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

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An exciting journey of discovery that spans continents and centuries, seeking evidence of humanity's first great civilization.
Paperback, 592 pages
Published April 2nd 1996 by Three Rivers Press (CA) (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)...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...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...more
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...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.
A-ron
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
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...
Raphael
Again, I don't know if Hancock's information is correct, but he definitely seems to have done a lot of research. His theory is amazing, and very, very cool.
Ken
Dec 17, 2007 Ken rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: history buffs
Shelves: history
Intriguing writer who challenges conventional wisdom through keen observation of physical evidence aroudn the planet.
Aaron Rodriguez
I really am not sure what more there is to say other than pleasurable mouth-noise that is indicative of a sigh of a relief. In no way did this book disappoint. Moreover, I found that it was able to speak to the inner-self's journalistic-archaeologist. Hancock captures the inquisitive inquiries that the reader may, or may not, have. More importantly Hancocks FOTG provides a vast citation source which substantiates all if its claims regarding the anomalies of past epochs and its associated prehist...more
Qazyman
This book makes a very compelling case for the existence of an advanced civilization that survived the last ice age, and helped in the development of early civilizations. It also makes a strong case for further study by illustrating a clear bias by many modern researchers. While I don't feel the book can be taken without some skepticism, it does make the point that significant evidence is being ignored.

I find it very compelling that this book all but predicts the finding of a lost city (not the...more
Craig
I may have already mentioned how much Graham Hancock amuses me... ~grin~

Somewhat strangely, I almost felt like I was rereading a great deal of this book, even though I'm quite sure I've not read more than the first few chapters whilst sitting in Borders in the past. Thinking back, I'm pretty sure that's because he covered a lot of the same ground in Heaven's Mirror, which I read last year (though apparently I skipped writing about it).

Anyway Hancock's theories tend to boil down to "there used t...more
Andrew
I really liked Hancock's previous book, The Sign and the Seal, so I thought I would check this one out. The book basically makes the argument for a "lost civilization" the was the precedessor of the ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Incas. At times Hancock makes some strong arguments, but at other times it seems like he's trying to hard to connect too many dots together. The sections on the dating of the Giza pyramids and the Sphinx were the most interesting, along with the facts about the astronomi...more
Aaron
Jan 03, 2009 Aaron rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historians, general public
I have mixed feelings about this book.

What I liked: Hancock covers a lot of territory (literally) exploring physical evidence of ancient civilizations all over the world; in this book he is mostly focused in South America and Egypt. The evidence he uses to support his theory is fascinating and provokes a lot of questions regarding to current theories in mainstream science.

What I disliked: First, he uses too much of an anecdotal approach for what could be a balanced scientific work. I had the f...more
Pygmalion7
Having just completed the excellent “Gods Of Eden” by Andrew Collins; which was incidentally written after “Fingerprints Of The Gods”; I was primed with intrigue about a cyclic phenomenon of planet earth known as precession. I was also now accustomed to thinking along the axis of a possibility; the human race may be largely ignorant of a lost civilisation. Whereas “Gods Of Eden” could be described as a chasm hopping scramble through the epochs, with dazzling conceptual leaps and pirouettes; “Fin...more
Jacob
not yet done with this book, but i have discovered several grossly false statements. Most of the stories regarding Virococha that refer to him as a being white were documented well after the Spanish took over(Graham fails to state this and concludes all the Virococha types must have come from Europe). I don't disagree with his conclusion as he presents other evidence, but this facet is lazy.

he presents a lot of information and as typical for Hancock it takes him way longer to say something than...more
Sergio
This book was a toss up between 3 and 4 stars. I really enjoyed the facts that were put together by Graham, but I wasn't really happy with the way he put them forward. I found this book trying to be two different things at once.

On one side it seemed like a book about facts, however strange they may be, which would cause the reader to wonder about what we know as history of the humans race. However, many times the author would put forward his own opinions early on, skewing the readers perception,...more
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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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“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.” 9 likes
“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.” 8 likes
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