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51. Society News [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... subject can again be treated in a serious manner. Living in Wiltshire had put Meaden into an ideal position to investigate both crop circles and that most intriguing of ancient monuments, Stonehenge. He realised that his conclusions about the latter were just one in a long line of speculation but thought his interdisciplinary approach was more likely to produce results than the narrower 'expert' view point of some of the archaeologists, astronomers and mathematicians who had tried their hand at explaining the purpose of Stonehenge. All the evidence led to the conclusion that the megalithic people had been simple farmers led by a priesthood and the key to understanding their religious concepts lay in the interpretation of the symbols which are found carved on stones, in graves and on grave goods, throughout the megalithic world. This was a huge subject upon which this talk could only touch, but we were given examples from three prime sites (Stonehenge itself, Newgrange and Avebury) which illustrated Dr Meaden's theme of one particular religious concept, that of the sacred marriage. Meaden referred to the work of Marija Gimbutas in ...
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52. The Reality of Extinctions [Aeon Journal $]
... of natural disaster which has wiped out other large animals. Indeed, this particular date at around 35,000 years ago is also marked by the snap freezing of large animals in Siberia and North America. Some traumatic change in climate is implied-- and it gives us one clue to a possible mechanism for extinctions. In order to pursue this theme, the story is taken up again nearer our own time: specifically the millennium which ran from about 2500 to 1500 years B. C. This could be loosely termed the megalithic millennium, for it was during this time that the huge monuments of standing stones were set up in north-west Europe. There were several episodes of megalithic activity and, in the resulting patterns of standing stones, we have a record-- possibly the only record-- of a mechanism which will be proposed below as a cause of extinctions. Let us take this one step at a time. The most famous of all megalithic monuments is Stonehenge. But it is not a solitary example; hundreds of stone rings are extant ...
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... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 21: May-Jun 1982 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Strange Megalithic Monuments In The Central Sahara Archeologists have recently made some spectacular discoveries of megalithic structures in the central Sahara. This region boasts many V-shaped prehistoric monuments as well as spiral and meandertype carvings. There are even a few cup-and-ring markings, like those so prevalent in northern Europe. Most curious are the so-called "axle-type" monuments, which consist of a central hub with two straight projecting arms. Early in 1981, the monument shown in the sketch was found in the Immidir district. It is basically V-shaped, with two sets of "auxiliary" arms, one V-type and one axle-type, both of which are detached from the hub like "spare parts." The tips of the north-south arms in the sketch are about 75 meters apart. Clearly, orientation was important to the builders of the monuments, but the asymmetry and auxiliary arms are puzzling. The stonework in these central Saharan monuments is good. Dates ...
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54. Observations At Kintraw [Kronos $]
... which has been claimed by Professor Alexander Thom as a prehistoric astronomical observatory used for the detection of the midwinter solstice. This claim has been disputed on several grounds, notably that the foresight is not visible from the backsight on the ledge overlooking the menhir. From the results of our observations at the backsight we contend that this particular dispute is easily resolved. Other work done by us on the ledge indicates that it could not have been used as an observation platform to determine the exact day of the midwinter solstice. Of the many megalithic sites claimed by Professor Thom as remains of prehistoric observatories none has proved more contentious than the proposed midwinter solstitial site at Kintraw (A. Thom 1971, pp. 37-40). This consists of cairns and a menhir which Thom claims indicates a horizon foresight, the col between Beinn Shiantaidh and Beinn a' Chaolais on the island of Jura, 45 km away. Since the view of this col from the area around the menhir is partially blocked by the intervening ridge of Dun Arnal, Thom suggests that preliminary observations were made ...
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55. The Cairns Of Kintraw [Kronos $]
... From: Kronos Vol. IV No. 3 (Spring 1979) Home¦ Issue Contents The Cairns Of Kintraw Dwardu Cardona Copyright (c) 1979 by Dwardu Cardona. Dr. Euan MacKie's archaeological excavation at Kintraw, Argyllshire, Scotland, has been hailed by some as a dramatic confirmation of the astronomical function of this megalithic site. According to Alexander Thom's earlier work, the site consists of what he mistook for a small circle of stones approximately twenty feet in diameter, an outlying menhir twelve feet high, a fallen stone which would have been some seven feet high, and a ruined cairn the diameter of which is slightly over fifty feet. The arrangement, as shown in the accompanying diagrams, occupies a small level piece of ground, the only such place on a very steep hill. To the southwest are the slopes and peaks of Beinn Shiantaidh, Beinn a Chaolais, and Beinn an Oir. These are the so-called "paps" of the island of Jura which are also visible from our previously described site of Ballochroy, (1) some ...
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56. The Past Comes Down [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... From: SIS Chronology and Catastrophism Workshop 1991 No 1 (July 1991) Home¦ Issue Contents The Past Comes Down A Proposal for a Drastically Shortened Chronology for Our Prehistory (Palaeo-, Neo-, and Megalithic) and early Advanced Civilizations, up to the Beginnings of Roman Hegemony by Dr. Heribert Illig [* This article has been translated for SIS from the original German by Dr Horst Friedrich and is here reproduced for the first time in the English language.[ Note: Numbers in round brackets refer to page numbers from the book Die veraltete Vorzeit.In his book Die veraltete Vorzeit [1 the present author is advancing the central thesis that contemporary conventional chronology is assigning an exaggerated age to the cultures of prehistoric Europe (i.e. earlier than 500 B.C.). The magnification ratio of the dates ascribed to the prehistoric remains corresponds with the relative distance in time of the respective finds from the present. It has been possible to adduce comprehensive corroborating evidence in support of this thesis. As a first step it had to be shown how ...
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57. Stone Alignments In Subsaharan Africa [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 4: July 1978 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Stone Alignments In Subsaharan Africa Megalithic sites are found everywhere; many were apparently used for calendar reckoning. Although numerous megalithic circles and other arrangements are known in Africa, particularly Ethiopia, astronomy does not seem to have been a primary objective of African sites. Now, however, a stone alignment in northwestern Kenya called Namoratunga has been found with unmistakable astronomical overtones. At Namoratunga, 19 large basalt pillars are arranged in rows forming a suggestive pattern. Since the site is dated at approximately 300 B.C., archeologists have taken sightings on seven prominent stars as they would have appeared during this period. (The azimuths of some of these stars had changed by as much as 12 in 2,200 years.) The stars chosen are those employed by Eastern Cushites, the present inhabitants of the region, in calculating their rather sophisticated calendar. Pairs and frequently triads of these pillars line up very accurately (to less than ...
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... From: Kronos Vol. V No. 3 (Spring 1980) Home¦ Issue Contents The Kintraw Stone Platform Thomas McCreery Professor Thom's innovative hypothesis concerning megalithic astronomical observatories has, if correct, catastrophic import on a range of disciplines. His works have consequently provoked considered opposition from various quarters.(1) A fundamental criticism which is often levelled at his work concerns the absence of independent evidence, anthropological as well as archaeological, which would necessarily underpin his theories. This dilemma seemed to have been resolved in 1969 when Thom stated that a small ledge had been cut into the steep hillside at Kintraw for use as an observation platform.(2) An archaeologist, Dr. Euan MacKie, reasoned that the ledge provided a crucial test for the veracity of Thom's ideas; for if the ledge was artificial, or if traces of prehistoric activity were to be found there, this would constitute archaeological proof of the astronomical theories.(3) Dr. MacKie's subsequent excavations on the ledge were, however, disappointing and, indeed, embarrassing. Not only ...
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... From: Pensée Vol. 4 No 5: (Winter 1974-75) "Immanuel Velikovsky Reconsidered X" Home¦ Issue Contents Notes on this Issue Stonehenge, Woodhenge, and the other megalithic monuments located throughout Britain and elsewhere have spawned more theorizing through the centuries than almost any other relics of the human past (excepting, of course, the pyramids and the Sphinx). In recent years these monuments have been proclaimed observatories; and the astronomical sophistication assigned to their builders borders on the fantastic. Dr. Euan MacKie (p. 5) examines these claims and finds them correct, at least in part; his own fieldwork has provided one of the most impressive pieces of evidence supporting the astronomical interpretation-all of which renders the megalithic monuments crucial for testing both uniformitarian and catastrophic theories. In "Megalithic Astronomy and Catastrophism," MacKie assesses the evidences with admirable lucidity. As a bonus, he grants us a preview of his forthcoming book on Stonehenge. Velikovsky (p. 21) comes forth with another one of those chapters from the unpublished sequels to Ages ...
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60. Bookshelf [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... (Dent, 1982). Mr Warlow's tippe-top theory for Earth inversions is well known to Velikovskians (SISR III:4, p.100 ff.; IV: 1, p.8 ff.;IV:2, p.62ff.). CHAOS AND CREATION* by Prof. Alfred de Grazia (Metron Publications, Box 1213, Princeton, New Jersey 08540; 1981). This is the first book of a series on Quantavolution, the theory that nature and life have originated and developed by sudden, large-scale and highly energetic changes. MEGALITHIC SCIENCE by Dr Douglas Heggie (Thames& Hudson,1981). A sober re examination of megalithic alignments and the use of statistical methods in their appraisal. Dr Heggie comes to the conclusion that there is insufficient evidence for the "megalithic yard" postulated by Thom. Solsticial and lunar alignments are found to be few and lacking in accuracy. Excellent debunk of the Thom hypothesis which caused so much consternation at the Glasgow Conference. THE UNEXPLAINED: Mysteries of Mind, Space and Time. A weekly magazine edited by Colin Wilson ...
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