Apart from one or two astronomers, few people these days realize that 5,000 years ago and more, people of the Stone Age living in the south of England could still watch the stars of the Southern Cross as they skimmed along the horizon. And those early people were fixated by them. The book ‘Stonehenge before Stonehenge’ takes this knowledge and uses it to offer the reader something really new and significant about Stonehenge, exciting even. In fact, together with a website whose address is given in the book, ‘Stonehenge Before Stonehenge’ offers the answer to why Britain’s most famous icon was built. The book tells of how the Southern Cross, over many millennia, slowly and surely sank lower and lower beneath Wiltshire’s southern horizon, so that by the time Stonehenge was started, those stars had almost disappeared. But before those stars left for good; the predecessors of the Stonehenger’s chose just two of them, and starting from what would one day become the very center of Stonehenge, built two avenues aligned upon where that chosen pair fell back to earth. So the story starts well before Stonehenge was built, and even further back than the Oxfordshire long barrow of Wayland’s Smithy, where the famous astronomer Professor John North suggested that perhaps Wayland’s chambers were designed to capture the stars Alpha and Beta Crucis. This present book takes the late professor’s work and uses it to tell the reader which of those four stars the avenues’ to the south of Stonehenge were aligned upon, and it wasn’t those that were chosen by John for Wayland’s Smithy. ‘Stonehenge before Stonehenge’ takes the reader on two pictorial journeys down Stonehenge’s star-aligned avenues’ to where they meet up with the rivers Avon and Till. Number of pages, 100. Contents. 1. Wayland’s Smithy. 2. Stonehenge bluestones 49 and 31. 3. The original Stonehenge Avenues’. 4. A walk in the footsteps of our ancestors down the Alpha Crucis Avenue. 5. One mile from Stonehenge. 6. Two miles from Stonehenge. 7: A walk down the Gamma Crucis Avenue. 8: Belas Knap long cairn 3,850 BC. 9: Cairnpapple Henge, Scotland. 10. Cairnpapple started. 11. Cairnpapple’s Cove alignment. 12. Capel Garmon, North Wales. 13. A plan of Capel Garmon. 14. The Mesolithic posts in what was the Stonehenge car park. 15. Hunter’s Burgh long barrow. 16: The Wilsford Shaft. 17. Postscript. 18: Work in progress. 19. About the author.
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