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Writer Graham Hancock, the cheerful host of this documentary, takes the viewer on a journey to sites scattered widely across the world while putting forth his theory that an ancient and intelligent lost civilization was responsible for creating some puzzling ruins. At Egypt's Giza plateau, Hancock visits the Great Pyramid, and using computer graphics he explains how the pyramid's location is aligned to particular astronomical constellations. He also notes how the pyramid itself exhibits some sophisticated geometrical relationships that many scholars would credit to the theories of Pythagoras, who lived many centuries after the pyramid was built. In Central America, he discusses similar theories about Mayan pyramids and astronomy, and visiting the Hebrides, he ponders some unusual stone circles built near the North Atlantic. Hancock points out numerous relationships between these widely dispersed structures, and offers his conclusion that a civilization of ancient seafarers who lived around 10,500 B.C. were responsible for spreading the knowledge required to build them. This documentary, one of a three-part series called the Quest for the Lost Civilization is professionally produced, and Hancock's theory, which at first sounds bizarre, is bolstered by his good-humored delivery and his constructive use of graphics to show relationships between ancient structures and their suspected astronomical models. --Robert J. McNamara
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