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, November 18, 2017 - 00:24

Author(s):
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Thubten Chodron, Bhante Gunaratana

Now in Paperback! Explore with the Dalai Lama the common ground underlying the diverse traditions of Buddhism.

Buddhism is practiced by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, from Tibetan caves to Tokyo temples to redwood...Read more

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 00:21

Author(s):
Agustín Fuentes

A bold new synthesis of paleontology, archaeology, genetics, and anthropology that overturns misconceptions about race, war and peace, and human nature itself, answering an age-old question: What made humans so exceptional among all the...Read more

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 00:19

Author(s):
Jan Guillou

For power. For passion. For glory.
The epic story of the Knights Templar.

Born in 1150 to a noble Swedish family and coming of age at a monastery under the tutelage of a Cistercian monk and a former Knight Templar, young Arn...Read more

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 18:29

Author(s):
Raymond Faulkner, Ogden Goelet, Carol Andrews

For millennia, the culture and philosophy of the ancient Egyptians have fascinated artists, historians, and spiritual seekers throughout the world. Now, with this deluxe edition, the legendary 3,500-year-old Papyrus of Ani—the most...Read more

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 18:28

Author(s):
Victor H. Mair, J. P. Mallory

"A fascinating and readable account... a valuable compendium of recent research on a little-known region." ―Archaeology
How did tartan-wearing Indo-Europeans come to be in Asia 2,000 years beforeWest and East admitted each other’s...Read more

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 18:27

Author(s):
Dennis J. Stanford, Bruce A. Bradley, Michæl Collins

Who were the first humans to inhabit North America? According to the now familiar story, mammal hunters entered the continent some 12,000 years ago via a land bridge that spanned the Bering Sea. Distinctive stone tools belonging to the...Read more

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 18:26

Author(s):
Marcus Aurelius

Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor 161–180 CE, setting forth his ideas on Stoic philosophy. Marcus Aurelius wrote the 12 books of the Meditations in Koine Greek as a source for his own guidance...Read more

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 18:24

Author(s):
Neil Gaiman

Introducing an instant classic―master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he...Read more

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 16:59

Author(s):
Max Dashu

In this compelling exploration of language, archaeology, and early medieval literature, Max Dashu illuminates hidden cultural heritages. She shows that the old ethnic names for "witch" signify 'wisewoman, ' 'prophetess, ' 'diviner, ' '...Read more

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 16:55

Author(s):
Johan Reinhard

Johan Reinhard's discovery of the 500-year-old frozen body of an Inca girl made international headlines in 1995, reaching more than a billion people worldwide. One of the best-preserved mummies ever found, it was a stunning and significant time capsule, the spectacular climax to an Andean quest...Read more

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 16:44

Author(s):
Jeremy Harte, Ian Brown

We are not alone. In the shadows of our countryside there lives a fairy race, older than humans, and not necessarily friendly to them. For hundreds of years, men and women have told stories about the strange people, beautiful as...Read more

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 00:31

Author(s):
Harvey Kraft

The sudden death of the Persian Emperor in 522 BCE is one of history’s great mysteries. Was his demise self-inflicted, accidental, an assassination or due to natural causes? The author contends that during this incident Siddhartha...Read more

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 00:30

Author(s):
Douglas Van Dorn

Goliath. You know the story. But why is it in the Bible? Is it just to give us a little moral pick-me-up as we seek to emulate a small shepherd boy who defeated a giant? Have you ever wondered where Goliath came from? Did you know he had...Read more

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 00:29

Author(s):
E. A. Wallis Budge

For millennia, Egypt, the dark land, has been considered the home of magic. The feats of her priests and magicians were renowned throughout the ancient world, from the simplest legerdemain (according to present interpretation) to the...Read more

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 00:27

Author(s):
Marita Woywod Crandle

New Orleans has a reputation as a home for creatures of the night. Popular books, movies and television shows have cemented the city’s connection to vampires in public imagination. In the early days of Louisiana’s colonization, rumors...Read more

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 00:26

Author(s):
Henry Harpending, Gregory Cochran

Scientists have long believed that the “great leap forward” that occurred some 40,000 to 50,000 years ago in Europe marked end of significant biological evolution in humans. In this stunningly original account of our evolutionary history...Read more

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 00:24

Author(s):
Jason R Eaton

Upon a Clay Tablet is the definitive guide to using therapeutic clay, and represents a lifetime of both practical experience and scientific inquiry. Volume I comprises a two book set designed as an introduction to healing clays. Book 1...Read more

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 00:23

Author(s):
Graham Hancock

The fact of the Lost Ark of the Covenant is one of the grant historical mysteries of all time. To believers, the Ark is the legendary vesel holding the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments. The Bible contains hundreds of references to...Read more

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 00:09

Author(s):
Terry Hunt, Carl Lipo

The monumental statues of Easter Island, so magisterial and so forlorn, gazing out in their imposing rows over the island’s barren landscape, have been the source of great mystery ever since first discovered by Europeans on Easter Sunday...Read more

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 00:06

Author(s):
Michelle Moran

In ancient Egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family’s past and remake history.

The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty’s royal family—all with the...Read more

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Human Origins

Kalash girls with traditional clothing.
The Kalash (known also as the Kalasha) are an indigenous people living in what is today Pakistan. Although Pakistan is an Islamic Republic, with more than 95% of its population being adherents of Islam, the Kalash hold on to their own religious beliefs, along with their own identity, way of life, and language.

Ancient Technology

An Ulfberht sword displayed at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Germany
Ulfberht was like a Medieval luxury brand for swords—but unlike your Gucci purse, the swords were of such high quality they were almost … mystical. Dozens of these swords—made with metal so strong and pure it’s baffling how any sword maker of that time could have accomplished it

Ancient Places

Kalash girls with traditional clothing.
The Kalash (known also as the Kalasha) are an indigenous people living in what is today Pakistan. Although Pakistan is an Islamic Republic, with more than 95% of its population being adherents of Islam, the Kalash hold on to their own religious beliefs, along with their own identity, way of life, and language.

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At Ancient Origins, we believe that one of the most important fields of knowledge we can pursue as human beings is our beginnings. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exists countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that have yet to be discovered and explained.

The goal of Ancient Origins is to highlight recent archaeological discoveries, peer-reviewed academic research and evidence, as well as offering alternative viewpoints and explanations of science, archaeology, mythology, religion and history around the globe.

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By bringing together top experts and authors, this archaeology website explores lost civilizations, examines sacred writings, tours ancient places, investigates ancient discoveries and questions mysterious happenings. Our open community is dedicated to digging into the origins of our species on planet earth, and question wherever the discoveries might take us. We seek to retell the story of our beginnings. 

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