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Book Review: History’s Mysteries by Brian Haughton

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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.

About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.