Book Review: The Lost Civilization Enigma

The Lost Civilization Enigma:  A New Inquiry Into The Existence Of Ancient Cities, Cultures, And Peoples Who Pre-Date Recorded History, by Phillip Coppens

While the contents of this book will likely be unfamiliar to most readers, whether or not they are hostile to the author’s general worldview and historical beliefs in advanced ancient societies with a certain degree of occult knowledge, the contents of this book are familiar to those interested in more conventional studies of archaeology as well [1].  Although there is a great deal to find fault of in this book, the author makes a point that archaeologists and historians and scientists have a strong desire to protect their own reputations and their own paradigms and that they have been slow to accept the record of early advanced civilizations around the world.  So far as it goes, this is a valid point and ought to be clearly understood by the reader, especially the reader who shares with the author an interest in ancient history and a certain willingness to listen to and consider unconventional theories about ancient history.  For those readers that do meet these qualifications, this book, at about 300 pages or so, makes for a fascinating and thought-provoking read even if the reader does not agree with all of the conclusions of the author.

The author spends a great deal of time in this book moving around from civilization to civilization, discussing the works of unconventional, even outlaw archaeologists, amateurs and otherwise, who have sought to uncover ancient ruins and solve longstanding historical mysteries.  The author begins by discussing concerns about a new inquisition against research that disagrees with the existing view.  Then the author spends some time talking about lost civilizations of the Old World, especially Old Europe and the inhabitants of the Tarim Basin and the pyramid, and then the lost civilizations of the New World, like those in the Amazon river basin and the Peruvian desert.  The author then discusses various ideas about Atlantis and the idea of prehistoric genius as well as a view of civilization, albeit without surviving writing, going back many thousands of years, closing with an idea that the world is full of lost civilizations waiting to be found, if anyone will dare to look and accept what they find.  The book has an extensive bibliography for those readers who want to follow the author’s lead and dig into research about unusual and long-forgotten areas of ancient history.  There are, thankfully, many books a good deal more sober-minded than this one that corroborate the author’s comments in large part.

Although this book can be accepted as a witness and an encouragement for future reading among those interested in ancient history, accepting the author’s claims entirely is a doubtful proposition, not merely because the author has some obvious axes to grind, but also because this book represents an occult view of history, even if it is critical of some of the notable figures of occult studies, like Edgar Cayce.  What this book offers is a view of ancient paradise that is not Eden, but rather Atlantis, and where it is ancient occult knowledge and not biblical knowledge that is regarded as the source of wisdom for people.  It is ultimately a matter of some delicacy as to whether this book is given full or merely partial credence, as the book has a clear perspective that is not strictly historical, but ultimately religious in nature.  As someone who has a different religious worldview than the author’s, I can recognize where his comes from and share his willingness to accept religious truth, but differ with him as to where that truth may be found as the source of genuine knowledge about history.

[1] See, for example:

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