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.
This book builds a narrative for a prehistoric megalithic science whose achievements are now largely forgotten. Starting in the 5th millennium BC, at Carnac (Brittany, France), it is clear that an original metrology and type of geometry was developed in order to understand astronomical time periods in a way quite unfamiliar to present day science. After astronomical works, interpreted as leading to the form of monuments, megalithic science moved to understanding the shape and size of the earth using the same techniques and in order to complete this work, some of its best astronomers moved to Egypt so that by 2500-2600 BC, two distinct yet different monuments were constructed, one the Great Pyramid in Egypt and the other Stonehenge in southern England, each recording a simple but effective model for the earth using the same metrological knowhow. see book page
Dear Friends: I have just finished this finest book I have ever encountered on the subject. Richard Heath has written with masterful confidence and great verbal elegance to bring this ancient “Pythagorean” science up to our moment in history—fully integrating contemporary developments in projective geometry and spiritual efforts to explicate meaning. Here is the “see and tell” method of the ancients employed to illuminate what we hide from ourselves.
Dear Richard, Many thanks for sending me 'Sacred Number'. I've been reading it and am very impressed by the way you approach this difficult subject to write about. Your grasp of it is quite admirable and so is your expression of it. I've talked about it with John Neal and we're both delighted with what you've done.