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Mercurial
Hi Seasmith, Sorry for delay in getting back. Thanks for the book recommendation for Secrets of the Druids, I haven't read it. Looking forward to! m
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Yesterday
Mercurial
Hi Jim, Derek, Shostik, all, Thanks for a wealth of information and so many links! I have read through them but some only briefly so I'll have to come back to some of those. In particular, I thought Clive Ross's writing was great and I'm looking forward to reading the article in the second link again properly. I haven't seen his work before. I'm sorry to hear he died. But before the week ru
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12 days ago
Mercurial
Hi Derek, Jim, Thanks Derek, I will spend a bit of time looking at those dimensions. QuoteDerek Equally 12 divided by Phi = 7.41640786…that multiplied by the 285.4211956…obtains exactly 2116.8 this, I am convinced I need not elucidate, nor the 176.4 Actually, the 176.4 number is something I've been thinking about on and off for a while. I've been revisiting the Michael Mount - Stoneh
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13 days ago
Mercurial
Hi Jim, Derek, and all, Many thanks for all the insightful calculations and connections, Derek. In fact, just in passing, your "Musical Scale, Pythagorean Minor Third {32:27} of 1.185185..." also reminded me that the Egyptian / Roman digit as expressed in metres, being 0.0185185185..., is 1/54, which suggests that this digit is well suited to the metric system, since there are 54 i
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14 days ago
Mercurial
Hi Seasmith, It's a fascinating question, all these waves of migrations, who came from where. In Ireland, for example, people are quite fond of saying they are Celts, knowing that these people were invaders from central Europe. But what does that mean, to be a Celt? You don't hear about people in Ireland going on spiritual pilgrimages to Switzerland or Austria much to reconnect with their ance
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14 days ago
Mercurial
Hi Yve, Yes, well perhaps lunacy is not just on the fringe! Good to have a rant! I think most people act on good faith, but we all tend to think as a group, a little bit like starling murmurations. I take your point about evidence and how it's interpreted though. Gaston Bachelard mentions the obstacles of close-mindedness and prior knowledge. I don't know if I share Bachelard's ideals when it
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19 days ago
Mercurial
Hi Seasmith, B G Tilak's book "Arctic Home in the Vedas" is intriguing alright! I didn't know about it. Maybe one way to explain a calendar that has two months of darkness incorporated might be to consider a provenance from the arctic circle rather than the pole, and maybe a slightly different obliquity for the earth? In any case, this raises a good question: are ancient calendars e
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20 days ago
Mercurial
Hi Jim, I think the idea of the Station Stone rectangle reflecting the tropics, or obliquity of the earth works, but to be honest, my suggestion about it reflecting the angle of the galactic equator is maybe pushing the limits of credibility a bit too far. But who knows? I'm really enjoying, though also frequently baffled by, Plutarch's "The Face which appears on the Orb of the Moon&q
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22 days ago
Mercurial
Hi Seasmith, Yes, it makes sense in a way, but to have a period that's not just 5 days, but two or so months that aren't in the calendar is odd really. It's like a kind of no man's land. But maybe that just reflects the fact this time of year is not worth troubling over? m
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22 days ago
Mercurial
Hi Jim, Great post. Thanks for the links. Very interesting to read. I'm listening to The Darkening Age by Catherine Nixey as an audiobook, great book, and relevant to trying to understand how and why so much knowledge was lost around two thousand years ago. It documents the brutality that can come with intolerance. In many ways we can still feel the effects of the Roman Empire's failure to
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23 days ago
Mercurial
Hi Yve and Geoff, I think the four elements idea is sound, though I'm not sure how to associate any element in particular to a line. If Mother Earth was at the heart of a system of alignments - assuming these lines are related to belief and worship, not simply science - then would any body of water not qualify as sacred? If fire is a part of the alignments, then the beacon hills and hill forts
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23 days ago
Mercurial
Hi Drew and Seasmith, Looking forward to seeing some pics then! Hope you find some interesting stones and trails. Good luck! m
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26 days ago
Mercurial
Hi Geoff, QuoteGeoff I assume that the peculiarity of the date with respect to the sun’s phases will have been explained by the possibility that this could be an ancient festival moved onto the modern calendar. ] Yes, I agree. QuoteGeoff If it predates Christianity then it doesn’t relate to our calendar Well yes, but something made me reconsider just how exactly 'our'calendar had been d
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26 days ago
Mercurial
Hi Drew and all, Best of luck with your exploring. Looks like a beautiful place. If there are caves perhaps the moths and other creatures know about them. I just placed Mt Bogong on Google Earth and it's on an interesting line that connects, to within 5 or 6 km, Tapei city, with its many temples, Wuhan city, then various temples on Mt. Wudangshan such as Longtouxiang Mountain Monastery, then
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29 days ago
Mercurial
Hi Geoff, molder, all, QuoteGeoff As the gaps are all multiples of 9 degrees the circle divides into 40 equal parts as illustrated at centre.The circumference thus being a multiple of 40 perimetric units the diameter is thereby a multiple of 40 diametric units. As the diameter is given as 16.5m (318.5 diametric units) the nearest multiple of 40 is 320 units (20 Megalithic Yards) making the s
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30 days ago
Mercurial
Hi Geoff, Sorry to hear that. I tried to buy a copy but I was disappointed to find it wasn't available. I thought it might just have sold out and new copies would be available soon. Is it definitely too late to buy one? Books can take a while to get going. Isn't there a chance of a re-release? I know many people really value your work, I certainly do. Your studies are absolutely amazing. The d
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4 weeks ago
Mercurial
Hi Yve, You got me thinking about the Bronze Age label, together with Iron and Stone Ages, and the theory of a progression from zero to hero of human acheivement over the last few thousand years that underpins it. Is there a nod to Hesiod's ages of man there? (1. Golden, 2. Silver, 3. Bronze, 4. Heroic and 5. Iron) Ironically, Hesiod has an idea of a gradual decay rather than of a progression.
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4 weeks ago
Mercurial
Hi Yve, Great to hear from you! Hope you enjoyed Halloween. It's always fun. I usually carve a watermelon, not a pumpkin, as it's easier, and it tastes nicer, so once again we were the only house with a watermelon man garding the door! :) You mentioned before about Halloween, or Samhain, having been in the spring before, and I'd forgotten. In that case, it would make sense that it might coinc
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5 weeks ago
Mercurial
Hi all, Why is the hill associated with Halloween bonfires in Ireland potentially linked to an earth goddess? And why is it on the summer sunrise line from Skellig Michael? Samhain, the forerunner of Halloween, is associated with a hill in Co. Meath named the Hill of Ward. It's other name links it to a druidess or goddess named Tlachtga, associated with the earth, or with the sun and l
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5 weeks ago
Mercurial
Hi Derek, and all, Some great connections, Derek! QuoteDerek Therefore, all the measurements whether they are measurements of time, length, ancient fractions, or whatever, the entire interconnect. It certainly seems to be the case. :) And it seems that, rather than certain fractions which approximate pi or Phi or a square root being the best they could do in such primitive times, in fact al
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5 weeks ago
Mercurial
Hi Seasmith, Thanks for the link. The machined pillars are quite amazing in themselves, yet alone the ceiling. I don't know how to interpret the carvings, but I enjoyed the video and he made some good points. Some good questions asked. Will watch the other videos. On the subject of ancient Indian science, I like the Project Shivoham series a lot, this is the latest video. thanks, m
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6 weeks ago
Mercurial
hi Jim, Thanks for the link - great stuff. Sorry for not responding sooner. I like your diagram. It looks as though the same units are working over at the Pyramid of the Sun then. A 106 cm unit is intriguing. Maybe a link to 25,920 x 39.375 / (14 x 687) = 106.11354? With 687 being roughly the Mars orbital period in days. This number can be found at Giza, in that the East-West span of the s
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6 weeks ago
Mercurial
Hi Geoff, How are you? For what it's worth I think your star map is very plausible. Corona Borealis as the crescent shape is a good suggestion. We sort of started a discussion on the Nebra Sky Disk just over a month ago on another thread, see here, but then things got a bit busy for me and we left it there. Seasmith and Yve made some thought-provoking suggestions. A shame your German colleag
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6 weeks ago
Mercurial
Hi Derek, Jim, all, Really interesting discussion. Sorry been very busy over the last couple of months, just catching up now. Hope you're all well. Quotemolder Thirty days is a little longer than a lunar month which quite a few here have suggested be 29.53125 days. 30 days ÷ 64 X 63 = 29.53125. Multiplied by 12 = 354.375 a lunar year. At Stonehenge 35.4375 X 8.64 = 306.18 feet the
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2 months ago
Mercurial
Hi Seasmith and Yve, Yes, you're right Seasmith, a nice coincidence there. That reminds me, I sort of looked into the possibility of the Station Stone Rectangle at Stonehenge being angle to reflect the same thing a while ago, but then I thought maybe it was a bit far fetched. If there were something in it, it would make Stonehenge's latitude extra special, with the recangle already angled to r
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2 months ago
Mercurial
Hi Jim A & Jim W, QuoteJim Alison 2,400,000,000 shusi in the circumference has an advantage of being a multiple of the number of hours in the day, with 100,000,000 shusi for each hour. In calculating longitudinal distances, all you would need is one multiplier for the fraction of the average degree of latitude for the lengths of degrees of longitude at different latitudes, i.e. In Cairo th
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2 months ago
Mercurial
Hi Jim, Thanks for the links. I will read the book. I agree with you, that the 0.7291666667" digit seems to be "the basis of the various ancient measurement systems, and the reason that they all accurately express the size of the earth". It definitely makes sense of a lot of measures. But this doesn't make for a very interesting discussion if I just agree. :) So here are a few
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2 months ago
Mercurial
Hi Drew, A very good question to ask! Especially when you think that the Great Pyramid itself was built on a piece of protruding bedrock. It could be that at an earlier time, no embellishments were required, and that whatever made certain caves, mountains or rocks sacred was enough. Perhaps the brilliance of the paintings at Lascaux are testament both to human artistic ingenuity and to the i
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2 months ago
Mercurial
Hi Yve, Yes you're right, the crescent on the Nebra Sky disk is very like the crescents on the many portraits of Mary, that she stands on, sometimes with a snake at her feet. I've read a few accounts of this crescent not symbolising the moon at all. The crescent shape at the 'bottom' (in most pictures) of the Nebra Sky Disk can't be the moon either, as the moon is obviously the shape next to t
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2 months ago
Mercurial
Hi Geoff, and all, Thanks Geoff, yes I would say there's a little room for manouvre with the Megalithic yard, and it is probably meant to be variable, not because it's vague, but because there are various factors involvrs, various uses. Talking of expensive books, it would be great if some of Thom's work could be re-published and made affordable! Melissa p.s I've just found some quite
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