon after that date, quite suddenly and inexplicably, the hieroglyphs familiar from so many of the ruins of Ancient Egypt begin to appear in a complete and perfect state. Far from being mere pictures of objects or actions, this written language was complex and structured at the outset, with signs that represented sounds only and a detailed system of numerical symbols. Even the very earliest hieroglyphs were stylized and conventionalized; and it is clear that an advanced cursive script was it common usage by the dawn of the First Dynasty.” 12 likes
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