Berriman, Algernon E.
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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.
This book is about a discovery, one that exposes an aspect of our prehistory that has since been lost to us. Almost nothing can be found of it within our history books, largely because our specialists in such matters have told us that it never happened, or that it could never have happened. Yet we will demonstrate that this activity not only happened, it once formed a crucially important technology within a culture we today still think of as being barbarians or even savages.
The discovery to be described here is directly connected with the construction, between around 3100 BC and 1800 BC of what has become adopted as Britain’s national temple, Stonehenge. Like that monument,
this discovery raises our perception concerning the capabilities of our Neolithic ancestors. Unlike that monument, there is more evidence left on the ground to expand on those capabilities, the narrative offering an entry into a new dimension of what some might choose to call ‘Stone-Age technology’.
Here, it is preferred to call it megalithic science, and its study provides a breathtaking perspective on a technology the world has forgotten, or chosen to forget, revealed in the hills of coastal West Wales, also, and not coincidentally, the location of the Preseli bluestones.
The idea that numbers once had a sacred function is to be seen in our symbolic history and religious stories.
This book is a general introduction and meditation on the many different facets of sacred numbers and their power within historical cultures.
by Ernest G McClain
author of The Myth of Invariance
February 19, 2012
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.
from John Michell
Dimensions of Paradise
February 1, 2007
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.
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