Voices of the Rocks: A Scientist Looks at Catastrophes and Ancient Civilizations

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Could the Egyptian Sphinx have been built many centuries earlier than conventional history would have us believe? Could the great natural disasters that propelled the evolution of life on Earth have played a dominant role as well in the rise and fall of civilizations? Could Earth have been home to civilizations far greater in number -- and far older -- than orthodox researchers have suspected? In Voices of the Rocks, Dr. Robert M. Schoch examines these and other crucial questions about our past and shows how the answers can guide us in the future.

In 1990, Robert Schoch, a scientist and tenured university professor, traveled to Egypt and conducted geological testing to evaluate the accepted date for the construction of the Great Sphinx of Giza. His research revealed that the Sphinx is actually thousands of years older than previously supposed, a discovery that upended the standard history of ancient Egypt.
      
Following the intellectual trail uncovered by his redating of the Sphinx, Schoch became convinced that we are in the midst of a profound scientific paradigm shift. The predominant notion that our species inhabits a slow-changing, steady-state planet is falling by the wayside. Instead, we are coming to see that the history of Earth, all living beings, and human civilizations comprises a series of stops and starts, in which equilibrium abruptly ends during a sudden severe catastrophe, like the extraterrestrial impact that initiated the extinction of the dinosaurs. Meteors, asteroids, and comets are potential sources of such disasters, as are shifts in Earth's axis, movements of the continents, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes.
      
According to Dr. Schoch, Earth's long, catastrophic history has obscured and obliterated evidence of lost civilizations. But the traces remain for those who know where to look and what to look for. At its core, Voices of the Rocks is the story of Schoch's own search, his fascinating discoveries, and the warnings we must heed if we wish to survive whatever catastrophes the future has in store for us.

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Everything changes. The great 19th-century battle between catastrophists and uniformitarians seemed to end with the notion of global cataclysms being dismissed as a back door to the supernatural. But the catastrophist theory has gradually become more and more plausible, so that now, less than a hundred years later, it is widely believed that mass extinctions are linked to meteor strikes. Geologist Robert M. Schoch believes that if a large meteor or comet could extinguish most of our planet's complex life (just ask the trilobites), then a smaller one could destroy a civilization, and perhaps did. In Voices of the Rocks, he tells us how it may have happened.

Asked to investigate the Sphinx at Giza, Schoch was troubled to find evidence of a much greater age than the 4,500 years suggested by Egyptologists. This led him to examine the possibility of a lost civilization dating back to at least 10,000 B.C. Looking at linguistic, geological, and archaeological evidence from around the world, he proposes an outline of prehistory that differs markedly from our received wisdom--after all, if the Lascaux cave paintings really are star maps, then we've got a lot of catching up to do. Schoch's willingness to dismiss implausible evidence and to use Occam's razor to cut away unnecessary complications is admirable and refreshing in a field in which credulity pays and skepticism is viewed with deep suspicion. Ending on a note of warning, Voices of the Rocks reminds us that by weakening the planet, we have made ourselves much more vulnerable to the next global cataclysm, which may come at any time. --Rob Lightner

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"Schoch puts his arguments and his own original research into the problems of prehistory before the reader in an engaging, intelligent, and articulate manner. A paradigm shift of monumental significance is now underway. I suspect that Voices of the Rocks is going to play a crucial part in it."
--Graham Hancock, author of Fingerprints of the Gods and The Message of the Sphinx

"The state-of-the-art statement on catastrophism."
--John Anthony West, author of Serpent in the Sky: The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt

"At last a brave and honest scholar breaks the ranks. . . . With Voices of the Rocks Dr. Robert Schoch has not only performed a great service to the advancement of science, but provided us with a wonderful and extremely well written exposé of a stunning theory that may yet rock the very foundation of the scientific and archaeological establishment. . . . Deservedly a best-seller."
--Robert Bauval, author of The Orion Mystery: Unlocking the Secrets of the Pyramids

"[Voices of the Rocks] treats the problem of lost civilizations with a combination of scientific detachment and sympathy. Schoch's courage and honesty emerge on every page . . . it reads like a thriller."
--Colin Wilson, author of From Atlantis to the Sphinx

"A powerful synthesis of history, science, and personal experience. In this groundbreaking work, Schoch redefines the catastrophic events of the earth's history, leading us to a startling conclusion for our future. Voices of the Rocks sets a new standard for viewing our future through the eyes of our past."
--Gregg Braden, author of Awakening to Zero Point and Walking Between the Worlds

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