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Below are a small selection of books that will give you a good background in understanding astro-archæology and megalithic science. Over the past fifty years or so, the abilities of ancient peoples to accurately survey the landscape and build megalithic structures that could accurately chart the movements of the sun, moon, planets and stars, and particularly the 'death-star' comets and their debris streams, has slowly come to be appreciated by a wider general public. Some of the books below were landmarks in this greater awareness, whilst others are recent works by researchers following in the footsteps of the pioneers. Collectively they paint a radically different picture of the past to the one we are offered in our schools, colleges and universities. Who is right and who is wrong? ...

"Decoding the Heavens:
Solving the Mystery of the World's First Computer"

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Jo Marchant
William Heinemann Ltd

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"In 1900 a group of sponge divers blown off course in the Mediterranean discovered an Ancient Greek shipwreck dating from around 70 BC. Lying unnoticed for months amongst their hard-won haul was what appeared to be a formless lump of corroded rock, which turned out to be the most stunning scientific artefact we have from antiquity. For more than a century this 'Antikythera mechanism' puzzled academics, but now, more than 2000 years after the device was lost at sea, scientists have pieced together its intricate workings. Unmatched in complexity for 1000 years, it was able to predict eclipses and track the paths of the Sun and the Moon through the zodiac, and probably even showed ancient astronomers the movements of the five known planets.

In Decoding the Heavens, Jo Marchant tells for the first time the story of the 100-year quest to understand this ancient computer. Along the way she unearths a diverse cast of remarkable characters - ranging from Archimedes to Jacques Cousteau - and explores the deep roots of modern technology not only in ancient Greece but in the Islamic world and medieval Europe too.At heart an epic adventure story, it is a book that challenges our assumptions about technology transfer over the ages while giving us fresh insights into history itself."

 

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"The New View over Atlantis" by John F. Michell

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"The View Over Atlantis, John Michell's unrivaled introduction to megalithic science, earth mysteries, and the inner meaning of number and measure, was described by Colin Wilson as "one of the great seminal books of our generation—a book which will be argued about for decades to come." Across much of the globe are ancient earthworks and stone monuments built for an unknown purpose. Their shared features suggest that they were originally part of a worldwide system, and John Michell argues that they served the elemental science of the archaic civilization that Plato referred to as Atlantis. In this connection the most significant modern discovery is that of "leys," the mysterious network of straight lines that link the ancient places of Britain and have their counterparts in China, Australia, South America, and elsewhere. John Michell's studies of ancient measures have enabled him to define their exact values. The same units recur in the dimensions of monuments all over the world, from Stonehenge to Teotihuacán, and reveal the builders' knowledge of the size and shape of the spheroidal earth, and with it the outlines of their cosmology."

 

"Feng-Shui: The Science of Sacred Landscape in Old China" by Rev. Ernest J. Eitel

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"The reissue of this book, first published in 1873, is no indulgence in curiosities. Feng-shui is the science of sacred landscape as known in Old Chinese traditions but, as John Mitchell points our in his commentary, it addresses some of the same problems that concern us today in town planning and the development of sites. John Mitchell is an English investigator of landscape, both ancient and modern, and his Introduction makes the necessary links between China and the west and between past and present. A sacred landscape is one which transcends both nature and function, giving shape to the capacity for experience which human beings may enjoy. The master of feng-shui takes a given site and `develops' it - but in a way hardly known today. By selection and precise manipulation, he brings out characteristics which otherwise would remain latent. Feng-shui is a method of synergy, combining the best elements in a situation, finding the best locations for additional structures and creating something new in a balanced, harmonious way. It is a method of design and management from which there are lessons to be learned."

 

"Secrets of the Stones: New Revelations of Astro-Archaeology and the Mystical Sciences of Antiquity" by John F. Michell

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"From the temples of Egypt to the stone circles of Britain, Michell traces the development of the science of astro-archaeology."

 

"The Bronze Age Computer Disc" by Alan Butler & Christopher Knight

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"Argues that the Phaistos disc, a carved stone disc from ancient Crete, contains mathematical information about the movement of the sun and stars. As much as a detective story into the ancient past it is a rich and fascinating travelog of a little understood and fabulous ancient culture - the Minoans. The book shows how the mysterious symbols of the Phaistos Disc, found in Crete at the beginning of the 20th century, can be used to demonstrate a fantastic system of measuring time, space and distance, that existed as early as 3,500 BC in the Far West of Europe. This book is an easy to follow read, beautifully crafted, and with parenthesis to sift out the mathematics for people who are willing to take the author's word. The Bronze Age Computer Disc ends with a promise of many more revelations to come. I honestly cannot wait. Within the book lie some of the most incredible assertions regarding our ancient ancestors ever proposed."

 

"From Carnac to Callanish: The Prehistoric Stone Rows and Avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany" by Aubrey Burl

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"This book discusses the lines of standing stones that until now have been the neglected wonders of prehistoric Europe, rows that were foci of rituals in Britain, Ireland and Brittany for over two thousand years. Places such as Carnac in Brittany and Callanish in the Hebrides are visited by many visitors each year, but before now there has been no book that seriously explains the history, significance and background to these impressive sites. Aubrey Burl shows that the settings vary from pairs of isolated stones in the far south-west of Ireland to networks of long lines in Scotland, Dartmoor and Brittany, and describes the types in a sequence of architectural chapters that stress the increasing social and commercial connections between regions hundred of miles apart. He uses information from a wide variety of sources - excavation reports, megalithic art, astronomical analyses and legends - to provide explanations of why the rows were erected, when, and what they may have been used for."

 

"Uriel's Machine: Uncovering the Secrets of Stonehenge, Noah's Flood and the Dawn of Civilization" by Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas

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"Modern scientific investigations show that Earth has been hit many times by objects such as comets and meteorites. Laboratory work on comet impact effects demonstrates that comets could cause tidal waves to exceed three miles tall and near 400 miles per hour. In the last 10,000 years, there have been two impacts of such proportion: a seven-fold impact into all the world's oceans around 7640 B.C., and a single impact into the Mediterranean Sea about 3150 B.C., the time of Noah's Flood. Uriel's Machine proves ancient Europeans not only survived the 7640 B.C. flood, but developed a highly advanced civilization dedicated to predicting and preparing for future meteoric impacts. Building an international network of sophisticated astronomical observatories, these ancient astronomers created accurate solar, lunar, and planetary calendars, measured the diameter of the Earth, and precisely predicted comet collisions years in advance. This was the true purpose of megalithic structures such as Stonehenge. In 3150 B.C., the ancients' predictions proved true, and their device- Uriel's Machine-allowed the reconstruction of civilization in a shattered world."

 

"Standing Stones: Stonehenge, Carnac and the World of Megaliths" by Jean Pierre Mohen

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"Who built the megaliths, those massive stone structures ranging from tombs to standing stones that date back to over 4000 BC? Why were they built? How were the enormous stones transported and erected? Were these strange, sacred stones used as temples or tombs, sculptures or houses? Covering the best-known sites - Avebury and Stonehenge in England, Carnac in France and Knowth in Ireland - and also less famous examples in Scandinavia, Malta, Egypt and Spain, this book considers the special significance - architectural, scientific, religious and cultural - of these enigmatic Neolithic stone structures."

 

"Stonehenge: The Secret of the Solstice" by Terence Meaden

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"A volume which draws on the evidence of goddess worship and symbolism to present an explanation that reveals Stonehenge as a temple in honour of the goddess and her eternal fruitfulness, rather than an observatory or the product of complicated mathematics. The ordering of the stones signify yoni and womb of the Earth Mother and allows her midsummer fertilisation by the Sun/ Sky Father to be witnessed by everyone inside and outside of the monument."

 

"Prehistoric Avebury - Second Edition" by Aubrey Burl

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"This magnificent book is a fascinating account of the prehistoric stone circles at Avebury, which not only date from an earlier era but are also larger than the more famous sarsen stone circle of Stonehenge. Written by a leading archaeologist, the book considers every aspect of Avebury's history and construction and discusses the probable purpose of these massive structures, in the process creating a vivid and moving picture of their creators-a primitive people whose lives were brief, savage, and fearful."

 

"The Stones of Time: Calendars, Sundials and Stone Chambers of Ancient Ireland" by Martin Brennan

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"Secrets of Lost Empires: Stonehenge"

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"The Mystery of the Sphinx"

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"Quest for the Lost Civilization - Forgotten Knowledge"

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"Quest for the Lost Civilization - Ancient Mariners"

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"Quest for the Lost Civilization - Heaven's Mirror"

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"Quest for the Lost Civilization - Boxed Set"

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"Stonehenge - A Journey Back In Time"

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