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... From: Horus Vol. 1 No. 2 (Summer 1985) Home¦ Issue Contents Stonehenge: What Was It? by Alban Wall There is a celestial phenomenon that numerous ancient civilizations, in their early study of the heavens, soon discovered and put to use in helping to regulate their civil and religious affairs. Simply stated it is this: "The phases of the Moon exactly repeat themselves on the same days of the year every nineteen years, but not in any year in between." Since early times, and even in some cultures today, the waxing and waning of the Moon has been the astronomical basis of the month. The Moon circles the Earth once in a fraction over 29.5 days. During that time it completes one set of phases. It was quite obvious to ancient observers that coordination of lunar months with solar years could provide a natural, ready-made calendar cycle. There are many examples in ancient history of luni-solar calendar systems based on the fact that there are 235 lunar months in 19 solar years. I will state at ...
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32. Reviews [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... , Heinsohn proposes that the Hyksos are the Assyrians and that the Israelite kingdoms of David and Solomon are the retrospective inventions of post exilic Jews inspired by the exploits of Sargon and Tiglath-Pileser with overtones of celestial prototypes. While Sieff and Sweeney are totally enthusiastic about the Mesopotamian reconstruction they do not accept the later developments and Whelton describes them as accepting 'half the Heinsohn loaf'. Derek Shelley-Pearce, 1988 The Life and Death of Megaliths Books Reviewed Dolmens for the Dead- Megalith building throughout the world by Roger Joussaume (Hachette 1985) The Stonehenge People- Life and death at the world's greatest stone circle by Aubrey Burl (J.M.Dent 1987) Dolmens for the Dead is not an easy read but would be invaluable as a text book for anyone interested in pursuing in great detail what is currently known about megalithic burial structures. Over half the book deals with western and northern Europe, not surprisingly, as here are found the greatest numbers of the oldest and most studied dolmens and stone circles. The survey is completed by briefer considerations of Africa, Arabia, the Caucasus, ...
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... flesh and blood along with various votive offerings. It seems obvious that both were products of the same cultural tradition. In describing another such site discovered in Britain, Anne Ross declared: "It is clear that the early Celtic peoples regarded all such places as entrances to the otherworld, and the literatures of the Celtic world support this supposition. One of the earliest of these shaft-wells dates to before the period with which we are concerned, namely, to the Bronze Age, and is located in Wiltshire, about 2 miles from Stonehenge. It consists of a shaft, cut through the chalk to a depth of some 110 ft., terminating in a well, containing the remains of wooden buckets and ropes, and having in it pieces of broken Bronze Age pottery... Its proximity to Stonehenge and its great depth suggest that it was of a ritual nature and may perhaps have been connected with the cults practiced at Stonehenge."(6) When it is borne in mind that the initial migration of Celtic peoples into Britain is generally considered to ...
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34. Out-henging Stonehenge [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 123: May-Jun 1999 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Out-Henging Stonehenge Stonehenge may be more sophisticated in terms of astronomical alignments, but it is dwarfed by the newly discovered henge surrounding Ireland's hill of Tara. (A "henge" is simply a circular ditch and embankment.) The henge's ditch at Tara is 3 meters wide with a curious series of pits on either side. Its diameter is about 1 kilometer (5/8 mile) compared to Stonehenge's diminutive 100 meters. Tara had long been considered an Iron Age site, but the presence of the giant henge pushes its use as a ceremonial site back to Neolithic times-- say, to 2,500 B.C. (Anonymous; NEARA Transit, 11:14, Spring equinox 1999.) Question. Are those pits analogous to the mysterious Aubrey holes at Stonehenge? From Science Frontiers #123, MAY-JUN 1999.© 1999-2000 William R. Corliss ...
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... imagery, points to Earth having previously had an obliquity of 0. Pietron also gave us a detailed assessment of the former roles and relationship of the planets Venus and Jupiter and even touched on the subject of Mayan calendars and large discrepancies in world wide datings. He clearly gave his audience much to think about and we hope to be able to properly assess his work with a detailed article in the future. Emmett Sweeney then entertained us with what appeared initially to be an off the cuff presentation of his thoughts about a connection between Stonehenge and King Arthur. Rapidly warming to his subject Emmett began with the legend of Merlin creating Stonehenge by the magical transportation of stones and before long we were plunged into an exuberant consideration of Celtic myth and chronology and their interconnections with world myths. Emmett concluded that Stonehenge was not built by an unknown Stone Age people but that the megalithic world was that of the Celtic civilisation in the early first millennium BC. This controversial chronology included a down-dating of the pyramids to the same period, thought to mark the end of a period ...
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... degrees north, has an amplitude (angular distance north of east) of about 32 degrees, an increase factor of some 36%. Such an amplitude exaggeration would make the angular distances between the maximum rising or setting points of the planets much more easily discernible to anyone making a regular study and observation of them. Horizon reference That ancient astronomers made use of the horizon as a natural and convenient reference scale for measuring and correlating movements of the heavenly bodies is a well-attested fact. In numerous articles in HORUS and KRONOS dealing with Stonehenge as a luni-solar calendar, 1 have amply demonstrated that the horizon-marking method was the principal system used in setting up the sunmoon calendar device that the site represented. By noting the maximum setting (or rising) points of the planets along that scale, and thereby the relative degree to which each, in its separate celestial journey, "wandered away" from the sun, the astronomers erroneously deduced that the order thus derived represented the correct relative distances of the planets. Figure 4: Relative maximum amplitudes of the Sun and the ...
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37. Letters [SIS C&C Review $]
... and the resisting powers of the various rock surfaces found in the earth's crust. However, if it could be brought up-to-date and put on a proper scientific basis, it could be used to predict earthquakes and volcanic activity. John D. Weir, Edinburgh Merlin's 'Round Table' Emmett J. Sweeney, in his 'Merlin and the Round Table' (C&CR 1999:1, p. 17), is the latest among many to take it for granted that Diodoros of Sicily (II, 47) was referring to Stonehenge. Diodoros wrote in the first century before this era, and indicated that his account of the Hyperboreans was derived from 'Hekataios and certain others'. (Hekataios lived around -500; his books have not survived.) However Sweeney goes too far in taking this passage of Diodoros to have been 'quoted' from Hekataios: the Greeks did not use quotation marks, and the reference to 'Hekataios and certain others' is not very precise anyway. Sweeney uses an unidentified translation that speaks of a 'round' temple. A more responsible ...
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38. Bookshelf [SIS C&C Review $]
... , from pyramidology to ley-hunting. The unorthodoxies naturally include the ideas of Immanuel Velikovsky- and here Mr Brown's book suffers a sad decline in quality. To Mr Brown's credit, he has at least invented his own distortions of Velikovsky's theories, rather than peddling the familiar ones, and he has updated his sources, displaying a tenuous acquaintance with the contents of Pensee- though only sufficient to garble Velikovsky's views even further. In the midst of the general disparagement there appear to be two specific criticisms of Velikovsky, the first related to Stonehenge and the second to the Venus tablets of Ammizaduga. On Stonehenge the author states': "Velikovsky claims the monument was erected later than -687": in fact Velikovsky has only suggested that the final re-arrangement (no one disputes that it was re-arranged several times) may have taken place after -687. On the Venus tablets Mr Brown's views have a certain ironic humour. He tells his readers that Velikovsky's supporters have "manipulated" the data on the tablets in "futile attempts" to prove that Venus moved irregularly in the ...
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39. An Earthen Stonehenge [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 27: May-Jun 1983 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects An Earthen Stonehenge The six concentric octagonal (or circular) ridges at Poverty Point, Louisiana, are interupted by four avenues, as shown in the illustration. Other avenues may have existed to the east, assuming the ridges actually continued to complete the figure. K. Brecher and W.G. Haag have contended in earlier papers that two of the existing four avenues were solstice markers. R.D. Purrington, in the first of a pair of papers in American Antiquity, maintains that the Poverty Point ridges have been so badly eroded over the last 3,000 years that sight lines cannot be determined with any accuracy. In fact, the precise center of the octagonal figure is a matter of judgment. Purrington's reconstruction of sight lines along the avenues, using his assumed center, does not support the idea that the avenues were solstice markers. Brecher and Haag responded in the second paper that their viewing center is 100 meters ...
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40. Focus - Home & Abroad [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... From: SIS Workshop No. 3 (Nov 1978) Home¦ Issue Contents Focus- Home& Abroad Stonehenge Viewpoint is no longer available in this country but can still be obtained from 2821 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, California 93105. (Price $3 for six issues.) This magazine discusses phenomena of interest to the Velikovskian as was mentioned in Workshop II but having said this, it must be admitted that this is where any similarity between the two schools of thought ends. Stonehenge Viewpoint does indeed investigate such items as mythological swords, dragons and angel wings but the interpretation of such phenomena is not a Velikovskian one, but rather one that owes its origins to Isaac N. Vail (1840-1912), an obscure American school teacher, whose writings first described the importance of what are now termed 'hidden halos'. According to his view, much of mythology and legend can be understood in terms of ice crystal halos and the way light is reflected from them so that the appearance of such phenomena as 'dragon's eyes' is seen by ...
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