Ancient Astronauts, Cosmic Collisions, and Other Popular Theories about Man's Past

Ancient Astronauts, Cosmic Collisions, and Other Popular Theories about Man's Past

Ancient Astronauts, Cosmic Collisions, and Other Popular Theories about Man's Past

Ancient Astronauts, Cosmic Collisions, and Other Popular Theories about Man's Past

Synopsis

This book critically evaluates many of these popular hypotheses about man's early history. It presents the most important evidence and arguments for and against theories of a universal flood, the lost continent of Atlantis, mysterious pyramid powers, pre-Columbian voyages to America by ancient Egyptians and Phoenicians, and Velikovsky's cosmic catastrophism.

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"What's the latest on Noah's Ark? Weren't its remains found on Mt. Ararat a few years ago?" . . . "Do you know anything about those markings in Peru that seem to be an ancient airfield?" . . . "I recently read a book that claimed that the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt could not have been built within a single human lifetime or with the primitive technology of the ancient Egypt. Is that true?"

Archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians are frequently asked such questions. Queries about ancient astronauts, Atlantis, Noah's Ark, and pre- Columbian trans-Atlantic voyages are continual reminders of the widespread influence and popularity of some very unconventional theories about man's past.

The mystery of times long past has always fascinated the general public. Archaeological exhibits of materials from early civilizations are usually well attended. and each year publishers release new books on the Egyptians, Greeks, Mayans, and other ancient cultures. But it is the startling, revolutionary hypotheses of writers like Immanuel Velikovsky, Erich yon Däniken, and Barry Fell that sell the most books and attract the greatest number of adherents. Evidence and arguments supporting the occurrence of a universal Flood, the lost continent of Atlantis, near-collisions between planets of our solar system in historical times, historical visits by spacemen, mysterious pyramid powers, and a variety of early voyages to the New World have been presented not only in books but also in movies and television programs. It is no wonder that many people are persuaded that these ideas are valid.

Unfortunately, experts on various aspects of antiquity usually ignore these popular theories. Scholars seldom mention them in their books or lectures, nor do they bother to indicate what is wrong with the methodology, evidence, or arguments that are used to support such hypotheses. the silence of leading scholars tends to make the claims of the theorists seem more believable.

This book has been written for those who want answers to questions like . . .

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