Ancient Mysteries: Discover the Latest Intriguing, Scientifically Sound Explanations to Age-Old Puzzles... (Paperback)
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Short Description for Ancient Mysteries From the acclaimed historian/archeologist team that created "Ancient Inventions" comes an entertaining, scientifically grounded investigation into the most baffling and intriguing mysteries of mankind's past from Stonehenge to the lost continent of Atlantis. 200 maps, photos & illustrations.
- Published: 01 December 2001
- Format: Paperback 651 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780345434883 ISBN 10: 0345434889
- Sales rank: 627,465
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For centuries, philosophers, scientists, and charlatans have attempted to decipher the baffling mysteries of our past, from Stonehenge to the lost continent of Atlantis. Today, however, DNA testing, radiocarbon dating, and other cutting-edge investigative tools, together with a healthy dose of common sense, are guiding us closer to the truth. Now historian Peter James and archaeologist Nick Thorpe tackle these age-old conundrums, presenting the latest information from the scientific community-and the most startling challenges to traditional explanations of mysteries such as: - The rise and fall of the Maya - A lost cache of Dead Sea Scrolls - The curse of Tutankhamun - The devastation of Sodom and Gomorrah - The Nazca Lines and the Vinland Map - The existence of Robin Hood These true mystery stories twist and turn like a good whodunit, as James and Thorpe present the evidence for and against the expert theories, shedding new light on humankind's age-old struggle to make sense of the past. "Ancient Mysteries" will entertain and enlighten, delight the curious and inform the serious.