This article introduces the two intimately related books of over 500 pages each by Harry Sivertsen and Stephen Redman which under the project name of Megalith, Masonry, Myth and Measure are individually titled- ‘Deluge:From Genesis to Atlantis’ and Measurements of the Gods.
In 1971 Keith Thomas of St. John’s College Oxford published a fascinating book titled Religion and the Decline of Magic. In the course of the work he gave examples of commonalities between the two subjects. Today we have a different debate, not religion versus magic but religion versus science. So how are these two seemingly diverse subjects defined? The word science is ultimately derived from Latin for knowledge, scientia. Hence science can be described as knowledge. Of course given what is generally known as ‘the scientific method’ we can add the words ‘gained by experiment or experience’ or something similar to ‘knowledge’ for a clearer description. However, knowledge is the dominating factor.
Religion on the other hand, as described in 1535 and contained among numerous other similar descriptions in The Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, is seen as: Recognition on the part of man of some higher unseen power as having control of his destiny, and as being entitled to obedience, reverence, and worship… etc.
Yet such a description, while perhaps being suitable for the commonly accepted perceptions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, does not necessarily fit the multitude of beliefs that have blossomed among the worlds cultures. Further to this, the primary arguments of today revolve around the concept of creation ex nihilo or ‘out of nothing’ versus the scientific approach of physics and evolutionary biology. Yet while the physics concept of the Big Bang is as well known as Darwin and Wallace’s ideas regarding evolution, the source for the creation side of the argument appears in most arguments to be derived solely from the Biblical account. But from where did this concept arise? Is this a Hebrew construct or can the source be found elsewhere?
Ultimately the creation concept of the primary religions of today is derived from Indic sources, long predating any Hebrew writings. In fact much of the early Bible is drawn from such foundations, but this has passed unrecognised by most.
Religious critics claim that religion is based upon belief and not knowledge, but could not knowledge have led to belief in a similar fashion as scientific endeavour has led to beliefs of a whole variety of types of knowledge in the modern world? Man had to ask questions to arrive at the conclusion that Earth was created, he had to have knowledge to raise those questions. This being the case, religion, as science, is based upon knowledge. Perhaps the knowledge was of a different variety to that today perceived as valid or possibly there is little difference and that lacking the learning that has evolved during the past century man arrived at the only logical answer he could find, an answer that in fact was a very much simplified version of today’s ideas.
Conceivably, as many of the writings of the religious works stem from earlier oral traditions, from a time before writing was developed, the meanings of some of the works have been misunderstood. Possibly much is allegory for something else. Just maybe the strange tales in fact make references that originally would have been understood in a similar fashion as do the science reports of today. All it would take is for science fact to be disguised in a story to make the memorising of the important elements easier than it otherwise would be. What would result is what we term allegory and indeed, this was a common ploy before the development of writing.
The well known scientist Richard Dawkins is vociferous in his condemnation of religion. Dawkins, along with the British Humanism Association have been involved in the campaign that utilised London buses to carry the slogan There Probably is no God. We agree and in fact would go further; we are convinced that the principles of the major religions sprang out of what today would be termed scientific enquiry. Dawkins, in his much acclaimed work The Selfish Gene, developed the theory of memes, a concept later taken up and popularised by Susan Blackmore in her book The Meme Machine. A meme is an idea, a tune, a concept that takes over one’s thinking, in Dawkins words, ‘parasitizes’ the mind. One example Dawkins utilises is the concept of life after death.
Yet Dawkins, in his blanket negative treatment of religion has allowed his own mind to be taken over by the meme of religious condemnation. He has not applied the scientific enquiry of his training to make a value assessment of the works that influence the believers. In other words Dawkins adamant refutation makes him equally as guilty of unfounded belief as he asserts applies to religious believers. Both are directed in their thinking by memes of beliefs, the religious of their faith and Dawkins in the non existence of any value in the religious works.
Let us steer a middle road and reveal what both Dawkins and the religious believers have missed. We shall show where early thinking in fact was based upon what to day would have been accepted as logical deduction and not merely faith in a religious concept, the religious element that embodied such information came later. Our source is ancient Indic material from where, as becomes apparent in our book Deluge: From Genesis to Atlantis, eventually all the primary religions took their guide; indeed, there are even commonalities in Egypt. The information from which the following was developed is derived from this book and reveals the type of analysis contained between its covers.
The questions of today also perplexed the minds of the sages of the ancient times, the most prominent query being from where did all derive? In man’s experience all grew or was made, except the Earth and what was in the skies. Animals mate to produce offspring, trees and bushes, flowers need pollinating insects to reproduce but the stars did not reproduce, except for comets, in the form of meteorites which were flung away from the parent body. Strange. The stones of the Earth were just there. Like the sun and the moon. The moon has its phases, which were reasonably well understood, and the sun moved north and south during the course of a year, knowledge, scientia, gained via simple observation; all except comets and meteorites was regular and steady. One knew what was to happen in the skies, they were predictable and one could prophesise what was going to happen generations into the future. The heavens give accurate counts of time, of days, of months and of years; numbers; maths. All was confirmed via repeated observations, what today would be termed the scientific method and was understood before 12,000 years ago, the end of the last Ice Age which is approximately when our story commences.
But while reproduction and heavenly movements were generally understood in principle, from where was all derived, the stellar movements were as steady as a mark on the rim of a wheel, even if that wheel was a section of log which, when rolled, brought the mark regularly back to its starting point. The whole of the universe must have been created, been fashioned to work so accurately, nothing else observed had such symmetry. So from a sequence of logical deductions it was determined that lacking another satisfactory explanation, the whole of the universe had to have been created, the sun, moon and stars would not have merely grown as neither did the ground upon which these thinkers stood, but neither could they have emerged from nothing.
Hence we have knowledge, scientia, determining that all that is known had to have had a creator. Fine, but from where did the creator’s raw materials derive, from what did this creator fashion not only Earth but the sun, moon and stars? Taking this further, if there was a creator who or what created the creator? This line of investigation was getting into a bit of an eddy so an invention was made, a power greater than the creator, a power that was just that, power, a power that willed a creator into being.
Here we have the Indic Brahman, the overarching power, that which is in everything and is everything, from thought to rock, from bird to fish, timber to water, from flame to ice, is the overarching non-describable, omnipotent ever present abstract entity that is in all and is all. Effectively the only word that adequately describes Brahman is energy. Brahman is simply that, pure energy and as modern science has shown, it is from energy that all in the universe is derived. However, Brahman could not make the visible, physical elements; something had to happen to turn this energy into an observable universe. Brahman required a creator, a builder to turn ideas into reality, a catalyst that turned energy into action. Brahman willed the creator Brahma into being to turn Brahman’s desires into realities; the creative moment, the source of all; from raw energy came the explosion of creation, from raw energy came the universe and all within.
Invention? Yes it was. Satisfactory explanation? For the available information at the time…yes. Comply with modern interpretations? Take away the elements that describe characteristics that would apply to human personality and yes. Creation based upon logic, effectively an early description of what we think of as the Big Bang, an interpretation that suffered only from a lack of the scientific information available today; that made no allowance for the vast time lapses involved simply because there was no comprehension of this, but nevertheless, a definition that in fact pre-empted the modern concept. This was a theory based upon logic that in fact has stood the test of time but has been grossly misunderstood and ignored. Religious? No.
Demonstrating close observation of the skies since the end of the last Ice Age we here relate a little of what constituted the flood story.
It was noticed that the whole of the cosmos appeared to rotate around a specific point in the sky, the northern end of the axis of the universe. The closest to this point was a particular star which [as we know today] got no closer than circa 4.7 degrees. This was Vega in the northern celestial hemisphere. Opposite this star in the southern skies, at the other end of the imaginary axis in the cosmos, was a similar situation, however, the star there, Canopus, was further from the southern imaginary axis endpoint; here we find a bright light in the sky that circles 7-8 degrees from the axis end or due south.
The northernmost of these stars, when seen in position at end of the universal axis, became the seat of creation, the home of the creator Brahma as all revolved around the creator. From this north polar position Brahma controlled the strings of all the stars and planets, keeping them in their allotted positions. Brahma in that polar position was recognised as the pole star.
Then, shortly after 12200BC both the north polar star Vega and its counterpart in the south, Canopus, started moving away from their allotted positions. Simultaneously the sea level rose; the further away from the ends of this axis moved the stars the higher rose the waters. These stars had been direction giving entities for hundreds of years and now they were moving, the heavens were not quite so stable after all. Something was wrong, the creator had moved out of position or the whole universe had moved as surely the creator would stay in position? The stars were no longer linked to the central point as the guiding star of the extreme northern skies was no longer in place relative to the remainder of the universe the invisible strings that held all together were broken. Not only that, but the Earth was no longer the stable place it once was as coastal flooding was now the norm. Something must have gone wrong for Brahma to allow this destruction to happen.
This flooding coupled with the loss of pole stars continued for many years and records were kept of the movements of the heavens. As time was denoted by the movements of the sun, moon and stars the years were counted. People were flooded out of their homelands and one particular group who had observed the movements of both stars from their vantage point on the equator at Sundaland, [South Malaysia] eventually found themselves in Northwest India in what is now Pakistan at Merhgarh. Other groups from coastal regions adjacent to Sundaland moved northwards to China and adjacent regions.
After many years another star came to replace the closely circling northern light, although this did not happen to the south. By 8100BC, 3600 years after the loss of Vega, the star Tau Hercules of the constellation Hercules was very close to the polar position, in fact within three degrees or in terms of time, 500 years and the skies were steady once more.
Brahma, although appearing different and not so bright was back in place, albeit in a different constellation. By 7600 BC Tau Hercules was as close as it would get to the polar position, within about 0.75 of a degree and shortly after this, before 7100BC there was a turndown in the climate and the seas stopped rising. The floods even reversed and there was a new pole star. Here was an apparent correlation, lose a pole star and there is coastal flooding, gain a pole star and after a while it stops. Once a different pole star is in place all is new, the constellation surrounding the star is different, a new creation of the heavenly realm, the northerly abode of the god of creation.
The climate change was not to last however and soon the waters started rising again, just as Tau Hercules was leaving the polar position. This was further correlation of loss of the pole star relating to flooding. Once more the spectre of destruction put fear into people minds. There was destruction, not only on Earth, but devastation in the heavens. Once more people moved away from the rising seas, specifically the region of South Malaysia roughly, as applied to the specific people of which we write, between Hong Kong and Borneo. There was little of their original homeland left. Other refugees from the rising waters of adjacent areas found themselves moving eventually to regions such as China and Japan, others found a new home in the Middle East and some as far afield as Europe.
Calendars were kept, the years counted and once more, in 3300BC along came Thuban in the constellation Draconis as pole star, after millennia of chaos in the heavens and ever increasing flooding. Sundaland was now underwater, the plain between Hong Kong and Borneo where the people who moved to Merhgarh once lived now under many feet of water. This time, however, the floods stopped completely, the sea level had risen circa 100 metres and was now reasonably stable and there was a new pole star, a new creation to confirm cessation of flooding.
Cause and effect, lose a pole star and there are floods, gain one and the floods stop and all gets back to normal. This was pure logic, scientia gained via observation and thought.
Here is the basis of the flood story in the religious works. The familiar tale commenced life in India but later spread across most of the world, to China, to the Middle East and Greece and eventually even to Europe. Almost certainly there are elements of native versions telling the same tale hidden in localised myths that have yet to be deciphered. The counts of thousands of years were diligently recorded with a flood period being a canonical 3600 years and the creation epoch an era of 1000 years. Manu, the Indian Noah, was a manifestation of Brahma the creator and created all anew after the flood whereas the Hebrew authors claimed that God’s chosen family, that of Noah, carried the essentials of creation in a boat.
Maharaja Druva or Druvaloka is the generic Indian term for pole star and is also an alternative name for Manu. Manu lasts until he has created anew then his son [Manu] takes over. The constellation Hercules is seen as a depiction of Manu conducting austerities standing on one toe [pole star Tau Hercules] on the banks of a river. The river is the Milky Way in its most northerly position in a similar way to the Nile was seen in Egypt. Plato based his Atlantis tale on this description with the flooding being that which occurred before the onset of Tau Hercules…before the Pillars of Hercules. He was referring to a time not an earthly location.
So why the tales of boats? There is little invention without good reason. Rain came from the skies hence the source was a heavenly ocean as noted in the Genesis account, after all no-one had observed water going upwards, rain fell from the skies; the heavens pivoted around the pole star [the seat of creation], and when this moved the heavenly ocean was disturbed, a heavenly flood. A heavenly ocean meant the gods or lights in the sky needed boats to get around and they had to move about to organise a new heavenly creation, a new constellation with its pole star in place. All is astronomical, even the 40 days and nights of rain is in fact a reference to loss of view of the Pleiades, as recorded by classical authors and the date of the flood so described can be ascertained to the day…20 days prior to the vernal equinox 2300BC. The New Year commenced at the first new moon after the winter solstice meaning the count of days given in Genesis for this description is correct.
This flood has had great influence as Noah’s ‘boat’, a strange rock formation on Mount Nisir in Turkey, precisely where the Chaldean legend states it is to be found [the region is now known as Durupinar after the Turkish flier who photographed the formation] was surveyed in antiquity as well as recently and it was emulated within the pyramid of Khufu, albeit in a scaled down fashion. The funerary boat of Khufu has its length the same as the width or beam of the mythical boat of the gods in Turkey and this is not a coincidence, it is a very odd measure.
So as it was observed that all revolved around the pole star, the pole of the ecliptic was not understood when the flood tale was developed, it was a logical assumption that if the pivoting point was knocked out of place then all would run amok. As there was a celestial ocean from which came rain, any travelling in the heavenly realms would by necessity be by boat. The sun travelled in a boat pulled by fish in Egyptian lore, boats appear in Indian lore where Varuna is afloat in the vessel in a similar fashion to Ra although here there is mention of oars and it is notable that while Ra’s boat is towed by a fish, so also is that of Manu. There is logic in these stories, a logic not even noted by most of the readers of the works.
A different and seemingly unrelated version of the sun’s travelling vehicle from India is the chariot, here pulled by seven horses, in fact the Pleiades. This is seasonal and datable as the Pleiades reference applies loosely to the spring period circa 3500BC when the Pleiades rose circa 38 minutes before the sun and hence were seen to be ‘pulling’ the sun over the horizon. While horses are a little imaginative, here we are moving toward an ‘Earth in heaven’ concept and not as commonly portrayed the other way around, the heavenly sea and boats along with the pivot of the world are logical deductions given the limited amount of information available to the seers of the day. That they are illogical to us today is immaterial, they were derived from logical deduction and a limitation of knowledge.
By the time of the New Testament the whole pole star sequence of seven stars was known and it is replicated in The Book of Revelations under the guise of kings, some fallen some standing. Of course by this time religious fervour had overtaken reason, although some, such as the author of Revelations obviously were aware of the truth behind the tales. It seems certain that a succession of wise men, a small minority, perhaps a priesthood, handed down the original interpretations to successive generations.
Hence we see that a creator, later to become, via the machinations of human imagination, God, was a necessary part of ancient science and originally, definitely not religion. These people were logical and developed some sound philosophies, in many ways they were very clever; the Indian sages laid the foundations of the science of today [see Measurements of the Gods].
Logically, while many cultures seemingly worshipped their ancestors, the principle religious concepts of the modern world were developed primarily for political reasons, laws from God, Moses and the Ten Commandments being a typical example. Lacking further knowledge the average person would of course accept what the elders state and their mind be taken over by the meme of religious faith. One cannot break God’s laws, which is somewhat different to those of a tribal leader but he now has God on his side and miscreants have to answer to and be punished by God through him. Different cultures developed a variety of laws but in essence this was a relatively easy way to keep the peace, fear of God. The Christian message turned this on its head and one was now supposed to love God as His laws were good. Yet the ‘love one another’ message of the Sermon on the Mount exists in an early Buddhist interpretation, not as a religious concept or dogma but as a philosophical way to peace. Most ideas have a predecessor and with Buddhism we again are heading back toward India.
Numerous hints and clues to the astronomical elements of the flood tale can be found in the religious books [science books?]. What was initially merely a suspicion of greater knowledge being hidden in the ancient texts has been confirmed by in depth research, including the results of archaeological investigation. In fact the familiar measures of pre metrication are many thousands of years old and there is much information regarding these units and their use among the pages of the Bible.
Perhaps historians of science should take a long hard look at what are generally dismissed as valueless religious texts because as seen above, these tell of a tale of questioning and endeavour, a quest to understand the universe, an investigation that is still ongoing today.
The two works here are irrevocably linked. The original concept was for a single book but the volume of information unearthed dictated that two books were required. Deluge:From Genesis to Atlantis deals primarily with the subjects of its title while Measurements of the Gods explores ancient measures and finds much that has escaped conventional learning. This latter work reveals a great deal that is very easily checked by the reader and shows how the enquiry can be, as we hope it is, extended by others. Both books commence in modern times and have as their ultimate destination the same place on Earth, Sundaland. It is to this specific location that the evidence has led the enquiry.
Measurement systems, one would think, would be the province of the historian of mathematics. Yet the subject has hardly been touched by those who logically would understand the subject area. Perhaps as textually much has been shrouded by myth one could understand this but again, the work of John Michell, the researcher who gave the principle author of this work his first insight into the units in use in the past, has been the public domain for nearly thirty years and academia has not taken it on board. In Measurements of the Gods we trace the uses of the measures through Europe, Classical Greece, Egypt, and Mesopotamia to India where the development of the systems took place. There are links seen between India and China which again confirm Michell’s Earth dimensions.
In the process of this exploratory journey much is revealed that seemingly has not been published elsewhere, including the use of Michell’s interpretation of the anciently accepted Earth circumference in the scales of mediaeval maps and charts. The development of the unit measures is far older than most would imagine and the proof is in the archaeology of Merhgarh, now in Pakistan, but the measuring of Earth, an essential pre-requisite for the development of the values took place elsewhere…even earlier than the dating of 7000-7500BC applied by archaeology to the remains at Merhgarh.
Effectively this work reveals a great deal that convention has missed with abundant evidence to reinforce the arguments involved.
Deluge:From Genesis to Atlantis
In this book the flood evaluation seen above is relayed with, of course far more detail than is seen here. The works commences with a brief overview which leads to an examination of the arguments that ensued with the onset of the discipline of geology and the realisation that in fact the Earth is very old. From there it moves to the ‘Mountains of Ararat’ and eventually after revealing [and refuting] the ideas of some others arrives at the object of the tale in Genesis, the Ark of Noah. This is a geological anomaly at what is now known as Durupinar in Turkey at the precise location recorded in the Epic of Gilgamesh.
But there was a second Ark, the Ark of the Covenant. This is connected to the tale as much revolves around information hidden by the use of numbers and measures and here it is revealed that the same cubit value applied to Noah’s vessel was in use for this Ark. A smaller derived unit applied to the Tabernacle and moving from there to Solomon’s Temple it is seen that this smaller unit applied to all except the Temple surrounds and the mysterious Oblation to the Lord. The measurement values are explained in the text.
This oddity, the Oblation to the Lord, this allocation of a large tract of land is in fact quite informative as numerically, as indicated by its dimensions, it is a representation of the Ark of Noah. Here we have an explanation for Ark representations, paintings and carvings, being of a boat shape with what cannot be described as anything else but a stone built temple aboard. The oblation, the grossly oversized Ark depiction contained Jerusalem, itself a representation of Earth and its attendant temple. There are hints in the descriptions of this temple that much is of an astronomical nature and as seen above, this is correct.
The measures seen here were originally developed from Biblical texts…purely as an exercise in possibilities. It emerges that they are correct, they link to numerous other unit values as discovered by Michell and in fact were utilised by the designers of religious buildings in mediaeval times in Europe. In fact surveys of such structures seen in Measurements of the Gods confirmed the validity of the assessment.
Deluge develops its themes over a number of chapters and includes some Indian astronomy and a completely new and verifiable interpretation of the India yugas; traditionally vast time periods of many millions of years. The concept was based upon a lunar construct. These values then link to the pole star periods seen in earlier chapters. The dating seen here is confirmed via Indian descriptions of climatic events that are recorded in ice cores and well documented. Hence not only dating but the whole interpretation of the yugas is confirmed and indeed the ability to record accurate observational astronomy in the distant past.
A number of concepts of creation are included such as those from China, Mesopotamia and Egypt for comparison to the Biblical and Indian interpretations. It is noted that once more there are a number of values associated with lunar counts…as indeed can be seen in the Genesis flood tale where Noah was afloat for a synodic year…a lunar period.
A chapter dealing primarily with Biblical verses from the Books of Daniel and Revelations is quite revealing as here we see that the whole pole star sequence was understood, not the timing between all the stars, but nevertheless, while this period was a canonical 3600 years it is seen that after the demise of Polaris a shorter period ensues to the next star. We also show why the concept of the Number of the Beast is erroneous. The operative value here is 36 which is the last to count to reach 666. The punctuation in the King James Version of the Bible is clear in this respect and the triple value does not apply to the number of the beast. This ‘beast’ is the flood period, devised because the seas had ceased rising and an evil was still required to explain when a pole star was misplaced. Much of Revelations in fact revolves around the demise and reinstatement of a pole star.
Plato’s Atlantis is seen for what it is, a replication of the same story with his ‘Beyond the pillars of Hercules’ being a reference not to a location but to a time, a time before 7600BC, a time when Vega had moved out of place and Tau Hercules had yet to take position as pole star. Here there is much detail that irrefutably confirms the evaluation.
In essence, this book reveals the truth behind the mysteries of both the flood recorded in the religious annals and Plato’s tale of Atlantis. The work reveals that this is a cyclic situation and three floods are mentioned in Genesis but the sequence and allegory has to be understood before these are comprehended. The imaginative ‘Father of Western Philosophy’, Plato was giving an historical astronomy lesson in his Atlantis story. There is a great deal of other directly related information revealed via the investigations seen in the 500+ page work, but in a nutshell this is Deluge:From Genesis to Atlantis.
As observational astronomy has been seen to have been a reality in the distant past with written records of events in the 7th millennium BC [in Mahabharata] and correlations in myth that show the skies were closely watched circa 12-13000BC, what else is there to be derived from these distant epochs?
Where Deluge: From Genesis to Atlantis takes us from recent centuries to 12-13000BC Measurements of the Gods [MOTG] commences in the 20th century with its journey completing just the other side of 9000BC. The journeys end again is at Sundaland. As with Deluge the result is confirmation of the abilities of the sages of India long before Egypt became a coherent nation. Below is a very brief overview of the contents of the work.
As the title suggests, the primary subject is measure and here we have further evidence of the abilities of our distant forebears. In this book is seen much that contradicts conventional thinking, the work brings together disparate bits and pieces and shows them as parts of a coherent whole. Measures have been frequently utilised symbolically as is revealed in Deluge. Here is the history of these measures. Revealed is the ancient source of the British Imperial System [extended from John Neal’s evaluations] and the numerous other units that were in use up to the onset of the metric system in France, their use on buildings ancient [Egyptian etc] and not so ancient including the American White House and the George Washington Monument; their use in maps and charts utilised by people such as Piri Reis and Columbus.
We relate the confusion that reigned in Greece regarding the size of the Earth, and steer a course through that recorded chaos of measure. Seen also is the Indian weights systems that spread their fundamental basics to the rest of the world; of course we reveal the most fundamental elements of all, the relationships of the measures to the lights in the sky, the gods, the source of all calculations…Measurements of the Gods…indeed.
Sequentially, MOTG commences with suggestions of allegory and calendars, a description of ancient measures and methods, the onset of metrication and modern Earth measure [with a comparison to John Michell’s evaluation] and hence to the records from Greece of Earth dimensions [beware Greeks bearing Earth measures!!].
From here we move to maps and their scales as used by Columbus and Piri Reis followed by a more in depth look at the ancient systems which in turn is followed by a return to Noah’s Ark and its representation in the Great Pyramid, a shortened version of the section in Deluge for those who may only read this work. There is some repetition of historical material later in the work for the same reason, explanation.
In the same chapter is a section on Stonehenge, measures and a calendar previously missed which supplies a sound reason for the odd sarsen stone classified as number 11. This calendar also supplies a periodicity for the occasional winter celebrations that it has recently been discovered took place there. Silbury Hill is also given our treatment in this chapter with an astronomical argument that makes a lot of sense and supplies a sound reason for the vast effort entailed in building the structure. Note that this does not involve sighting to any other point and accommodates some other ideas that have recently emerged regarding the Stonehenge environs.
The following three chapters deal mainly with measures and alignments across the landscape in South Gwent with notes to the effect that investigation has found similar situations in Somerset and Fife. These chapters are profusely illustrated. Once more little of this nature has been revealed in the past. One interesting facet here is the replication on the ground via two stones and some hill tops of the 40 days of rain in the Genesis flood myth, the loss of view of the Pleiades, here dated via alignments of other sites to 2500BC against the Biblical 2300 BC. This is followed by an examination of numerous buildings, including the aforementioned famous American structures and of course in this we reveal the use of the ancient measures once more.
Moving slowly back towards India the following three chapters are of an historical nature albeit with some new explanations and these then lead us to archaeology in India, the Maldives and specifically Merhgarh circa 7000BC with the most informative bricks ever discovered. However other bricks are also involved in the evaluation and there are three sets of sizes from differing regions and times in Indian development to take into consideration; these are amazingly accurate and all connect metrologically to each other. There are hundreds of thousands of correlating examples from which mean values were derived by others so we cannot argue with results. Confirmation by repetition, the scientific method…
Next is the chapter that confirms the calculations via the weights systems. This involves a return to the Biblical descriptions of Solomon’s Temple. This chapter reveals so much correlation and so many interrelationships that we cannot imagine readers doubting the evaluations and hence confirmation of the stated measurements units is seen as confirmed. We follow this with a discussion revolving around Sundaland as a possible source for the measures with the penultimate chapter being a description of the measuring of Earth…in 9070BC! Here we describe the method probably employed and once more a specific star is key to the dating. As the people of Merhgarh who made bricks complying with Earth measure came from Sundaland, confirmed via dental morphology, this appears to be an inevitable conclusion. It was here that knowledge of the size of Earth first emerged. We are then left with a very short concluding chapter and references.
In all there are 19 chapters and again, over 500 pages of detailed information, most of which is new and has not been in print previously. We feel that even though the argument and analysis and therefore conclusions contradict conventional thinking, they are correct. Every effort has been made to fault the arguments but these attempts have failed and as far as we can determine, the results of the evaluations are accurate.
Both Deluge and MOTG have been in the region of 25 years in the making. The principle researcher and author initially became interested in the origins of the British Imperial System and rejected the ‘developed from Roman measures’ trotted out in history books, the odd volumes that managed to mention the subject, as unsound.
It was John Michell’s work that initially set the research on its path, although admittedly this was not accepted until quite a body of supporting evidence had been accrued. These two books confirm beyond a shadow of a doubt that John Michell’s evaluation of the anciently accepted circumference of Earth, that which stood until the French evaluations for the metric system, was correct. Research into the flood story revealed that Bible utilised different measures to those evaluated by Michell. However, eventually a definitive set of measures emerged from this tale, and it was here that elements of time began to emerge as being highly significant. After a great deal of research and many years it emerged that counts of time played an essential role in these matters, an idea confirmed by Indian writings. The work had taken a very different direction to any dreamt of at its outset. Much of that which is seen today as being of religious origin is ultimately related to calendar counts derived from observational astronomy or what we can legitimately term science.
This lengthy, frequently tedious and frustrating but absolutely fascinating journey eventually came to an end and the culmination of that long trek is the two books described here which together detail the project Megalith, Masonry, Myth and Measure.
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Harry Sivertsen and Stephen Redman’s qualifications for this investigative work are quite broad in that between us we hold degrees in Electrical Engineering, IT, Archaeology, History and Religion.
Harry, the primary researcher and analyst of this unusual duo, is a retired carpenter with a long standing interest in the histories of building development, measures origination, religion, myth, history and early astronomy. His BA degree studies as a mature student related to history and religion. Harry, assisted by his architectural technician wife Gillian, commenced this investigation over 25 years ago and since 2000 he has had the assistance of IT engineer Steve in the presentation and background historical research of both Deluge and Measurements of the Gods.
Steve is a former Telecommunications Systems Engineer and published author [technical works] who also holds a second degree in his lifelong interest, Prehistoric Archaeology.