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

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Could the story of mankind be far older than we have previously believed? Using tools as varied as archaeo-astronomy, geology, and computer analysis of ancient myths, Graham Hancock presents a compelling case to suggest that it is.
In Fingerprints of the Gods, Hancock embarks on a worldwide quest to put together all the pieces of the vast and fascinating jigsaw of mankind’s

Paperback, 578 pages
Published April 2nd 1996 by Three Rivers Press (first published 1995)
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Nov 20, 2008 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
Jan 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
Now for what started out as a stream-of-consciousness criticism of Graham Hancock.

Where Erich 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 Madame 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 ancie
Nick Borrelli
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
So a little background, I have always been obsessed with unexplained phenomena. As a 10 year-old boy, I would walk to the public library and check out multiple books on the Loch Ness Monster, Sasquatch, The Pyramids, Easter Island, etc.... It was just ingrained in me that if there was a TV show on about these types of things, or a book that just came out, I was all over it. There's my starting point. Lately, this stuff has been extremely in-style with the popularity of shows like Ancient Aliens. ...more
Feb 21, 2009 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)
Jan 28, 2016 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
Rex Fuller
Nov 21, 2015 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
Leo .
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love Graham Hancock's books. If you love to steer away from the status quo. If you would like to turn a blind eye to the mainstream rhetoric and propaganda and wish to look at an alternative view; or enlightened view; about our Earth's distant past then I recommend Graham Hancock. His books really do open one's eyes. Fingerprints of the Gods is an amazing book. Just like Eric Von Daniken Graham Hancock gets the grey matter firing up and opens up a whole panorama of possibilities. I do recommend ...more
May 08, 2012 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
Dec 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: history
I’ve always been fascinated by prehistoric man – that is, man’s ancient history that precedes written records. It’s striking that, in our present form, human beings have been around for at least 75,000 years, but our written record and thus our best connection to the past only goes back a little over 5,000 years. Beyond those dates we have to rely on whatever our ancestors left behind – their trash, their tools, their settlements, and their mythologies.

I don’t think I’d ever have bought Fingerp
Mar 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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For me, this was a very entertaining read - well, listen in this case. I thought Graham Hancock did an excellent job narrating his book, and did a great job keeping me interested and excited about the content the whole time. If you have any fascination with the mysteries of the pyramids, or the Sphinx, or the ancient civilizations of South and Central America, this is worth checking out. I'll be checking out Mr. Hancock's follow up book to this at some point.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book to those who are interested in alternative or ancient history. Reading it will definitely compel you to reconsider your faith about the past that there existed advanced civilizations previously on earth as well. A very thought provoking and fascinating book about lost civilizations !!!
Jun 19, 2014 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
Mar 04, 2012 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
Sep 14, 2012 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
Oct 23, 2011 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
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A big massive 5 star re re re re read. So good and gets the old cogs ticking.
Alexander Curran
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really 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.
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
Apr 06, 2013 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
Jacob Senholt
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english, non-fiction
Excellent and interesting book, despite being more than a decade old by now.
A lot of thought provoking ideas, theories and also plenty of items to back up at least the point that we should probably take a deeper look at our common pre-history and open up for some alternative narratives than what has been the established ones.

Of particular interest is the idea of ancient pre-historic high-civilisation, probably with some sort of global impact with a phenotype being described that makes you think
Greg Strandberg
Apr 21, 2015 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
Hertzan Chimera
Jan 09, 2016 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
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
Matt McClard
Jun 13, 2008 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
Erik Graff
Feb 09, 2010 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
Raphael Rosen
Jan 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Michael  jäger
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of my Favourite Books
Steve Cran
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Is it possible that before the age of man, we know it, there was an advanced civilization buried beneath the aeons of time? Could we be experiencing a species wide amnesia. Author Graham Hancock believes so. In this book he presents compelling evidence that this society did exist. Legends abound of a mythical Atlantis that was both technologically advanced and spiritually advanced and then it was swallowed up by the sea. There is some truth to this.

Starting with the Piri map uncovered in 1511 in
Dec 07, 2014 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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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), Supernatural: Mee ...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.” 24 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.” 19 likes
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