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In this documentary, one of a series called The Quest for the Lost Civilization, writer Graham Hancock visits exotic and remote locations to support his theory that very advanced ancient people spread their knowledge throughout much of the world. On Easter Island, Hancock argues that the famed statues are aligned to the sunrise on particular days of the year, and while investigating some recently discovered underwater ruins, he suggests that the structure had been built to align to the Tropic of Cancer. Across the Pacific, in Micronesia, Hancock finds similar evidence of great astronomical knowledge, and he notes that the ancient builders had knowledge of the heavens that would also make them great navigators. What takes his theories to a whole new level of speculation, however, is when he uses computer graphics, showing the world as seen from the North Pole, to demonstrate that Easter Island is located equidistant in longitude between the Egyptian temples of Giza and the Cambodian temples at Angkor Wat. Doing some calculating on star positions in ancient time, Hancock makes the point that all these colossal and complicated structures must have been built at nearly the same time, about 10,500 B.C. Hancock's theory that ancient mariners spread all this knowledge through the entire world may seem crazy at first, but he presents it in an entertaining manner, and even skeptics may enjoy his offbeat presentation. --Robert J. McNamara
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