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GRAHAM HANCOCK is the author of the major international bestsellers The Sign and The Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods  and Heaven's Mirror. His books have sold more than five million copies worldwide and have been translated into 27 languages. His public lectures and TV appearances, including the three-hour series Quest For The Lost Civilisation, have put his ideas before audiences of tens of millions. He has become recognised as an unconventional thinker who raises legitimate questions about humanity's history and prehistory and offers an increasingly popular challenge to the entrenched views of orthodox scholars.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Hancock's early years were spent in India, where his father worked as a surgeon. Later he went to school and university in the northern English city of Durham and graduated from Durham University in 1973 with First Class Honours in Sociology. He went on to pursue a career in quality journalism, writing for many of Britain's leading newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, and The Guardian. He was co-editor of New Internationalist magazine from 1976-1979 and East Africa correspondent of The Economist from 1981-1983.

In the early 1980's Hancock's writing began to move consistently in the direction of books. His first book (Journey Through Pakistan, with photographers Mohamed Amin and Duncan Willetts) was published in 1981. It was followed by Under Ethiopian Skies (1983), Ethiopia: The Challenge of Hunger (1984), and AIDS: The Deadly Epidemic (1986). In 1987 Hancock began work on his widely-acclaimed critique of foreign aid, Lords of Poverty, which was published in 1989. African Ark (with photographers Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith) was published in 1990.

Hancock's breakthrough to bestseller status came in 1992 with the publication of The Sign and the Seal : The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant, his epic investigation into the mystique and whereabouts today of the lost Ark of the Covenant. 'Hancock has invented a new genre,' commented The Guardian, 'an intellectual whodunit by a do-it-yourself sleuth.' Fingerprints of the Gods, published in 1995 confirmed Hancock's growing reputation. Described as 'one of the intellectual landmarks of the decade' by the Literary Review, this book has now sold more than three million copies and continues to be in demand all around the world. Subsequent works such as Keeper of Genesis (The Message of the Sphinx in the US) with co-author Robert Bauval, and Heaven's Mirror: Quest for the Lost Civilization , with photographer Santha Faiia, have also been Number 1 bestsellers, the latter accompanied by Hancock's three-part television series Quest For the Lost Civilisation.

With Santha Faiia, Hancock is now involved in the preparation of a major new book and TV series, tentatively titled Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilisation. It's a worldwide diving adventure, looking for underwater ruins all around the globe - the ultimate proof of the existence of a lost civilisation more than 12,000 years ago.

 


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Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilisation

Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilisation  
Graham Hancock

A physical and intellectual journey, a worldwide exploration diving for the underwater ruins of a lost civilization, this book follows clues in ancient scriptures and mythology and in the scientific evidence of the flood that swept the Earth at the end of the last Ice Age. This text explores the question of early humans swept away by the catastrophe.

In this book he argues that far from springing out of nowhere some 6,000 or 7,000 years ago in Mesopotamia, civilisation has been with mankind for many millennia longer. With the aid of a geologist at Durham University, Hancock examines which coastal areas vanished beneath the sea as the ice melted at the end of the last Ice Age, a catastrophic inundation he finds in the Flood myths of most of the world's traditional religions. And then he goes diving and finds, in some cases, incontrovertible ruins; in other cases the piles of stone might well be natural rock formations, but Hancock argues for their human origins.

Hancock accepts that he is neither a historian, an archaeologist nor a geologist. Some of his arguments tend to be rather speculative, and some of his conclusions may well be wrong--it's not always a good thing to ignore the experts! But in this massive book--well over 700 pages--he does provide sufficient evidence for flooded ruins that ought to be studied by real scholars. And if a few cherished paradigms are overturned in the process, surely this is what science is all about...


Mars Mystery : The Secret Connection Between Earth and the Red Planet
Graham Hancock,
Robert Bauval

Hancock believes that certain formations on the Martian surface are the remnants of an ancient civilization--one strikingly similar to ancient Egypt--that was destroyed by a cataclysmic deep impact. His ultimate point is that we should be paying more attention to our planetary neighbours and the skies above, lest we suffer the same fate as the Martians. Hancock raises many intriguing questions in this synthesis of unorthodox Mars theory...


Keeper of Genesis
Graham Hancock,
Robert Bauval

When and where did history begin? When was the genesis of civilization in Egypt? This text presents historical and scientific detective work, which provides a startling new theory concerning the enigmatic Pyramid Texts and other archaic Egyptian scriptures. The first chapter of the book deals with the mathematical and geographical anomalies evidently associated with the Giza necropolis. But where the book breaks away from any other of the authors works is the in-depth study of the remnants of Egyptian texts, the insights into the dualistic nature of Egyptian consciousness and way of life. The reader is able to glimpse a fraction of the connection the highest orders of Egyptian civilisation felt towards the natural world and its universal celestial cycles, and mankind's inevitable place in the grand scheme, the quest for the immortality of the soul...


Fingerprints of the Gods 
Graham Hancock, Santha Faiia

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 Fingerprints of the Gods
Narrator: Peter Reckell
Provider: Audio Literature
Media Type: Audiobook
Running Time: 3 hours
Format: Audible speech

A global tour of the legends and myths of the world, collating their common threads and scientific evidence to compose a credible theory that an advanced civilization once flourished on earth but was extinguished at the end of the last ice age. All that remains of this antediluvian culture are the "fingerprints" Hancock identifies in various phenomena that have puzzled mankind throughout recorded history. He reveals strange echoes of a society of navigators and builders that flourished up to about 12 000 years ago, gradually building up a compelling argument for the existence of a prehistorical civilization. By examining phenomena around the world, from the Nazca drawings in Peru to the pyramids of Egypt, he interprets these "fingerprints" as ancient signs, or misunderstood teachings left by our unknown ancestors in order to communicate with modern generations. This, and Hancock's other books like his latest, "Underworld," threatens to overturn conventional explanations of our past and stretch the horizons of our future. Meticulously referenced, and often scientific and technical, "Fingerprints" is consistently captivating because Hancock embroiders the narrative with colourful analogies and travelogue, making it easier to understand his point and leaving the reader impressed by the mysterious patterns he unravels. Lavishly enhanced by photographs and illustrations, the book contains extensive references, a vast bibliography and an index....


The Sign and the Seal : The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant  
Graham Hancock

The dramatic story of the discovery of the most important archaeological find since the opening of Tutankhamen's tomb. On a quest for the ark, archaeologist Hancock journeyed to a remote corner of Ethiopia, where he located the sacred ark in a small church. Photos.

The fact of the Lost Ark of the Covenant is one of the grant historical mysteries of all time. To believers, the Ark is the legendary vessel holding the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments. The Bible contains hundreds of references to the Ark's power to level mountains, destroy armies, and lay waste to cities. The Ark itself, however, mysteriously disappears from recorded history sometime after the building of the Temple of Solomon.

After ten years of searching through the dusty archives of Europe and the Middle East, as well as braving the real-life dangers of a bloody civil war in Ethiopia, Graham Hancock has succeeded where scores of others have failed. This intrepid journalist has tracked down the true story behind the myths and legends -- revealing where the Ark is today, how it got there, and why it remains hidden.

Part fascinating scholarship and part entertaining adventure yarn, tying together some of the most intriguing tales of all time this book will appeal to anyone fascinated by the revelation of hidden truths, the discovery of secret mysteries.


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

In a book that is the culmination of his life's work, the author reveals the secrets that connect monuments of ancient civilizations throughout the world. 250 color illustrations. 5 maps. 50 diagrams (hardcover edition).

In Heaven's Mirror, author Graham Hancock continues the quest 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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


The Message of the Sphinx : A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind
Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval

Argues that the ancient structures at Giza, including the pyramids and the Sphinx, may be much older than originally thought, and discusses a mysterious underground chamber recently detected beneath the Sphinx.

In this riveting account of historical and archaeological investigation, the authors present hard evidence that the Sphinx, the Pyramids, and the other monuments at Giza are of far more ancient origin than previously believed. Complete with evidence of a conspiracy between the Egyptology establishment and various confidential organizations to keep the secrets of the Pyramids from the world, The Message of the Sphinx is also a modern-day detective story. of photos.


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