For centuries, philosophers, scientists, and charlatans have attempted to decipher the baffling mysteries of our past, from Stonehenge to the lost...more
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 HoodThese 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. less
The fact they dismiss creation 'science' proves they work from a rational viewpoint. There acceptance of prehistory and evolution as fact shows they have a realistic rather than fantastical view of reality.
The introduction to this book has a very nice history of how uniformitarianism came about in the 19th century and how catastrophism has now returned to popularity. Unfortunately, the authors accept evolutionary biology and prehistory as fact rather than theory and do not discuss creation science at all other than to dismiss it.
A primer on -- Atlantis, Stonehenge, Sphinx riddle, Easter Island, Nazca Lilnes, Orion Mystery, Poleshift, Maya Civilization, Welsh Indians, Lost Roman Army, Amazons, Vikings in America, and Phoenicians in Africa.