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

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  160 ratings  ·  25 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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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
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
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
Read this immediately. That's all.
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
Apr 06, 2015 Tecni rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
John Jones
Interesting read for those interested in ancient history and ancient measurement systems.
Izabela Kolar Furjan
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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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
David Miles
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.
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.
Some very interesting ideas. For those into alternate archaeology and ancient history.
More fun with the Megalithic Yard. (I always liked the key of C#...)
Arun Prithviraj
I would say it is too technical
Not even entertaining bunkum.
Timi Cabana
Ambitious but entertaining.
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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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