The Seventy Great Mysteries of the Ancient World: Unlocking the Secrets of Past Civilizations

The Seventy Great Mysteries of the Ancient World: Unlocking the Secrets of Past Civilizations

by Brian M. Fagan
     
 

Some of the ancient world's most enigmatic and fascinating mysteries are introduced here in an entertaining mixture of informative text by specialists and colour photographs, maps and diagrams.See more details below

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Some of the ancient world's most enigmatic and fascinating mysteries are introduced here in an entertaining mixture of informative text by specialists and colour photographs, maps and diagrams.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500510506
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
8.18(w) x 10.54(h) x 1.47(d)

Table of Contents

Myths & Legends: Hidden Truths?
Introduction18
1The Garden of Eden21
2The Biblical Flood & Noah's Ark25
3Moses & the Exodus: Myth or Reality?30
4The Lost Cities of Sodom & Gomorrah34
5Atlantis: Fact or Fiction?38
6The Trojan War43
7Theseus & the Minotaur48
8Jason & the Argonauts52
9The Ten Lost Tribes of Israel56
10The Quest for the Ark of the Covenant60
11The Star of Bethlehem63
12King Arthur & the Holy Grail67
13The Turin Shroud71
14Maya Myth: Will the World End in 2012?74
15Aztlan & the Myth of the Aztec Migration76
16Memories of the Dreamtime79
Mysteries of the Stone Age
Introduction82
17The Puzzle of Human Origins85
18How Did Language Evolve?89
19What Happened to the Neanderthals?92
20The Enigma of Palaeolithic Cave Art96
21Who Were the First Australians?101
22The First Americans & Kennewick Man105
23What Wiped Out the Big Game Animals?109
24How Did Farming Begin?114
25The Mysteries of Rock Art118
26The Meaning of the Megaliths123
27Was There a Mother Goddess Cult?128
28The Iceman: Shepherd or Shaman?132
29How Did They Build Stonehenge?136
30Where Did the Indo-Europeans Come From?141
Ancient Civilizations
Introduction144
31Were the Ancient Egyptians Black Africans?147
32How Did They Erect Pyramids & Obelisks?151
33The Riddle of the Sphinx156
34Where Was the Land of Punt?161
35Was Tutankhamun Murdered?164
36The Tarim Mummies: Who Were They?167
37Were the Olmecs African?171
38Why Did the Carthaginians Sacrifice Children?173
39Ancient Oracles: Prophets or Profiteers?177
40Who Were the Celts?182
41Bog Bodies: Murder Victims or Sacrifices?186
42The Lost Legions of Rome189
43The Mysteries of Mithraism193
44Lost City of the Maya: The Hunt for Site Q197
45The Mystery of the Nazca Lines199
46Who Built Tiwanaku?202
47Why Did the Incas Sacrifice Children?205
48How Did the Polynesians Find Their Homeland?208
49Statues & Survival on Easter Island211
Tombs & Lost Treasures
Introduction216
50The Puzzle of Tomb 55219
51The Lost Tomb of Alexander the Great223
52The Tomb of China's First Emperor227
53The Hidden Treasure of the Dead Sea231
54The Tomb of Christ234
Ancient & Undeciphered Scripts
Introduction238
55The Origins of Writing241
56The Proto-Elamite Script245
57The Indus Script247
58Linear A & the Phaistos Disc250
59The Origins of the Alphabet254
60The Etruscan Alphabet258
61The Meroitic Script260
62The Zapotec & Isthmian Scripts261
63Runes & Pictish Symbol Stones263
64Rongorongo266
The Fall of Civilizations
Introduction268
65The Thera Eruption & the Fall of the Minoans271
66The Fall of Rome275
67El Ninos & the Collapse of Moche Civilization279
68Why Did Maya Civilization Collapse?282
69What Happened to the Anasazi?286
70Catastrophic Impacts from Outer Space?289
Further Reading293
Sources of Illustrations298
Index300

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