"Magicians of The Gods" by Graham Hancock

If you're a long time reader of the TOA site, then you're probably familiar with the name Graham Hancock by now. Author of some of the most fascinating books we've ever discussed here including "Fingerprints of the Gods" and "Supernatural", Mr. Hancock has become the loudest voice in the argument against the accepted chronology of the development of human civilization. It all started for me about 15 years ago when I picked up Graham's first book, "The Sign and The Seal" in which he finds himself on a 5 year long mission trying to track down the legendary biblical artifact known as the Ark of The Covenant. That incredible story got me hooked on Graham's writings but his next few works flipped anthropology and archaeology on their heads with his proposals that some ancient structures such as the Great Sphinx were actually remnants of a much older stage of human civilization that existed BEFORE the end of the last ice age. In other words, that mankind had developed advanced civilizations long before the emergence of the Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilizations that mainstream archaeology believes were the very beginnings of human civilization. In fact, he proposes that ancient civilizations like that of the Egyptians, Mayans and Mesopotamians had only inherited the knowledge of a much more advanced civilization that pre-dated them by possibly 6,000 years or more and which were destroyed by a great cataclysm. The same cataclysm that brought the last ice age to a dramatic end around 12,000 BC.

Even though this theory was not Hancock's alone, his epic work in "Fingerprints of The Gods" was the book that introduced most people to this incredible theory. And many fans of his work and ideas have been long awaiting a follow up to 'Fingerprints' to get newly updated information and revisions to his earlier work. And that is exactly what was delivered when Graham's newest offering "Magicians of The Gods" hit shelves early this year. I was fortunate enough to attend a free lecture by Hancock in NYC last fall where he discussed and demonstrated a lot of the new information in his upcoming new book. It was a lot to absorb in one sitting but the amount of new evidence which has surfaced and which is still in the process of being unearthed is basically undeniable that he is on to something of world-shattering proportions. In "Magicians" I was brought right back into the incredibly exciting journey with Graham that we loft off with in "Fingerprints" 20 years ago. Traveling the world to all of the newest archaeological sites which are causing history to have to be rewritten, Graham demonstrates the undeniable evidence that is proving mankind was capable of highly skilled architectural feats thousands of years before scientists even thought the first civilizations had developed. Many feats which would still to this day offer incredible challenges even with our most modern, sophisticated equipment. And some which we still have no clue how they could've been accomplished.

Perhaps the main issue at hand in "Magicians" is Graham's discovery of what he believes is the final clue that solves the riddle of how his proposed lost civilization seemed to have been completely wiped from the earth and why remnants of this culture have been found spread around the world in other later civilizations. I'll leave that discovery to your own enjoyment when you read the book yourself. But, trust me, if you have any interest in this subject matter, you will enjoy every minute of this book. As well as Graham's other amazing publications including Fingerprints of The Gods, Message of The Sphinx, The Sign and The Seal, Underworld or the incredible Supernatural.

If you'd like to get a better understanding of Graham's theories, there are a couple of great interviews that can help give you a Cliff's Notes version of his ideas. Check out:

-Dark Journalist Youtube Interview

-New Dawn Magazine interview

-Josh Stewart