History’s Mysteries: People, Places and Oddities Lost in the Sands of Time by Brian Haughton is an excellent compendium of some of the most fascinating places in the ancient and modern world. The author takes the reader to such places as the Tower of Babel, Great Zimbabwe, Mesa Verde and the Ruins of Etemenanki to mention just a few. In addition, the book depicts ancient artifacts like the Glozel stones, the Iron Pillar of Delhi and the Venus figurines.
One of the most fascinating sites depicted in the book is the Gobekli Tepe. This is a 10,000 year old megalithic structure which could be a replica of the Biblical Garden of Eden, and it may be the real one in actuality. The temples depicted are circular and described by columns and great weight around the borders. The construction depicts many images of animals; such as, cranes, lions, gazelles, foxes and wild boars in the vicinity. These self-supporting stones are shaped like humans; such that, the top part could symbolize the head while the stem looks like the body.
Haughton takes readers through the ruins of Etemenanki. These ruins are the remains of large stairs and a possible entry into the Tower of Babel. The structure is solid rock which has stood the test of many centuries of use and weatherization. The most difficult thing to grasp is how the building engineers transported the stones and moved them into place.
The step pyramid was one of the earliest built in Egypt. Haughton describes the huge Step Pyramid of Seqqara which is one of the oldest in existence. The pyramid has various slabs superimposed on the base and looks like a discrete mathematical step function.
The author depicts an unexplained Stone of Destiny on a hill in Tara County of Meath, Ireland. The artifact has been the subject of much speculation including the possibility of utility in the area of astronomy.
History’s Mysteries explains some of the oldest structures and artifacts in the history of the world. The presentation is well done as are the numerous illustrations throughout the book.