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Below are a selection of books about the 'Ice Age World, it's Peoples and Civilisation', which reflect a wide variety of ideas from both the 'mainstream' and the so-called 'fringe' communities in the historical sciences. To many, the very idea of Ice Age civilisation is anathema. To others, especially those who have cross-referenced the findings of many scientific disciplines, and thereby discovered that amenable conditions for 'life-as-normal' existed in a wide band either side of the equator during the last Ice Age, the question of Ice Age civilisation is not so easily dismissed.

Unfortunately, many academics have invested so heavily in what is becoming known as 'the old paradigm of prehistory' that they dare not acknowledge the scientific soundness of many recent arguments about Ice Age civilisation for fear and dread of invalidating their own early, and often life-long, works. Instead they choose either to ignore much pioneering new research, giving it 'the old silence routine', or if the evidence that they were wrong is overwhelming, they have often conspired with others whose 'sacred cows' have similarly been threatened by new scientific research, to deny the new pioneers the chance of honest peer-review and publication in prestigious journals that are often controlled by those same 'old pardigm' thinkers.

In order to contribute to redressing this imbalance in a climate of blatant academic dishonesty, The Morien Institute will continue to feature the works of the 'new paradigm researchers' in our Daily News coverage of the many and various new discoveries and re-discoveries about the archaic world as and when they emerge. This includes making the new books on these subjects that are ignored by mainstream academics available to visitors to The Morien Institute website so that they can access the full range of research into prehistoric Ice Age civilisation currently underway in every corner of the world.

We do this in the spirit of Arthur C. Clarke, who, in his book 'Profiles of the Future: An Enquiry into the Limits of the Possible', offered a series of simple Laws. As entertaining as they are poignant, he gave as his First Law:

"When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong." ...


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"Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings: Evidence of Advanced Civilization in the Ice Age" by Charles H. Hapgood

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"Charles Hapgood's classic 1966 book on ancient maps is back in print after 20 years. Hapgood produces concrete evidence of an advanced worldwide civilisation existing many thousands of years before ancient Egypt. He has found the evidence in many beautiful maps long known to scholars. Hapgood concluded that these ancient mapmakers were in some ways much more advanced in mapmaking than any people prior to the 18th century. It appears they mapped all the continents. The Americas were mapped thousands of years before Columbus. Antarctica was mapped when its coasts were free of ice. There is evidence that these people must have lived when the Ice Age had not yet ended in the Northern Hemisphere and when Alaska was still connected with Siberia by the Pleistocene, Ice Age 'land bridge'.

Stone Chisel And Yucca Brush is strongly recommended for Charles Hapgood has made an excellent job to point out some strange features on Ancient maps. Comparing a set of maps made from Ptolemea (166 AD) to the Middle Ages and the first global maps made by Piri Re'is (A Ottoman admiral), Hadji Ahmed, Oronteaus Finaeus and Mercator, all editing their maps between 1513 and 1560, he (and the reader) notice that Antarctic continent figures almost accuratly on all of them."


"The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age"
by Richard Rudgley

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"In this fascinating book, Rudgley describes how the intrepid explorers of the Stone Age discovered all of the world's major land masses long before the so-called Age of Discovery. Stone Age man made precisely sized tools, and used proto-abacuses to count and measure. He performed medical operations including amputations and delicate cranial surgeries. Neanderthals not only domesticated fire for heat and light, but experimented with lichen and moss fuels. In the visual arts, the Paleolithic cave artists of western Europe used techniques forgotten until the Renaissance. Picasso himself is said to have remarked after visiting Lascaux, "We have invented nothing!".

If prehistory makes up 95 percent of our time on the planet, then it stands to reason that early Homo Sapiens would have slowly developed the building blocks of culture and civilization. But the astonishing richness of Stone Age life is in fact a sudden eruption, so powerful that it forces us to wonder whether we have made real progress since then. Rudgley reminds us just how savage so-called civilized peoples can be, and shows us how civilized the cultures were that have been reviled as savage. Prehistoric life expectancy was better than it is for contemporary third-world populations. Care for the sick and weak was a feature of archaic societies. Warfare seems to have been less prevalent in prehistoric days than in our own."


"Voyages of the Pyramid Builders: The True Origins of the Pyramids from Lost Egypt to Ancient America" by Robert M. Schoch & Robert Aquinas Mcnally

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"Is it a mere coincidence that pyramids are found across our globe? Did cultures ranging across vast spaces in geography and time, such as the ancient Egyptians; early Buddhists; the Maya, Inca, Toltec, and Aztec civilizations of the Americas; the Celts of the British Isles; and even the Mississippi Indians of pre-Columbian Illinois, simply dream the same dreams and envision the same structures?

Scientist and tenured university professor Robert M. Schoch-one of the world's preeminent geologists in recasting the date of the Great Sphinx-believes otherwise. In this dramatic and meticulously reasoned book, Schoch, like anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl in his classic Kon-Tiki, argues that ancient cultures traveled great distances by sea. Indeed, he believes that primeval sailors traveled from the Eastern continent, primarily Southeast Asia, and spread the idea of pyramids across the Earth, involving the human species in a far greater degree of contact and exchange than experts have previously thought possible."


"Lost World: Rewriting Prehistory - How New Science Is Tracing America's Ice Age Mariners" by Tom Koppel

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"For decades the issue seemed moot. The first settlers, we were told, were big-game hunters who arrived from Asia at the end of the Ice Age some 10,000 years ago, crossing a land bridge in the Bering Strait and migrating south through an ice-free passage between two great glaciers blanketing the continent. But after years of sifting through data from diverse and surprising sources, the maverick scientists whose stories Lost World follows have found evidence to overthrow the "big-game hunter" scenario and reach a startling and controversial conclusion: The first people to arrive in North America did not come overland; the came along the coast by water.

Now, for the first time, an award-winning journalist details these provocative discov-eries as he accompanies the archaeologists, geologists, biologists, and paleontologists on their intensive search. Writing with crisp and often suspenseful prose, author Tom Koppel takes readers along with the scientists under the sea, into caves, and out to the remote offshore islands of Alaska, British Columbia, and California. Presenting detailed and growing evidence for ancient coastal migration, he shows how new methods of dating, underwater imaging, and biochemical analysis support conclusions based on more traditional scientific inquiry."


"In Search of Ice Age Americans" by Kenneth Tankersley & Douglas Preston

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"Who were the first Americans? Where did they come from? When did they arrive? In this dramatic reconstruction of the daily lives of the earliest Americans, leading anthropologist Kenneth Tankersley tackles those questions, explaining how people survived the Ice Age and forever altered the course of human history. Drawing on more than two decades of fieldwork around the world, Tankersley takes readers on an exciting journey into America's most ancient human past-from the deep recesses of underground caverns in the East to the mountains and deserts of the West-providing a behind-the-scenes look at the search, discovery, and examination of Ice Age sites and artifacts. Based on the author's unique mix of archaeology, anthropology, and history, In Search of Ice Age Americans provides the most current theories and up-to-date answers to the fundamental questions of our past. This is the first book to tell the real stories behind America's most important archaeological discoveries by those who made them-farmers, teenagers, and cowboys-and through the oral traditions of Native Americans, the diaries of early European explorers, and the journals of America's founding fathers."


"Prehistoric America: A Journey Through the Ice Age and Beyond"
by Miles Barton, Nigel Bean & Stephen Dunleavy

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"When human beings first arrived in North America at the end of the last Ice Age, they encountered a teeming variety of animals, from ground sloths and mastodons to zebras and camels. This spectacularly illustrated book takes us on a captivating journey back to that time, showing us the entire continent and its incredible wildlife as it looked 13,000 years ago.

The book travels the ancient continent region by region, from the icy Arctic vastness to the steamy tropical swamps of Florida. We are introduced to bizarre beasts, now extinct (including glyptodonts, scimitar-toothed cats, and mammoths); animals that have long since disappeared from their North American habitats (lions, cheetahs); and species still seen today (grizzlies, condors, alligators). A wealth of fossil evidence informs the stunning computer-generated panoramas that fill the pages of this extraordinary book. The bones of the ancient beasts again have flesh and fur, unfamiliar animals again roam the landscapes, and the world of prehistoric North America comes startlingly to life."


"Ice Age Earth: Late Quaternary Geology and Climate"
by Alistair Dawson

UK Edition

"The reconstruction of past climatic change is dependent upon the application of reliable dating techniques and an understanding of the context of these methods. The study of Quarternary palaeoenvironments must draw from a range of disciplines. In an areas of increasing interest and specialisation, Ice Age Earth combines a summary of research and a synthetic description of the Late Quarternary. It focuses on changes in the Earth's geology and climate between the last interglacial and the final melting of the last great ice sheets: 130 000 to 7 000 year ago. The book describes the study of ocean sediments and ice cores and the value of these findings to the development of advance circulation models. Emphasis is placed on regional variability in glacial history, the rapidity of past climate change and the complexity of environmental responses to widespread deglaciation. Periglacial environmnents - lakes, rivers, mires, volcanic and aeolian activity, crustal and sea-level movement - are also considered. The book closes with a contextual discussion on Milankovitch insolation theory. Ice Age Earth provides the first detailed review of global environmental change in the Late Quaternary. It should prove essential reading for all students interested in Quaternary environments."


"The Call of Distant Mammoths: Why the Ice Age Mammals Disappeared"
by Peter Douglas Ward

UK Edition

"If you went back in time to the site of Los Angeles as it looked 12,000 years agoat the height of the last Ice Agethe animal population might remind you of Africa. You would see saber-toothed tigers, giant ground sloths and camels, hippos, lions, and enormous scavenging condors, as well as giant bears and wolves. Most spectacular of all would be the great herds of proboscideans: giant mastodons and mammoths, extinct relatives of the elephant. Why are these splendid creatures no longer with us? Why are the great mammals that once walked the earth now largely extinct outside of Africa?

Of the two suspected culprits, climate change and human hunting, Ward builds a compelling case for human hunting. Humans arrived in Australia about 40,000 years ago, and the marsupial lions and giant kangaroos vanished soon after; they came to New Zealand 2,000 years ago, and the giant moa was quickly gone; and the American extinction coincides with the spread of the first human population there. Surprisingly, however, this most recent of prehistoric mass extinctions is far from the best known or most thoroughly studied. In order to understand what happened in the Ice Age, Ward takes us on a tour of mass extinctions through earth's history. He presents a compelling account of the great comet crash that killed off the dinosaurs and describes other extinctions that were even worse. In so doing he introduces us to a profound paradigm shift now taking place in paleontology: rather than arising from the gradual workings of everyday forces, all mass extinctions are due to unique, catastrophic events. They throw a wild card into the game of evolution and start the contest anew."


"Journey Through the Ice Age" by Paul G. Bahn & Jean Vertut

UK Edition

"Some of the oldest art in the world is the subject of this riveting and beautiful book. Paul Bahn and Jean Vertut explore carved objects and wall art discoveries from the Ice Age, covering the period from 300,000 B.C. to 40,000 B.C., and their collaboration marks a signal event for archaeologists and lay readers alike.

Utilizing the most modern analytical techniques in archaeology, Bahn presents new accounts of Russian caves only recently opened to foreign specialists; the latest discoveries from China and Brazil; European cave finds at Cosquer, Chauvet, and Covaciella; and the recently discovered sites in Australia. He also studies sites in Africa, India, and the Far East. Included are the only photographic images of many caves that are now closed to protect their fragile environments. A separate chapter in the book examines art fakes and forgeries and relates how such deceptions have been exposed. The beliefs and preoccupations of Paleolithic peoples resonate throughout this book: the importance of the hunt and the magic and shamanism surrounding it, the recording of the seasons, the rituals of sex and fertility, the cosmology and associated myths. Yet enigmas and mysteries emerge as well, particularly as new analytical techniques raise new questions and cast doubt on our earlier suppositions."


"Frozen Earth: The Once and Future Story of Ice Ages"
by Doug Macdougall

UK Edition

"In this engrossing and accessible book, Doug Macdougall explores the causes and effects of ice ages that have gripped our planet throughout its history, from the earliest known glaciation-nearly three billion years ago-to the present. Following the development of scientific ideas about these dramatic events, Macdougall traces the lives of many of the brilliant and intriguing characters who have contributed to the evolving understanding of how ice ages come about. As it explains how the great Pleistocene Ice Age has shaped the earth's landscape and influenced the course of human evolution, Frozen Earth also provides a fascinating look at how science is done, how the excitement of discovery drives scientists to explore and investigate, and how timing and chance play a part in the acceptance of new scientific ideas. Macdougall describes the awesome power of cataclysmic floods that marked the melting of the glaciers of the Pleistocene Ice Age. He probes the chilling evidence for "Snowball Earth," an episode far back in the earth's past that may have seen our planet encased in ice from pole to pole. He discusses the accumulating evidence from deep-sea sediment cores, as well as ice cores from Greenland and the Antarctic, that suggests fast-changing ice age climates may have directly impacted the evolution of our species and the course of human migration and civilization."

"Quaternary Extinctions: A Prehistoric Revolution"
Paul S. Martin & Richard G. Klein

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"After the Ice Age: Return of Life to Glaciated North America"
E. C. Pielou

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Ice Age Cave Art
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Yellow Horse
Yellow Horse
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28 in. x 22 in.
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Two Reindeer
Two Reindeer
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"America's Ancient Forests: From the Ice Age to the Age of Discovery"
Thomas M. Bonnicksen

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"Exploring the
Ice Age"

Margaret Cooper & Jean Vertut (Photographer)

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"The Big Cats & Their Fossil Relatives
Mauricio Anton, Alan Turner & F. Clark Howell

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