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5.0 out of 5 stars Alternative Archaeology at it's best, 28 May 2012
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This review is from: Before the Pyramids: Cracking Archaeology's Greatest Mystery (Paperback)
I'll admit that some of the mathematics of this book is hard going but it is accessible. This book expands on Alexander Thom's work on the Megalithic Yard and questions whether mathematical and astronomical knowledge in Britain was ahead of other great civilisations such as the Egyptians and the Minoans.
Anyone who is familiar with early maps such as the Piri Reis map will be aware that knowledge of the globe was greater in prehistory than in the medieval world. One of hypotheses here is that Megalithic man was able to measure, with great accuracy, the circumference of the earth and proof is in the the measurements at henges across Britain, but especially Thornbury and Dorchester-on-Thames.
The results of their work is very convincing and again makes me, at least, question the mainstream archaeologist's view of man at this period, especially that assumption that if man went to great trouble to build something it must be a temple or a tomb!
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