Megalithic

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View over Atlantic coverThe View over Atlantis

John Michell

(superceded by The New View.....)

Review by M Porter (Amazon)

Whatever your view of the truth behind the various claims in this book (and if your of a ration frame of mind you'll probably be more than a little sceptical) you can't deny the importance of this book in the developement of what Professor Ronald Hutton has called 'The Second Romantic Age'.

In the sixties the Beatles went to India for a spiritual experience. What this book showed is that sacred landscrapes can be found much nearer home. Michell took something old, Alfred Watkins's The Old Straight Track, something true, archaeological evidence for astronomical alignments at Stonehenge, and something esoteric, Chinese 'Dragon Lines, and welded them together to produce a something new and original.

Scientifically speaking it might not stand up to close examination, but the result of this book, and its successors, is to Re-enchant the British landscape and make people look for the numinous in England's Green and Pleasant Land.

Book CoverInscribed across the Landscape

by Roy Loveday

Gloucestershire: Tempus 2006

A book that unwraps that most hidden British heritage, of the earthworks which preceeded the megaliths. Largely dated to 3600-2800, the cursus was named after a roman racetrack by Stukeley, the first documentor of the few above ground cursus structures, preserved perhaps by proximity with Stonehenge and Avebury barrows, henges and stone circles. The style is academic and minimalists requiring one to study what is being said and work out consequential meanings in a type that now boasts 100 possible sites most only recovered through aerial photography. In terms of this website, these structures would come under the category Landforms, within the INTERPRETATION menu.

The Ancient Metrology Series

by John Neal

AMbyNeal 1Ancient Metrology, Vol I: A Numerical Code - Metrological Continuity in Neolithic, Bronze, and Iron Age Europe  

10 Nov 2016

 

AMbyNeal 2

Ancient Metrology, Vol II: The Geographic Correlation: Arabian, Egyptian, and Chinese Metrology (The Ancient Metrology Series) 

30 Jan 2017

 

Burl MegalithicBrittany cover 200by Aubrey Burl

A GUIDE TO OVER 350 ANCIENT SITES AND MONUMENTS

Brittany is a megalithic wonderland. Not only at Carnac, with its famous stone rows, but all over the north-west peninsula of France there are standing stones, chambered tombs, alignments and stone circles, both contemporary with and earlier than Stonehenge and Avebury.

Aubrey Burl spent long periods in the field, visiting and studying the hundreds of sites listed here. In a text that is characteristically as entertaining as it i􀀟 informative and scholarly, he describes the architecture and archaeology of the monuments, and considers why they were built, providing a new analysis of their orientation. This original and readable guidebook also includes a detailed gazetteer, two-colour maps pinpointing each site and abundant photographs and line drawings.

Aubrey Burl was from 1970 to 1980 Principal Lecturer in Prehistory, Hull College of Higher Education. He is one of the world's leading authorities on prehistoric stone circles and his book, The Stone Circles of the British Isles ( 1976) is the standard work on the subject.

His other publications include Prehistoric Avebury (1979) and
Rites of the Gods ( 1981 ).


'A first-rate guidebook to the megaliths ... well judged in its interests, balanced in coverage, and shrewd in its opinions ... a fine and welcome book'

- The Times Lilerary Supplement


'Will now be the standard guidebook in English to the Breton megaliths ... should be in every megalith hunter's knapsack'

- Popular Archaeology

Howard Crowhurst pursues the use of multiple squares from being related to horizon events and the inter-related network of megalithic sites around Carnac, to exploring their use as an archetectural grid somewhat explaining how the monuments were laid out and what they mean. Well illustrated.

 

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by Robin Heath and John Michell

out-of-print but available second hand or new as a repro book called Lost Science of Measuring the Earth: Discovering the Sacred Geometry of the Ancients

 

TempleintheHills 200

by Robin Heath - Get your copy now

The current model of the prehistoric world overlooks (or ignores) several cultural components that author and presenter Robin Heath demonstrates were known about and available to the Neolithic megalith builders. Over the past thirty years, the author has rediscovered these components through extensive research into prehistoric monuments within their sacred landscapes. Heath now reveals that the design for Stonehenge originated in the 'bluestone country' of the Preseli hills, in West Wales. He also shows the reader where this 'First Stonehenge' monument is located.

Temple in the Hills is the story of this discovery, and marks a breakthrough in understanding the Neolithic science stored within solitary megaliths, or within collections of megaliths that define geodetic patterns across the landscape.

Temple in the Hills shows the Neolithic culture to have been intelligent, creative, determined and talented, even playful, and demonstrates how it managed to solve complex cosmological problems using only Stone Age technology.

The evidence for this claim takes the form of an integrated and elegant system of astronomical, geometrical and metrological knowledge, which led to monuments that are shown to have been temples to cosmic order.

The book's core narrative also connects the Preseli Hills with Stonehenge in an entirely new way, far more telling of prehistoric capabilities than how a few bluestones ever found their way to Stonehenge. On the journey we meet Annwn and the Caer Sidi of Welsh legend, how the traditional design of temples has always been linked to the motions of sun, moon and stars, and even a more recent search for a 'Preseli Zodiac'.. The storyline is supported by a display of lively photographs of the monuments in their landscapes, and other graphics, which bring the reader directly into contact with the research process as an adventure. 

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