Graham Hancock Endorses Book about Lost "Megalithic" Culture of North America
It’s been a big week for Graham Hancock. A South African professor endorsed his lost civilization, and a luxury magazine conducted a fawning interview. Now, Bear & Company is getting ready to publish Spirits in Stone: The Secrets of Megalithic America: Decoding the Ancient Cultural Stone Landscapes of the Northeast by Glenn Kreisberg, and Hancock has his name on the cover as the author of the book’s credulous forward. Of the book itself there is little to say. It is more than 400 pages long and seeks to explore alleged stellar alignments among various rocks and earthworks in the northeastern United States to conclude that an advanced super-civilization once occupied the future United States. Weirder, it is partly the work of Kresiberg and partly an anthology of partially related essays by other writers. It is an odd book.
Kreisberg developed his ideas while living near Woodstock, New York, which he identified as a center of megalithic star culture. He has been promoting version of the idea since at least 2011, including on Graham Hancock’s own website. I remember reading the linked article last year and finding it so unimpressive that I didn’t think to say anything about it. Kreisberg is also the editor of Mysteries of the Ancient Past: A Graham Hancock Reader, so you can see where from where he takes his inspiration.
I feel like I should be reviewing Spirits in Stone, but I must confess that the thought of giving more than a cursory reading to 400 pages of minute arguments about stellar alignments makes my eyes glaze over. The problem is reducible to a simple point: Even if we accept that such stones and earthworks were indeed purposefully aligned to stars and constellations (and that they are all artificial constructions and not, as is the case with some, natural), it implies nothing about the existence of an “advanced” Atlantis-like civilization, for observation of the stars and the ability to point rocks at them is, in the final analysis, not an inherent development of state-level societies. Anyone with sufficient motivation and a rudimentary ability to carve records of stellar positions could do it.
Anyway, Kreisberg invited Hancock to tour some of what he views as megalithic sites in the northeastern United States, and Hancock came away convinced that Native Americans once had a scientifically advanced civilization that expressed sophisticated mathematical truths through the medium of stones aligned to stars. However, Hancock feels that Euro-Americans have destroyed these stony wonders:
What my rambles with Glenn have shown me, however, and what this book will reveal to you, are that those fragments are indeed present, even in the intensively settled, heavily farmed, and economically developed Northeast where the barbaric forces of “modernization” have been at work the longest, erasing and confusing the record of stone.
Here Hancock presents an infuriating mixture of fact and fantasy that marries a correct criticism—that agricultural and industrial development has disturbed or destroyed archaeological sites—to a romantic fantasy that the destroyed parts of the archaeological record would reveal a “Hermetic” civilization of staggering wisdom and complexity, one possessed of “energizing, healing, and soul-enriching effects.”
Hancock is at a loss, though, to explain why North America, if part of the same global system of megalithic construction inherited from Atlantis, lacks the kinds of massive stone sites that the Old World has in spades. With the haughty condescension of a wealthy, liberal European, he attributes the missing stone structures to deliberate destruction by us heathen colonials who lack a certain European refinement and British comfort with deep history.
What is different in America is only the scale of destruction of this ancient worldwide system, deliberate destruction, pursued for short-term economic gains, by rude and barbarous incomers whose cultures had been cut off from the wellsprings of planetary wisdom for so long that they were literally unable to see the pearls of great price that they so carelessly and callously swept away.
He doesn’t quite identify who these incomers are, but when he said that “we” are their “descendants,” he makes plain that he is speaking, somewhat imprecisely, of European colonists. Perhaps stung by the repeated criticism that his hypothesis about a lost white race civilizing the brown peoples of the world is racist, or at least racist-adjacent, Hancock has here and in his newer work from the past twelve months or so overcorrected and all but falls into the trap of demonizing Europeans while fetishizing Native Americans as possessors of a purer and more harmonious ancient earth wisdom that makes them all but avatars of occult earth magic.
Peter de Geus
12/13/2017 09:34:39 am
Finally the logic of dynamite stone holes should be seen for what 'we' were really doing.
12/13/2017 10:21:39 am
Another Hancock clone and more drug-induced babbling from the man himself. Looks like this is a slow day.
12/13/2017 12:17:57 pm
They are getting darn close to the truth.
12/13/2017 12:22:24 pm
Oh, Hancock and Kreisberg,,,, don"t eat the brown acid.
12/18/2017 11:25:36 pm
I think it's Jason who ate the acid. I challenge him to show us where I identify in my book that Woodstock, NY is the center of a megalithic star culture...I think he's tripping on something strong.
12/13/2017 02:25:45 pm
"observation of the stars and the ability to point rocks at them is, in the final analysis, not an inherent development of state-level societies. Anyone with sufficient motivation and a rudimentary ability to carve records of stellar positions could do it."
12/13/2017 03:11:01 pm
From the actual old photos of that rock at Dighton, it looks like much of those markings are just settlers marking it up for fun. Older pictures show less carvings. The oldest show almost none. It looks like most of the markings were created after photos were taken, possibly following the Civil War, in the late 1800s. It is not old. Some of the drawing seem to depict the bay nearby. Others are just initials or names. It's not old, per se. It's ancient US yes, but not like it's some neolithic mystery rock. Has anyone just asked the locals? They might know.
12/13/2017 03:13:42 pm
Yes, the stuff from the 17th century was the first carving on the rock. It must be fairly easy to carve into also.
12/13/2017 03:25:28 pm
"From the actual old photos of that rock at Dighton, it looks like much of those markings are just settlers marking it up for fun."
12/13/2017 04:01:06 pm
If only those super-advanced vanished ancient civilizations had thought to build with something more durable than stone.
12/14/2017 06:27:33 am
Another fact: Diffusionism was worldwide in ancient times. Still, American archaeologists refuse rigorous scientific investigation while pronouncing evidence non-existent and themselves the ultimate arbiters and experts. Post-processulism has made their minds soft and their egos huge.
Peter de Geus
12/14/2017 12:13:48 pm
Please name the top three American archaeologists with the hugest egos. Please name the top three American archaeologists with the softest minds. Please name the top three American archaeologists that refuse rigorous scientific investigation. Please name the top three American archaeologists that pronounce evidence non-existent. Please name the top three American archaeologists that declare themselves the arbiters and experts of archaeology. I'd like to research them, just like you have. The top three in each of these categories should be well known and obvious but I'm having trouble finding them.
12/15/2017 04:58:16 pm
12/15/2017 06:50:39 pm
Scott Monahan. I knew the name was familiar. You should have included in your resume of "producer, writer, host, editor" Barry Fell apologist.
12/16/2017 01:50:45 am
ONLY ME (whomever),
12/16/2017 05:16:17 am
Scott, I will retract nothing. I accused you of bias, not forgery. The two are not the same.
Peter de Geus
12/16/2017 09:23:14 am
12/16/2017 11:26:58 am
Ironic, as well, is Zimmerman rebuts arguments articulated by late UCLA emeritus anthropology professor Clement W. Meighan in his preceding remarks published in Archaeology Magazine’s 1999 feature, “Debating NAGPRAS’s Effects”.
12/16/2017 12:07:08 pm
"Let us disagree with civility, shall we?"
12/18/2017 02:53:14 pm
“For archaeologists, the question is settled. There’s not support for the idea of ogham writing.”
12/17/2017 11:01:32 pm
Funnily enough, I actually know several American archeologists who have, in fact, rigorously scientifically investigated claims of diffusionism. The near-universal conclusion has been "There is not enough evidence to support this conclusion."
12/14/2017 10:42:39 am
To me it appears that all of these places like the Stonehenge of New England were intentionally faked at some point. It seems that American history is full of people wanting to convince others that Vikings, Phoenicians, Romans, or dynastic Chinese had come to America long ago. Most of this fakery seems to have been done in the nineteenth century. Why? There are indications that Welsh immigrants marked land claims using Ogham that many people are now wishing was ancient for instance. People who want to believe this always fail to study local history before putting all their energy into such baseless theories. I am sure that is the case with this book and in turn many of G. Hancock's theories as well. I think N. America is a challenge to Hancock's entire theory because there is really nothing here that proves it beyond a bunch of people who faked history for political reasons. Sad that he is trying to sell this as part of his ideas now. He even co-wrote a book called "Talisman" that exposes the reasons that people would want to fake things like this but I notice he rarely discusses that book.
12/15/2017 12:03:13 am
No megalithic structures in North America? Is Mexico not in North America anymore?
12/17/2017 10:44:46 pm
Mexico is Central America, actually, especially in an archeological context; there is a distinct cultural difference between the peoples and cultures of that are and the people and cultures of a bit further north.
12/18/2017 02:35:15 pm
In response to Jason Colavito's non-review (or pseudo-review I should say) of my forthcoming book, Spirits in Stone, I have much to say. His incredulous analysis, which he admits includes not reading the book due to his impatience with the subject, makes numerous false assumptions and assertions, placing him firmly in the camp of the misinformed and closed minded.
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