Stone Age people used “sat-nav” to navigate in the UK

Posted: September 14, 2009 in Archaeology, History
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Newly done research show that the different Stone Age monuments such as Stonehenge and other hillforts is geometricly placed in the landscape. They can be 100 miles from each other but the difference is just a 100 meters when you form a triangle with the monuments.

According to historian and writer Tom Brooks, the findings show that Britain’s Stone Age ancestors were “sophisticated engineers” and far from barbaric.

He said: ‘To create these triangles with such accuracy would have required a complex understanding of geometry.

‘The sides of some of the triangles are over 100 miles across on each side and yet the distances are accurate to within 100 metres. You cannot do that by chance.

‘So advanced, sophisticated and accurate is the geometrical surveying now discovered, that we must review fundamentally the perception of our Stone Age forebears as primitive, or conclude that they received some form of external guidance.

He have analysed 1500 sites from Norfolk to the northern part of Wales and they all are showing the same thing. But to put hillforts and other monuments on high grounds isn’t rare. Later during human history you often had fires as signal beacons on the high ground as an alarm system. You can often form triangles in many different shapes so in at least some places it won’t be too hard to prove the theory. But he doesn’t mention if there were any forests after the last Ice Age and they would have made it really hard even to see the high grounds if you are in the middle of a forest.

Humans have probably used a lot of different landmarks so if you knew the landmarks you didn’t need to care about if there was a hillfort or any kind of “monument” at the top.

But if Stone Age man really placed them in triangles in purpose they were 2000 years before the Greeks which would change some theories a bit…

Read the full article here

  1. Härligt, eller hur? Läste om detta i morse. “Synd” bara att man kan skapa nästan vilket mönster man än letar efter på det sättet. Min fråga är då förstås: stenåldern är låååång. Stämmer kronologin för de diverse boplatserna och monumenten?

    Det jag inte riktigt förstår är hur det skulle vara lättare att navigera till nya platser eller platser långt borta med “trianglar” än något annat. Människan brukar ju ändå gå i cirklar. 😉

  2. loleth says:

    Jo det håller jag med om. Kronologin tror jag knappast stämmer för samtliga platser. Är väldigt tveksamt om allt fanns samtidigt. Nej trianglar känns lite onödigt komplicerat just med tanke på att vi går i cirklar, då dessutom det ena benet är längre än det andra =).

    Som jag skriver har man stått inne i en skog har man ju inte nödvändigtvis sett till nästa ställe heller. Det märkliga är kanske inte att människan byggt på höga platser utan att naturen för en gångs skulle enligt forskaren skapat ett enhetligt mönster med kullar och andra lämpliga punkter för stenåldersmänniskan…

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