Tuesday, 28 Oct 2003
2/F Sports House, So Kong Po, Causeway Bay
We are delighted to welcome to Hong Kong Graham Hancock, the author of the major international bestsellers The Sign and the Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods and Heaven? Mirror. In this lecture, Fingerprints of the Gods, he sets out his unorthodox view of prehistory as put forward in his eponymous book, which was described as ?ne of the intellectual landmarks of the decade?by the Literary Review, and has sold more than three million copies. In Fingerprints of the Gods, Mr. Hancock explores accurate ancient maps that show the world as it last looked during the ice age, a thousand years before any civilisation capable of making such maps existed, devastating cataclysms that shook the earth at the end of the ice age, and extraordinary scientific and astronomical information encoded into historical myths. He also looks at the incredible feats of the construction of the great pyramids of Egypt, the megalithic temples of the Andes and the pyramids of the sun and moon in Mexico, in a further reexploration of conventional history. In his research, Mr. Hancock first explored South and MesoAmerica, where he found evidence of myths of a god who came from a drowned land bringing knowledge of farming and culture after a great flood. Mr. Hancock cracked an ancient code which deals with the position of the stars over vast periods of time a code that reveals that the ancients knew far more than they are generally credited with. Traces of the same code appear in Egyptian myth, which Mr. Hancock next researched, finding there haunting parallels in architecture and ritual to the New World sites. He also established that the whole layout of the Giza plateau in Egypt seemed to point to a date many thousands of years earlier than the date of its supposed construction a date revealed in the astronomical alignments of the pyramids. This led to the conclusion that amazingly accurate ancient maps show evidence of a previously unknown complex maritime civilisation, capable of mapping the globe and a global culture, cataclysmically destroyed at the end of the ice age, remnants of which survived the devastation to pass on their knowledge to the world. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Mr. Hancock? early years were spent in India, and later he went to school and university in the northern English city of Durham. Originally well known as a newspaper journalist, he wrote the first of his many books in 1981. His books have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 27 languages. His public lectures and TV appearances, including the threehour series Quest for the Lost Civilisation, have put his ideas before audiences of tens of millions. He has become recognised as an unconventional thinker who raises legitimate questions about humanity? history and prehistory and offers an increasingly poplar challenge to the entrenched views of popular scholars.