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University professors Teather, Chamberlain and Pearson have published the paper “The chalk drums from Folkton and Lavant: Measuring devices from the time of Stonehenge” in the British Journal for the History of Mathematics. This paper proposes a prehistoric measurement of 0.322 meters (12.68 inches) that they describe as a ”long foot”. The Abstract reads:


”Investigating knowledge of mathematics and the use of standard units of measurement in prehistoric societies is a difficult task. For the British Neolithic period (4000–2500 bc), attempts to refine our understanding of mathematical knowledge for this period have been largely unsuccessful until now. Following recent research, we propose that there is a direct link between the design of the monument of Stonehenge and the chalk artefacts known as the Folkton and Lavant Drums, in which the Drums represent measurement standards that were essential for accurate and reproducible monument construction. This has important implications for future analyses of artefacts and monuments for this period.”

Unearthed from the Neolithic grave of a child in 1889, three chalk drum-like cylinders, dating from ca. 2500 and 2000 BC, have interested researchers since the time of their discovery.

The paper’s authors speculate that the cylinders represent a ‘measurement standard’ for the planning and construction of stone circles erected in ancient Britain.

Related Sources: Mystery of Stonehenge cylinders has been solved! Stone 'drums' found in a child's grave were used as an ancient tape measure to plan out the building of the great monument

Ancient Stone Henge cylinders were used as a tape measure

Historic Stone Henge cylinders had been used as a tape measure

Dr. Troglodyte

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Folkton Drum Foot 1029 Dr. Troglodyte 21-Dec-18 21:02
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 238 DUNE 21-Dec-18 21:38
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 257 gjb 21-Dec-18 22:27
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 155 gjb 24-Dec-18 13:20
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 251 gjb 22-Dec-18 06:38
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 203 cloister 22-Dec-18 08:21
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 216 gjb 22-Dec-18 08:53
Re: Long foot Short foot, or just the modern foot ? 216 DUNE 22-Dec-18 11:01
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 192 molder 22-Dec-18 10:14
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 212 DavidK 22-Dec-18 12:47
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 197 Dr. Troglodyte 22-Dec-18 19:09
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 150 DavidK 22-Dec-18 22:28
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 142 Dr. Troglodyte 22-Dec-18 22:55
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 156 DavidK 23-Dec-18 00:00
Re: Folkton Drum Foot linked to the canon of ancient measure 134 DavidK 23-Dec-18 10:24
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 150 Dr. Troglodyte 23-Dec-18 16:25
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 141 molder 23-Dec-18 11:22
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 151 Dr. Troglodyte 23-Dec-18 16:22
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 162 Archaic 22-Dec-18 14:52
The Lavant Drum 191 Dr. Troglodyte 22-Dec-18 18:07
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 171 Juha 22-Dec-18 23:37
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 206 gjb 23-Dec-18 11:52
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 156 DUNE 23-Dec-18 14:49
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 145 DavidK 23-Dec-18 14:53
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 174 gjb 23-Dec-18 14:58
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 166 Dr. Troglodyte 23-Dec-18 16:36
Ancient Stonehenge cylinders used as tape-measures. 196 M. J. Thomas 24-Dec-18 10:33
Mod Note > Duplicate Topic Merged 155 Dr. Troglodyte 24-Dec-18 15:30
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 138 molder 25-Dec-18 02:16
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 152 gjb 25-Dec-18 10:39
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 201 molder 25-Dec-18 11:45
Re: Folkton Drum Foot 216 molder 27-Dec-18 21:43

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