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Secrets of the Stones - New Revelations of Astro-Archaeology

Secrets of the Stones - New Revelations of Astro-Archaeology
At the beginning of the 20th century, when Sir J. Norman Lockyer discovered astronomical orientations in Egyptian temples and the stone circles of Britain, the topic of astro-archaeology was known only to a select few. In 1963, when Gerald Hawkins identified Stonehenge as an observatory for the Sun and the Moon as well as an instrument for predicting lunar eclipses, archaeologists looked on with disdain. Several years later, however, Alexander Thom's famous studies proved that the stones not only mapped eclipses but also charted the entire movement of the heavens through the seasons.

We have now reached the exciting stage at which modern science is beginning to interpret the meaning of these enigmatic structures, causing a revolution in our view of prehistory and its capabilities. In Secrets of the Stones, John Michell, author of The New View Over Atlantis and other highly regarded works on megalithic sites, traces the worldwide development of astro-archaeology.

His colorful narrative sheds new light on the principal sites and personalities in the field; twenty maps, photos, and illustrations chronicle recent advances in the science, including the discovery of the straight paths - similar to the controversial "ley lines" of Europe - between aligned sites in North and South America. Michell's final chapter provides an overview of present research and the exciting prospects for astro-archaeology in the future.

Table of Contents:

New Revelations of Astro-Archaeology and the Mystical Sciences of Antiquity
Introduction

Part One:
An Idea in its Infancy
Sir Norman Lockyer in Egypt
Stonehenge
Contemporaries and Followers of Lockyer
Objections to Lockyer
The Old Straight Track
'Prehistoric Nationalism': The Strange History of Astro-Archaeology in Germany
Stonehenge 'Decoded'
Alexander Thom and the Modern Revival of Astro-Archaeology
Lines Across Landscapes
Mystical Approaches

Part Two:
Sunlight, Shadows and Moonbeams
Lines and Alignments in South America
Conclusions: Astro-Archaeology as Geomancy

Bibliography
List of illustrations
Index
Details
Author John Michell
Type Quality Paperback
Year 1989
Pages 130
Illustrated yes, profusely, with many rare images of megalithic sites and maps
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