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11. Megaliths, Moon Cycles, and Movements of the Earth [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... From: SIS Workshop Vol 6 No 3 (Feb 1986) Home¦ Issue Contents Megaliths, Moon Cycles, and Movements of the Earth Jill Abery Many authors have written in support of the idea that ancient man was deeply concerned with the movements of the Moon. Alexander Marshack has suggested that the engravings on 'batons' (objects of unexplained function) from the Upper Palaeolithic of western, central and eastern Europe were recordings of the lunar cycle.(1) Alexander Thom is well known for his work on British megalithic sites ... the subsequent arguments about the validity of his conclusions. There is doubt concerning the accuracy of observation possible at many of the sites; nevertheless, there seems to be a good case for considering that many of them were built with lunar alignments in mind.(2) Outside Britain, Professor Maxia, working on the nuraghi of Sardinia, has shown that the associated 'well-temples' are astronomically significant and based on the Moon.(3) If it is accepted that these observations are correct, what could be the motivation behind this ...
12. Oldest Astronomical Monument Rivals Stonehenge [SIS Internet Digest $]
... Oldest Astronomical Megalith Alignment Discovered in Southern Egypt by Science Team. An assembly of huge stone slabs found in Egypt's Sahara Desert that date from about 6,500 years to 6,000 years ago has been confirmed by scientists to be the oldest known astronomical alignment of megaliths in the world. Nabta stone circle site in Egypt Known as Nabta, the site consists of a stone circle, a series of flat, tomb-like stone structures and five lines of standing and toppled megaliths. Located west of the Nile River in southern Egypt, ... an ancient lake that began filling with water about 11,000 years ago when the African summer monsoon shifted north. It was used by nomads until about 4,800 years ago, when the monsoon moved southwest and the area again became hyperarid and uninhabitable. Five megalithic alignments at Nabta radiate outward from a central collection of megalithic structures. Beneath one structure was a sculptured rock resembling a cow standing upright, Malville said. The team also excavated several cattle burials at Nabta, including an articulated skeleton buried in a roofed, clay-lined ...
13. The Senegambian Megalithic Monument Complex [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 18: Nov-Dec 1981 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects The Senegambian Megalithic Monument Complex When one thinks of megaliths, one's thoughts usually turn to Britain and Brittany, forgetting that North Africa is covered with them. M.H. Hill sketches out in this paper the full extent of the great tract of megalithic remains on the Atlantic coast of Africa near Cape Verde, which he calls the Senegambian Monument Complex because it sits astride both Senegal and Gambia. ... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 18: Nov-Dec 1981 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects The Senegambian Megalithic Monument Complex When one thinks of megaliths, one's thoughts usually turn to Britain and Brittany, forgetting that North Africa is covered with them. M.H. Hill sketches out in this paper the full extent of the great tract of megalithic remains on the Atlantic coast of Africa near Cape Verde, which he calls the Senegambian Monument Complex because it sits astride both Senegal and Gambia. ...
14. Were the british megaliths built as scientific instruments? [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 17: Fall 1981 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Were the british megaliths built as scientific instruments? Alexander Thom and his son have meticulously surveyed nearly 100 megalithic sites in Britain and nearby Europe. Archeologists generally applaud the Thoms' careful work but vehemently attack their conclusions. The Thoms see in their surveys evidence that the early Britons built megalithic astronomical instruments with scientific capabilities far beyond their needs for calendar-keeping. Actually, they suggest that these " ... " people built a society so strong that it could devote time and labor to a program of astronomical research generations in extent. In short, they were precociously bright and socially strong; so much so that they could indulge their scientific desires. The Thoms' prehistoric scenario departs radically from that of the current archeological establishment, which has searched for flaws in the Thoms' work. Naturally, some defects have emerged. Clive Ruggles, the author of the present article, is one of the skeptics. He feels that the megalithic ...
15. The Stones Of Ballochroy [Kronos $]
... ) (Emphasis added). Here Clive Ruggles comes to the rescue: "There are problems. The weather for a start: how awfully sad, if after all the careful preparation it turns out to be cloudy on the solstice... When looking at megaliths today in a period of West Scottish murk and drizzle, the whole idea seems ludicrous. But present ideas of climate change come to the rescue here-- the interglacial climatic peak occurred before neolithic man, but conditions prevailing in 3000-2000 B.C. were noticeably warmer ... Issue Contents The Stones Of Ballochroy Dwardu Cardona Copyright (c) 1979 by Dwardu Cardona. 1. Cara Isle. About twelve miles south of Tarbert, on the west coast of the Kintyre peninsula, Scotland, one comes across the standing stones of Ballochroy. This megalithic site consists of three menhirs set in line with each other and a kist (or cist), i.e. a sepulchral chest constructed of stone slabs. Seven miles away is the tiny island of Cara. It has been noted that, at midwinter, the ...
16. The Origin Map [SIS Internet Digest $]
... in the Egyptian Sahara desert, west of Aswan, there is a very remote prehistoric site called Nabta Playa. There, a recently discovered complex of extremely ancient man-made megalithic structures have baffled the archaeologists who excavated them. An insight into the meaning and use of the megaliths led to a step-by-step sequence of discoveries, verified by measure and calculation, revealing that the megalithic architecture at Nabta Playa is a unified and detailed astrophysical map of truly astonishing accuracy, with no less than staggering implications. Written for the educated general reader, with ... From: SIS Internet Digest 2002:2 (Dec 2002) Home¦ Issue Contents The Origin Map www.iuniverse.com/bookstore/book_detail.asp?isbn= 0%2D595%2D73692%2D0 Book: The Origin Map: Discovery of a Prehistoric, Megalithic, Astrophysical Map and Sculpture of the Universe by Thomas G Brophy. (See also, Update on Nabta, p.14). On a desolate plain in the Egyptian Sahara desert, west of Aswan, there is a very remote prehistoric site called Nabta Playa. There, a recently ...
17. Ancient Stage Design [Science Frontiers Website]
... . 126: Nov-Dec 1999 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Ancient Stage Design In past issues of SF we have reported on the acoustical properties of rock-art sites (SF#83 and SF#123) and megalithic chambers (SF#102). This ancient recognition and use of the properties of sound to impress gatherings of people is rather remarkable for 4,000-5000 years ago. But we must be even more appreciative of megalithic-age talents when we discover that they also wedded ... effects with acoustical engineering when staging rituals and ceremonies. In effect, they were pioneering the design of auditoriums and church interiors. This marriage of architecture and sound was studied at two megalithic sites by A. Watson and D. Keating. Since we have previously attended to the acoustics of stone chambers, we will bypass their work on the huge chambered cairn called Camster Round and focus on the recumbent stone circle (RSC) called Easter Aquorthies near Aberdeen, Scotland. That RSCs are not ordinary stone circles is seen in this quotation ...
18. Bookshelf [SIS C&C Review $]
... From: SIS Review Vol 1 No 5 (Summer 1977) Home¦ Issue Contents Bookshelf Brian Moore Circular Arguments SCIENCE AND SOCIETY IN PREHISTORIC BRITAIN by Euan W. MacKie Elek, 1977: £12.50; MEGALITHS, MYTHS AND MEN by P. L. Brown Blandford, 1976: £4.75; THE STONE CIRCLE OF THE BRITISH ISLES by A. Burl: Yale University Press, 1976: £10.00; It has been estimated that the inhabitants of Neolithic Britain constructed some two and a half thousand stone circles in the ... its map reference. The book is rounded off by an extensive bibliography as befits what is likely to become a standard work in its field. The first work reviewed above states the problem arising from this explosion of evidence: "Archaeology is now faced with finding a Megalithic society to suit its monuments"; which brings us to Science and Society in Prehistoric Britain. A modest proposal Dr MacKie is one of the few archaeologists to have achieved the mastery of both mathematical and astronomical data necessary for a balanced assessment of the new evidence ...
19. Skara Brae: A Time Capsule of Catastrophism? [SIS C&C Review $]
... , op. cit. [6, p. 200-201. 12. MacKie, op. cit., p. 201. 13. MacKie, op. cit., p. 200. 14. See P. J. James: "Myths, Megaliths and the end of the Third Millennium", SISR V:3, p. 85 for references. Velikovsky expressed this view in "On Decoding Hawkins' Stonehenge Decoded", Pensée IVR I, pp. 24-28, 50. 15. V. Clube ... of Brodgar- which seems likely to have been associated with the Skara Brae settlement- he pointed out that "many of the tall thin standing stones have been snapped off near the ground, some probably in ancient times" and that the same phenomenon occurs at other megalithic sites [10. As well as being sudden the event that destroyed Skara Brae was of considerable magnitude, as the nature of the reoccupation reveals. MacKie again: "The first hearth of the re-occupation period... was laid on a thickness of about ...
20. The Use of the 7-Base Measuring System in Ancient Britain and the Continent [Aeon Journal $]
... still evident in the ruined state of the site, is a geometrically and mensurally integrated structure, as the figures and the tables presented in this study demonstrate. This clearly disproves the oft-expressed opinion that "the Aubrey Holes were overgrown and forgotten by the time the central megaliths were emplaced." In various earlier papers I have presented detailed exposition which integrate the elements from every construction period at Stonehenge, demonstrating that the monument served as an operational calendar device that perfectly reconciled Sun and Moon over the 19-year Metonic cycle. The present revelation ... and mathematical knowledge from their British cousins, and Stonehenge may very well have played a major role in those interchanges. To return to our present topic-- the value of each grid block measurement in the Figures was determined as follows: In his extensive investigations at megalithic sites in Britain and on the Continent, Thom had uncovered what he considered to be a standard unit of measure that was used in their construction. With a value of 2.72', he named this measure the megalithic yard (MY). In my own ...
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