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Seller: ancientgifts (4,181) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122207148817 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Unearthing Atlantis: An Archaeological Odyssey by Charles Pellegrino, Foreword by Arthur C. Clarke. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 325 pages. Publisher: Random House; (1991). Atlantis some will argue, was a large, mountainous continent somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. But the Atlantis in our dreams and our myths was almost certainly the lost civilization of Minoan Crete. Ninety-five percent of what we know about this naval empire (known to the ancient Egyptians as "Keftiu") is being excavated from Thera, an island offshore from Crete, where a city whose name no one remembers was buried with all of its contents intact. During the summer of 1650 B.C., the city's tall, white buildings still gleamed under the clear, hot sky, and in the words of Plato, there grew on that island every variety of plant what is pleasant to the eye and good for food. In the center of the island there stood a volcanic peak. Its long, quiet sleep had lasted for tens of thousands of years, and might have lasted for tens of thousands more. But not forever. Nothing lasts forever. Fast forward from 1650 B.C. to the late 1960's A.D., when an archaeologist excavating near a promising site on the island of Thera, near Crete, discovered what he took to be an ancient civilization's royal palace. The multistoried structure boasted frescoes of unsurpassed beauty, exquisite architecture, and plumbing of near-contemporary sophistication. Astonishingly, test digs as far as half a mile away revealed dwellings just as grand, connected by an intricate network of streets. Here it appeared lay a Minoan metropolis that rivaled any of the great powers of the ancient world, and it was amazing to contemplate what it might have achieved, had it survived. The painstaking work of the past two decades, under the spirited guidance of archaeologists Spyridon Marinatos and Christos Doumas, revealed further treasures. They unearthed tools, vases, furnishings, and fossilized food worthy of the island's ancient name, "Kalliste" ("the most beautiful"). It also raised evidence of terrifying, writhing, and snakelike fireballs. A strange orderly exodus and finally, deadly tsunamis and death clouds that pointed far beyond the boundaries of archaeology to paleontology, geology, history, theological and literary exegesis, even to outer space. And inevitably to the mythology surrounding Plato's "lost continent" of Atlantis. As if in a detective story, astrobiologist/paleontologist Charles Pellegrino follows the footprints. "Unearthing Atlantis" is a fascinating odyssey that takes us along some unexpected byways. To the top of Mount Saint Helens and down along the ocean floor. On a Theran sightseeing tour backward through time, as we piece together the story of an extraordinary people tragically lost, and a legend as it might have been. CONDITION: GOOD. Seemingly unread hardcover w/dustjacket. Random House (1991) 325 pages. Seems to have merely been flipped through a few times, but never actually "read". If it was read, it was read by someone with a very "light hand". HOWEVER the original owner wrote their name with a fine point marker to the top surface of the closed page edges (visible only when book is closed, not to individual pages, only to the mass of closed page edges, sometimes referred to as the "page block"), and then again, if you open the book and look beneath the front dustjacket flap, to the front end paper (the underside of the front cover). Otherwise the inside of the book is unblemished; the pages are clean, crisp, (otherwise) unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, and as described, while clearly flipped through a few times, just as clerarly seems as if it were never actually "read". Outside the book is unblemished except for mild edge and corner shelfwear, principally in the form of rubbing to the dustjacket spine head and the upper "tips" (the upper open corners of dustjacket, front and back). The owner's name written on the front end paper is only visible if the dustjacket flap is lifted, so it is not prominent. However the name written to the top surface of the closed pages is very prominent. If you can get over that, this is an unread or only very lightly read copy which while lacking the "sex appeal" of a "shelf trophy", is nonetheless a solid "reading copy". Except for the name written on the end paper and top page block, the overall condition of the book is not too far removed from what might otherwise pass as a "new" (albeit "shopworn") book from an open shelf book store (such as Barnes & Noble, or B. Dalton) wherein patrons are permitted to browse open stock, and so otherwise "new" books often show a little handling/shelf/browsing wear. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #1685L. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: It is one of humankind's most enduring myths. And now it is a fantasy no longer. In the year 347 B.C., Plato wrote of a miraculous island with hot and cold flowing waters, terraced multi-storied buildings, and "the fairest of all plains." For thousands of years, the legend of the mysterious vanished "continent" of Atlantis has captivated writers, poets, artists, philosophers, and dreamers. But now Atlantis has been found, and the truth about its vibrant life and horrific destruction is even more remarkable than the myth. Based on artifacts and evidence uncovered in an ancient buried Minoan city, noted scientist and New York Times bestselling author bestselling author Charles Pellegrino reanimates an astounding lost civilization and re-creates with explosive power the apocalyptic cataclysm that destroyed their remarkable island metropolis. A brilliant synthesis of historical, literary, archaeological, and geological detective work, here is both the story of the astounding discovery that transformed tale into fact, and a breathtaking vision of Atlantis reborn. Charles Pellegrino has been known to work simultaneously in entomology, forensic physics, paleo-genetics, preliminary design of advanced rocket systems, astrobiology, and marine archaeology. The author of eighteen books of fiction and nonfiction, including "Unearthing Atlantis", "Dust", "Ghosts of the Titanic", and the New York Times bestseller "Her Name, Titanic", he is the scientist whose dinosaur-cloning recipe inspired Michael Crichton's bestselling novel Jurassic Park. He has been described by Stephen Jay Gould as a space scientist who occasionally looks down; and by Arthur C. Clarke as "a polymathic astro-paleontologist-nuclear physicist". PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: The legend of Atlantis has fired imaginations for thousands of years. The story was already old when Plato told his "tale which, though strange, is certainly true". Now readers have the good fortune to experience a thoroughly convincing solution to the ancient riddle. Pellegrino is a gifted storyteller who conveys the sense of wonder this tale demands, for the facts are as compelling as any fantasy. As it turns out, Plato was surprisingly accurate; but to say more might give away the mystery, for Pellegrino writes an outstanding detective thriller. He is equally at home in a number of disciplines, including geology, space science, archaeology, vulcanology, history, mythology, and Biblical exegesis, and all these perspectives are used to lead readers on a dazzling odyssey through time and thought as the clues are revealed. REVIEW: Pellegrino, a popular science author, takes the reader on a fascinating journey to Thera, the flooded volcanic crater of a once lush island lying between Athens and Crete in the Mediterranean. Current archaeological findings are discussed in light of possible historical connections to the famed lost civilization of Atlantis. In addition to works by the excavators of the site, Spyridon Marinatos ( "Some Words About the Legend of Atlantis") and Christos Doumas ("Thera: Pompeii of the Ancient Aegean"), "Unearthing Atlantis" is a welcome introduction to Thera and the legendary ancient Aegean civilizations. REVIEW: Was Atlantis, the fabled continent described by Plato, actually the Mediterranean isle of Thera, which was destroyed by a volcano and tidal wave in 1628 B.C.? Paleontologist Pellegrino makes an intriguing case for this thesis. The Minoan isle, heart of a naval empire which controlled much of the Greek mainland, sustained a city with multi-storied, exquisitely decorated buildings and a technology later copied by Greece. An archeological dig begun in 1967 has turned up parallels to Plato's account of Atlantis, including the Theran custom of bull-worship and the identical colors of rocks in walls. Pellegrino speculates that a drifting cloud from volcanic Thera struck fear into the Egyptian pharaoh, facilitating the Jews' exodus. In a highly personal narrative, he ranges far afield in support of his theory, sifting evidence from Mount Saint Helens to the Greenland ice cap. Photos. REVIEW: "Unearthing Atlantis" is a fascinating journey through space and time, replete with memorable images and stimulating ideas. Pellegrino successfully avoids the gullibility of earlier writers on Atlantis, while maintaining a sense of honest wonder. REVIEW: Pellegrino argues that the legend of Atlantis describes a Minoan civilization destroyed by a volcanic eruption in the 17th century B.C. Not New Age drivel, Pellegrino presents compelling evidence that the Greek island Thera and the Minoans gave rise to the Atlantis myth. A respectable account of the current archaeological dig. REVIEW: In a synthesis of historical and literary, archaeological and paleontological detective work, Charles Pellegrino transfixes us with his exploration of the origins of Atlantis. A look at what is almost certainly the real Atlantis. First-quality writing about one of the past two centuries' most important archaeological discoveries. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: The brilliant scholar and adventurer Charles Pellegrino has been called "the real Indiana Jones", and for good reason. He pursues archaeological and historical mysteries with the same exciting flair, but his accounts go far deeper than any film. In this, he pursues the age-old mystery of Atlantis, presenting a highly credible argument that this was actually the historical island of Thera that erupted in the seventeenth century B.C. Pellegrino veers effortlessly between periods millions of years apart, and manages to make this historical hunt every bit as suspenseful and exciting as any Steven Spielberg film. Once you read any one of his astonishing works, you'll be a die-hard fan for life. REVIEW: This is simply the best book I have read about archaeology since "Gods, Graves, and Scholars". And it is the first book about the scientists who search for the past (actually written by one of them) that teaches us how to actually think in terms of deep time. Read this book and you will emerge from the "Mediterranean Genesis" chapter never viewing your own town, or anyplace on Earth, quite the same, ever again. The story of Atlantis itself, following the Frost/Marinatos hypothesis about the Minoan catastrophe of 1628 B.C. (a date finally fixed in stone by the Pellegrino synthesis), filtering down through history as the "kernel of truth" behind Plato's cautionary tale, is really the first book ever to approach this unsinkable subject from a purely archaeological and geological perspective, with no particular ax to grind. One learns why not even a small island, much less a continent, could have plunged through the ocean floor without leaving a significant and very easily seen geologic trace. Either Plato's Atlantis was based on an (only marginally) embellished and poorly understood account of history's largest known volcanic explosion (Thera/Santorini), or, according to Pellegrino, Atlantis did not exist at all. And to top all: the whole archaeological adventure is wrapped in some of the most elegant prose I have ever read. REVIEW: I'm a history buff with a better than average knowledge of the Eastern Mediterranean, but I was astounded by Pellegrino's extraordinary ability to integrate and analyze data from seemingly disparate sources and disciplines. His argument for Thera as Atlantis is totally convincing and captivating - you won't want to put it down. He skillfully recreates the advanced civilization that flourished there and truly moves the reader. This book will haunt you long after you finish it. I loaned my copy to a friend who was going there on vacation - all I got back was a postcard of the excavations! If anyone hears of a pending reprint please let me know. REVIEW: This book makes me want to catch a plane to Thera and help with the excavation. Lots of history and plenty of concrete evidence to turn the hardened cynic into a believer. It's a complete journey through time back to the dinosaurs and more. Like the author stated, the brain is a 3-pound time machine. This book is only 1 pound. REVIEW: Fascinating and convincing! I have always had a general interest in Atlantis and lost civilizations, but I never expected to be so fascinated with the topic. Thanks to Pellegrino, I came away with a much richer understanding of historical events in the Mediterranean than I had ever hoped. His theories on Atlantis are totally believable, overlaying some interesting new twists for historians to consider. 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If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. 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