Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization

Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization

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by Graham Hancock, Santha Faiia
     
 

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From the author of the bestselling Fingerprints of the Gods comes a fascinating voyage of underwater discovery that will forever change the way we think about the birth of civilization.
Fans of The Sign and the Seal and Heaven's Mirror will delight in Graham Hancock's Underworld, his latest work of archaeological detection. In this

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From the author of the bestselling Fingerprints of the Gods comes a fascinating voyage of underwater discovery that will forever change the way we think about the birth of civilization.
Fans of The Sign and the Seal and Heaven's Mirror will delight in Graham Hancock's Underworld, his latest work of archaeological detection. In this mesmerizing book, Hancock merges cutting-edge science with historical myth to come up with a new explanation for the origins of civilization as we know it today. At the end of the last Ice Age melting ice caused sea levels around the world to rise by approximately 400 feet, radically changing the shape of the world. Hancock, steeped in the ancient flood myths that speak of early civilizations, sets out to discover whether these myths have any basis in reality. Using the latest computerized “inundation maps” that show the shape of the world's coastlines as they looked at intervals throughout the meltdown, Hancock finds astonishing correspondences with the ancient flood myths. And, when he starts to explore these areas underwater on several diving expeditions, he actually discovers ruins beneath the sea exactly where the myths say they should be. Hancock offers dramatic accounts of his explorations of the waters of the Arabian Sea, the Mediterranean, and the sea of Japan. This entertaining and provocative book of discovery presents the first hard evidence of these ancient cities, and gives all of us stunning insight into the origins and development of civilization.

About the Author: Graham Hancock is the author of a number of bestselling investigations of historical mysteries. These include The Sign and the Seal, The Message of the Sphinx, Fingerprints of the Gods, Heaven's Mirror, and The Mars Mystery. His books have been translated into twenty languages and have sold more than four million copies around the world. He lives in Devon, England.

Editorial Reviews

Master of historical mysteries Graham Hancock goes underwater to discover Ice Age civilizations. In perhaps his most startling book yet, the author of Fingerprints of the Gods taps on recent scientific advances to postulate the existence of ancient cultures that prospered 8,000 to 15,000 years ago. Then, diving equipment in tow, he sets off to validate his theories…
Publishers Weekly
Already a huge success in England, this lengthy and at times quite academic study extends the basic argument of Hancock's 1994 Fingerprints of the Gods, a wild combination of astronomy, archeology, geology and folk myth whose worldwide success made Hancock perhaps the most popular proponent of "alternative history" as well as a publishing phenomenon. Hancock's basic thesis is simple: although mainstream scholars refuse to believe it, there once was "a lost civilization destroyed in the cataclysmic global floods that brought the last Ice Age to an end," and the survivors passed on their knowledge to the newer ancient civilizations with which we are more familiar. The search for an "Indian Atlantis" is the basis for this book, which is structured around Hancock's exploration of underwater sites near India, Japan, Taiwan and China, and in the Arabian and Mediterranean Seas. As usual, Hancock wonderfully introduces the general reader to Indian and Japanese subcultures; however, his reliance primarily on works by local alternative historians many of whose views have been clearly refuted by other scientists while ignoring almost anything that refutes his own thesis undercuts his credibility. In his effort to present his step-by-step discoveries in the style of a "whodunit," Hancock remains an entertaining writer and an interesting cultural journalist. But while the exploration of undersea prehistoric sites is a fascinating and ongoing research area, and Hancock's main contribution to the subject his theories continues to make him a successful writer, his works have been relegated to marginalia. (Nov.) Forecast: Hancock's highly controversial view of history and his theories about "lost civilizations" have gained him an audience that will not be disappointed by Underworld. However, this will not convert the unconverted. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
“Graham Hancock is no stranger to controversy. The former journalist, whose books have sold five million copies in the past 10 years, has repeatedly dared to challenge scientific shibboleth, taking a run at entrenched thinking in archeology, geology and astronomy.” -- The Globe and Mail

“Hancock wonderfully introduces the general reader to Indian and Japanese subcultures . . . an entertaining writer and an interesting cultural journalist.” -- Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400046126
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/15/2002
Pages:
784
Product dimensions:
6.53(w) x 9.59(h) x 1.92(d)

Meet the Author

Graham Hancock is the author of a number of bestselling investigations of historical mysteries. These include The Sign and the Seal, Message of the Sphinx, Fingerprints of the Gods, Heaven’s Mirror, and The Mars Mystery. His books have been translated into twenty languages and have sold more than five million copies around the world. He lives in Devon, England.

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Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book takes has some originial theories on the origines of civilization. They seem sound and well argued. The theory that there was pre-civilization that was covered by oceans that rose at the end of the last ice age are supported by strong evidence. I just thought the ideas were great but found the book to drag because there was too much about the personal stories and travels that didn't directly relate to supporting the hypothesis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very informative but long winded.
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In ¿Underworld,¿ Graham Hancock takes on the mythological story of The Flood. Tackled with the same attention to detail that he shows in his previous alternative archeology books, Hancock visits and describes underwater ruins and connects them with the mythological traditions of many cultures. He blasts the socks off of conventional archeological theory that says that civilization began only 6,000 years ago. The book is richly illustrated with the beautiful photographs¿both color and black and white¿of his wife Santha Faiia. Although I enjoyed the descriptions of many previous cultures and the author¿s intriguing theories, ¿Underworld¿ does not grasp my imagination nor does it inflame my fascination the same way my favorite Graham Hancock book, ¿Fingerprints of the Gods¿ does. I also adore Santha Faiia¿s photographs in ¿Heaven¿s Mirror¿ much more than in this book, probably because so many of the photos in ¿Underworld¿ were taken underwater and so tend to be bluish. Nonetheless, as with any Hancock/Faiia book, I am amazed at the amount of thorough research it took to write the book, I like that they actually visit the places they write about, and I appreciate the book as a reference in writing my own books. Carole Chapman is the author of ¿When We Were Gods: Insights on Atlantis, Past Lives, Angelic Beings of Light and Spiritual Awakening,¿ ¿The Golden Ones: From Atlantis to a New World,¿ and ¿Blessed: A Quest for Atlantis in Egypt Leads to Apparitions of the Virgin Mary.¿
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Guest More than 1 year ago
At last we have a world known writer that focused on Malta. That's great since Malta has many secrets yet to be revealed. Graham has started.