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Nazca, once only an isolated settlement in the midst of the Peruvian desert, is today the meeting place for archaeologists from around the world. From here you can fly over the celebrated Nazca pampa and appreciate the massive scale of the extraordinary markings on the surrounding landscape. Some of these lines are over 20 kilometers long!

Drawing on over 30 years of study, Erich von Daniken examines the various theories that attempt to explain the Nazca phenomena in terms of religious ritual, ancient roads, and astrological symbols. With the help of numerous photographs taken by the author - half-hanging from a small airplane - he describes the many mysteries of Nazca and puts forward a startling revolutionary solution to one of archaeology's greatest enigmas.

©1997 Erich von Daniken (P)2011 Tantor

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  • Mark
  • 01-06-17


I must admit I have been fascinated with the Nazca lines since I was a kid and this book really goes into great detail on those archeological sites. This book should have been accompanied by a PDF reference to help the reader better see what is being described in the book.Some books are better suited to be read the old fashioned way, especially ones that include photographs describing things not easily translatable - this is one of those books. Narration was OK, didn't really like the voice changes that were used to represent the various people Von Daniken was interacting with. It is an interesting book, to this day there really doesn't seem to be a plausible answer to many of the questions associated with Nazca.

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  • LeanneK9
  • 28-01-15

His stuff is always interesting

Other than the occasional defensive rant, where he clarifies what he actually said vs what others have quoted him to say (which I don't blame him for taking the opportunity in his own books to do so!), the book is very informative!