Author: Philip Coppens
Review: This is a well research book that provides stories of archaeological finds and the dogma that archaeologist face from their own science community. Most of the discoveries that are talk about in this book have recently been accepted.
A lot if not all of these stories really make you sit and think, how far back does history of civilization really go?
Personally, I do have my own theories. I think we lost a lot of ancient history and were just re-discovering it.
The author does not go down the route of ancient aliens. In fact, the author jabs at how absorb of an idea that is and how it doesn’t have any ground base in science. To go off on a limb here, its why I dislike the History, Science channel, and Natural Geographic. These channels do promote some concluded stuff which I’m not going to get into here.
One example is how their evidence of an Old Europe before the times of the Romans. Now if you really think about it. There were stone age people that hunted mammoths and where do mammoth live? North. In northern Europe.
“The Legends of these lost civilizations also show that there was far more mobility across Europe than most historians would like to see…”
My conclusion to this is that people hunted mammoths live in different tribes and these tribes would have met each other. They will also trade with each other, merges together, and eventually settling down somewhere. These tribes will grow bigger forming towns and cities. Then these towns and cities would have traded with each other.
“…The biggest division remains between the European civilizations and those of the Mediterranean Sea. Stories like Scota’s show that there was a far more homogenous exchange of goods and people across this continent than currently accepted.”
Another thing to think about is the Romans conquer Europe. You can’t conquer a place where there no people. So where did the people that the Romans conquer come from?
The author refers to how some places in Europe get their name from the Greeks. On the surfaces there some overlap in the Roman and Greek mythology. If you know where to look there is a different in how Romans and Greek utilizes theme in their stories. I have talked a little about this in a Reading the World post on Mythology: The Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes.
“…The account of Hyperborea states that the island was the birthplace of Leto, the mother of Apollo. Could this be a reference to the Sleeping the Beauty, the Caileach? The ‘Old Women of the Moors’? Even more interesting is the observation that this means that the Greeks saw the birthplace of their deities in the places that were 2,000 miles from their homeland.”
There is a similar situation with the tribes of the Amazon Rain forest. There isolated tribes scattered throughout the Amazon. Were these tribes always isolated? The answer is no. This is what the famous explorer Percy Fawcett try to prove, that these tribes were once part of a larger civilizations.
One last thing of noteworthy is how historians settle on the idea that civilizations began when writing was invented. The author question that it may not be the case.
“The common denominator of all civilization is not writing as Science would so happily prefer it, but an expression of our ancestors that there was another reality, a belief they expressed in a number of way: cave paintings, rock art, temple complexes, statues, and, indeed, religious texts. That is what propelled civilization-not writing. If anything, was but one step in the process of recording all of this information which at some point in our past exceeded our ancestors’ capacity to keep it all memorized. That’s when writing became important .”
Not one ancient civilization was without religion. The author may be on to something, that civilizations did not began with writing. It began when human started to search for spiritual meaning in life. We became conscience of the universe or in philosophical terms, the universe became conscience of itself. After all, were all made up of star dust. Everything in the universe is made up with the same matter that originated from the Big Bang.
I find subjects like this fascinating. The Lost Civilization Enigma challenge what we know about ancient history and how far back civilization really goes. It’s a book that really make you stop and think about what we know. It is healthy for ideas to be challenged on what we know. You can’t place an idea on a shelf and let it collect dust and dismiss any evidence that disprove it.
I have said early in this post that some of these discoverers are just now being accepted. Hopefully historians will go back and re-examine evidence on how history is told.
Book recommendations that tied into Lost Civilizations:
The Lost City of Z by David Gram – This is about the Explorer Percy Fawcett who theorizes that the Amazon Rain Forest could support a large civilization. Many years later Scientist are now finding out that Percy Fawcett is correct.
They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America by Ivan Van Sertima – Since evidence has been discover that there once a large civilization then it’s logical that there will be trade routes. I do accept that its a possibility that the African have sail across the Atlantic and traded with Central and South America.