Written by Anonymous
Pictures and captions by Watt Tyler
We’re constantly bombarded with images and information portraying the greatness of others: Giza’s pyramids, or the Aztec temples, the Taj Mahal, and the Great Wall of China. It seems to me that sometimes, the information that we receive and the impression that we are given seems to want to forget the majesty of our own island nation.
Our country was inhabited at the time of Egyptian rule and Myan civilisation. People seem to either forget this, or tell us that primitive cannibals inhabited it. WRONG!
People will tell us that the standing stones found in Britain (and scattered across Europe), were ancient temples for ritualistic human sacrifice. This may in fact be true, but what people fail to mention is the complexity of these stones.
• Firstly, it must have been a huge task involving precise tools. Showing us that Neolithic man actually had a good understanding of making and using tools.
• Secondly, the way in which they are built and spaced out, show us that Neolithic man had adopted a form of scientific measurement, commonly called the Megalithic yard.
A man named Professor Alexander Thom, an engineer, discovered that the standing stones may in fact have been ‘a map of the heavens’. They are aligned due north south, which means that the builders had a sound knowledge of astronomy. Professor Thom also discovered that the basis upon which the stones were built were triangles. Within stone circles, there were invisible, measured triangles; commonly known as Pythagorean triangles (check your GCSE maths book!).
Apparently, the so–called barbaric builders had discovered Pythagoras’ theorem, long before Pythagoras! He showed that the standing stones across the country lined up with the sun at the equinoxes, and that the moon’s eclipses could be predicted from certain ones. Professor Sir Fred Hoyle stated that Stonehenge demanded:
‘a level of intellectual attainment orders of magnitude higher than the standard to be expected from a community of primitive farmers.’
And so we ask the question: Who built the standing stones? The answer that you will come up with is this: Great engineers, with high intelligence levels and an excellent knowledge of astronomy. Skilled workers with advanced tools and great determination. Our native British ancestors.
This article raises some very interesting questions to which science has not supplied totally convincing answers. How did the builders of Stonehenge get the large blocks of stone from South Wales to Wiltshire and what was the purpose of Silbury Hill? The more you look into these questions the more questions arise. Prehistoric engineers? Where did they come from? Who taught them?