The Ra Expeditions

The Ra Expeditions
Title The Ra Expeditions PDF eBook
Author Thor Heyerdahl
Publisher
Pages 430
Release 1971
Genre
ISBN

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The Ra Expeditions

The Ra Expeditions
Title The Ra Expeditions PDF eBook
Author Thor Heyerdahl
Publisher
Pages 341
Release 1971
Genre Voyages and travels
ISBN 9780045720200

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Norwegian Maritime Explorers and Expeditions Over the Past Thousand Years

Norwegian Maritime Explorers and Expeditions Over the Past Thousand Years
Title Norwegian Maritime Explorers and Expeditions Over the Past Thousand Years PDF eBook
Author Øystein Johansen
Publisher
Pages 184
Release 1999
Genre America
ISBN

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"Norwegian maritime explorers and expeditions take you on the greatest journeys of discovery over a thousand years. Throughout Norwegian history, the sea has been the most important highway used by Norwegians in their travels along our almost 2000-kilometre-long coast or to more distant destinations. Some explorers set off in search of new territories for commercial reasons, like Viking Ottar around the year 890 A.D. and Leif Eiriksson in 999 A.D., Jens Munk in 1619 or Carl Anton Larsen and Otto Sverdrup in the twentieth century. Others, like Fridtjof Nansen and Road Amundsen, had a burning desire to explore new countries and realize personal ambitions, or, like Thor Heyerdahl, they have wanted to prove a theory about ancient vessels and their ability to cross oceans. All these explorers have one key characteristic in common: they look upon the sea as a natural element to be mastered, but not conquered. They conducted their expeditions on nature's own terms, in spite of the risks involved. The chapters of this book tell stories of daring courage, stubborn endurance and scientific curiosity, and the drama and tension derive not only from the explorers' struggle with the forces of nature but also from the outstanding personalities of the men who made these journeys..." -- Publisher's description

New Makers of Modern Culture

New Makers of Modern Culture
Title New Makers of Modern Culture PDF eBook
Author Justin Wintle
Publisher Routledge
Pages 1812
Release 2016-04-22
Genre History
ISBN 1136768823

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"New Makers of Modern Culture takes into full account the rise and fall of reputation and influence over the last twenty-five years and the epochal changes that have occurred: the demise of Marxism and the collapse of the Soviet Union; the rise and fall of postmodernism; the eruption of Islamic fundamentalism; the triumph of the Internet. Containing over eight hundred essay-style entries, and covering the period from 1850 to the present, New Makers includes artists, writers, dramatists, architects, philosophers, anthropologists, scientists, sociologists, major political figures, composers, film-makers and many other culturally significant individuals and is thoroughly international in its purview. With its global reach, New Makers of Modern Culture provides a multi-voiced witness of the contemporary thinking world. The entries carry short bibliographies and there is thorough cross-referencing. There is an index of names and key terms."--Publisher's description

Fingerprints of the Gods

Fingerprints of the Gods
Title Fingerprints of the Gods PDF eBook
Author Graham Hancock
Publisher Crown
Pages 779
Release 2012-09-19
Genre Science
ISBN 0307829057

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Could the story of mankind be far older than we have previously believed? Using tools as varied as archaeo-astronomy, geology, and computer analysis of ancient myths, Graham Hancock presents a compelling case to suggest that it is. Graham Hancock is featured in Ancient Apocalypse, a Netflix original docuseries. “A fancy piece of historical sleuthing . . . intriguing and entertaining and sturdy enough to give a long pause for thought.”—Kirkus Reviews In Fingerprints of the Gods, Hancock embarks on a worldwide quest to put together all the pieces of the vast and fascinating jigsaw of mankind’s hidden past. In ancient monuments as far apart as Egypt’s Great Sphinx, the strange Andean ruins of Tihuanaco, and Mexico’s awe-inspiring Temples of the Sun and Moon, he reveals not only the clear fingerprints of an as-yet-unidentified civilization of remote antiquity, but also startling evidence of its vast sophistication, technological advancement, and evolved scientific knowledge. A record-breaking number one bestseller in Britain, Fingerprints of the Gods contains the makings of an intellectual revolution, a dramatic and irreversible change in the way that we understand our past—and so our future. And Fingerprints of God tells us something more. As we recover the truth about prehistory, and discover the real meaning of ancient myths and monuments, it becomes apparent that a warning has been handed down to us, a warning of terrible cataclysm that afflicts the Earth in great cycles at irregular intervals of time—a cataclysm that may be about to recur. “Readers will hugely enjoy their quest in these pages of inspired storytelling.”—The Times (UK)

Adventures in Archaeology

Adventures in Archaeology
Title Adventures in Archaeology PDF eBook
Author P.J. Capelotti
Publisher University Press of Florida
Pages 235
Release 2018-09-12
Genre Social Science
ISBN 0813063612

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Remnants of the curious and peculiar ways humankind has marked the archaeological landscape are abundant but often ignored: wrecked aircraft, abandoned airfields, old highway billboards, derelict boats, movie props, and deserted mining operations. In this book, archaeologist P.J. Capelotti explores places and things that people do not typically think of as archaeological sites and artifacts, introducing readers to the most extreme fieldwork taking place today. Capelotti shows that even seemingly ordinary objects from the recent past hold secrets about the cultural history of humans. He investigates the site where a stunt copy of the Orca, the fishing boat used in the movie Jaws, was stripped to pieces by fans—a revelation of the ways humans relate to popular culture. He takes readers to abandoned base camps near the North Pole that are now used as destinations for Arctic tourism. Retelling the story of Thor Heyerdahl’s research expedition across the Pacific Ocean on a balsa log raft, Capelotti shows how experimental archaeology attempts to reveal cultural connections between continents. And he doesn’t stop at the limits of the planet. He discusses debris floating through outer space and equipment left behind on the surface of the moon, highlighting current efforts to preserve artifacts that exist beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. These discarded materials, says Capelotti, help archaeologists piece together the sweeping story of human cultural expansion and exploitation. He explains how the unusual sites of shorelines, sea, air, and space represent the farthest reaches of human civilization. His enthusiasm will inspire readers to set out on their own to investigate the secret meanings of treasures hiding in plain sight.

America's Ocean Wilderness

America's Ocean Wilderness
Title America's Ocean Wilderness PDF eBook
Author Gary Kroll
Publisher
Pages 272
Release 2008
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN

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Examines a handful of famous ocean explorers and naturalists--including Jacque Cousteau, Thor Heyerdahl, and Rachel Carson, among others--to demonstrate how their work helped shape the way many Americans would think about, and interact with, the ocean.