The Seventy Great Mysteries of the Ancient World : Unlocking the Secrets of Past Civilizations

The Seventy Great Mysteries of the Ancient World : Unlocking the Secrets of Past Civilizations

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 304 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
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The human past is full of unsolved mysteriesfiction? Who were the Tarim Mummies? Will the world end in 2012, as predicted by the Maya? Were the ancient Egyptians Black Africans? How did language evolve? The Seventy Great Mysteries of the Ancient World takes us on a journey through some of the most intriguing questions about ourselves, from myths and legends, through our origins and evolution to the mysterious collapse of once-powerful civilizations. All are described and explained in the light of the most up-to-date archaeological research by leading international experts.

Table of Contents

        List of Contributors                       8  (10)
Preface 10 (2)
Introduction 12 (6)
Myths & Legends: Hidden Truths?
Introduction 18 (3)
The Garden of Eden 21 (4)
The Biblical Flood & Noah's Ark 25 (5)
Moses & the Exodus: Myth or Reality? 30 (4)
The Lost Cities of Sodom & Gomorrah 34 (4)
Atlantis: Fact or Fiction? 38 (5)
The Trojan War 43 (5)
Theseus & the Minotaur 48 (4)
Jason & the Argonauts 52 (4)
The Ten Lost Tribes of Israel 56 (4)
The Quest for the Ark of the Covenant 60 (3)
The Star of Bethlehem 63 (4)
King Arthur & the Holy Grail 67 (4)
The Turin Shroud 71 (3)
Maya Myth: Will the World End in 2012? 74 (2)
Aztlan & the Myth of the Aztec Migration 76 (3)
Memories of the Dreamtime 79 (6)
Mysteries of the Stone Age
Introduction 82 (3)
The Puzzle of Human Origins 85 (4)
How Did Langugae Evolve? 89 (3)
What Happened to the Neanderthals? 92 (4)
The Enigma of Palaeolithic Cave Art 96 (5)
Who Were the First Australians? 101(4)
The First Americans & Kennewick Man 105(4)
What Wiped Out the Big Game Animals? 109(5)
How Did Farming Begin? 114(4)
The Mysteries of Rock Art 118(5)
The Meaning of the Megaliths 123(5)
Was There a Mother Goddess Cult? 128(4)
The Iceman: Shepherd or Shaman? 132(4)
How Did They Build Stonehenge? 136(5)
Where Did the Indo-Europeans Come From? 141(6)
Ancient Civilizations
Introduction 144(3)
Were the Ancient Egyptians Black Africans? 147(4)
How Did They Erect Pyramids & Obelisks? 151(5)
The Riddle of the Sphinx 156(5)
Where Was the Land of Punt? 161(3)
Was Tutankhamun Murdered? 164(3)
The Tarim Mummies: Who Were They? 167(4)
Were the Olmecs African? 171(2)
Why Did the Carthaginians Sacrifice Children? 173(4)
Ancient Oracles: Prophets or Profiteers? 177(5)
Who Were the Celts? 182(4)
Bog Bodies: Murder Victims or Sacrifices? 186(3)
The Lost Legions of Rome 189(4)
The Mysteries of Mithraism 193(4)
Lost City of the Maya: The Hunt for Site Q 197(2)
The Mystery of the Nazca Lines 199(3)
Who Built Tiwanaku? 202(3)
Why Did the Incas Sacrifice Children? 205(3)
How Did the Polynesians Find Their Homeland? 208(3)
Statues & Survival on Easter Island 211(8)
Tombs & Lost Treasures
Introduction 216(3)
The Puzzle of Tomb 55 219(4)
The Lost Tomb of Alexander the Great 223(4)
The Tomb of China's First Emperor 227(4)
The Hidden Treasure of the Dead Sea 231(3)
The Tomb of Christ 234(7)
Ancient & Undeciphered Scripts
Introduction 238(3)
The Origins of Writing 241(4)
The Proto-Elamite Script 245(2)
The Indus Script 247(3)
Linear A & the Phaistos Disc 250(4)
The Origins of the Alphabet 254(4)
The Etruscan Alphabet 258(2)
The Meroitic Script 260(1)
The Zapotec & Isthmian Scripts 261(2)
Runes & Pictish Symbol Stones 263(3)
Rongorongo 266(5)
The Fall of Civilizations
Introduction 268(3)
The Thera Eruption & the Fall of the Minoans 271(4)
The Fall of Rome 275(4)
El Ninos & the Collapse of Moche Civilization 279(3)
Why Did Maya Civilization Collapse? 282(4)
What Happened to the Anasazi? 286(3)
Catastrophic Impacts from Outer Space? 289(4)
Further Reading 293(5)
Sources of Illustrations 298(2)
Index 300