The best books on the hi-tech world of our distant ancestors

Robert Soper Author Of From Whence We Came – The Biblical Age of World Enlightenment
By Robert Soper

Who am I?

I began life as an apprentice motor engineer before starting my own business. Before I married, I used my holidays to visit some of the great historical sites of the Middle East, including, of course, Egypt. That first look at the pyramids, both inside and out, set me on a lifetime study of them and other sites across Europe. Relying on the physical work of others I was able to put down on paper my thoughts on a much earlier civilization that seems to have come from nowhere, erected incredible monuments, and then simply vanished. Now, I still have a very keen interest in it all and slowly I'm amassing enough material for another book.

I wrote...

From Whence We Came – The Biblical Age of World Enlightenment

By Robert Soper,

Book cover of From Whence We Came – The Biblical Age of World Enlightenment

What is my book about?

When seeing the Giza pyramids for the first time in 1963 I listened carefully to what the tour guide had to say. And then I looked at the Great Pyramid and to me, as an engineer, it did not add up. Since then, I've looked at other sites across the globe and again, nothing made sense. When I retired, I put it all down on paper which ended up as two controversial books on the subject.

My own research came up with credible arguments on both sides of the Darwin v Creation debate and by comparing three other massive construction projects from our own era to the Giza complex, I showed that only a very advanced hi-tech society could be responsible. It also showed irrefutable links to other sites across the globe.

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Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt: Advanced Engineering in the Temples of the Pharaohs

By Christopher Dunn,

Book cover of Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt: Advanced Engineering in the Temples of the Pharaohs

Why this book?

I was well on with my book before I discovered Christopher Dunn, an English Aerospace engineer working in America. I give Dunn credibility because, as an engineer, he has got his hands dirty by physically checking out most of what I am talking about. This book is a very detailed, well-illustrated, look at the engineering aspect of the ancient world. His findings prove conclusively that many items found in Egypt can only have been made using technology that is only just being developed today. 

The Pyramids and Temples of Gizeh

By William Matthew Flinders Petrie,

Book cover of The Pyramids and Temples of Gizeh

Why this book?

Flinders Petrie was the first, and remains, the greatest of all those who have studied Giza. Over many years he physically measured and surveyed the entire Giza site. It is those mathematical results that prove the complex was put there as a message for generations to come, rather than the more favoured ideas of burial complexes for obscure kings. He identifies tiny details, that I too identified on a visit to the Cairo museum, that just could not be done. The necessary lasers suitable are only just being developed over 100 years later.

Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings: Evidence of Advanced Civilization in the Ice Age

By Charles Hapgood,

Book cover of Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings: Evidence of Advanced Civilization in the Ice Age

Why this book?

Hapgood was a lecturer who used the bright young minds of some of his graduate students to make a detailed study of a pre-Columbian map drawn in 1513 by a Turkish Admiral by the name of Pirie Re’is. Rei’is had drawn his map using source maps made by Alexander the Great and even earlier peoples. It is of the Atlantic showing the Americas correctly drawn and placed. There is an ice-free Antarctica where the correct outline of the coast of Queen Maude land is less than 7 miles out of place. Hapgood’s similar analysis of other maps shows that there had been a global civilization on this planet sometime in the past.

Ancient Man: A Handbook of Puzzling Artifacts

By William R. Corliss,

Book cover of Ancient Man: A Handbook of Puzzling Artifacts

Why this book?

Corless spent his life trawling through old magazines and scientific journals and recording articles about ancient artefacts that baffled the author at the time. He makes no comment on the articles, some of which reveal amazing discoveries. For example, the one about an iron cup that was found in a coal mine in Oklahoma. The coal had formed around it some 300m years ago and yet there it was—man-made but by whom. He outlines many other baffling discoveries as described in articles going back to the 19th century.

Holy Bible

By Unknown,

Book cover of Holy Bible

Why this book?

From a secular point of view, and deliberately ignoring all religious content, the Holy Bible is the only contemporaneous account of the very ancient world. Add the omitted Book of Enoch, which sits in the Bodleian, and you get a remarkable account of our communal past. No one knows just how far back we must go when discussing Genesis but within that chapter lie some very interesting thoughts on the possible answer to all the problems outlined above. Enoch, especially, describes in great detail what might have happened and, if proven to be correct, would alter our complete understanding of our origins. A very good read.

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