EUROPE’S LOST CIVILIZATION
EXPLORING THE MYSTERIES OF THE MEGALITHS
(London, 2006) paperback ISBN 0-7472-4203-8
(London: Headline, 2004), pp. 328 hardback ISBN 0-7472-4201-1
‘If you are as fascinated by megaliths as I am, this beautifully written story of a 4,000-mile journey … will be as refreshing as a long holiday.’
Colin Wilson, The Independent on Sunday, chosen as ‘Book of the Year’
‘An epic quest’
Geoff Ward, Western Daily Press
‘A book that is part Paul-Theroux-style narrative, part endurance adventure and part historical investigation… It’s tremendously, powerfully thought-provoking.’
Mick Middles, Manchester Evening News
‘An adventure story and a genuine historical work in one vastly fascinating volume… Marshall is a scholar and a visionary and you will find his infectious enthusiasm hard to resist.’
Steve Craggs, The Northern Echo
‘An intriguing read…Though certainly scholarly, Peter is unafraid to dive into the more mystical cultures that to this day exist around these monuments.’
Gillian Molesworth, Western Morning News
‘Marshall’s journey is an undoubted success…[He] states his convictions with passion and eloquence.’
Andy Worthington, Fortean Times
‘An intellectual adventure combined with an exciting 4000-mile voyage under sail’
The Good Book Guide
‘An epic sea voyage… that the rest of us can only dream about. Much more than a travel book…its real value is that it links [the major megalithic sites] and suggests that there was a common pan-European civilisation made possible by sea travel. Peter Marshall’s research is thorough and sound…This book is vital’
Peter Herring, The Megalithic Portal
‘A fascinating story brilliantly told’
Graham Hancock, author of Fingerprints of the Gods
Set in some of the wildest and most beautiful places in Europe, the massive megaliths of the Stone Age prompt many questions: what light do they throw on our origins? Who built them and why? What mysteries are encoded in their stones?
In this beautifully written book Peter Marshall argues that the megaliths are the beguiling remnants of an advanced lost civilization of Europe, a civilization linked by the sea which enjoyed a Golden Age of peace and creativity centred on the worship of the Great Goddess.
Sailing more than four thousand miles in his small boat Celtic Gold from Scotland to Malta, from the cold grey waters of the Atlantic to the warmth and light of the Mediterranean, Marshall shows that the ancient mariners were capable of making such long-distance journeys. Tracing the links between the many sacred sites visited during his exciting and adventurous voyage, he draws on geology, archaeology and astronomy and includes myths, legends and stories to evoke the life and world view of our ancient ancestors.
Marshall believes that the megaliths uniquely combine architecture and geomancy, science and art, energy and vision. Europe’s Lost Civilization sheds new light on the world of the megalith builders and the lessons ancient history has for us. It is also a fascinating physical, intellectual and spiritual quest into the ancient mystery of the standing stones.