Maps of the ancient sea kings; evidence of advanced civilization in the ice age.

by Charles H. Hapgood




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GA300 .H3


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Charles Hapgood's classic book on ancient maps produces evidence of an advanced world-wide civilization existing many thousands of years before ancient Egypt. He has found the evidence in the Piri Reis Map that shows Antarctica, the Hadji Ahmed map, the Oronteus Finaeus and other amazing maps. Hapgood concluded that these maps were made from more ancient maps from the various ancient archives around the world, now lost. Not only were these unknown people more advanced in mapmaking than any other prior to the 18th century, it appears they mapped all the continents. The Americas were mapped thousands of years before Columbus and Antarctica was mapped once its coasts were free of ice.

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LibraryThing member Jonathan_M
I don't mind admitting that all the references to spherical trigonometry were beyond me (I'm no mathematician and certainly no cartographer), but I don't think that spoiled the book's overall impression. To me, the reasoning of Professor Hapgood and his students is perfectly sound: the maps in
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question appear to indicate that at some point prior to recorded history, Earth was host to an advanced civilization which mapped the entire planet, including Antarctica when its coastlines were free of ice. The curious fact is not that such maps existed for sixteenth-century cartographers like Piri Reis and Oronteus Finaeus to copy, but that the civilization responsible for them had otherwise vanished without a trace. There remains absolutely no indication of who these people might have been, what they called themselves or from which corner of the globe they emerged. Hapgood does not mention Sumer, the earliest known civilization, but notes that the last time Antarctica's coasts were ice-free was about 6,000 years ago; perhaps not so coincidentally, this is when the Sumerian civilization began under circumstances that remain mysterious even today.
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LibraryThing member Redbud
A fascinating book that could use an even larger format & color photographs to make it perfect.



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