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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 really liked it
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
Feb 22, 2009 Bruce rated it really liked it
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
May 08, 2012 Lyrae rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 24, 2010 Sebastian rated it it was amazing
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Rex Fuller
Nov 24, 2015 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it
A seismographic expedition to Antarctica in 1949 first established its detailed land coastline – not the ice cap, which itself lay undiscovered until 1820. So far as we know, the ice cap has been there for at least 6,000 years. Now, what would you say to the claim that the accurate land coastline of Antarctica appears on a map drawn in 1513? It’s true. Known by its author, the Piri Reis Map is not a hoax and has been well known from its origin. Amazingly, several other maps exist showing accurat ...more
Micaela
Jan 28, 2016 Micaela rated it did not like it
Shelves: abomination
I am, I'm afraid, a non-believer. Hancock is an excellent wordsmith, but his theories are akin to my grandmother's understanding of smart phones: they ramble on and on, occasionally sound good when one piece is sorta right, but in sum just a total mess of uncertain logic based on really shoddy premises. Case in point: in one book, Hancock cites a single ambiguous line in the medieval romance Parsifal as a key source of evidence that the Knights Templar took the Holy Grail to Africa.

So there are
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Ryan
Mar 22, 2012 Ryan rated it it was amazing
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
Ethan Cramer
Jan 12, 2016 Ethan Cramer rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Now for a stream-of-consciousness criticism of Graham Hancock.

Where Von Daniken is goofy, Hancock is far more insidious. Having meandered through a great part of "Isis Unveiled" a year or two ago, I found some commonalities between Hancock and the old Theosophists like Blavatsky. Not only do they hope to convince their readers through a doorstop of a volume filled with dubious facts and poor analysis, but they have that belief that humans of the most remote ancient times were far more advanced t
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Corey
Jun 23, 2014 Corey rated it it was amazing
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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Steve
Oct 23, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it
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
Alesa
Apr 06, 2013 Alesa rated it really liked it
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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Erik Graff
Apr 24, 2011 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  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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Alexander Curran
Jul 14, 2015 Alexander Curran rated it liked it
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.
Greg Strandberg
Jun 16, 2016 Greg Strandberg rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Great book and great look at very ancient history, I'm talking 10,850 BC and in some cases all the way back to 15,000 BC.

Those were the times that we think the Sphinx might have been built as well as some of the ancient architecture in South and Central America. It's those areas that the book focuses on for the first couple hundred pages, then for the last 200 pages or so we focus on Egypt.

You really get a close up look at all the pyramids of Egypt and quite a few other areas, like Abydos and s
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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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Cuneyt
Sep 14, 2012 Cuneyt rated it it was ok
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
Matt McClard
Mar 25, 2009 Matt McClard rated it it was amazing
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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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
Hertzan Chimera
Jan 13, 2016 Hertzan Chimera rated it really liked it
It's a really unenviable job coming up with something that goes SO FAR AGAINST universally accepted norms that The Whole Media Circus crawls out to ridicule you... but that's exactly what happened to Graham Hancock.

1995 saw the publication of his seminal work on Ancient Lost Civilisations i.e. Fingerprints of the Gods, and then the BBC deigned to make a programme about him and his research.

Except that it was a Mafia-like hit-job of the most grotesque and lurid theatre, Horizon's Atlantis Reborn
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Ben
Aug 29, 2015 Ben rated it liked it
The thesis and various points made within this book are excellent and extraordinarily eye-opening. Where I find fault, however, is with the pace of writing and general lack of quality presentation.

There are plenty of summaries around, given that the bulk of GR reviews consist of try-harding poseur professionals attempting to appear legitimate, so I'll skip that. The thesis is that (view spoiler) Th
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Alessio
Jun 10, 2013 Alessio rated it it was amazing
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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Rachel
Nov 30, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Either the most fascinating conspiracy theory I've ever heard, or nothing less than a complete upheaval in our understanding of human civilization. Either way, it's well worth the 500-page read, even though the research is now 20 years old.
ChrisDruitt
Feb 26, 2016 ChrisDruitt rated it it was amazing
Hands down one of the best nonfiction books I've ever read! truly captivating and thought provoking.
On several occasions, I had to stop after finishing a paragraph and sometimes even half way through a sentence to gasp in awe and amazement as to what could have been and what could have possibly happened.
Truly a stunning work of research!
Recommend to everyone!
Matte
Apr 20, 2016 Matte rated it it was amazing
Graham makes a very compelling case about earths lost civilization. Especially with the facts he had that time, I know in his new book magicians of the gods he has even more stunning information.
I would recommend this book to anyone who have interest in to the history and prehistory of man. He also also talks about the different cataclysms we have encountered since and before the dawn of man, adding to that all the myths of floods and the God/gods who saved the few while the many get buried und
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Michael
Sep 01, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing
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
May 04, 2013 Kota rated it it was amazing
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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Dr.J.G.
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it liked it
After finishing this one, with a few books read in between, I happened to pick up Chariots of Gods by Daniken, and was surprised - first, that I had not read it before (seen and heard about it often, though without anybody mentioning anything about its contents), and second, that this book is like an exercise at checking out various facts mentioned by Daniken in Chariots of Gods - Hancock goes into all of it at length and gives a different theory about it, one more suited to present times with m ...more
Gero Marino
May 21, 2015 Gero Marino rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 30, 2014 Headraline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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“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.” 15 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.” 14 likes
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