Ancient Civilizations, Antiquity of Man

~ A selection of titles presenting an alternative view
of how long we have been here, where we came from,
and who may have come before us on Earth ~

Forbidden Archeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race 
by Michael A. Cremo, Richard L. Thompson (Hardcover - June 1994)

       Over the centuries, researchers have found bones and artifacts proving that humans like us have existed for millions of years. Mainstream science, however, has suppressed these facts. Prejudices based on current scientific theory act as a "knowledge filter," giving us a picture of prehistory that is largely incorrect. 

Academic Reviews of Forbidden Archeology
"Michael Cremo, a research associate in history and philosophy of science, and Richard Thompson, a mathematician, challenge the dominant views of human origins and antiquity. This volume combines a vast amount of both accepted and controversial evidence from the archeological record with sociological, philosophical, and historical critiques of the scientific method to challenge existing views and expose the suppression of information concerning history and human origins."
--Journal of Field Archeology, vol. 21., 1994, p. 112.

       "I have no doubt that there will be some who will read this book and profit from it. Certainly it provides the historian of archeology with a useful compendium of case studies in the history and sociology of scientific knowledge, which can be used to foster debate within archeology about how to describe the epistemology of one's discipline."
-- British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 28, 1995, p. 379.

       "It must be acknowledged that Forbidden Archeology brings to attention many interesting issues that have not received much consideration from historians; and the authors' detailed examination of the early literature [on archeology] is certainly stimulating and raises questions of considerable interest, both historically and from the perspective of practitioners of sociology of scientific knowledge."
-- Social Studies of Science, vol. 26, no. 1, 1996, p. 196.

       "While decidedly antievolutionary in perspective, this work is not the ordinary variety of anti-evolutionism in form, content, or style. In distinction to the usual brand of such writing, the authors use original sources and the book is well written."
-- Geoarchaeology, vol. 94, no. 4, 1994, p. 338.

       "M. Cremo and R. Thompson have willfully written a provocative work that raises the problem of the influence of the dominant ideas of a time period on scientific research. These ideas can compel the researchers to orient their analyses according to the conceptions that are permitted by the scientific community. . . . The documentary richness of this work is not to be ignored."
-- L'Anthropologie, vol. 99, no. 1, 1995, p. 159

       "This is a catalogue and discussion of numerous Precambrian to Pleistocene fossils and artifacts accepted by some as evidence of anatomically modern humans. . . . The descriptions and extensive bibliography of obscure references will be very useful to a 'main-stream' scientist."
-- Journal of Geological Education, vol. 43, 1995, p. 193

       "Michael Cremo and Richard Thompson are to be congratulated on spending eight years producing the only definitive, precise, exhaustive, and complete record of practically all the fossil finds of man, regardless of whether they fit the established scientific theories or not. To say that the research is painstaking is a wild understatement. No other book of this magnitude and calibre exists. It should be compulsory reading for every first year biology, archeology, and anthropology student--and many others, too."
-- Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, August 1994, p. 28.

       "Forbidden Archeology takes the current conventions of decoding to their extreme. The authors find modern Homo sapiens to be continuous contemporaries of the apelike creatures from whom evolutionary biologists usually trace human descent . . . . Forbidden Archeology reads surprisingly well for what is basically an 828-page critical catalogue of two centuries of archeological evidence doubted or spurned by Western scientists."
-- Journal of Unconventional History, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 75-76. 

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Forbidden Archeology's Impact:
How a Controversial New Book Shocked the Scientific Community
and Became an Underground Classic
by Michael A. Cremo

          Forbidden Archeology's Impact" documents the explosive reactions to Cremo's controversial book, "Forbidden Archaeology." When Forbidden Archaeology was published in 1993, the scientific world was shocked by its extensive evidence for extreme human antiquity. In light of this evidence, dating of the origin of the human race was pushed back tens of millions of years. Impact gives readers an inside look at how mainstream science reacts to challenges to its deeply held beliefs. Instead of considering all of the the evidence in a truly "scientific" manner, mainstream science uses ridicule, threats and intimidation to maintain its version of humanity's history and origins.

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Human Devolution:
A Vedic Alternative to Darwin's Theory
by Michael A. Cremo


Drawing upon a wealth of research into archeology, genetics, reincarnation memories, out-of-body experiences, parapsychology, cross cultural cosmology, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, Cremo provides a refreshing perspective on human origins according to the ancient philosophy of India.

In their controversial bestseller Forbidden Archeology, Michael A. Cremo and Richard L. Thompson documented evidence showing that humans have existed on earth for hundreds of millions of years. Such anomalous evidence, contradicting Darwinian evolution, catalyzed a global inquiry: If we did not evolve from apes then where did we come from?

Human Devolution is Michael A. Cremo's definitive answer to that question: We did not evolve up from matter; instead we devolved, or came down, from the real of pure consciousness, spirit. Basing his response on modern science and the world's great wisdom traditions, including the Vedic philosophy of ancient India, Cremo proposes that before we ask the question, Where did human beings come from, we should first contemplate, What is a human being?

For much of the twentieth century, most scientists assumed that a human being is simply a combination of ordinary physical elements. In Human Devolution, Cremo says it is more reasonable to assume that a human being is a combination of three distinct substances: mind, matter, and consciousness (or spirit). He shows how solid scientific evidence for a subtle mind element and a conscious self that can exist apart from the body have been systematically eliminated from mainstream science by a process of knowledge filtration. Asserting that humans are a combination of matter, mind, and consciousness, Cremo pilots a cosmic tour through incredible enigmas of time and space, ranging from Precambrian microfossils to black holes to superhuman beings, thus revealing the cosmos itself to be divided into corresponding regions dominated by ordinary matter, the subtle mind element, and pure consciousness.

Human Devolution illustrates how the self originally exists on the level of pure consciousness, in harmony with the personal source of all conscious beings. When a conscious self relinquishes its connection with the source of all conscious beings, it becomes covered by the lower energies of mind and matter. Cremo calls this devolution. But devolution can be reversed, and consciousness can be restored to its original pure state by a process of spiritual evolution.

The Controversy Continues: The highly anticipated sequel to the controversial best-seller Forbidden Archeology has arrived. Darwin Debunked by best-selling author of Forbidden Archeology (20,000 copies sold) Thoroughly researched work (includes an extensive 36 page bibliography and 28 page index). For the first time the ancient Vedic or Hindu version of the origins of man are presented.

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Return of the Giants
by Barry Chamish

       Are the Anakim or the Refaim, the giants of the Bible, returning to Israel today? There are only two periods of recorded history when giants were reported in Israel: in biblical days from the time of the Flood to the ascension of King David, and since 1993 in modern Israel. 
       Large UFO aliens are not popular among Ufologists, but Barry Chamish details in his book, "Return of the Giants," that the Israeli UFO wave which began in 1987 and apparently ended in July 1999 allegedly had giants as pilots or passengers. The Bible states that there were giants on the earth at one time (Genesis 6 King James Version):
       1: And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
       2: That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose,
       4: There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
       Have these biblical "Giants" returned?

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The Twelfth Planet (The Earth Chronicles, Book 1)
by Zecharia Sitchin

       Over the years, startling evidence has been unearthed, challenging established notions of the origins of Earth and life on it, and suggests the existence of a superior race of beings who once inhabited our world. The product of thirty years of intensive research, THE 12TH PLANET is the first book in Zecharia Sitchin's prophetic Earth Chronicles series -- a revolutionary body of work that offers indisputable documentary proof of humanity's extraterrestrial forefathers. Travelers from the stars, they arrived eons ago, and planted the genetic seed that would ultimately blossom into a remarkable species...called Man. 

       Zecharia Sitchin's The 12th Planet is the starting point on a quest that spans six books and 20 years worth of ancient aliens, genetic manipulation, and scrutiny of linguistic minutiae. If we trust Sitchin's translation abilities, we must be prepared for the imminent return of an alien race who created us some 3,600 years ago. The 12th Planet is perhaps the best written of Sitchin's Earth Chronicles series; full of example after example of ancient Sumerian passages, astronomical observations, archaeological finds, and technological coincidences supporting his theories. The price we pay for all this evidence is a bit of a dry read at times, but the ideas Sitchin proposes are more than scintillating enough to make up for the overtly scholastic tone of his text. --Brian Patterson

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Genesis Revisited
The 12th Planet (The Earth Chronicles, Book 1)
The Stairway to Heaven : Book II of the Earth Chronicles
The Wars of Gods and Men : Book III of the Earth Chronicles
The Lost Realms : Book IV of the Earth Chronicles
When Time Began: : Book V of the Earth Chronicles
The Cosmic Code : Book VI of the Earth Chronicles

Fingerprints of the Gods 
by Graham Hancock, Santha Faiia (Photographer) 

       The best-selling 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. 
       Ingram: A search for evidence of a prehistoric, advanced civilization speculates about an Atlantis-like world buried beneath Antarctic ice and makes predictions about forthcoming geological disasters. 

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Heaven's Mirror: Quest for the Lost Civilization 
by Graham Hancock, Santha Faiia 

       In Heaven's Mirror, author Graham Hancock continues the quest begun in Fingerprints of the Gods to rediscover the hidden legacy of mankind--the revelation that the cultures we refer to as ancient were, in fact, the heirs to a far older forgotten civilization and the inheritors of its archaic, mystical wisdom.

       Working with photographer Santha Faiia, Hancock traces a network of sacred sites around the globe on a spectacular voyage of discovery that takes us from the pyramids and temples of ancient Egypt to the enigmatic statues of Easter Island, from the haunting ruins of pre-Columbian America to the splendors of Angkor Wat, in order to crack the code of our lost ancestors. It is an odyssey that leads to sunken monuments and hidden chambers--a journey through myth and magic, and astounding archaeological revelations, that forces us to rethink our entire conception of the origins of civilization.

       The first fully illustrated book by Graham Hancock, Heaven's Mirror is a stunning and illuminating tour into the spirituality of the ancients--a search for a secret written in the language of astronomy and recorded in the very foundations of the holiest sites of antiquity:

  • A secret that speaks of a mysterious connection between earth and heaven.
  • A secret that transforms temples into stars and men into gods.
  • The deepest and darkest secret of our forgotten past.
  • What would these fifteen gigantic Moai on Easter Island say if they could speak?

       The only voice left to these statues and other ancient monoliths is that of the astronomical alignments that govern them. These alignments point to a common link, reveal a shockingly sophisticated understanding of the solar system, and perhaps even encompass the Holy Grail of immortality ... Whatever you think of Hancock's ideas and theoretical musings in archaeo-astronomy, Heaven's Mirror is a gorgeous book. Lush, evocative photos of the monoliths on Easter Island and temples deep in the Cambodian jungle are enough to set the mind to introspective wandering--maybe, just maybe, Hancock's got it right after all. --Paul Hughes 

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The Serpent in the Sky: The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt
by John Anthony West 

Ingram: This revised edition of West's revolutionary reinterpretation of the civilization of Egypt challenges all that has been accepted as dogma concerning this ancient and enigmatic land. It features a new introduction linking Egyptian science with the perennial wisdom tradition and an appendix updating the author's work in re-dating the Sphinx. 

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When the Sky Fell: In Search of Atlantis
by Rand Flem-Ath, Rose Flem-Ath 

Ingram: The fascinating truth about Atlantis leads to a chilling conclusion about the environmental catastrophe that destroyed it. Now you can find out how the forces that shattered the first great civilization on Earth can happen again, bringing the end of the world to us all! With an Introduction by Colin Wilson. 

Rand Flem-Ath gives a summary.
     The legend of Atlantis was first recorded by the Greek philosopher Plato. He relates how his ancestor Solon, the famous Athenian law-giver, received the legend from one of the most learned of the Egyptian priests. This priest (relying upon ancient sacred records) described Atlantis as a high altitude, mountainous island continent in the 'real ocean.' This description makes perfect sense when we view the world's geography from Antarctica. Antarctica is a high altitude, mountainous, island continent in the middle of what oceanographers call the 'World Ocean.' Ancient maps depict the actual shape of parts of Antarctica that are today under ice. One of these maps, Kircher's 1665 map of Atlantis, is an amazingly accurate map of Antarctica without its ice.

     The common assumption is that Antarctica has been under ice for millions of years and therefore the idea that people might have once lived on this island continent is absurd. But a little thought on the matter sheds doubt upon this assumption. We know that every place on the earth's surface has a corresponding spot on the opposite side of the globe. The North Pole is on the opposite side of the globe to the South Pole. New Zealand is almost on the opposite side of the globe to England. There is even an island off the south coast of New Zealand called "Antipodes" which is very near to being opposite to London. In each case, the climate is similar - New Zealand is temperate and so is England. We don't find cases where one area is polar and the opposite side of the globe is temperate. Lesser Antarctica (about half the size of the USA) is on the opposite side of the globe to Alaska, Siberia, Canada's Yukon and the former land bridge known as 'Beringa.' Extensive scientific studies by Russian, American and Canadian scholars in various disciplines prove the existence of a wide variety of animals that lived in the far north before 9,600 B.C. These include not only the famous mammoths but also antelope, deer, saber-toothed tigers and lions. To support such a wide range of animals the climate must have been warmer before 9,600 B.C. than it is today. If the Siberia/Alaska/Beringa region could support temperate adapted animals before 9,600 B.C. then it follows then that people and animals could have lived on the opposite side of the planet to this region (Lesser Antarctica). 

     To explain how the climate changed, how the ice sheets were formed, the sudden rise of agriculture, massive extinctions, the sudden influx of people into America after 9,600 B.C., as well as the ancient maps from the ice age, we use the theory of earth crust displacement as developed by Charles Hapgood. This is the theory that makes the most sense of the violent earthquakes and floods that Plato tells us destroyed Atlantis. We corresponded with Hapgood for the last five years of his life (he died in late 1982) and in his first letter to us (3 August 1977) he responded to a paper we had written for him by saying that it "...was the FIRST truly scientific exploration of my work that has every been done." Having recently read the nearly 200 pages of correspondence between Hapgood and Albert Einstein we understand why Einstein was so enthusiastic about the earth crust displacement theory. On 8 May 1953, after a series of letters had been exchanged, Einstein wrote to Hapgood: "I find your arguments very impressive and have the impression that your hypothesis is correct." Einstein went on to write a foreword to Hapgood's  The Path of the Pole ...

     Even if Plato had never written about Atlantis we would still have the basic story encoded in world mythology and our quest might go under a name other than "Atlantis." The thing that distinguishes Plato's account of Atlantis from the other mythological tales is the matter of fact way in which the story unfolds with natural forces like earthquakes and floods playing the role usually attributed to gods. The 'most learned of the Egyptian priests' gives incredible details about the lost land: its size (larger than 'Libya' and 'Asia' in modern terms this makes Atlantis larger than the United States), its high altitude (Antarctica is the highest continent on our planet) and the fact that it resides in the 'real ocean' a body of water that surrounds the globe ... 

     We are perfectly serious in our desire to see our theory tested with an expedition to Antarctica to uncover what yet might remain of a once advanced civilization that perished WHEN THE SKY FELL. 

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Technology of the Gods
by David Hatcher Childress 

Popular Lost Cities author David Childress opens the door to the amazing world of ancient technology, from the computers of the ancient world to the "flying machines of the gods." Technology of the Gods explores the technology that was allegedly used in Atlantis and the theory that the Great Pyramid of Egypt was originally a gigantic power station. Childress also uncovers many other mysteries, including: 

  • the technology of ancient flight 
  • how the ancients used electricity 
  • megalithic building techniques 
  • the use of crystal lenses and the fire from the gods 
  • ancient evidence of high-tech weapons, including atomic weapons 
  • the role of modern inventors, such as Nikola Tesla, in bringing ancient technology into modern use 
  • impossible artifacts, and more, much more. 

Childress has done it again! From beginning to end, Technology of the Gods is filled with facts, keen observations and tales that challenge modern assumptions in a humorous, intelligent and compelling way that is quintessential Childress. 

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Lost Cities of North & Central America (The Lost City Series) 
by David Hatcher Childress 

The book just isn't about lost cities but also generally weird stuff throughout Central and North America. There is evidence of Asian contact with Central American cultures, pterodactyls in Arizona, Vikings in Oklahoma, Irish monks running all over the place, and those are the more believable stories. Atlantis or a gold city always seems to be around the corner, Jesus may have visited the New World, a master race is controlling the world from underground, the Egyptians had a colony in the Grand Canyon, and of course the government is covering all this up...The book doesn't provide any answers but it does make a choice perfectly clear. You can either accept the traditional view that people wandered across a land bridge in Siberia to colonize the Americas and stayed relatively isolated and unadvanced until Europeans showed up in 1492 and wiped them out. Or you can read this book and see if there is evidence out there that suggests otherwise.--John Martin

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Lost Cities and Ancient Mysteries of South America (Lost Cities Series) 
by David Hatcher Childress 

Fascinating and Fun Adventure. Childress leaves no stones unturned as he leads the reader into unknown worlds in a personal quest to encounter and document the lost cities, pyramids, and megaliths of South and Central America. --George Erikson

Having read other Childress books, I found this book to be of the same caliber. His discussions on how the ancient Peruvian cities with the megalithic stones really makes the reader wonder what technology that humans as a civilization have lost. The parts on the secret Nazi city were very interesting to read, but one wonders how plausible they are. Of great interest to me was how Childress interacted with the people in the different countries of South America, and learned how not to get ripped off.--Steve Kornic

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Lost Cities of Atlantis:
Ancient Europe & the Mediterranean (Lost Cities Series) 
by David Hatcher Childress 

This book actually covers more than the Mediterranean area. It talks about prehistoric ruins throughout Europe and parts of the mid east. Many sites are familiar, but many more are ones the reader may not have heard of; the author has apparently visited them all. He writes with an easy readable style and includes the history, the legends and other pertinent information. Anyone going to Europe who wants to visit ancient sites should have this book, since it will tell you about ruins you may not know about. The author discusses the various theories about Atlantis with impartiality and ultimately gives his own views. But this book is much more than a treatise on Atlantis and the reader will find much food for thought. Childress also includes in the back of the book an extensive bibliography for further reading. All in all, a highly readable and well researched book. -- Ranney 

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The following book is not exactly on the ancient civilization topic, 
but it is certainly paranormal and sounds like a fascinating read.  
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In the Big Thicket: On the Trail of the Wild Man
by Rob Riggs

In the Big Thicket, the unknown makes profound intrusions into what we call “reality.” There are wonders in this region of East Texas and in Southwestern Louisiana—-“ghost lights,” phantom Indians, howling ape-like “wild men,” and fireballs that streak through the nighttime skies--that defy both our common sense notions of space-time and all attempts at scientific explanation. So come along, if you dare, for a trek in this forest primeval. Encounter the strange energy fields in these enchanted old woods and emerge with a heightened sense of wonder and a deeper appreciation of the subtle links between the mysteries of nature and the human mind...

Review: "Rob Riggs's new book takes the reader on a wild tour through one of America's weirdest wonderlands. Riggs has produced a great collection on such mysterious Texan wonders as the Marfa and Bragg Road ghost lights, and the Big Thicket's Wild Man, including one delightfully named Ol' Mossyback. This shamanistic journey is well-worth the price of the ticket." - Loren Coleman, author Mysterious America: The Revised Edition

 Is Bigfoot a flesh and blood living creature or a paranormal phenomenon? The compelling evidence suggests that the creatures may be both flesh and blood and paranormal.

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