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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 builds a definite 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.
This knowledge has propagated into monuments such as the wall around the Temple Mount at Jerusalem and the pyramid complex at Teotihuachan, both interpreted in this book to reveal secret types of activity related to the megalithic after it was supposed to have ended. This has led to religious ideas which were founded on seeing that the time environment around the earth was organised in such a fashion as to believe there were Lords of Time who had constructed time as we would an artifact and that the megalithic impulse can now be seen as a journey of discovering these lords or gods, who one presumes toiled to organise time so as to enable life on earth and our own form of existence.
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 megalithic epoch 5000-2500 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.
Nearly Released: Temple in the Hills where Robin locates the missing precursor to Stonehenge near the bluestone sites. Builders of Stonehenge may have come from the Preselli mountains, an interpretation now gaining acceptence with archaeologists.
Bluestone Magic A Guide to the bluestone megalithic structures of North Pembrokeshire, from where the builders of Stonehenge sourced their bluestone.
Technical biography of Alexander Thom, 20th Century Scottish pioneer who "cracked the Stone Age Code", pointing to alignments, megalithic yards and site geometries, whilst leaving behind proper surveys of many British stone circles.
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