Book Review: Lost Civilizations & Secrets of the Past
Written By: Paranormal News
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Lost Civilizations & Secrets of the Past is a new compilation of essays published by New Page Books featuring the work of Philip Coppens, Frank Joseph, Nick Redfern, Thomas Brophy, Steven Sora, Marie D Jones & Larry Flaxman, Oberon-Zell Ravenheart, Scott Alan Roberts, Freddy Silva, Micah Hanks, Patrick C. Chouinard, Adrian Gilbert, Paul Von Ward, William Bramley, and Erich Von Daniken. Covering numerous topics, the book includes information on Atlantis, Lemuria, archaeological scandals, the role of sound and resonance in ancient civilizations, nuclear weaponry of the ancient world, the U.S. Government's involvement in ancient mysteries, UFO cults, and of course, the Egyptian pyramids.
One of the most interesting chapters included in the compilation was written by Frank Joseph who covered numerous archaeological scandals including the Kensington Runestone which is a 200 pound slab of greywacke covered in runes, suggesting that Scandinavian explorers reached the middle of North America in the 14th Century. Considered to be a hoax, the stone is still mired in controversy--documents have been uncovered in other texts from the same time period pointing to the truth of its origins, and Frank Joseph goes in to further detail on the controversy by pointing out the mysterious kerosene bath done on the stone by the Smithsonian Institute which destroyed further evidence that it was not a hoax at all. Frank Joseph also wrote of the story surrounding Chief Joseph who was found carrying a Sumerian Tablet by the U.S. Cavalry in 1877, claiming that it had been in his family for many generations and that white men had come among his ancestors long ago and had taught his people many things. The Sumerian Tablet itself was discovered in his medicine bag with several other symbolic items.
Later in the book, Phillip Coppens writes of Atlantis in which he follows the trail of the Vikings during their raids in Europe in 8th Century AD. It is Coppens belief that the Vikings were looking for their Walhalla, which could quite possibly be the equivalent of Atlantis from Plato's writings. Considering that the city of Sens, France was not destroyed in their raids and the city layout matches the description and measurements of Atlantis presented by Plato, Coppens believes the link between the two fabled cities are too similar to dismiss.
With numerous UFO and conspiracy related chapters included as well, the collection is well worth the read. It was extremely pleasant seeing William Bramley's name in the list of authors, and Von Daniken is as entertaining as always in the last chapter concerning the pyramids of Egypt and its astounding technological achievements.
New Page Books continues to inform and entertain in this collection, so pick it up, give it a read, and let us know what you think!