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OVERSIZE 9″ X 11″ SOFTCOVER, GIANTS ON 7 CONTINENTS & HOW THEY BUILT CIVILIZATION

Arthur Demarest brings the lost civilization of Maya to life by applying a holistic view to the most recently discovered archaeological evidence. His theoretical interpretation simultaneously emphasizes the brilliant rain forest adaptations of the ancient Maya and the Native American spirituality that permeated all aspects of their daily life. Drawing on data from the latest significant archaeological research in Central America, this new study appeals to those interested in the ecological bases of civilization, the function of the state and the causes of the collapse of civilizations.

Holt World History Ancient Civilizations: California Social Studies

Presents proof that an advanced black African civilization inhabited the Sahara long before Pharaonic Egypt  

• Reveals black Africa to be at the genesis of ancient civilization and the human story

• Examines extensive studies into the lost civilization of the “Star People” by renowned anthropologists, archaeologists, genetic scientists, and cultural historians as well as the authors’ archaeoastronomy and hieroglyphics research

• Deciphers the history behind the mysterious Nabta Playa ceremonial area and its stone calendar circle and megaliths

Relegated to the realm of archaeological heresy, despite a wealth of hard scientific evidence, the theory that an advanced civilization of black Africans settled in the Sahara long before Pharaonic Egypt existed has been dismissed and even condemned by conventional Egyptologists, archaeologists, and the Egyptian government. Uncovering compelling new evidence, Egyptologist Robert Bauval and astrophysicist Thomas Brophy present the anthropological, climatological, archaeological, geological, and genetic research supporting this hugely debated theory of the black African origin of Egyptian civilization.

Building upon extensive studies from the past four decades and their own archaeoastronomical and hieroglyphic research, the authors show how the early black culture known as the Cattle People not only domesticated cattle but also had a sophisticated grasp of astronomy; created plentiful rock art at Gilf Kebir and Gebel Uwainat; had trade routes to the Mediterranean coast, central Africa, and the Sinai; held spiritual and occult ceremonies; and constructed a stone calendar circle and megaliths at the ceremonial site of Nabta Playa reminiscent of Stonehenge, yet much older. Revealing these “Star People” as the true founders of ancient Egyptian civilization, this book completely rewrites the history of world civilization, placing black Africa back in its rightful place at the center of mankind’s origins.

In addition to the main text, this edition includes a 7-page Economics Handbook and a 54-page Reference Section.

While digging out a new basement near Los Angeles, homeowners accidentally unearth a 3,000-year-old Phoenician altar.

A treasure-hunter in Ohio finds more than he expected, when his metal detector locates an Eastern Mediterranean pendant from 1000 bc.

Two caches of coins minted in Imperial Rome surface along the Ohio River.

A Smithsonian Institution archaeologist excavating a Native American burial mound in Tennessee removes a stone emblazoned with a second century Hebrew inscription.

These are just a few of the dramatic finds described in The Lost Worlds of Ancient America. They confirm that our continent was visited and influenced by visitors from Europe and the Near East hundreds, even thousands of years before its “official” discovery in 1492. As such, this startling, fresh proof of their powerful impact on the pre-Columbian New World offers us a different view of American origins that threatens to re-write mainstream textbooks.

More than two dozen noted academics, researchers, and writers have contributed to this myth-shattering volume, including:

  • Scott Wolter, a university-trained geologist, construction analysis company president, and author of The Hooked X, showcased on The History Channel;
  • Dr. John J. White, editor emeritus of the Midwestern Epigraphic Society’s quarterly Journal;
  • J.M. Allen, a former air-photo interpreter for Britain’s Royal Air Force;
  • Bruce Scofield, PhD, a world-class authority on Aztec astrology;
  • Dr. Arlan Andrews, Sr., a registered professional engineer with a 40-year career at White Sands Missile Range, AT&T Bell Labs, and the White House Science Office;
  • Wayne May, founder and publisher of Ancient American magazine.
  • Challenging the stereotypes and myths that typically characterize students’ understanding of antiquity, Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations: From Prehistory to 640 CE, Second Edition, focuses on continuity and connections, along with cultural diffusion and cultural diversity, to show how history is a cumulative process and that numerous similar themes recur in different times and places. The text also explores sensitive issues and debates including attitudes toward race, ethnicity, and tolerance; gender issues and roles; slavery; social mobility; religion; political evolution; the nature of government; and imperialism.

    FEATURES

    New! Chapter 9: “Civilization beyond the Near East, Greece, and Rome (2300-31 BCE)”

    New! “Digging Antiquity”: Illustrated features that discuss specific archaeological sites, many of which can still be visited today

    New!: “Looking Back”: Chapter summaries, followed by “Looking Ahead” sections that preview the following chapters

    “History Laboratory”: Concise observations on how historians use different methodologies to interpret historical evidence and to debunk pseudoscience

    “Historical Controversy”: Reflections that explore conflicting modern interpretations of ancient phenomena

    “A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words”: Illustrations of distinctive material artifacts, accompanied by brief essays

    “Mysteries of History”: Selections that address puzzling and intriguing aspects of the past

    “In Their Own Words”: Extended quotations that exemplify each chapter’s main themes

    Stunning Interior Design: More than 200 maps and illustrations, including an eight-page color portfolio

    An Image Bank containing more than 100 PowerPoint-based slides and approximately forty maps, available to adopters

    Ancient Civilizations offers a comparative analysis of the field, including both old world and new civilizations, and explores the connections between all civilizations around the earth. The volume provides a jargon-free introduction to ancient civilizations from the first civilizations, and the great powers in the Near East, to the first Aegean civilizations, the Mediterranean world in the first millennium, Imperial Rome, northeast Africa, divine kings in southeast Asia, and empires in East Asia, as well as early states in the Americas and Andean civilization. For those interested in ancient civilizations.

    “It should be read by anyone even remotely interested in the long saga of the universe’s profound and lasting influence on mankind’s development.” — New Scientist
    “A grand book.” — Publishers Weekly
    “Dr. Krupp teaches us once more to look up at the stars and marvel.” — Ray Bradbury
    The intriguing world of archaeoastronomy — the study of ancient peoples’ observations of the skies and the impact of what they saw on their cultural evolution — is the focus of this eminently readable and authoritative survey. Author E. C. Krupp, an astronomer, is the director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California. He is one of the world’s greatest experts on archaeoastronomy, and the author of numerous books including Beyond the Blue Horizon (1992) and In Search of Ancient Astronomies (1978). His interpretations of sky-watching customs from around the world range from everyday pursuits such as measuring time and calculating planting seasons to philosophical issues concerning the role of humanity within the larger context of the universe.
    Beginning with an explanation of how the sky works and how people have relied upon its guidance for centuries, Dr. Krupp explores ancient and prehistoric observatories, from sites in China and Babylonia to Scotland and Peru. He relates sky god mythology from many cultures, discusses astronomy’s influence on funerary rites and other vigils and rituals, and profiles sacred places such as Stonehenge and the kivas of the American Southwest. An extraordinary interdisciplinary work of investigation and discovery, this book offers a compelling portrait of the ancient stargazers, their beliefs, and their customs. 208 illustrations. Bibliography. Index.

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