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"Contents
Contents .......................................................................................................................5
Acknowledgements......................................................................................................10
Part I ...........................................................................................................................12
Chapter 1 ................................................................................................................13
Ancient sources ...................................................................................................14
A man ahead of his time ......................................................................................19
Piri Reis and his sources.......................................................................................21
Legacy of a lost civilization? .................................................................................21
Chapter 2 ................................................................................................................23
Ross Sea ..............................................................................................................24
Mercator and Buache............................................................................................25
The epoch of the map-makers ..............................................................................27
South America......................................................................................................31
Sea levels and ice ages.........................................................................................32
Chapter 3 ................................................................................................................35
The mysteries of longitude...................................................................................35
Precision instruments...........................................................................................38
The lost mathematicians ......................................................................................39
Part II ..........................................................................................................................42
Chapter 4 ................................................................................................................43
The riddle of the lines ..........................................................................................43
Linemakers, map-makers .....................................................................................48
Chapter 5 ................................................................................................................50
‘Foam of the Sea’ .................................................................................................50
Citadel of Viracocha .............................................................................................51
The bearded stranger...........................................................................................52
Chapter 6 ................................................................................................................54
Civilizing mission.................................................................................................56
The work of demons?...........................................................................................57
Chapter 7 ................................................................................................................60
Casting down the giants.......................................................................................60
Ancient traditions ................................................................................................62
Time capsule........................................................................................................63
Machu Picchu dreaming .......................................................................................64
Jigsaw puzzle .......................................................................................................66
Chapter 8 ................................................................................................................68
Rumours of a cataclysm.......................................................................................69
Chapter 9 ................................................................................................................73
Boats, water and salvation....................................................................................73
Reed boats of Suriqui ...........................................................................................75
Road to Tiahuanaco ... .........................................................................................76
Chapter 10 ..............................................................................................................77
Sunken temple .....................................................................................................78
Pyramid ...............................................................................................................79
Gateway of the Sun ..............................................................................................81
Chapter 11 ..............................................................................................................83
Fish-garbed figures ..............................................................................................85
Images of extinct species .....................................................................................87
Chapter 12 ..............................................................................................................92
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Struggle and abandonment ..................................................................................94
An artificial language ...........................................................................................97
Mexico.................................................................................................................97
Part III..........................................................................................................................99
Chapter 13 ............................................................................................................100
Slaughterhouses ................................................................................................101
Children of the Fifth Sun ....................................................................................103
Lightbringer.......................................................................................................105
Chapter 14 ............................................................................................................107
Viracocha’s Mexican twin ...................................................................................107
Cosmic struggle.................................................................................................110
Fire serpents ......................................................................................................111
Serpent Sanctuary ..............................................................................................112
Chapter 15 ............................................................................................................114
Tears for the past...............................................................................................115
Gigantic men of deformed stature ......................................................................117
Remnants...........................................................................................................118
Pyramids upon pyramids ....................................................................................120
Chapter 16 ............................................................................................................122
Santiago Tuxtla..................................................................................................124
Tres Zapotes ......................................................................................................124
Chapter 17 ............................................................................................................127
San Lorenzo.......................................................................................................127
La Venta.............................................................................................................128
Deus ex machina................................................................................................133
Whispers of ancient secrets ................................................................................134
Chapter 18 ............................................................................................................136
Hypothetical third party .....................................................................................138
Villahermosa to Oaxaca......................................................................................141
Chapter 19 ............................................................................................................143
Monte Alban: the downfall of masterful men ......................................................148
Legacy ...............................................................................................................149
Chapter 20 ............................................................................................................151
Pacal’s tomb ......................................................................................................152
Pyramid of the Magician.....................................................................................154
A science of prophecy ........................................................................................157
Chapter 21 ............................................................................................................158
Knowledge out of place......................................................................................160
Someone else’s science?.....................................................................................161
Chapter 22 ............................................................................................................165
The Citadel, the Temple and the Map of Heaven.................................................166
Egypt and Mexico—more coincidences?..............................................................168
Hints of forgotten wisdom..................................................................................171
Chapter 23 ............................................................................................................174
Erasing messages from the past .........................................................................175
Eternal numbers.................................................................................................176
Mathematical city ...............................................................................................180
Part IV .......................................................................................................................183
Chapter 24 ............................................................................................................184
And the ark went upon the face of the waters.....................................................184
Central America .................................................................................................187
South America....................................................................................................188
North America....................................................................................................190
Water water everywhere .....................................................................................190
Greece, India and Egypt......................................................................................192
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On the trail of a mystery.....................................................................................194
Chapter 25 ............................................................................................................197
Indescribable cold, fire, earthquakes and derangement of the skies ...................199
A monster chased the sun..................................................................................201
Chapter 26 ............................................................................................................203
Cinderella’s slipper ............................................................................................205
Chapter 27 ............................................................................................................207
Alaska and Siberia: the sudden freeze ................................................................208
A thousand Krakatoas, all at once ......................................................................211
Global flooding ..................................................................................................212
A token of good faith .........................................................................................217
Part V ........................................................................................................................219
Chapter 28 ............................................................................................................222
The wild celestial dance .....................................................................................222
Recondite influences ..........................................................................................224
The wobble of a deformed planet .......................................................................226
A great secret of the past ...................................................................................230
Chapter 29 ............................................................................................................232
When did the ancients first work out precession?................................................235
Chapter 30 ............................................................................................................240
At the mill with slaves ........................................................................................242
Openers of the way ............................................................................................246
Chapter 31 ............................................................................................................250
Computing the Great Return ..............................................................................251
Better than Hipparchus.......................................................................................252
Times of decay...................................................................................................253
Dogs, uncles and revenge ..................................................................................258
Scientists with something to say.........................................................................260
Chapter 32 ............................................................................................................262
A message in the bottle of time..........................................................................263
Mill of pain.........................................................................................................264
Part VI .......................................................................................................................267
Chapter 33 ............................................................................................................268
Inexplicable precision ........................................................................................269
Black hole in history...........................................................................................271
Ships in the desert .............................................................................................272
Chapter 34 ............................................................................................................274
Time and motion................................................................................................274
Rampant stupidity..............................................................................................276
The guardian and the vision ...............................................................................278
Under Egyptian skies..........................................................................................279
Thinking like giants ...........................................................................................281
Chapter 35 ............................................................................................................283
Trivializing the mystery......................................................................................284
The cupboard was bare ......................................................................................286
Bottlenecks in the well-shaft...............................................................................290
Not like other tombs ..........................................................................................291
A certain smell ... ...............................................................................................292
Overview............................................................................................................295
Chapter 36 ............................................................................................................297
A singular oppression ... ....................................................................................297
The moving finger writes and having writ it moves on ........................................300
Pandora’s Box ....................................................................................................303
Chapter 37 ............................................................................................................305
The Beacon ........................................................................................................305
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Mind games of the pyramid builders ..................................................................307
Unknown dark distance......................................................................................309
The Queen’s Chamber........................................................................................312
Instrument .........................................................................................................313
Chapter 38 ............................................................................................................316
Antechamber .....................................................................................................317
Stone enigmas ...................................................................................................319
Ceremony of the sarcophagus ............................................................................322
The game-master ...............................................................................................324
Chapter 39 ............................................................................................................328
Temple of the giants ..........................................................................................329
Lord of Rostau ...................................................................................................332
Vastly, remotely, fabulously ancient ...................................................................333
Whose Sphinx is it anyway? ................................................................................335
Part VII ......................................................................................................................339
Chapter 40 ............................................................................................................340
Bauval’s Stars and West’s Stones ........................................................................341
The way of the jackal .........................................................................................345
Chapter 41 ............................................................................................................347
Connections and similarities ..............................................................................349
Gift of the Gods? ................................................................................................350
Chapter 42 ............................................................................................................354
Broken images of a lost technology?...................................................................355
Repositories of a lost science?............................................................................356
The train of the Sun and the dweller in Sirius......................................................359
Millions of years and the movements of the stars ...............................................361
Copies, or translations?......................................................................................363
Last records of the First Time?............................................................................364
Chapter 43 ............................................................................................................367
Records of prehistory.........................................................................................367
Gods, Demigods and Spirits of the Dead ............................................................369
Diodorus Siculus and Herodotus.........................................................................370
The Turin Papyrus and the Palermo Stone...........................................................372
Chapter 44 ............................................................................................................375
Breath of the divine serpent ...............................................................................376
Osiris and the Lords of Eternity ..........................................................................378
Serene stability ..................................................................................................381
Chapter 45 ............................................................................................................383
Atef Crown.........................................................................................................383
Seventeen centuries of kings ..............................................................................385
Hypogeum .........................................................................................................385
The most ancient stone building in Egypt ...........................................................387
Frankfort’s facts.................................................................................................391
Setting sail across seas of sand and time............................................................393
Chapter 46 ............................................................................................................397
Kick-start ...........................................................................................................398
Climate Change..................................................................................................399
Unseen connections?..........................................................................................400
‘Where is the rest of this civilization?’.................................................................400
Chapter 47 ............................................................................................................402
John West...........................................................................................................402
Robert Schoch’s geology: Unriddling the Sphinx.................................................404
Legendary civilizations.......................................................................................407
Magellan and the first dinosaur bone .................................................................408
The problem of transmission..............................................................................410
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Second opinion ..................................................................................................411
Chapter 48 ............................................................................................................413
Geodetic marker ................................................................................................414
Doing things by degrees ....................................................................................416
The Pyramid/Earth ratio .....................................................................................417
Matching fingerprints? .......................................................................................419
Navigators in the Boat of Millions of Years..........................................................420
The signature of a distant date...........................................................................423
Chapter 49 ............................................................................................................425
The Orion Mystery..............................................................................................426
The First Time....................................................................................................428
The platform......................................................................................................430
The cult .............................................................................................................431
The machine ......................................................................................................434
The second signature.........................................................................................436
Forcing the question ..........................................................................................440
Part VIII......................................................................................................................441
Chapter 50 ............................................................................................................442
Geophysical impossibilities ................................................................................442
Library angels ....................................................................................................444
The missing piece of the puzzle .........................................................................444
Gravitational influences......................................................................................447
The lost continent ..............................................................................................448
Chapter 51 ............................................................................................................450
A lifeless polar desert.........................................................................................452
Exhibit 1 ............................................................................................................453
Exhibit 2 ............................................................................................................454
Exhibit 3 ............................................................................................................455
Exhibit 4 ............................................................................................................455
Exhibit 5 ............................................................................................................455
Exhibit 6 ............................................................................................................455
Exhibit 7 ............................................................................................................455
Exhibit 8 ............................................................................................................456
Exhibit 9 ............................................................................................................456
Exhibit 10 ..........................................................................................................457
The icy executioner............................................................................................458
Mars and earth...................................................................................................460
Memories of the polar dawn?..............................................................................461
An epoch of turmoil and darkness......................................................................462
Exhibit 11 ..........................................................................................................463
Exhibit 12 ..........................................................................................................463
Exhibit 13 ..........................................................................................................464
Exhibit 14 ..........................................................................................................464
Chapter 52 ............................................................................................................466
For the benefit of future generations of mankind ...............................................468
More than just Kilroy was here ...........................................................................470
The civilizers......................................................................................................472
Transmitting the essence ...................................................................................473
An urgent mission..............................................................................................475
Walking in the last days......................................................................................479
The end of the world..........................................................................................480
At the millstone grinding ...................................................................................482
Selected Bibliography.................................................................................................483"