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3.7 out of 5 stars
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3.7 out of 5 stars

on 9 December 2012
A fascinating work and clearly the fruit of many years of research and painstaking field work.
Mr Kaulins demonstrates from many proofs that there is a clear design and purpose behind the erection of Europe`s standing stones: menhirs, dolmens and circles.
Our ancestors were driven by a desire to replicate the heavens here on earth.
It is only in recent years that discoveries have come to the fore such as the Nebra disc and the pointed gold hats found in Germany and France which indicated that our ancestors possessed a rich body of astronomical law and it was not beyond their means or intelligence to replicate the heavens here on earth.
The fact that some reviewers have chosen to take a negative approach to this work should not deter would be readers from purchasing this book. Anything or anyone that challenges the academic status quo inevitably meets with hostility and rejection. However the proof of the pudding is in the eating. I would not be surprised if other independent researchers explore the issues raised in this book and produce their own related theories. This theory is not going away!
I look forward to the author`s other works being reprinted in English especially on the Baltic languages which represent the most arcane living sub group of Indo-European languages. Through their study we could rediscover lost gems from our own shared Indo-European past.
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on 5 September 2014
You should be very suspicious of any author who writes a glowing review of his own book! Mr Kaulins asks the question, "can you see the face?" This refers to a megalithic stone featured on the cover, the face I can see is Mr kaulins, cigarette in hand, gazing at me with I must say a rather fetching smile. The book consists of illustrations with star maps superimposed over the top of megaliths which attempts to match indentations and markings with modern star maps! Anyone who has any knowledge of megaliths will tell you that they gradually weather forming pits where any weakness occurring in the stone is further enhanced. Throughout the centuries people have chipped bits off these stones for souvenirs, indeed for many years a gentleman resided in a hut within Stonehenge renting out hammers for this purpose! Many markings on these stones have been made centuries after they were erected The book descends even further into complete and barking fantasy when star overlays are placed over natural caves and even countries. I thank you Mr Kaulins for an amusing read and for that reason I would recommend it but there is not one ounce of science contained within it's pages, I can only presume that the smile on your face is thanking me for parting with my money.....it made me smile so you are very welcome!
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on 10 August 2006
Stars, Stones and Scholars is a pioneer analysis of prehistoric art, megalithic sites, astronomy, archaeology and the history of civilization. The book title is an intentional play on the title of C.W. Ceram's famous book, Gods, Graves and Scholars, which analyzed the history of archaeology from a quite limited perspective - starting with the Gods and the Graves, placing too much emphasis on the Scholars, and ignoring the study of the Stars and the workmanship of Stones which PRECEDED them. Stars, Stones and Scholars presents the decipherment of the megaliths (standing stones) as an ancient survey of the Earth by astronomy. The book presents initial proofs and discussion claiming that ancient megalithic sites are remnants of ancient local, regional and worldwide Neolithic surveys oriented to the stars. This hypothesis is not even speculative - in ancient days, no other means except astronomy were available for earthly orientation. The book's ca. 40 photographs, 240 drawings and 80 maps show how megaliths were carved and "sculpted" with figures in relief (what can still be made of them) and cupmarks (holes in the stones) to intentionally represent specific stars, constellations and asterisms, long before our modern astrological Zodiac was allegedly known. Megalithic sites from around the world are analyzed and shown to be part of ancient SYSTEMATIC survey systems covering entire regions ca. 3000 BC. The countries analyzed include, for example, England (all the major Neolithic sites including e.g. Stonehenge, Wayland's Smithy, Kents Cavern), Wales (all the major Neolithic sites including e.g. Paviland), Scotland (all the major Neolithic sites including e.g. the Clava Cairns), Ireland (all the major Neolithic sites including Newgrange, Knowth, Tara), Germany (most of the major sites including the Externsteine, Nebra, Gollenstein, Felsenmeer), Benelux (Weris), France (Carnac, Lascaux, Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc), Italy (La Spezia), all the Malta Temples (e.g. Tarxien and the Hypogeum), Scandinavia (Tanum), as well as individual sites in the Baltic, Russia, the Near East, the Far East (China - the Great Wall, and Japan - e.g. Asuka, Kanayama), Africa (e.g. the Central African Republic), Central and South America (Tikal), Oceania (Hawaii), the continental USA (Cahokia, Miami Circle) and Canada (the Peterborough Petroglyphs). Many of these sites are examined and deciphered in great detail showing a site such as the Peterborough Petroglyphs in Canada, for example, to be an ancient map of the heavens and the Ki'i Petroglyphs on the island of Hawaii to be an ancient map of the world. The intent of the author is not so much to convince the reader of the correctness of his analysis, but rather to urge the reader to look at ancient sites and stones differently than before and, for example, to examine old vacation photographs of Stonehenge or similar sites, and see the figures carved on the stones. As far as the interpretation of the megaliths is concerned, there is no question that this is the way of the future.
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