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Graham Hancock – FINGERPRINTS OF THE GODS

FINGERPRINTS OF THE GODS

Also by Graham Hancock
Journey Through Pakistan
Ethiopia: The Challenge of Hunger
AIDS: The Deadly Epidemic
Lords of Poverty
African Ark: Peoples of the Horn
The Sign and the Seal: A Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant
The Message of the Sphinx (with Robert Bauval)

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Fingerprints
of the Gods
Graham Hancock
Photographs by Santha Faiia

Three Rivers Press
New York

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Copyright © 1995 by Graham Hancock
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or
transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including
photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system,
without permission in writing from the publisher.
Published by Three Rivers Press, a division of Crown Publishers, Inc.,
201 East 50th Street, New York, New York 10022.
Member of the Crown Publishing Group.
Originally published in Great Britain by William Heinemann, Ltd.,
an imprint of Reed Consumer Books Ltd., in 1995.
First American hardcover edition published by
Crown Publishers, Inc., in 1995.
Random House, Inc. New York, Toronto, London, Sydney, Auckland www.randomhouse.com
THREE RIVERS PRESS and colophon are trademarks of
Crown Publishers, Inc.
Printed in the United States of America
Line illustrations by R. J. Cook
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Hancock, Graham.
Fingerprints of the gods / by Graham Hancock.—1st American ed.
Includes index.
1. Lost continents. 2. Civilization, Ancient. 3. Antarctica-Discovery
and exploration. 4. World maps—To 1800. I. Title.
GH751.H293 1995 930-dc20 95-6964
ISBN 0-517-88729-0 15
14 13 12 11 10

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For Santha ... for being there.
With all my love.

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Contents
Contents .......................................................................................................................5
Acknowledgements......................................................................................................10
Part I ...........................................................................................................................12
Chapter 1 ................................................................................................................13
Ancient sources ...................................................................................................14
A man ahead of his time ......................................................................................19
Piri Reis and his sources.......................................................................................21
Legacy of a lost civilization? .................................................................................21
Chapter 2 ................................................................................................................23
Ross Sea ..............................................................................................................24
Mercator and Buache............................................................................................25
The epoch of the map-makers ..............................................................................27
South America......................................................................................................31
Sea levels and ice ages .........................................................................................32
Chapter 3 ................................................................................................................35
The mysteries of longitude...................................................................................35
Precision instruments...........................................................................................38
The lost mathematicians ......................................................................................39
Part II ..........................................................................................................................42
Chapter 4 ................................................................................................................43
The riddle of the lines ..........................................................................................43
Linemakers, map-makers .....................................................................................48
Chapter 5 ................................................................................................................50
‘Foam of the Sea’ .................................................................................................50
Citadel of Viracocha .............................................................................................51
The bearded stranger...........................................................................................52
Chapter 6 ................................................................................................................54
Civilizing mission.................................................................................................56
The work of demons? ...........................................................................................57
Chapter 7 ................................................................................................................60
Casting down the giants.......................................................................................60
Ancient traditions ................................................................................................62
Time capsule........................................................................................................63
Machu Picchu dreaming .......................................................................................64
Jigsaw puzzle.......................................................................................................66
Chapter 8 ................................................................................................................68
Rumours of a cataclysm .......................................................................................69
Chapter 9 ................................................................................................................73
Boats, water and salvation ....................................................................................73
Reed boats of Suriqui ...........................................................................................75
Road to Tiahuanaco ... .........................................................................................76
Chapter 10 ..............................................................................................................77
Sunken temple .....................................................................................................78
Pyramid ...............................................................................................................79
Gateway of the Sun ..............................................................................................81
Chapter 11 ..............................................................................................................83
Fish-garbed figures ..............................................................................................85
Images of extinct species .....................................................................................87
Chapter 12 ..............................................................................................................92

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Struggle and abandonment ..................................................................................94
An artificial language ...........................................................................................97
Mexico .................................................................................................................97
Part III..........................................................................................................................99
Chapter 13 ............................................................................................................100
Slaughterhouses ................................................................................................101
Children of the Fifth Sun ....................................................................................103
Lightbringer .......................................................................................................105
Chapter 14 ............................................................................................................107
Viracocha’s Mexican twin ...................................................................................107
Cosmic struggle .................................................................................................110
Fire serpents ......................................................................................................111
Serpent Sanctuary ..............................................................................................112
Chapter 15 ............................................................................................................114
Tears for the past...............................................................................................115
Gigantic men of deformed stature ......................................................................117
Remnants...........................................................................................................118
Pyramids upon pyramids ....................................................................................120
Chapter 16 ............................................................................................................122
Santiago Tuxtla ..................................................................................................124
Tres Zapotes ......................................................................................................124
Chapter 17 ............................................................................................................127
San Lorenzo .......................................................................................................127
La Venta.............................................................................................................128
Deus ex machina................................................................................................133
Whispers of ancient secrets ................................................................................134
Chapter 18 ............................................................................................................136
Hypothetical third party .....................................................................................138
Villahermosa to Oaxaca......................................................................................141
Chapter 19 ............................................................................................................143
Monte Alban: the downfall of masterful men ......................................................148
Legacy ...............................................................................................................149
Chapter 20 ............................................................................................................151
Pacal’s tomb ......................................................................................................152
Pyramid of the Magician .....................................................................................154
A science of prophecy ........................................................................................157
Chapter 21 ............................................................................................................158
Knowledge out of place ......................................................................................160
Someone else’s science?.....................................................................................161
Chapter 22 ............................................................................................................165
The Citadel, the Temple and the Map of Heaven .................................................166
Egypt and Mexico—more coincidences?..............................................................168
Hints of forgotten wisdom..................................................................................171
Chapter 23 ............................................................................................................174
Erasing messages from the past .........................................................................175
Eternal numbers.................................................................................................176
Mathematical city ...............................................................................................180
Part IV .......................................................................................................................183
Chapter 24 ............................................................................................................184
And the ark went upon the face of the waters.....................................................184
Central America .................................................................................................187
South America....................................................................................................188
North America....................................................................................................190
Water water everywhere .....................................................................................190
Greece, India and Egypt......................................................................................192

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On the trail of a mystery.....................................................................................194
Chapter 25 ............................................................................................................197
Indescribable cold, fire, earthquakes and derangement of the skies ...................199
A monster chased the sun ..................................................................................201
Chapter 26 ............................................................................................................203
Cinderella’s slipper ............................................................................................205
Chapter 27 ............................................................................................................207
Alaska and Siberia: the sudden freeze ................................................................208
A thousand Krakatoas, all at once ......................................................................211
Global flooding ..................................................................................................212
A token of good faith .........................................................................................217
Part V ........................................................................................................................219
Chapter 28 ............................................................................................................222
The wild celestial dance .....................................................................................222
Recondite influences ..........................................................................................224
The wobble of a deformed planet .......................................................................226
A great secret of the past ...................................................................................230
Chapter 29 ............................................................................................................232
When did the ancients first work out precession?................................................235
Chapter 30 ............................................................................................................240
At the mill with slaves ........................................................................................242
Openers of the way ............................................................................................246
Chapter 31 ............................................................................................................250
Computing the Great Return ..............................................................................251
Better than Hipparchus.......................................................................................252
Times of decay...................................................................................................253
Dogs, uncles and revenge ..................................................................................258
Scientists with something to say.........................................................................260
Chapter 32 ............................................................................................................262
A message in the bottle of time..........................................................................263
Mill of pain.........................................................................................................264
Part VI .......................................................................................................................267
Chapter 33 ............................................................................................................268
Inexplicable precision ........................................................................................269
Black hole in history ...........................................................................................271
Ships in the desert .............................................................................................272
Chapter 34 ............................................................................................................274
Time and motion................................................................................................274
Rampant stupidity ..............................................................................................276
The guardian and the vision ...............................................................................278
Under Egyptian skies..........................................................................................279
Thinking like giants ...........................................................................................281
Chapter 35 ............................................................................................................283
Trivializing the mystery ......................................................................................284
The cupboard was bare ......................................................................................286
Bottlenecks in the well-shaft ...............................................................................290
Not like other tombs ..........................................................................................291
A certain smell ... ...............................................................................................292
Overview ............................................................................................................295
Chapter 36 ............................................................................................................297
A singular oppression ... ....................................................................................297
The moving finger writes and having writ it moves on ........................................300
Pandora’s Box ....................................................................................................303
Chapter 37 ............................................................................................................305
The Beacon ........................................................................................................305

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Mind games of the pyramid builders ..................................................................307
Unknown dark distance ......................................................................................309
The Queen’s Chamber........................................................................................312
Instrument .........................................................................................................313
Chapter 38 ............................................................................................................316
Antechamber .....................................................................................................317
Stone enigmas ...................................................................................................319
Ceremony of the sarcophagus ............................................................................322
The game-master ...............................................................................................324
Chapter 39 ............................................................................................................328
Temple of the giants ..........................................................................................329
Lord of Rostau ...................................................................................................332
Vastly, remotely, fabulously ancient ...................................................................333
Whose Sphinx is it anyway? ................................................................................335
Part VII ......................................................................................................................339
Chapter 40 ............................................................................................................340
Bauval’s Stars and West’s Stones ........................................................................341
The way of the jackal .........................................................................................345
Chapter 41 ............................................................................................................347
Connections and similarities ..............................................................................349
Gift of the Gods? ................................................................................................350
Chapter 42 ............................................................................................................354
Broken images of a lost technology?...................................................................355
Repositories of a lost science? ............................................................................356
The train of the Sun and the dweller in Sirius......................................................359
Millions of years and the movements of the stars ...............................................361
Copies, or translations?......................................................................................363
Last records of the First Time?............................................................................364
Chapter 43 ............................................................................................................367
Records of prehistory .........................................................................................367
Gods, Demigods and Spirits of the Dead ............................................................369
Diodorus Siculus and Herodotus.........................................................................370
The Turin Papyrus and the Palermo Stone...........................................................372
Chapter 44 ............................................................................................................375
Breath of the divine serpent ...............................................................................376
Osiris and the Lords of Eternity ..........................................................................378
Serene stability ..................................................................................................381
Chapter 45 ............................................................................................................383
Atef Crown.........................................................................................................383
Seventeen centuries of kings ..............................................................................385
Hypogeum .........................................................................................................385
The most ancient stone building in Egypt ...........................................................387
Frankfort’s facts.................................................................................................391
Setting sail across seas of sand and time............................................................393
Chapter 46 ............................................................................................................397
Kick-start ...........................................................................................................398
Climate Change..................................................................................................399
Unseen connections? ..........................................................................................400
‘Where is the rest of this civilization?’.................................................................400
Chapter 47 ............................................................................................................402
John West...........................................................................................................402
Robert Schoch’s geology: Unriddling the Sphinx .................................................404
Legendary civilizations .......................................................................................407
Magellan and the first dinosaur bone .................................................................408
The problem of transmission..............................................................................410

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Second opinion ..................................................................................................411
Chapter 48 ............................................................................................................413
Geodetic marker ................................................................................................414
Doing things by degrees ....................................................................................416
The Pyramid/Earth ratio .....................................................................................417
Matching fingerprints? .......................................................................................419
Navigators in the Boat of Millions of Years..........................................................420
The signature of a distant date...........................................................................423
Chapter 49 ............................................................................................................425
The Orion Mystery..............................................................................................426
The First Time....................................................................................................428
The platform ......................................................................................................430
The cult .............................................................................................................431
The machine ......................................................................................................434
The second signature .........................................................................................436
Forcing the question ..........................................................................................440
Part VIII......................................................................................................................441
Chapter 50 ............................................................................................................442
Geophysical impossibilities ................................................................................442
Library angels ....................................................................................................444
The missing piece of the puzzle.........................................................................444
Gravitational influences ......................................................................................447
The lost continent ..............................................................................................448
Chapter 51 ............................................................................................................450
A lifeless polar desert.........................................................................................452
Exhibit 1 ............................................................................................................453
Exhibit 2 ............................................................................................................454
Exhibit 3 ............................................................................................................455
Exhibit 4 ............................................................................................................455
Exhibit 5 ............................................................................................................455
Exhibit 6 ............................................................................................................455
Exhibit 7 ............................................................................................................455
Exhibit 8 ............................................................................................................456
Exhibit 9 ............................................................................................................456
Exhibit 10 ..........................................................................................................457
The icy executioner............................................................................................458
Mars and earth...................................................................................................460
Memories of the polar dawn?..............................................................................461
An epoch of turmoil and darkness......................................................................462
Exhibit 11 ..........................................................................................................463
Exhibit 12 ..........................................................................................................463
Exhibit 13 ..........................................................................................................464
Exhibit 14 ..........................................................................................................464
Chapter 52 ............................................................................................................466
For the benefit of future generations of mankind ...............................................468
More than just Kilroy was here ...........................................................................470
The civilizers......................................................................................................472
Transmitting the essence ...................................................................................473
An urgent mission..............................................................................................475
Walking in the last days......................................................................................479
The end of the world ..........................................................................................480
At the millstone grinding ...................................................................................482
Selected Bibliography.................................................................................................483

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