Henge of the
The full moon rose sedately into the night sky, it bathed the Avebury henge in a pale luminous glow and the great monolithic stones threw translucent shadows out across the grass. The crisp night air was wet with dew and mist, the atmosphere was tense with expectation. Suddenly a figure jumped out from behind one of the massive stones in the central ring, his head betraying the frightening outline of a wolf. The assembled masses on the great banks of the henge gave a collective intake of breath.
A drum began a rhythmic beat and the Shaman stepped softly from stone to stone in a circular dance, his feet stirring the few wisps of mist that clung to the long grass. The crowd too joined the chant, Bah!, Bah!, Bah!...
The chant grew in confidence and pace, faster and faster and then, quite abruptly - it stopped. An eerie silence descended on the land once more, not a breath of wind stirred the night air. The Shaman gave out a long and mournful cry to the heavens - aaaarrrrrooowwwwww!
The type of portrayal above may be quite familiar, but it has been reproduced to illustrate a point. Why are we so comfortable with these images of Avebury and Neolithic life in Britain in general? Is it because these images are so alien to our modern culture that we can partition this era off, consign it to a barbarous past that has nothing to do with our modern lives?
I suspect that this is part of the attraction. I would even go further and say that there are organizations in this world that would like to keep this idea going indefinitely, to keep us misinformed of our past. This may sound an odd thing to say, but come back to this section after reading the whole of this chapter, then read again the classical ideas on the rituals of the Avebury ring and see how primitive they really are.
So if the established concepts of Neolithic life are wrong, what are we to replace them with? How much did ancient man know of our world, how thorough was his educational system? These are the questions that we shall try to answer in the space of a few short pages and the answers that will emerge from this process will be quite astounding, yet quite difficult to dismiss. The starting point in this process was the great henges themselves. Like the great pyramids of Egypt, there have been many and varied ideas proposed as to the function of these amazing structures. Why did ancient man devote so much time and energy in producing such structures, what was their true function? Just to brush off these questions with statements alluding to a 'religious and ritualistic function' is not an answer, it is a statement of ignorance. Ancient man knew why these monuments were built, so why do we not?
The answer to this is that perhaps we were not looking or understanding. We are trying to interpret these structures in our terms, to resolve their function within our established framework of history, religion and our position as masters of all knowledge. But perhaps we are wrong. Perhaps our concepts of established history are based on phantom foundations, perhaps the idea of our chronological superiority in this world is upside-down. What if there was, long ago, a technically literate civilization, one who designed and organised the construction of these magnificent monuments in both Wessex and Egypt. This may be a heretical proposal, but one worth exploring to see what it will lead us to. What would a technical civilization want to design into a megalithic monument?
In the top right hand corner of Avebury there is a small circle, in its center there is a group of three large standing stones and, except for the Obelisk in the southern circle, these were the biggest stones on the Avebury site. These three stones were also unlike any others on the site: they were flat, rectangular and placed in the round as a rectangle, rather than as a diamond. They were placed in a formation resembling the walls of an enclosure, accordingly they became known as the Cove.
Does this not sound a little like the central formation on the Stonehenge site? At Stonehenge we have the Trilithons, the pairs of standing stones that form a horseshoe shape in the center of the Sarsen circle, the pairs of standing stones that were the largest on the site, the horseshoe arrangement that points out towards the north-east. Is this not exactly what we see here in the northern circle at Avebury, a little map of Stonehenge?
This idea is rather presupposing that our designer was making design statements that were to be for future generations, rather than current usage. This is another radical and lateral concept that has to be borne in mind when deciphering the purpose of the Avebury site. So, to that end, it is at this point that we must try to purge our minds of any previous ideas we may have had about these sites, from whatever end of the spectrum they may come. Try to start with a blank sheet and work up from there. These ancient builders were men and women exactly like us. Their education may have been a little different, but for the educated elite it was probably no less demanding. Think of them as having the same ideas, and perhaps the same knowledge of the world, as ourselves. Many people at this point may disagree with such a notion, but that is the very reason why the Avebury henge has not been seen for what it is for so long.
It needs an open mind to see the real
Avebury.Heaven on Earth
Is such a suggestion as preposterous as it sounds? We are talking about Neolithic man here; how could Neolithic man know the form of our Earth? This is where established dogma clouds our judgment. We must keep the sheet of paper blank until we have something to put on it, otherwise this line of reasoning cannot be taken to its ultimate conclusion. Instead, let us take a look at the evidence in favour of this suggestion, for there is plenty there to be found:
a. Notice how the east west road cuts across the Avebury ring, this can be considered to be the equator of the Avebury Earth.
b. See how the circle of Avebury leans to the left a little, at an angle of about 23 degrees from true north. The angle at which the Earth 'leans', is some 23.4 degrees.
c. Note that the henge circle is not quite circular. It has traditionally been assumed that this was because the ancients could not survey a circle properly, yet there are many examples of perfectly circular henges in Britain, including the Stonehenge site and the smaller circles at Avebury. Here is an entirely plausible reason for why Avebury was not designed to be circular: it is because the Earth itself is not circular. The Earth, as it spins, bulges out the equatorial latitudes and that is exactly what we find at Avebury: the east west dimension of the henge is greater than the north south dimension, just as it is on the real Earth.
d. The perimeter of the Avebury circle could be considered to be in a ratio the circumference of the Earth, much the same as we saw for the Khufu Pyramid. This time, if we compare the two, we find that Avebury has very nearly a 36,600 : 1 ratio to the Earth, a ratio representing the number of days in a year. Not only is this a meaningful ratio, but there is clearly a picture of the Earth on the plains of Wiltshire.
e. The northern small circle at Avebury has already been identified as being a representation of the Stonehenge site, but why was it put there? The answer is now clear: it is because Stonehenge is in the northern hemisphere, both on the real Earth and on our Avebury Earth. What we have is a picture of our Earth, floating in space, a picture with Stonehenge clearly marked for all space travellers to see. Stonehenge is a marker.
This is what might be called a real revolution, not only about Avebury, but also of the history of mankind. These are our familiar Stone Age hunter-gatherers, people who have only just come out of the woods to do a little farming and settle in primitive stick and mud huts. It was always difficult to imagine these primitive people having the technology and organization required to drag the massive Sarsen stones into these highly technical stone circles, like Stonehenge. Yet here we have them not only doing all this, but also drawing highly accurate pictures of our Earth as seen from space. Such revelations can be uncomfortable on the mind. If this is the case, just think for the moment that the architect had some assistance from the gods in making this design. For although this is a truly amazing hypothesis, it would remain just that, a hypothesis, if it were not for some nice little cross-checks that can verify this theory and set one thinking even more.
Later in the book this argument is taken much further and the design of Avebury begins to yield the precise latitudes of significant features on the Earth's surface, this is indeed a true representation of our world. It is a map indelibly inscribed in megalithic architecture - even the site of the mythical 'Hall of Records' can be located on this map of the Earth.
The plot keeps getting more fascinating by the minute. How should we suppose that all this was achieved? Who was this incredible character Thoth?
There are deep mysteries designed into the world's megalithic architecture and the later chapters of the book explore the design of Stonehenge, Uffington and the great pyramids of Giza and Dahshur.
Here too, the designer of these monuments has encoded technical details. For instance the perimeter length of the Great Pyramid is 1760 cubits, while the Imperial mile is 1760 yards in length - coincidence? The ancient monuments of the past are infused with mysteries and it can be shown that all of these great structures are simply maps, allusions to the form of our Earth, complete with the precise motion of its orbit. These are some of the perplexing and highly technical problems which are solved in Thoth, Architect of the Universe.
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