British writer and historian Graham Hancock likes to shake things up. After a career as a writer for the likes of the Sunday Times, The Independent and The Guardian newspapers, he started to become interested in ancient myths, megaliths and astrological data when he served as the East Africa correspondent of The Economist in the 1980s.
After decades of extensive investigations, he posited global connection with a very ancient, highly sophisticated “mother culture” that goes tens or even hundreds of thousands of years back further than most archeologists will admit, and which was wiped out by a major catastrophe. It is from this most ancient civilisation that he believes all subsequent ancient historical civilisations sprang.
This theory, which has only recently gained credence by some mainstream scholars, is the bedrock for many of his books, and his output is prolific indeed: Lords of Poverty, The Sign and the Seal, Fingerprints of the Gods, Keeper of Genesis (released in the US as Message of the Sphinx), The Mars Mystery, Heaven’s Mirror (written with his wife Santha Faiia), and Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization are some of his most famous works. He also wrote and presented documentaries such as Underworld: Flooded Kingdoms of the Ice Age (2002) and Quest for the Lost Civilisation (shown on UK TV’s Channel 4), as well as many other films.
Words by Chere Di Boscio and Candice Litchfield