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
Megaliths as Astronomical Tools
The megalithic epoch5000-2500 BC expressed of a numeracy different to ours.
The geocentric astronomical periods were counted and found numerically meaningful using the tools of a pre-arithmetic numeracy [metrology + geometry]. From this much of our symbolism concerning "the gods" and our system of measures came to be based.
From the point of view of evidence, this astronomical work appears to have started in Carnac, Brittany, by 5000-4700 BC. It is largely monument based but some art has survived, the finest in Gavrinis, a south of Brittany chambered tomb. We note some of the many books on the megalith builders and people who wrote them or books on number sciences in general.
One major observation is of the continuity between the megalithic period (the terminal stone age) and later civilisations which can be traced through number sciences, then expressed through monuments, art/iconography and written records, especially myths written down from the oral traditions.
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