“Controversial, provocative, even profoundly ‘irritating’ to some....Gardiner
eruditely challenges us all with this refreshing study...from the Garden of Eden
into more modern times.”
—Dr. Karen Ralls, medieval historian and author of THE TEMPLARS AND THE
Despite being enmeshed in a culture steeped in technology and science, the
magic and mysteries of the ancient world can still haunt our imagination.
Through their architecture, artefacts and deeds, ancient cultures speak to us
across thousands of dusty years—from the labyrinthine palace of Knossos on
Crete and the lofty pyramids of Egypt to the remotest jungle temples of Peru and
the megalithic mystery of Stonehenge.
Hidden History brings together a fascinating selection of these ancient enigmas,
arranging them into three sections: Mysterious Places, Unexplained Artefacts,
and Enigmatic People.
You’ll discover fascinating facts about:
• The Great Sphinx—Mysticism and archaeology collide in the ongoing debate
over this enigmatic monument.
• Mystery Hill—Who built the intriguing megalithic complex lying 40 miles north of
• The Antikythera Mechanism—An ancient Greek computer found beneath the
• The Giant Hill-Figures of England—The Uffington White Horse and other huge
chalk figures cut into the English countryside thousands of years ago.
• The Queen of Sheba—Clues to the real identity of this mighty ruler famous for
her Biblical visit to King Solomon
• Newgrange—Hundreds of years older than the Giza Pyramid and Stonehenge.
Who were the builders of this Irish megalithic monument?
Hidden History fills the gap between archaeology and alternative history using
the latest available data and a common sense, open-minded approach. The book
discusses not only ancient history’s major mysteries, but also some of the
puzzles of alternative history—like the “Coso Artefact,” the possibility of ancient
flight, and the mysterious “Voynich Manuscript”—as well as mysterious peoples
from the Magi and the Druids to the Knights Templar and the Green Children.
With more than 50 photographs and illustrations, this is the ideal reference work
for those interested in the archaeology of these great enigmas.
Brian Haughton is a qualified archaeologist, with an interest in the strange and
unusual. He is a graduate of Nottingham (B.A. in Archaeology) and Birmingham
(M. Phil in Greek Archaeology) Universities. His Mysterious People website,
devoted to the lives of enigmatic people, has had more than half a million visitors
in three years. He currently lives, writes, and teaches in Greece.