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Civilization One: The World Is Not as You Thought it Was

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  227 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
This is the amazing story of how a quest to try to crack the mystery of the Megalithic Yard - an ancient unit of linear measurement - led to the discovery of compelling evidence pointing to the existence of an unknown, highly advanced culture which was the precursor to the earliest known civilizations such as the Sumerians and the Egyptians. There must have been a Civiliza ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Watkins Publishing
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Feb 16, 2015 Susie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was poorly written, poorly researched, and full of mistakes. As a scientist, I can say that several statements made were completely wrong. The supposed precision of their measurements makes no sense and their understanding of uncertainty in measurements is seriously lacking. Also, the authors made the common mistake of assuming that something is related, making calculations based on the assumption, and then being surprised and amazed to see a relationship coming out of the calculations. Of co ...more
May 01, 2012 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a very interesting read, and particularly the math in the first half was very convincing.

I think it was right that the author flirted with the "external teachers" theory without just declaring "aliens", but like many books on esoteric science without much in the way of peer review, it drifted around and got lost at the end.

They spend some time lamenting how mainstream science and archaeology won't ever agree with them because the system is flawed, but they just need to inspire popu
The first half of the book is very interesting and presents some new ideas that I haven't seen presented anywhere else before. I am by no means an engineer, nor am I particularly good at math, but I was able to comprehend the maths that were presented, it was simple and easy to understand and as far as i can tell should all be easily verifiable by people trained in engineering, surveying, and also probably astronomy.

I know that isn't very helpful for the average reader but it is important becaus
Aug 09, 2011 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This is a very well researched book, Knight and Butler have made some interesting discoveries. There interpretations and conjectures, however, are pretty weak. I suppose they wanted to stay roughly within scientific consensus with this book; however, its not that any "scientist" is going to pay attention to it anyway, so it seems like a lost opportunity to create a stronger thesis than "the megalithic yard is real." I understand that their research is ongoing, its just a shame because the materi ...more
Tom Kenis
There is no way to easily explain the relationship between the modern meter, imperial units and the circumference of the planet earth, or how a supposedly primitive society knew and used knowledge of the shape and size of our world to establish a uniform measurement system, one seemingly shared by the Minoan culture, Sumer, the old Indus valley culture, and pre-modern Japan.
A true eye-opener albeit one written in a manner conducive to shuteye syndrome.
There must be a better way to write about
Mar 14, 2008 Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very interesting stuff. it's a book about the history of civilizations told from the standpoint that there's a single common measurement, such as a yardstick, that shows up in the engineering and building of widely separated totally isolated and divergent peoples. this yardstick, all these peoples had in common and indeed many of the systems of measurement we use today are derived from it, yet these civilizations lived thousands of miles from other with no way to communicate and no knowledge of ...more
John Lucy
Jan 13, 2012 John Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this immediately. That's all.
Apr 06, 2015 Tecni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tecni by: Adosinda
Este es uno de esos estudios de los que uno no tiene nada claro qué pensar. Por una parte las pruebas que presentan parecen terriblemente coincidentes con su teoría pero, por otra parte, no estoy seguro de que pudieran pasar el filtro de la Teoría de Errores a la hora de hacer los redondeos. Además cometen una serie de maguferías al querer equiparar el sonido y las ondas electromagnéticas con motivos espirituales que no vienen a cuento; luego ya te confiesan que al menos uno de ellos es masón y ...more
Oct 11, 2014 Jacob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The authors promote an idea that there was once a universal unit of measurement based on the circumference of the earth. It was used by ancient man prior to any known civilization. the unit used in the british isles they dub the Megalithic Yard. It is, through a complicated and maybe not correct way, connected to the Minoan Foot. It may or may not have been the precursor to the metric system.

The megalithic yard was discovered by measuring henges around the british isles and realizing they all we
The attempt to bring to light the original civilization by an examination of the Megalithic Yard.

Those interested in fringe theories and alt history will find this one interesting, but, in the end, the arguments fails to convince.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Feb 13, 2012 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You might find this book a revelatory experience.

It tracks a commonality of measurement, starting with the megalithic stone circles of the British Isles, to the "Minoan" culture of Crete, to Egypt, India. And, moreover, how that measurement translates into time, and our modern systems of weight and volume.

Fascinating stuff. Highly recommended.

There's a section about how Thomas Jefferson was "unknowingly" recreating the same ancient process - using pendulums - to try and standardize a "unit
Feb 03, 2016 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2016
Very interesting theorems.
I enjoyed reading this books quite a bit, but as other have said, it kind of trails off after about the half way point. Demoting it from a four star read.

I'd like to see more studies into this topic.
John Jones
Interesting read for those interested in ancient history and ancient measurement systems.
Nov 26, 2012 Ian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Numbers games, November 3, 2009

A most disappointing book. The authors theorize about possible relationships between various planetary and solar system dimensions and the 'megalithic yard' which appears to have been used to lay out various neolithic monuments. They offer no tangible evidence to support the thesis that this measure is evidence of a prehistoric super-civilization. While there is lots of relevant archaeological evidence, this book does not discuss that evidence nor provide more than
Kevin Thomas Barnes
Very interesting.
Mar 14, 2015 Adosinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Increíble teoría sobre una civilización prehistórica muy avanzada tanto matemática como astronómicamente. A pesar de los razonamientos y los cálculos aparentemente muy exactos - no soy quien para juzgarlos- chirría que todo encaje tan bien around the world.
En cualquier caso, constituye un clásico que se debe leer si eres un interesado de la prehistoria y las civilizaciones megalíticas.
May 12, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deserves a rating of 4.5. Fascinating and easy to read explanation using mathematical analysis of various measurement systems to support a conclusion that there was a highly advanced people who predated the Sumerians and the Egyptians and provided them with knowledge of measurements (distance, volume and time) that enabled much of their buildings and other advances.
Jan 02, 2015 Gwen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Started out interesting, but went downhill fast when the authors kept exclaiming every other page how unbelievable everything they found was, and that while it could have been a coincidence it was obviously not the case. Also the point where the book went from scientific facts to ascribing it all to God was not really my favourite part.
Mar 11, 2016 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Very interesting. Now the inch, pound, etc. make much more sense!
David Miles
Feb 03, 2015 David Miles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting hypothesis - Neolithic markers that point to a unifying civilization that predates history and hints at an existence that appears tailor-made for the emergence of Man.
Apr 26, 2013 Rubaphilos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
excellent. if you're ever interested in where all our units of measure come from ... plus some curious information on their possible esoteric origins, this is a really good read.
Kelli Martin
Not as intriquing as 'Uriel's Machine' or 'The Hiriam Key', but enlightening if you find measures and their derivations intresting.
Jun 17, 2012 Seagoat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some very interesting ideas. For those into alternate archaeology and ancient history.
Jul 27, 2011 Harrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
More fun with the Megalithic Yard. (I always liked the key of C#...)
Arun Prithviraj
I would say it is too technical
Apr 02, 2011 Tyler rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not even entertaining bunkum.
Timi Cabana
Ambitious but entertaining.
Gabriel Romero
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Christopher Knight, born in 1950, has worked in marketing, advertising, and public relations. He joined the Freemasons in 1976 and grew interested in studying their rituals and history, which led to Knight writing the bestselling The Hiram Key. He has continued his study of rituals through time.

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