I recently received a series of very interesting questions from Eugene de Guzman, a graduate student of history and a regular reader of this column, about possible ancient alien visitations in the Philippines, megalithic structures
, Lemuria and related topics.
95) explores a broad, interconnected panoply of ancient wonders - opening with the megalithic structures
in Peru and Bolivia, then moving on to the accomplishments of the Vimanas and the Hindu Rama Empire, Nikola Tesla's wireless transmissions, the secret inventions of Guglielmo Marconi, the origin of flying saucer and flying wing technology in the 1930s and 40s, and much more.
These monuments date back to the middle Bronze Age, so that their first construction is roughly contemporary to megalithic structures
built by the Mycenaeans and the Hittites.
Many megalithic structures
seem to relate to alignments at the summer or winter solstice, and this year there will be an opportunity to go amongst the stones at Stonehenge on the days leading up to the solstice at sunset.
One great day out is visiting the megalithic structures
in the Boyne Valley at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, built around 3200BC - older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids.
Drawing then primarily on the data obtained by processualists such as Ayres, Athens, and Cordy, Rainbird promulgates an interpretation of these megalithic structures
in terms of 'acting as mnemonics in the recounting of genealogies' (p.
With images ranging from megalithic structures
to block reliefs, crumbled city walls, petroglyphs and so much more, each two-page spread features a revealing photograph on the right, accompanied by a brief text description of the stone's origin on the left.
The oldest free-standing temples in the world are here - megalithic structures
a thousand years older than the Pyramids.
No painted images survive on any megalithic structures
New evidence indicates that celestially aligned megalithic structures
may have a profound agricultural purpose.
Current models suggest that in the centuries that followed there was increasing social differentiation and competition, an efflorescence of megalithic structures
, and the development of large-scale community architecture.
They suggested a link between the caves and stones based on relationships of stories about emergence of people from caves, the building of stone houses (the megaliths) and the presence of inverted stalactites in some megaliths, then concluded that it was "fairly certain that Trobriand megalithic structures
were originally funerary monuments" (Ollier et al.