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Fingerprints of the Gods Study Guide & Plot Summary

Graham Hancock
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"Fingerprints of the Gods" is a non-fiction research work published in 1995 by Graham Hancock. This book is subtitled "The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization." The work is challenging because of the breadth and depth of knowledge presented. However, the author writes in a down-to-earth first person storyline style to tell about the expedition he and his photographer-wife Santha undertake from Peru to the Yucatan and Egypt. Her photographs of sites they visit are interspersed among his descriptive writing about the historical, archaeological and astronomical data and theories discussed. Hancock uses simple, straightforward language to communicate his clear concepts about a lost people.

The travels of Graham Hancock and Santha Faiia take them to cultural and historical sites from mountains and plateaus of Peru and Bolivia to pyramids and monuments in Central America and Mexico with a final return to the Great Pyramid and Sphinx in Egypt and the Giza Plateau. The story begins with ancient maps showing Antarctica to once be in a temperate zone till the earth's crust displaces it to the Antarctic polar ice-cap where a lost civilization may be buried under two miles of glacial ice. From this idea they begin their research among ruins of the ancient peoples of the Andes in Southern Peru and Bolivia north through Central America, the Yucatan and Mexico. Along the way they visit ruins of other ancient civilizations including the Aztecs, Incas, Olmecs and the Mayans where they discover the Fifth Sun is predicted to mark the end of civilization on December 23, 2012. Final stop on their global itinerary is to the "near-beginning" of civilization where Manetho's third century BC texts note Ennead gods "first to hold sway in Egypt" 36,525 years before the First Dynasty in 3100 BC thereby totaling 39,625 years ago.

"Fingerprints of the Gods" is a 578 page book comprised of 52 chapters plus back matter sections titled References, Selected Bibliography and Index. Chapters are organized in eight sections or Parts consecutively numbered with descriptive subtitles. Photographs of the sites visited are presented with captions throughout the book. Content of the work is organized around a research expedition that Graham Hancock and Santha Faiia undertake from Peru and Bolivia to Central America, Mexico and return to Egypt and Giza Plateau. Parts subtitles describe subject matter of the section, which is also their itinerary to keep the reader informed of the next stop along the journey. Chapter subtitles are descriptive and lighthearted phrases like "Were there Giants Then?" "Mexican Babel" and "Like a Thief in the Night." Reference section is extensive with chapter footnote references of almost fifty pages; Selected Bibliography of eight pages by author alphabetically; and a sixteen page Index of keywords that is cross-referenced. Graham Hancock's book is an extensively researched, organized and detailed volume with full exposition of historical, archaeological and astronomical myth, data and theories from beginning and potentially to the end of civilization on December 23, 2012.

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