Lost Civilizations, by Michael Pye and Kirsten Dalley (Softcover, 2011)|
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Reviewer: Mark Lamendola, author of over 6,000 articles.
This book is a collection of 15 original essays by 16 "unofficial"
archaeologists (see list at end of this review). I've read works by several of
these authors, previously. The basic premise behind their works is that official
archaeologists (and those in related disciplines) have some explaining to do.
Officialdom simply dismisses some evidence out of hand, causing a distortion in
the official historical record.
Now to be fair to the archeologists, some of the "evidence" is poor and some
of the conclusions reached by "alternative" researchers simply do not hold up.
Both camps make good points. But there is a strong "Not invented here" streak in
the orthodoxy, and I think that's because it's uncomfortable to change
established views in light of new evidence or, for that matter, old evidence.
The main value of this book is the curious reader can read the views of 16
leading "alternative" researchers without having to read 16 books. That said, I
find only a few of these authors to be tedious (the presented essays, however,
are not tedious; I am referring to reading book length works). Others, such as Erich von Daniken, are always a good read.
This work covers a wide range of subjects, from the pyramids to archeological
scandals. One author even covers the idea of ancient nuclear weapons and raises
some very hard to answer questions from the evidence.
In this book, Philip Coppens provides his theories on Atlantis. I've read
(and enjoyed) Coppens before, and respect his work and his attitude toward
examining the unexplained. His take on Atlantis is the first one that ever made
sense to me. Normally, I will not read anything on Atlantis because of how
poorly that's been done by others. When I saw Coppens' name on this piece, I
read it and was duly impressed.
You may not agree with the conclusions some of these authors reach. I know I
don't. But agreement isn't a necessary element for enjoying a discussion now, is
it? It's also probable that you've always suspected a particular conclusion in
the orthodoxy does not pass the smell test, and one (or more) of these essays
will strike a chord with you. I know that's the case with me.
If you're tired of the same old weather, sports, politics topics that
dominate what pass for "conversations" today, consider buying a couple of copies
of this book to circulate among your friends. Then get together for a lively
discussion of the implications of, for example, what Scott Alan Roberts was
talking about in his essay. That kind of intellectual stimulation has many
benefits including, researchers tell us, a degree of protection from dementia.
The fifteen essays take up 233 pages. They are edited, but the author's
personality and style come through. The book is indexed, which pleasantly
surprised me. I've decided not to include, in this review, biographical
information on the authors. The book has this information, (9 pages).
The contributing authors/essayists:
- William Bramley
- Thomas G. Brophy, PhD
- Patrick Chouinard
- Philip Coppens
- Erich von Daniken
- Larry Flaxman
- Adrian Gilbert
- Micah Hanks
- Marie D. Jones
- Frank Joseph
- Nick Redfern
- Steven Sora
- Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
- Scott Alan Roberts
- Freddy Silva
- Paul von Ward.