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Ancient Mysteries - Peter;Thorpe, Nick James

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For centuries, philosophers, scientists, and charlatans have attempted to decipher the baffling mysteries of our past, from Stonehenge to the lost continent of Atlantis. Today, however, DNA testing, radiocarbon dating, and other cutting-edge investigative tools, together with a healthy dose of common sense, are guiding us closer to the truth. Now historian Peter James and archaeologist Nick Thorpe tackle these age-old conundrums, presenting the latest information from the scientific community-and the most startling challenges to traditional explanations of mysteries such as:
- The rise and fall of the Maya
- A lost cache of Dead Sea Scrolls
- The curse of Tutankhamun
- The devastation of Sodom and Gomorrah
- The Nazca Lines and the Vinland Map
- The existence of Robin Hood
These true mystery stories twist and turn like a good whodunit, as James and Thorpe present the evidence for and against the expert theories, shedding new light on humankind's age-old struggle to make sense of the past. "Ancient Mysteries" will entertain and enlighten, delight the curious and inform the serious.

"CHOCK-FULL OF FUN-FACTS, HELPFUL MAPS, AND DIAGRAMS, this lively reference work is an excellent companion volume to Thorpe and James' popular Ancient Inventions." -Archaeology Odyssey

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Author's Notep. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Lost Lands and Catastrophesp. 1
Introductionp. 2
Atlantis--Lost and Found?p. 16
Sodom and Gomorrahp. 41
The Sin of Sodomp. 44
Poleshiftp. 58
The Rise and Fall of Maya Civilizationp. 76
The Maya Calendarp. 95
Watching the Skiesp. 99
Introductionp. 100
Megalithic Astronomersp. 114
The Orion Mysteryp. 128
The Day the Sun Stood Still?p. 135
The "Missing Day"p. 150
The Star of Bethlehemp. 153
Architectural Wondersp. 167
Introductionp. 168
Stonehengep. 184
The Druidsp. 198
How Were the Pyramids Built?p. 201
The Riddle of the Sphinxp. 213
Tiahuanacop. 231
The Mystery of Easter Islandp. 244
Rongorongop. 263
Earth Patternsp. 267
Introductionp. 268
The Glastonbury Spiralp. 284
The Somerset Zodiacp. 298
Ley Linesp. 304
The Nazca Linesp. 322
Voyagers and Discoveriesp. 337
Introductionp. 338
The First Americansp. 350
Phoenicians Around Africap. 368
The Lost Roman Armyp. 375
The Vikings in Americap. 382
The Maine Pennyp. 399
The Welsh Indiansp. 401
Legendary Historyp. 413
Introductionp. 414
Theseus and the Minotaurp. 426
The Elusive Amazonsp. 432
King Arthurp. 446
Robin Hoodp. 463
Draculap. 476
Hoax?p. 487
Introductionp. 488
The Man From the Icep. 504
Schliemann's Treasurep. 510
The First Dead Sea Scrolls?p. 523
King Arthur's Gravep. 527
The Vinland Mapp. 538
Archaeology and the Supernaturalp. 551
Introductionp. 552
The Curse of Tutankhamunp. 569
The Case of Omm Setip. 584
Edgar Cayce on Atlantisp. 598
The Company of Avalonp. 604
Sourcesp. 623
Bibliographyp. 641
Indexp. 643
Picture Creditsp. 653
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ISBN: 9780345434883
ISBN-10: 0345434889
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 651
Published: 30th October 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 18.9  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.8
Edition Number: 1