In my second book of the trilogy 'Prehistoric Britain' to be published in October 2014 - 'Dawn of the Lost Civilisation', we look at the builders of Stonehenge and other 'Megalithic' sites and identify not only who these people were but more importantly where they came from and where they finally went?
To understand this 'Lost Civilisation' we also look at their skills and accomplishments, this includes their mathematical skills, which to date have been credited to the ancient Greeks. By undertaking detailed closer analysis of monuments such as Stonehenge and the mathematics used to design such monuments, we can see that the constructions of these ten thousand-year-old sites were, in fact, based on sound trigonometrical theory. This numeral and spatial ability allowed them to navigate the four corners of the known world on their ships some ten thousand years before Columbus was born.
So how was Stonehenge planned and what can we see from the 'blue-print' what they knew about mathematics?
The Stonehenge Blueprint
Firstly, Stonehenge was built in two very separate phases - current archaeologists are confused by the monument and dating of the structure so if you read or browse the internet you will see the 'traditionalist' quote three to five phases - these phases occurred AFTER the original monument was abandoned and thousands of years later, the ritualistic Celts occupied the monument and used it to worship the Sun and the summer Solstice as we see reenacted today during the summer solstice.
The First Phase took place at 8500 BCE when our ancestors built the original ditch made up of individual pits that were cut below the ancient groundwater table level to create a moat. This moat was used with the Bluestones to bathe away infections from cuts and bites which, if left untreated, would have turned into gangrene and lethal fevers. For Bluestones (when wet) releases chemicals, including the most potential natural antiseptic - rock salt.
Phase I with the Aubrey Holes that the Bluestones occupied
The most amazing aspect is the accuracy of the diameter of this moat, which is exactly 360 ft (109.73m). This length is no accident or coincidence it is of the reason that our angular and trigonometrical system revolves around 360!
We have 12 months a year and each have a lunar cycle that lasts (from New Moon to New moon ) 29.53 days. We have shown in my last book 'The Stonehenge Enigma' that there was 56 Bluestones (2 x 28) and we can show that this was used as a very accurate (99.8%) moon and eclipse calendar, which could compensate for the 0.47 day difference between the moon cycle and a 30 day standard cycle.
It is therefore, no surprise that the most ancient of calendars are 12 x 30 = 360 days in length.
In history, we know that in the eighth century B.C.E., civilizations all over the world either discarded or modified their old 360-day calendars. The 360-day calendars had been in use for the greater part of the past millenniums. In many places, month lengths immediately after that change were not fixed, but were based instead upon observation of the sky.
Priest-astronomers were assigned the duty of declaring when a new month began – it was usually said to have started at the first sighting of a new moon. Month length at that time was simply the number of days that passed from one new lunar crescent to the next.
During those years in Rome, for example, a Pontifex (priest) observed the sky and announced a new moon and therefore the new month to the king. For centuries afterward Romans referred to the first day of each new month as Kalends or Kalends from their word calare (to announce solemnly, to call out). The word calendar derived from this custom.
The ancient Babylonians in 4000 BCE used a calendar with alternating 29- and 30-day months. This system required the addition of an extra month three times every eight years, and as a further adjustment, the king would periodically order the insertion of an additional extra month into the calendar.
However, what is interesting is that monument becomes a 'time capsule' from our ancestors to show us that they understood the mysteries of mathematics. For when a circle that has a diameter of 360 ft has a moated circumference (the area around the edge of the circle) of 1130 ft in length. So if we divide the length around the edge 1130 by the diameter 360, we get a very interesting number 3.14 - why is this absorbing, because it's what we know as PI or 3.14159!!
So did the builders of Stonehenge leave us a message in stone?
Greek symbol for PI
No one knows who invented Pi, yet the Ancient Greeks used this unusual symbol to denote pi - does it remind you of some monument we have been discussing? Why would the Greeks use such a symbol to denote the relationship of a circle to its diameter? Surely, you would use something round not a classic trilithon symbol as found at Stonehenge - unless of course, that's were it was first used!
Trilithon used as a symbol for PI
Now 360 is also a very interesting number when it comes to circles as there are 360 degrees in a circle. This is a particular number for if you were to pick a standard number to determine the degrees in a circle would you not go for something much easier and obvious to remember and use like 100?
Yet such a number is not good for trigonometry as a standard right angle triangle with a 360 degree circle has 90 - 60- 30 which allows simple mental maths to be calculated, such as calculating the sides of a triangle. For if it was based on a 100 degree circle the triangle angles would be 25 - 16.66 - 8.33 and the ability to calculate angles in your head or as an approximation (no electronic calculators in the Stone Age) would be far more difficult.
So the logic to link the degrees (or days) in a circle or solar year is obvious and is clearly reflected in man's first stone construction at Stonehenge. However, Pi is only the start of this amazing construction, and the work accredited to Pythagoras in the past must now be questioned.
Man has always left obscure 'time capsules' to the future (or Aliens) would you have been able to understand the geometric patterns of Voyager 1?
Four thousand years after the original Phase I Circle was constructed with the 58 Aubrey Holes that held Bluestones from the Preseli mountains in Wales. These stones were used for map the 360-day lunar calendar; they decided to erect an additional central monument. In the first book of the trilogy, I proved that this monument was a temple to the dead of Doggerland, who died in an earthquake and subsequent tsunami in about 4200 BCE as recorded within Plato's dialogues, as a relief map of Doggerland (Slaughter Stone) and the Altar Stone (both made from micra sandstone) directly point to the ancient island, was also added at the time of construction.
Phase II of this construction included a new entrance causeway surrounded by moats known today as 'The Avenue', which led to the Neolithic shoreline which lay in the valley at Stonehenge Bottom. This 600m 'road' was used to, not only, transport people to the monument, but moreover, to move the larger Sarsen stones (weighing up to 16 tonnes) by boat to the new monument at Stonehenge from the Marlborough Downs near Avebury a distance of between 20 - 25 miles.
However, rather than just building any kind of road to the shoreline, they decided to build it on an alignment that marks the longest day - the summer Solstice. This day was very important for our ancestors as it correct the 360-day lunar calendar with the solar calendar which is five days longer (365 days which we use today). So in the centre of The Avenue they placed two stones (which are now missing) which are an exact alignment to the sunrise when this monument we first constructed
This alignment gives us the 'best' date for the construction of Stonehenge (as carbon dating is not possible for stones or stone holes) and confirms the date of Doggerlands demise in 4200BCE.
The complex details of this calculation is found in an earlier blog at:
So what we have now is our first 'chord' alignment that corresponds to the diameter of the Stonehenge ditch and the starting point of the circle which is its alignment to The Avenue.
Start of Phase II construction with The Avenue alignment
From this start, they then sub-divided the circle up into six portions called a 'Hexagram' in mathematical terms for as we will show you in the book 'Dawn of the Lost Civilisation' the number six, and its multiples are very important to our ancestors.
Phase 2-1 Hexagram added
The Hexagram was constructed by a series of strings of the same length (centre of the monument to the ditch) creating six 'equilateral' triangles, with all three sides the same length and therefore all three angles are of 60 degrees.
Properties of an Equilateral triangle
A crescent of stones was then formed for the monument (as illustrated in my previous book 'The Stonehenge Enigma') for the temple was dedicated to the dead and therefore, would have represented the crescent moon NOT the sun as some currently believe, for this adaptation occurred when later Druids altered the site by adding smaller stones and re-positioning the outer circle of bluestones.
Then the five pairs of the trilithon stones in the inner horseshoe were added making sure the gaps between the stones followed the alignment corresponded to the hexagram design. Lastly, the smaller outer circle trilithon which was aligned with the winter solstice sunset was added to complete the monument.
The Altar Stone and the 'relief map' (Slaughter Stone) of Doggerland was added to complete the original monument to point to our ancestors 'lost land' which Plato called 'Atlantis'.
Final Completed Structure
A complete explanation of the mathematics and symbolism within the Stonehenge Monument will be reviled in the second book of the trilogy 'Dawn of the Lost Civilisation' out in the autumn of 2014.
Stonehenge 4200 BCE
Included in the book are the following explanations:
The Use of the Hexagram rather than any other shape?
Why imperial measurement has terms as 'feet or foot'?
How Pythagoras theorems were used 3500 years before he was born?
Why there are 12 'units' to a foot rather than 10?
The builder's ratio of a yard and what it is connected to?
The TRUE symbolism behind the Hexagram symbol we call the Star of David?
The religious link between the 'double triangle' that is in the centre of the monument?
How this mathematics was incorporated in the building of the 'Giza Pyramid'?
The true date of construction of the 'Great Pyramid'?
Other 'Megalithic Structures' of the world this civilisation built and influenced?
The 12 houses of the Astrological Calendar and hours on the clock?
Why there is 60 minutes to an hour, 60 seconds to a minute?
How the golden ratio tells us how Stonehenge was used after the phase II construction?
Harmonic Proportions are to sound as the Golden Ratio is to structure.
and much, much more!!
Monument to the Dead - a crescent Moon
12,000 years ago the last Ice Age finally melted, revealing the Britain we know today...
OR DID IT?
Britain had been underneath two miles of ice and the
surrounding seas had frozen solid. What was left was a huge icy mass of
enormous weight, pushing down on this tiny island. This mass had
compressed the earth so much that the land surface lay at least a half
a mile below the sea bed as we know it today.
So what exactly happened after the great ice age melt?
This huge mass of watery ice that covered Britain raised the groundwater tables and left the land totally saturated. In fact, the volume of water was so great that it eventually created the English Channel and the North & Irish Seas. Very slowly, the land then started to rebound, so slowly in fact that even now, parts of Britain are still rising about one cm per year. This melting ice combined with the lowering of the land levels created not the single island called Britain we know today, but a series of smaller islands and waterways - totally unrecognisable to the landscape that is so familiar to us now.
Moreover, the land became a sub-tropical forest as the warmer climate that first melted the polar ice caps encouraged the growth of abundant foliage. This would very probably have caused the islands to experience what we would consider today to be monsoon seasons. Which in turn then kept groundwater tables abnormally high for another 4,000 years? The foliage, groundwater and warm climate would have left the islands resembling more like the Amazonian rain forest, rather than the grassy hills of Britain we see today.
The only way our Mesolithic
ancestors of Britain could have
had to adjust to this new environment would have been to develop and
use their boat and seamanship skills. Consequently, adapting to living
and trade by these shorelines travelling via the vast waterways and
lakes rather than through the forests, which would have been riddled
with dangers such as brown
bears, packs of wolfs
and wild boar all
roaming freely. Therefore, the shorelines became critical – our
Mesolithic ancestors would have
lived, worked and gathered by these
‘super-waterways’ and would have created social monuments and beacons
on there beaches and peninsulas.
My hypothesis proposes that our greatest prehistoric monuments, such as Stonehenge, were built on these watery peninsulas. I also propose that the ditches surrounding henges were NOT dry ditches, as archaeologists currently believe, but were, in fact, constructed to be watery moats and canals, which turned these sites into very special islands. The most astonishing aspect of this hypothesis is that even today, thousands of years after the groundwater have subsided, we can re-visit these sites and identify the ports and channels of this bygone age and by using the landscape, we can date, more accurately than ever before, when the sites were initially constructed.
Another key component of my hypothesis is the discovery of navigational signposts (Long Barrows), built within the landscape, on the banks of these waterways. Traditionally, archaeologists have believed that these had religious or ceremonial use, whereas my evidence shows that they had a more functional engineering purpose, helping our ancestors to navigate around these islands.
In fact, the book will show for the first time, that these signposts guided our ancestors when they transported enormous stones from the Preseli Mountains in Wales to the site at Stonehenge – by boat. These very stones were used to build the first phase this magnificent monument. Even more importantly, I can show the exact location of where these vast stones were unloaded from the boats and how this precious cargo and the mechanism used to lifted onto shore.
This discovery of this landing site has led us to accurately date for the first time the original construction date of Stonehenge - 7500BC to 8000BC. This is 5,000 years earlier than current archaeological estimations, making Stonehenge probably the oldest Stone Monument in the world.
2. Gigantic Prehistoric Canals - that are technically superior to even Victorian engineering.
3. Roman ports miles away from the coast – when sea levels are apparently rising.
4. Raised Beaches - that have never met the sea.
5. Giant skeletons - found by French archaeologists now dismissed by today’s scientists.
6. Mythological Dragons - a non-existent animal that is shared by the world.
7. Sunken land of the North Sea - was the world’s oldest and greatest civilisation.
8. Troy was located in Turkey - although it took Jason ten years to get home to Greece.
9. Antler Picks that built ancient Monuments - yet there is no real evidence for this myth.
10. Recent Landscape Flooding & Storms - the secret our ancient ancestors knew about Britain’s weather.
11. Alexander the Great sailed into India - where no rivers exist today.
12. Columbus was the first western man to reach America - yet bones and tools suggest that Europeans came 10,000 years earlier.
13. Quantum of Solstice – Pythagoras triangles show that Stonehenge holds mathematical s ecrets before its time.
15. Index and Acknowledgements