According to chapter 30, Hancock believes that the lost civilization possessed the following characteristics:
Hancock identifies these claims as speculation, and after five hundred pages of innuendo states that “I will not attempt to prove here or support with evidence” these ideas.
It’s a good thing, too, because most of the ideas he puts forward in his speculative section are very closely modeled on ancient astronaut claims, for he argues that myths and legends record as “magic” the superior abilities of the lost civilization, whose member were mistaken for gods. The specific claims about transcending the need for mechanical skills by employing telekinesis seem to be modeled on several medieval stories about magic spells making stones fly. Geoffrey of Monmouth credits Merlin with using magic to cause Stonehenge to fly into place, and many medieval Arabic-language authors claim that a magic spell, affixed to blocks of stone, had been used to make the blocks fly to Giza to assemble themselves into the Great Pyramid. If I recall correctly, Polynesia had similar tales of stones walking or flying into place.
But what is most astounding is that Hancock has revised the population of the lost civilization. (In Magicians of the Gods, he identified it as Atlantis, but now it is back to the “lost civilization.”) Its population is now Native American! “[W]e are talking about a Native American civilization growing to maturity at some point during the log interval between the scavenging of the Cerutti mastodon 130,000 years ago and the cataclysmic onset of the Younger Dryas 12,800 years ago. […] [Its] people would have been closely related genetically, linguistically—and at first culturally—to other early Native American populations who remained at the hunter-gatherer stage.”
For the past two decades, Hancock has repeatedly identified the inhabitants of the lost civilization as white. In Fingerprints of the Gods, for example, he called them “white” twelve times, citing Spanish accounts of Mexican and South American stories of “white gods” who visited from beyond the sea and bestowed civilization on the benighted natives. In Fingerprints he examined indigenous art for evidence of Caucasians features, claiming the Olmec had carved in stone the bearded visages of white men from Europe. And in Magicians of the Gods he said that the lost civilization was made up of white men with red hair and beards whose homeland was in the Caucasus Mountains and whom even the Jews mistook for angels on account of their porcelain hue.
And now, all that is gone.
Hancock now concedes that the Old and New Worlds were not in direct contact (at least on the Atlantic side) until the Vikings arrived in the tenth century CE. As though in direct response to criticism that his older version of the lost civilization carried the whiff of Victorian racism, he now posits that its members were Native Americans and that the lost civilization developed entirely in North America before spreading its wonders around the world to everyone else.
But it doesn’t make it better to swap out Native Americans for white people. As I will discuss more in another place, his new version carries with it a dollop of the Noble Savage stereotype and the longstanding effort to imagine Native Americans as living in perfect harmony with nature and possessed of a pure spirituality that the corruption and sin of the West has made impossible for mainstream Euro-American culture. It’s an equally troubling—and almost equally ancient—leftover from the colonial and imperial era.
I wonder, though, if this means that all of the evidence for “white” Atlanteans presented in Hancock’s many earlier books is now, to paraphrase Nixon’s press secretary, inoperative.
4/10/2019 09:20:35 am
Amazing! Is that the "stunning conclusion" to the 'Lost Civilization' story that was promised in the blurb? I can't bear to buy the book so did he give a reason for not attempting to support these claims with evidence?
4/10/2019 09:29:45 am
Check your Eurocentric indoctrination at the door please . Can't bring your Eurocentric colonized slave society ideologies and apply them to the indigenous humans of the Americas . For all we know through our ancestral stories of the Indigenous peoples of his continent is that life started here on turtle island from the hole in the sky the sky woman fell through which was most Likely Pleiades constellation or the moon . The medicine and majik of these indigenous ancestors was real and it surpassed the indoctrinated technologies and advancements of today . We could make it rain by dancing , now your government have to spray the sky's with heavy harmful chemical and particles to make it rain ...
4/10/2019 09:41:53 am
Minor inconsistency within the context of this...book. But, if this lost civilization: "had global maritime capabilities, including seafaring and longitude calculation" then how does: "Hancock now concedes that the Old and New Worlds were not in direct contact (at least on the Atlantic side) until the Vikings arrived in the tenth century CE."
4/10/2019 06:21:55 pm
I believe he is referring to legend of the Mori of Easter Island "walking" into place.
4/10/2019 07:36:27 pm
The possibility also exists..."flying stones into place"... Using sails.
4/10/2019 08:01:17 pm
Did "zealots" take your Google in addition to your email?
4/11/2019 03:17:59 pm
4/11/2019 07:11:14 pm
Yes, sounds like the cursory legends about Easter Island...
4/10/2019 10:17:46 am
"...Hancock identifies these claims as speculation, and after five hundred pages of innuendo states that “I will not attempt to prove here or support with evidence” these ideas."
4/10/2019 10:20:09 am
"I wasn’t going to say anything about the ending to Graham Hancock’s America Before until the book is released here in the United States on April 23, but Skeptic magazine publisher Michael Shermer spilled the beans on Twitter and shared Hancock’s speculative description of the lost civilization."
4/10/2019 11:26:44 am
A simple link to Shermer's Twitter would have sufficed.
4/10/2019 03:39:48 pm
From a master Ginger race to X-Men...ROFLMAO!!!
4/10/2019 04:58:13 pm
4/12/2019 06:08:50 pm
Actually, we all use precognition. When presented with a decision, let's say left or right at the fork in the road, the decision is made in the Amygdala, 6 seconds before the conscious mind is aware. SIX seconds is a whole lot of time, especially in basketball and football.
4/23/2019 04:44:00 pm
"Amygdala" is something New Age Scoundrels say.
4/14/2019 08:10:16 pm
"Hancock identifies these claims as speculation, and after five hundred pages of innuendo states that 'I will not attempt to prove here or support with evidence' these ideas."
4/23/2019 02:55:58 pm
I would honestly love to read your review of trying ayahuasca, especially if you did it together with Graham Hancock.
5/4/2019 02:39:06 pm
I too enjoy wafting my own farts while stationed behind a keyboard.
9/21/2019 11:52:21 am
I haven't followed Graham for very long but from listening to him for a few hours recently it seems to me you are very biased and need to open your mind. Sure the telekinetic stuff is way out there but he doesn't present it as true, he may present it as closer to true than most but whatever there are so many things Graham's ideas come from that are TRUE and institutions/authorities are slow to adopt them because they are all like YOU and don't want to change their views for one or another reason. If everyone was like you we would all still think the world is flat. You know at one point everyone thought that, right? Then one person came back from uncovering evidence it was round and slowly informed people. Luckily not everyone wrote an article about that person saying how ignorant they are. Or are you a flat earther? I haven't read your other blogs.
9/21/2019 11:55:52 am
Yes, please don't update/change ideas based on new evidence that would be dumb!
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