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« Reply #195 on: December 27, 2008, 09:27:23 pm »

Graham Hancock

In 1999 Discovery Channel broadcast a three-part series called Quest for the lost Civilisation. In it Graham Hancock stated that the pyramids, Angkor Vat, Stonehenge, the stones of Carnac, the Nazca lines, temples in Mexico and the statues of Easter Island were all part of an ancient global civilisation of seafarers who were apparently obsessed by astrology. The temples of Angkor Vat (in Cambodia) were said to be built in the shape of the zodiac sign Draco, the pyramids of Gizeh in the shape of Sirius; the Sphinx is supposed to be looking at the sign of Leo. It's all rather vague. Hard to say whether it's nonsense or not. More information can be found in Hancocks books, like Fingerprints of the Gods (Heinemann) and Heaven's Mirror (Penguin Books). Hancock also has a theory about the Ark of the Covenant; I'll return to that later.

Not long after this, the BBC hit back with two episodes of Horizon, in which Atlantis believers were even compared with Nazis! Part 2 was focussed on Hancocks ideas, at least on some of them. The corrosion of the sphinx was said to be caused by salt. The placing of the pyramids was determined by the building site and not by the stars, according to Kate Spence. That the temples of Angkor Vat were built in the shape of the zodiac sign Draco is also untrue, according to E. Mannikka; also there are more than 60 temples and Hancock chose only 10 out of them. Indeed it is not a convincing theory at all.

Robert Bauval's theory about the pyramids at Giza could be right because the three great pyramids can be seen at a glance and may well have something to do with stars. The criticism the north and south are reversed is not true: Orion is in the southern sky, so you would have to look at Giza from the north to the south, and then it is correct. But it could also be a coincidence. In Angkor a star pattern is not at all obvious from a plan, let alone from the ground. Much more intriguing, in my opinion, is the uncanny resemblance between e.g. the temple of Baksei Changkrong in Angkor and Maya temples. The building technique (corbelled vaults) is also the same. The big heads in Angkor Thom are also strongly reminiscent of the big heads of the Olmeks in Mexico: the same thick lips and flat noses.

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