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Excellent reading even if data is flawed,
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This book is a good read, packed with interesting information, and their working out of the purpose of some megalithic structures is pure genius. I say "some" because I think they went off track due to lack of data. But then, looking at the date of publication, there's no way Knight and Lomas could have known some things that would have drastically altered their interpretations. For example, since this book was published, The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes: Flood, Fire, and Famine in the History of Civilization by Firestone, West and Warwick-Smith has come out, not to mention several books by dendrochronologist, Mike Baillie including A Slice Through Time: Dendrochronology and Precision Dating. One major series of clues they did miss, however, was Victor Clube and Bill Napier's Cosmic Serpent: A Catastrophist View of Earth History and "The Cosmic Winter." Another line of research that they could have followed would have been the work of John van Seters who suggests time and again that the source for much of the Old Testament was Greek mythology.
Knight and Lomas do a very interesting job of linking the Book of Enoch to Northern Europe, but then propose that some biblical guy named Enoch was taken there and taught secrets. The obvious idea that many things in the bible came from Northern Europe as in ripped off in the 2nd century during the Maccabbean times, doesn't really seem to have made much impact on their thinking. Too many people are stymied by this: thinking that the Bible can be taken as an "older" tradition than any other. It simply isn't true.
Nevertheless, it is an excellent effort and the interpretation of the astronomical instructions in the Book of Enoch, and its linking to Northern Europe holds up well and is, again, pure genius!
The book is well-written, entertaining, a book well worth reading. Recommended. (I would have given it five stars if it had not been for the fact that Knight and Lomas simply didn't dig deep enough!)