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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 6:59 pm 
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Here is a link to a BBC Horizon documentary Atlantis Reborn Again featuring Graham Hancock: ... &plindex=0

"Atlantis Reborn Again

Horizon puts Graham Hancock's controversial theories about the past to the test, dissecting his evidence for a lost civilisation.

Although scientists believe they have categorically disproved the myth of Atlantis, the idea is more popular now than ever before. The latest exponent of the theory of a single lost source for all civilisation, is Graham Hancock. Although he doesn't call it Atlantis, his compelling ideas about a sophisticated society destroyed in a flood 12,000 years ago seem to be based on a reworking of the original Atlantis myth, whose survivors brought culture, religion, monument-building and civilisation to the rest of the world.

Graham Hancock offers various pieces of evidence to support his theory. He claims that the mysterious lost civilisation left its mark in ancient monuments, which he calculates were built to mirror certain constellations of stars. His hugely popular ideas have attracted such a wide audience that they stand to replace the conventional view of the past, which is based on scientific evidence that the civilisations of the ancient world were developed independently, by different peoples, on different continents.

Horizon journeys across the world to examine Hancock's evidence for a lost civilisation and puts his theory to the test.

Using modern astronomy, Hancock and his followers claim they can find messages from a lost society in the patterns of some of the greatest ancient monuments of the world. One colleague in particular, the author Robert Bauval, believes that the Giza pyramids in Egypt were built to mirror the stars of Orion's belt.

Hancock also believes that the great temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia mirror the constellation Draco as it would have appeared 12,000 years ago - at a time when the world was in the Stone Age. They see this as evidence that a great civilisation existed at this time, and later conveyed its wisdom to the peoples of the ancient world, before disappearing without trace from the archaeological record.

Astronomers, archaeologists and geologists study this evidence. Dr. Ed Krupp of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, is troubled by Bauval's claims.

Horizon further examines Hancock's claims that the Sphinx and the mysterious ancient city of Tihuanacu in Bolivia were built 12,000 years ago by survivors of the lost civilisation itself.

It considers the idea that either Antarctica or an extraordinary underwater site at Yonaguni in Japan were the original home of these vanished people. In a film full of contentious debate and powerful arguments, Graham Hancock's claims are pitted against cutting edge scientific analysis to discover whether his popular theory could be true."

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 1:17 pm 
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I always thought it kind of strange that modern-type humans have been around for at least 50,000 years but nobody figured out how to plant crops or herd animals or build houses until about 10,000 years ago.

Most civilizations develop in river valleys near the ocean. During the last ice age the ocean level was hundreds of feet lower than today; this means that the river valleys that existed then are under hundreds of feet of water now. The last ice age ended with gigantic ice dams bursting, flooding enormous sections of asia and north america and raising sea levels within days. So the idea of a prehistoric civilization wiped out by a flood and leaving nothing but legends seems very reasonable.

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known" - Carl Sagan

PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:55 pm 
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IMO that documentaty was terribly biased and the BBC was taken to task by Hancocks solicitors. I think Hancock & Co have had a great crack at getting serious funding & scientific attention at these amazing mysteries. However I am more convinced than ever that certain subjects are too far ahead of the curve and orthodox science, although providing many solutions to humanities ailments are usually the last to advance with new ideas and theories.

Hancock, Anthony-West, Bauval and many others will one day be vindicated and their efforts lauded.

Graham Hancock would be a fantastic guest for Tim (especially his last factual work, Supernatural). I have read all of his works and met him on several occasions, a true gent & great thinker of the 20th century.

PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:09 am 
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Somebody needs to carbon date Dr. Krupp's comb-over. I am betting he started growing it a looooooong time ago.

As for Hancock's claims...

I find it disingenuous of him to describe the challenges made to his work in this film as "nit-picking." I have long been fascinated by this topic. Sadly, I feel Hancock is trying to force facts to fit his story here. And he does those interested in more advanced ancient societies a disservice by doing so.

He allows himself to be set up as a straw man who is easily burned down at the cost of those who would sincerely inquire.

Fortune often favors the brave.

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