Voyages of the Pyramid Builders

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Penguin, May 24, 2004 - History - 352 pages
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Is it a mere coincidence that pyramids are found throughout our globe? Did cultures ranging across vast spaces in geography and time, such as the ancient Egyptians; early Bud-dhists; the Maya, Inca, Toltec, and Aztec civilizations of the Americas; the Celts of the British Isles; and even the Mississippi Indians of pre-Columbus Illinois, simply dream the same dreams and envision the same structures?

Robert M. Schoch-one of the world's preeminent geologists in recasting the date of the building of the Great Sphinx-believes otherwise. In this dramatic and meticulously reasoned book, Schoch, like anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl in his classic Kon-Tiki, argues that ancient cultures traveled great distances by sea. Indeed, he believes that primeval sailors traveled from the Eastern continent, primarily Southeast Asia, and spread the idea of pyramids across the globe, particularly to the New World of the Americas where they abounded until the days of the Conquistadors.
 

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Contents

Ancient Egypts Great Flowering
An Old Old Sphinx
The Time of the Pyramids
The Way Back
What Exactly Is a Pyramid Anyway?
An Old Form in the New World
The Land Between the Rivers
The World Mountain in the Two Lands
The Pottery Bringers
The South Asian Connection
The China Clipper
The Arrival of the Shang
Absence of Evidence Evidence of Absence
The Big Picture and the Water at Its Edge
The Reality of Ancient Sea Travel
The Most Ancient Ancient Mariners

Renaissance to the South
The Realm of the Lotus
Mountains for the Kings
The Long Leap to Mesoamerica
Closing the Circle
Pyramids or Not?
The Big Question
The Mountain Above All
Building the World Mountain
Standing on Common Ground
Invention Versus Diffusion
The Obvious the Apparent and the Unacceptable
Babylon and Beringia
PaleoAmerica as Melting Pot
Rending the Curtain of Isolation
The Old Shared Stories
Mythology Made Real
Faces from Elsewhere
A Long List of Similarities
The Bearded White Gods
Distant Corroboration
A Word from the Plant World
Where Did They Come From?
Roasting Ears Fine Feathered Friends and Uninvited Guests
Stone Age Reminders
Widening the World
Paper Boats
The Great Tradition of the Raft
The Question of Intention
Setting a Course for the New World
Bright Shiny and Missing
Good Times Bad Times and Trees
T rex and the Coherent Comets of Doom
Ancient Encounters of the Cometary Kind
Colors Dragons and the Bull in the Stars
Of Comets and Pyramids
Looking East
Three Waves of Water
Eden in the East
Noah Before Noah and Other Stories
Sibling Rivalry and Culture Clash
Mesoamerican Echoes
Warm and Cold Wet Comets and Dry
Healing the Wounds of Ancient Days
An Argument from Circumstance
Pulling the Rug Out from Under Convention
Counterpoint
Corroboration
Copyright

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Robert M. Schoch, a full-time faculty member at the College of General Studies at Boston University since 1984, earned his Ph.D. in geology and geophysics at Yale University. Dr. Schoch has been quoted extensively in the media for his work on the Sphinx, and he was featured on the Emmy-winning documentary The Mystery of the Sphinx, hosted by Charlton Heston.

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