Re: [ancient_waterways_society] Orkney Islands influential in the design/building of Egyptian Pyramids?
- Susan, great link!!
This paragraph tickled my fancy...
"At Maes Howe on the Orkney islands - a chambered tomb
built around 3000BC - the builders devised a standard
unit of length by taking detailed readings from the
movement of sun and stars.
Dr Lomas believes this measurement - the megalithic
yard - proves the islanders knew the earth was round.
They also understood that it moved around the sun
centuries before it was generally accepted by the rest
of the world."
Again, confirmation of Crichton Miller's
--- Susan <beldingenglish@...> wrote:
> Jamie, All,
> Interesting BBC article about author(s) of Uriel's
> Machine: The Ancient
> Origins of Science:
> "Island brains behind pyramids?"
> The skills are said to have been exported
> The pyramids of Egypt may have been inspired by a
> group of builders on
> the Scottish island of Orkney, according to an
> Dr Robert Lomas, of the University of Bradford,
> believes complex
> construction techniques were developed on Orkney
> more than 1,000 years
> before the Egyptians used similar ideas.
> He said skills used on the islands from 3800 BC were
> The Egyptians heard of the ideas and copied their
> techniques after they
> spread across Europe.
> Astronomer priests
> Dr Lomas said: "These people seem to have been led
> by a group of
> astronomer priests who passed on their knowledge to
> pilgrims all over
> "Unfortunately, although they were intelligent, they
> had not developed
> any type of writing that we are able to read so
> their discoveries have
> been forgotten.
> [Maes Howe]
> Going underground at Maes Howe
> "We can see what they did but have to experiment to
> find out how they
> did it."
> At Maes Howe on the Orkney islands - a chambered
> tomb built around
> 3000BC - the builders devised a standard unit of
> length by taking
> detailed readings from the movement of sun and
> Dr Lomas believes this measurement - the megalithic
> yard - proves the
> islanders knew the earth was round.
> They also understood that it moved around the sun
> centuries before it
> was generally accepted by the rest of the world.
> Seafaring theory
> The measurement was used to build state-of-the-art
> monuments, he said.
> In the book Uriel's Machine: The Ancient Origins Of
> Science, Dr Lomas
> and co-author Christopher Knight argue that the
> megalithic yard - which
> measures 82.966cm - could easily have been taken by
> seafarers to
> Brittany and beyond.
> The megalithic yard was first discovered in 1967 by
> Professor Alexander
> Thom, of Oxford University, who analysed more than
> 400 sites around the
> British Isles and Northern France.