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Seller: ancientgifts (4,597) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122616817324 Voyages of the Pyramid Builders: The True Origins of the Pyramids from Lost Egypt to Ancient America by Robert M. Schoch, Ph. D. with Robert Aquinas McNally. 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: 338 pages. Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam; (2003). From the end of the fourth millennium B.C. until the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru and Mexico in the sixteenth century, humans were building pyramids. At almost every point in that 4,500 year span of time, a culture somewhere on the face of the globe dedicated itself with great energy and devotion to the construction of immense monuments bearing deep religious and ritual significance. Did cultures ranging across vast spaces in geography and time such as the ancient Egyptians, the early Buddhists, the Maya, Inca, Toltec, and Aztec civilizations of the Americas, the Celts of the British Isles, and even the Mississippi Indians of pre-Columbian Illinois; simply dream the same dreams and envision the same structures? Or is there hidden within this pattern a story whose outlines we have only begun to understand? Scientist and university professor Robert M. Schoch, one of the world’s preeminent geologists in recasting the date of the Great Sphinx, shows how the pyramids of Egypt and the Far East and those of the Americas and other parts of the globe were more than coincidental echoes of one another; they were products of a far higher degree of contact and exchange between early civilizations than experts have previously thought possible. In this meticulous investigation, Schoch, like anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl in his classic “Kon-Tiki”, argues that ancient cultures traveled vast distances across the sea. Indeed, Schoch believes that after the pyramids had developed as a form of art, worship, culture, and communication throughout the Middle and Far East, primeval sailors set forth, primarily from Southeast Asia. These ancient mariners spread the idea of pyramids across the globe, particularly to the New World of the Americas, where pyramids flourished until the coming of the Conquistadors. The book features sixteen pages of color photos and a special appendix, “Redating the Great Sphinx of Giza” in which Schoch provides his most up-to-date evidence of the Sphinx’s older origins. “Voyages of the Pyramid Builders” is a feast of discovery for anyone interested in lost cultures, ancient cities, and the mysteries of early civilization. CONDITION: NEW. New (albeit "remaindered") hardcover w/dustjacket. Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam; (2003) 338 pages. Unblemished except VERY slight edge and corner shelfwear; very minimal wear consistent with new stock from an open-shelf book store such as Barnes & Noble. Pages are crisp, clean, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously new and unread. Otherwise unblemished except that there is a black remainder mark (a line drawn with a black marker indicating that the book was unsold surplus stock) on the bottom surface of the closed page edges. There's also a small, faint smudge to the top surface of the closed page edges near the open corner. Of course neither the smudge or the "remainder" line are visible on individual opened pages, only to the mass of closed page edges. Condition is entirely consistent with a new (albeit "remaindered", or surplus) book from an open-shelf bookstore environment such as Barnes & Noble, or B. Dalton (for example), wherein otherwise new books might show slight wear or blemishes from being shelved and re-shelved. Satisfaction guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #1482a. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Is it a mere coincidence that pyramids are found throughout our globe? Did cultures ranging across vast spaces in geography and time, such as the ancient Egyptians; early Buddhists; the Maya, Inca, Toltec, and Aztec civilizations of the Americas; the Celts of the British Isles; and even the Mississippi Indians of pre-Columbus Illinois, simply dream the same dreams and envision the same structures? Robert M. Schoch-one of the world's preeminent geologists in recasting the date of the building of the Great Sphinx-believes otherwise. In this dramatic and meticulously reasoned book, Schoch, like anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl in his classic Kon-Tiki, argues that ancient cultures traveled great distances by sea. Indeed, he believes that primeval sailors traveled from the Eastern continent, primarily Southeast Asia, and spread the idea of pyramids across the globe, particularly to the New World of the Americas where they abounded until the days of the Conquistadors. Robert M. Schoch, a full-time faculty member at the College of General Studies at Boston University since 1984, earned his Ph.D. in geology and geophysics at Yale University. Dr. Schoch has been quoted extensively in the media for his work on the Sphinx, and he was featured on the Emmy-winning documentary The Mystery of the Sphinx, hosted by Charlton Heston. Co-Author Robert Aquinas McNally is a writer and poet whose early education in classical Latin blossomed into a lifelong fascination with ancient civilization and mythology. “Voyages of the Pyramid Builders” is his seventh book. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: The great pyramids of Egypt provide a wonderful glimpse of the artistry, skill and imagination of the ancient world. But pyramids can be found in India, China, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico and Ireland. In this provocative book, geologist Schoch (noted for his work in re-dating the Sphinx, which was recounted in his “Voices of the Rocks”) wonders how so many diverse cultures built such similar structures with similar purposes. Using geological, linguistic and geographical evidence, he contends that a proto-civilization of pyramid-building peoples was driven out of its homeland, the Sundaland, which geologists believe connected Southeast Asia with Indonesia, by a rise in sea level caused by comet activity between 6000 and 4000 B.C. Fleeing their homeland, these peoples took their knowledge of pyramid building with them into Sumeria, Mesopotamia, Egypt, China and Peru. Schoch hypothesizes that the pyramids were built to reach into the skies and to penetrate the mystery of the heavens, source of catastrophe. Schoch also asserts that the pyramids point to unity and symbolize the deep concerns shared by all humans. Schoch builds his engrossing case on geological details of the pyramid sites he has examined around the world. In the end, however, even he admits his evidence of a Sundaland proto-civilization is speculative. As controversial as this book is bound to be, Schoch's evocation of the pyramids forcefully reminds us of their enduring power as monuments to the spirit of human creativity. Sixteen pages of impressive color photos. REVIEW: With an assist from Robert Aquinas McNally, his coauthor for “Voices of the Rocks” (1999), but using the first person throughout, Schoch again asserts that the conventional view about the rise of civilization is both untimely and wrong. As before, Schoch (Mathematics and Science/Boston University) also works initially from the Sphinx at Giza with its accompanying pyramids and other structures, citing rock types and weathering effects he interprets as proof that the great stone beast is up to 3.5 millennia older than most Egyptologists believe. Thus it predates the Mesopotamian civilization that according to academia predated the Egyptian. Schoch immediately proffers the notion that ancient pyramids; similar though not identical to those built by the Sphinx-builders, are found in every continent on the globe except Australia and Antarctica. Some readers may sense the stuff of Sunday comics to follow, but the professor does not stoop. His case for the existence of prehistoric cultured societies with both the inclination and capability to spread their influence and hallmarks around the globe, including the Americas, is carefully crafted. Artifacts like Roman masons’ marks found on Mesoamerican stonework, cultural "coincidences" (e.g., both the Aztecs and ancient Chinese looked at the moon and saw a rabbit, not a man’s face), and even Old World plants and animals (mummified dogs in Peru resembling those of Egypt) have all been scientifically shown to predate the "first contact" voyages of Columbus. The presentation of this material is as entertaining as science-writing gets, and Schoch doesn’t shrink from debunking spurious "facts," whether they support his case or not. As for ocean barriers, the 20th-century rafting and reed-boat adventures of, respectively, Kon-Tiki and Ra speak for themselves, he says. His theory that huge astronomical disasters like comets or meteor strikes provided the incentive for ancient mass migrations comes, however, as an extended anticlimax. Gee-whiz industriously wrapped in solid science. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: At first glance, this book might be mistaken for "Chariots of the Gods" hokum. It's about pyramids, it suggests prehistoric connections between widely scattered civilizations, and it has an entire chapter on planetary catastrophes. However, this is a very serious effort. Granted, it raises a lot more questions than it answers, and can be a little monotonous in spots. But as a former geology major, I didn't spot any pseudo-science (which is not surprising, given that the primary author has a Ph.D. in Geology from Yale) and I found much food for thought. Sure, if it turns out that the whole theory of cultural diffusion is wrong, (similarities in disparate civilizations are due to migration and interconnection rather than parallel development) this book will be little more than an amusing footnote in the history of science. But then, plate tectonics was once a crackpot theory. This is a serious book that deserves to be read. REVIEW: A logical sequence to Voices of the Rocks. Although he centers his book around the pyramids of the world, he also describes how it was possible that these ancient people could have sailed from their country to another after a catastrophic event that ripped apart their culture, taking with them the knowledge they used and seeding a new culture. Thus, leaving temples and other architectural works that show striking similarities with other cultures. Anyone with an interest in this subject, will not be disappointed. REVIEW: I found the book to be well written and organized. True, there isn't much really new/revolutionary information presented in the book and there are even a few question marks, but overall it is a very interesting book to read. I entirely agree with this recommendation from Kirkus Reviews: "The presentation of this material is as entertaining as science-writing gets." I enjoyed this book thoroughly and found it a real pot boiler. REVIEW: This is a fascinating book. The authors explore the idea that early civilizations were in much greater contact than we know, and that the pyramids are evidence of this contact. The idea sounds speculative, even crazy, but they back it with so much carefully selected and weighed evidence that I found myself nodding and saying yes, yes, yes. Even better, the book is a great read; I had trouble putting it down. All science writing should be so good. REVIEW: In this thesis geologist Schoch persuades us that the existence of ancient pyramids in various countries around the world is evidence that a proto-civilization preceded the pyramid-building cultures we know of in Egypt, India, China, and the Americas. Drawing on a theory developed by Stephen Oppenheimer in his book “Eden in the East”, Schoch argues that this mother culture was based in Sundaland, a vast extension of Southeast Asia that now lies under the sea. Ancient seafarers, fleeing this flooded subcontinent, allegedly diffused their culture to other parts of the world. According to Schoch, the pyramids were symbolic connections to the heavens inspired by comet-related disasters, "a response to dangerous skies." Schoch ranges widely over ancient cultures, citing similarities in support of his case. He devotes an appendix to re-dating the Great Sphinx at Giza, arguing that it is much older than the nearby pyramids. The book includes colored photographs of pyramids, those of the Egyptian versions being particularly well done. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). The shipment will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. 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