Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization

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What secrets lie beneath the deep blue sea? Underworld takes you on a remarkable journey to the bottom of the ocean in a thrilling hunt for ancient ruins that have never been found—until now.

In this explosive new work of archaeological detection, bestselling author and renowned explorer Graham Hancock embarks on a captivating underwater voyage to find the ruins of a mythical lost civilization hidden for thousands of years beneath the world’s oceans. Guided by cutting-edge ...

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Overview

What secrets lie beneath the deep blue sea? Underworld takes you on a remarkable journey to the bottom of the ocean in a thrilling hunt for ancient ruins that have never been found—until now.

In this explosive new work of archaeological detection, bestselling author and renowned explorer Graham Hancock embarks on a captivating underwater voyage to find the ruins of a mythical lost civilization hidden for thousands of years beneath the world’s oceans. Guided by cutting-edge science, innovative computer-mapping techniques, and the latest archaeological scholarship, Hancock examines the mystery at the end of the last Ice Age and delivers astonishing revelations that challenge our long-held views about the existence of a sunken universe built on the ocean floor.

Filled with exhilarating accounts of his own participation in dives off the coast of Japan, as well as in the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and the Arabian Sea, we watch as Hancock discovers underwater ruins exactly where the ancient myths say they should be—submerged kingdoms that archaeologists never thought existed. You will be captivated by Underworld, a provocative book that is both a compelling piece of hard evidence for a fascinating forgotten episode in human history and a completely new explanation for the origins of civilization as we know it.

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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…
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“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

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400049516
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 784
  • Sales rank: 467,577
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.62 (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, 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.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

PART ONE: Initiation
1. Relics
2. The Riddle of the Antediluvian Cities
3. Meltdown

PART TWO: India (1)
4. Forgotten Cities, Ancient Texts and an Indian Atlantis
5. Pilgrimage to India
6. The Place of the Ship's Descent
7. Lost India
8. The Demon on the Mountain and the Rebirth of Civilization

PART THREE: India (2)
9. Fairytale Kingdom
10. The Mystery of the Red Hill
11. The Quest for Kumari Kandam
12. The Hidden Years
13. Pyramid Islands
14. Ghosts in the Water

PART FOUR: Malta
15. Smoke and Fire in Malta
16. Cave of Bones
17. The Thorn in the Flesh
18. The Masque of the Green Book
19. Inundation
20. The Morning of the World

PART FIVE: Ancient Maps
21. Terra Incognita
22. The Secret Memories of Maps
23. Looking for the Lost on the Road to Nowhere
24. The Metamorphoses of Antilia

PART SIX: Japan, Taiwan, China
25. The Land Beloved of the Gods
26. Remembrance
27. Confronting Yonaguni
28. Maps of Japan and Taiwan 13,000 Years Ago?
29. Confronting Kerama
30. The Shark at the Gate

Postscript 1 -- The Underworld in the Gulf of Cambay
Postscript 2 -- The Underworld in the Bay of Bengal
Appendix 1 -- Report on the Completion of the Joint SES/NIO Expedition to South-east India
Appendix 2 -- SES Press Release, 5 April 2002, Announcing the Discovery of Underwater Ruins at Mahabalipuram and Inviting Media to a Press Reception, 10 April 2002
Appendix 3 -- Preliminary Underwater Archaeological Explorations off Mahabalipuram. Statement by National Institute ofOceanography, 9 April 2002
Appendix 4 -- Comments by Graham Hancock on the NIO Statement of 9 April 2002 Regarding Preliminary Underwater Archaeological Explorations off Mahabalipuram
Appendix 5 -- Who Discovered the Underwater Ruins at Mahabalipuram? And Who is Claiming What?
Appendix 6 -- UK Press Coverage of Mahabalipuram Discovery, April 2002
Appendix 7 -- Press Report on Paulina Zelitsky's Explorations in Cuba
Appendix 8 -- Press Report from Times of India, 6 July 2002
Online Appendices and Photographs
Notes
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2005

    Intersting.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2006

    Intriguing and Well-researched

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2002

    MALTA mentioned at last

    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.

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