Suggested Books

Suggested Books

Here is a list of suggested books. Click on the title to see a book description or click on the book to get it from Amazon. You are welcome to review any of the books listed. This page is updated regularly.

Saturday, February 3, 2018 - 02:27

Author(s):
Jo Marchant

More than 3,000 years ago, King Tutankhamun’s desiccated body was lovingly wrapped and sent into the future as an immortal god. After resting undisturbed for more than three millennia, King Tut’s mummy was suddenly awakened in 1922....Read more

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 03:47

Author(s):
Kenneth L. Feder

Ideal for introduction to archaeology and world prehistory courses, The Past in Perspective: An Introduction to Human Prehistory, Seventh Edition, is an engaging and up-to-date chronological overview of human prehistory. Kenneth L. Feder...Read more

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 03:46

Author(s):
Ulinka Rublack

Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) was one of the most admired astronomers who ever lived and a key figure in the scientific revolution. A defender of Copernicus' s sun-centered universe, he famously discovered that planets move in ellipses,...Read more

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 03:44

Author(s):
Niall Ferguson

Most history is hierarchical: it's about emperors, presidents, prime ministers and field marshals. It's about states, armies and corporations. It's about orders from on high. Even history "from below" is often about trade unions and...Read more

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 03:43

Author(s):
Anthony Murphy

Mythical Ireland (price €29.95 plus postage and packaging) embodies the search for a soul among Ireland's ancient ruins, and is an attempt to retrieve something of deeper import from 5,000-year-old megalithic monuments and their...Read more

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 01:42

Author(s):
William F. Mann

Uses the principles of sacred geometry, archaeological evidence, and Native American legend to discover the site of a secret Templar settlement in Nova Scotia

• Offers evidence that Scottish prince Henry Sinclair not only sailed to...Read more

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 01:41

Author(s):
Scott F. Wolter

The Hooked X is a secret symbol first found on an inscribed slab of rock, dated 1362, unearthed by a farmer in Minnesota in 1898. This mysterious symbol inspired the author to pursue a nine-year investigation on both sides of the...Read more

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 01:39

Author(s):
Mindy MacLeod, Bernard Mees

The runic alphabet, in use for well over a thousand years, was employed by various Germanic groups in a variety of ways, including, inevitably, for superstitious and magical rites. Formulaic runic words were inscribed onto small items...Read more

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 01:38

Author(s):
Catharine Arnold

London. A vast, labyrinthine, ever-moving place that shimmers as the jewel of Britain. But what about beneath it? What of it's history? It's mishaps? It's dead?

Catharine Arnold invites us on a gloriously macabre tour - across...Read more

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 01:37

Author(s):
Chris H. Hardy Ph.D.

How sacred sites amplify the energies of consciousness, the earth, and the universe

• Examines the web of geometrical patterns linking sacred sites worldwide, with special focus on the sacred network of ley lines in Paris

•...Read more

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 01:36

Author(s):
Howard Crowhurst

Howard Crowhurst in this book has presented the most brilliant analysis of a megalithic site in the entire history of archaeology. His elucidations of the geometrical, mathematical, and astronomical principles by which ancient Carnac was...Read more

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 01:35

Author(s):
Ian Tattersall

Fifty thousand years ago―merely a blip in evolutionary time―our Homo sapiens ancestors were competing for existence with several other human species, just as their precursors had done for millions of years. Yet something about our...Read more

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 01:43

Author(s):
Jason Jarrell & Sarah Farmer

For more than a century now across the eastern portion of North America, burials of ancient people who possessed a very tall stature have been uncovered.

Ages of the Giants utilizes actual archaeological reports and the records of...Read more

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 01:34

Author(s):
Michael Rank

From the #1 bestselling author of History's Greatest Generals comes an exciting new book on the greatest societies in history that vanished without a trace, and why their disappearance still haunts us today. Whether it is Plato's lost...Read more

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 01:33

Author(s):
Richard Miles

The first full-scale history of Hannibal's Carthage in decades and "a convincing and enthralling narrative." (The Economist )

Drawing on a wealth of new research, archaeologist, historian, and master storyteller Richard Miles...Read more

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 01:32

Author(s):
Paul Kriwaczek

Civilization was born eight thousand years ago, between the floodplains of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, when migrants from the surrounding mountains and deserts began to create increasingly sophisticated urban societies. In the...Read more

Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 01:30

Author(s):
Paul Devereux

Using a slew of disciplines - including archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, ethnobotany, biology and other fields - The Long Trip strips bare the evidence for the psychedelic experiences of various prehistoric societies and ancient,...Read more

Friday, December 29, 2017 - 21:59

Author(s):
R.K. Fisher, Martini Fisher

What happened when women ruled the world?

There are many questions about the Old Culture - a culture even before history was written. Whatever happened to the Great Goddess? When did patriarchy start? How did women become...Read more

Friday, December 29, 2017 - 21:54

 
Author(s):
Christos a. Djonis

Nearly 2,400 years ago, ancient philosopher Plato wrote the story of Atlantis, a compelling tale of an 11,000-year-old island civilization which has since captivated the imagination of poets, authors, and the minds of many scholars who...Read more

Friday, December 29, 2017 - 21:53

Author(s):
Michael Harner

In 1980, Michael Harner blazed the trail for the worldwide revival of shamanism with his seminal classicThe Way of the Shaman. In this long-awaited sequel, he provides new evidence of the reality of heavens.

Drawing from a...Read more

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Artist’s representation of Vanaheimr.
In a realm of nine worlds, one might assume that the gods would be satisfied with one. One world where they could live away from humans and watch over their antics as one might watch a TV show. In the mythology of the Norse, however, one world for the gods is not enough because the gods themselves are divided.

Myths & Legends

The Last of the Siberian Unicorns: What Happened to the Mammoth-Sized One-Horned Beasts of Legend?
Elasmotherium, also known as the Giant Rhinoceros or the Giant Siberian Unicorn, is an extinct species of rhino that lived in the Eurasian area in the Late Pliocene and Pleistocene eras. They have been documented from 2.6 million years ago, but the most recent fossils come from around 29,000 years ago.

Ancient Technology

Yacouba Sawadogo planting.
Desertification is a serious problem facing numerous countries in the world today. Various measures have been taken to counter the negative effects, with some providing better results than others. A farmer in Burkina Faso looked to his ancestors and came up with an innovative solution.

Ancient Places

Stonehenge at night.
In the 1960s, a portion of a ditch excavated into chalk bedrock west of the henge at Stonehenge was discovered during construction for the pedestrian underpass that provided access to Stonehenge until a year ago. By 2014, geophysical testing confirmed that the ditch stretches over 900 meters (2952.7 ft.) from southwest of the Stonehenge henge to a point near the south ditch line of the Greater Cursus, northwest of Stonehenge.

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