Before the Pyramids: Cracking Archaeology's Greatest Mystery

By Christopher Knight, Alan Butler

Were the pyramids of the pharaohs conceived in Britain? The acclaimed coauthors of Civilization One imagine so, and so they take readers on a gripping day trip into historic faith and astronomy. Knight and Butler not just determine the life of a complicated civilization with staggering, virtually sleek wisdom, yet additionally they clarify how the oldest Neolithic monuments--the henges of North Yorkshire--were deliberate, and their awesome connection to the later pyramids of Giza.

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