- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (2 Feb. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1782399054
- ISBN-13: 978-1782399056
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.2 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Memory Code: Unlocking the Secrets of the Lives of the Ancients and the Power of the Human Mind Hardcover – 2 Feb 2017
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Dr Kelly has developed an intriguing and highly original account of the purpose of Stonehenge, Avebury and other stone monuments; the depth and breadth of her research, and the experimental experience she has brought to her study, command respect and invite serious attention. -- Ros Cleal, author of STONEHENGE IN ITS LANDSCAPE This is an exquisite thesis. Dr Lynne Kelly provides a perfectly rational explanation of ancient monuments as "memory spaces" where non-literate man could memorise pragmatic knowledge crucial to survival. -- Dominic O'Brien, World Memory Champion Takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the past and around the world... An engaging and exciting read. -- Iain Davidson, Emeritus Professor, University of New England
This ground-breaking new book reveals the powerful ancient memory technique that solves the mystery behind monuments like Stonehenge, which have for so long puzzled archaeologists.See all Product description
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An Australian, Kelly argues that, based on the evidence of Australian aboriginals, along with other ethnographic evidence, pre-literate societies worldwide must have had a huge amount of detailed factual knowledge regarding their environment: its fauna and flora and their uses, its geography and also something of its history. This knowledge was carried in the heads of the elders, who were dedicated to its accurate preservation and to its transmission to their successors.
The colossal amount of memorisation involved was possible because the information was cast in ways that were best suited to the human mind: encoded in songs, stories, dances etc. Memorisation was further helped by an association technique that linked particular items of knowledge with particular places and objects. Similar methods are used by memory champions today.
One implication of this idea is that the knowledge of elders gave them power, meaning that early societies were not egalitarian. Another is that a lot of what academics have understood as being religious in nature in early societies was primarily about remembering essential information; likewise those artefacts that have been seen as early art.
Over half the book is concerned with the idea that some of the best known prehistoric monuments, starting with Stonehenge, were basically concerned with the remembering of factual knowledge in general: during the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture.Read more ›
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