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Stone Age satnav: Did ancient man use 5,000-year-old travel chart to navigate across Britain
The Daily Mail ^ | 15 Sep 2009 | David Derbyshire

Posted on 09/15/2009 1:13:16 PM PDT by BGHater

It's considered to be one of the more recent innovations to help the hapless traveller.

But the satnav system may not be as modern as we think.

According to a new theory, prehistoric man navigated his way across England using a similar system based on stone circles and other markers.

The complex network of stones, hill forts and earthworks allowed travellers to trek hundreds of miles with 'pinpoint accuracy' more than 5,000 years ago, amateur historian Tom Brooks says. The grid covered much of southern England and Wales and included landmarks such as Stonehenge and Silbury Hill, claims Mr Brooks, a retired marketing executive of Honiton, Devon.

He analysed 1,500 prehistoric sites in England and Wales and was able to connect all of them to at least two other sites using isosceles triangles - these are triangles with two sides the same length.

This, he says, is proof that the landmarks were deliberately created as navigational aides. Many were built within sight of each other and provided a simple way to get from A to B.

For more complex journeys, they would have broken up the route into a series of easy to navigate steps.

Anyone starting at Silbury Hill in Wiltshire, for instance, could have used the grid to get to Lanyon Quoit in Cornwall without a map.

Mr Brooks added: 'The sides of some of the triangles are over 100 miles across, yet the distances are accurate to within 100 metres. You cannot do that by chance.

One of the monuments was on Silbury Hill, Wiltshire. It was part of a giant geometric grid used for navigating

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TOPICS: Astronomy; History
KEYWORDS: archaeoastronomy; astronomy; godsgravesglyphs; megaliths; navigation; oldstraighttrack; science; stars; uk

1 posted on 09/15/2009 1:13:17 PM PDT by BGHater
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To: SunkenCiv

GPS ping


2 posted on 09/15/2009 1:13:39 PM PDT by BGHater (Insanity is voting for Republicans and expecting Conservatism.)
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To: BGHater

I think my TomTom maps ARE 5,000 years old.


3 posted on 09/15/2009 1:15:55 PM PDT by alancarp (Obama: treat the unborn with AT LEAST as much respect as you do terrorists!!)
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To: BGHater

Nothing new in this....ley lines have been mentioned for many years. They were in use thousands of years ago and will still be reliable in the future


4 posted on 09/15/2009 1:19:18 PM PDT by the long march
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To: alancarp
My family came from Gloustershire, seems that they erected defenses to keep the frogs out.
5 posted on 09/15/2009 1:28:13 PM PDT by Little Bill (Carol Che-Porter is a MOONBAT.)
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To: zot

navigation ping


6 posted on 09/15/2009 1:31:50 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: BGHater

Nope - I think they were smelling haggis from different camps.


7 posted on 09/15/2009 1:33:35 PM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: the long march

Are we there yet,are we there yet-Shut-up Grog and keep walking!


8 posted on 09/15/2009 1:33:41 PM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: BGHater

People have been very smart for a very long time. Treating our progenitors as anything less is simply wrong IMO.


9 posted on 09/15/2009 1:35:54 PM PDT by allmost
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To: allmost
You make a very good point...Man was never "brainless"...

We recognize that man's limits extend waaaaaaaay beyond any ape.

We recognize that an ape does not progress beyond the nature around him...unless one is systematically taught.

Even so, an ape cannot achieve man's intelligence.

Since so called "evolution" cannot stand still, it would seem that some ape, somewhere, here on earth would be still evolving toward being a man.

10 posted on 09/15/2009 2:15:15 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

We`kilt em. Real good like.


11 posted on 09/15/2009 2:16:49 PM PDT by allmost
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To: BGHater

The way to verify if this was a system or not should be relatively easy. If the purpose of ‘A’ and ‘B’ is navigation, then check out the path between ‘A’ and ‘B’. If you consider the immense labor involved in building such points, then either there was a great deal of traffic, or the points had a significance other than navigation.

I suspect there was another reason, because ordinary road markers are a much easier way of doing this, and were pretty common in the ancient world.


12 posted on 09/15/2009 2:27:30 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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13 posted on 09/15/2009 5:45:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: allmost

I always wonder how many times human civilizations rose and fell before our latest burst of growth and advancement during the climatological stability of the last 3,000 years.

People think I’m a bit crazy when I suggest that much of humanity’s history is probably buried under tons of water on the continental shelves.


14 posted on 09/15/2009 5:50:56 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: alancarp

You shoulda bought a Garmin.

I’m pretty sure there are things on my Nuvi 500’s TOPO map that don’t even exist yet...;-D


15 posted on 09/15/2009 6:13:53 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.........)
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To: coconutt2000
I always wonder how many times human civilizations rose and fell before our latest burst of growth and advancement during the climatological stability of the last 3,000 years.

People think I’m a bit crazy when I suggest that much of humanity’s history is probably buried under tons of water on the continental shelves.


I often wonder that myself. Sometimes I wonder if there were advanced human civilizations here on Earth that ended up being destroyed by natural or man-made catastrophies prior to our own.
16 posted on 09/15/2009 6:14:26 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (Woodrow Wilson should have been waterboarded.)
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To: BGHater

That reminds me of a fibonacci spiral.


17 posted on 09/15/2009 6:20:55 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Resident Obama: Not a President, not a Citizen, living here but from somewhere else...)
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To: Nowhere Man

It’s been discussed on FR on these types of threads before, but the ancient Veda texts from India describe things that sound very much like nuclear war. I’ve also read there are places over there where there is glass under the sand and it has residual radioactivity higher than the ambient terrain.


18 posted on 09/15/2009 6:23:35 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Resident Obama: Not a President, not a Citizen, living here but from somewhere else...)
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To: Nowhere Man

I don’t know about “advanced” although I think writing was probably discovered and lost multiple times.

Human ingenuity seems to follow a fairly regular pattern with the transition from hunter gatherer to agriculture, and then the formation of larger and larger settlements, the development of math and then the application of both written language and math to try and predict seasons more accurately, and not always in that order.


19 posted on 09/15/2009 6:27:46 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Free Vulcan

The Veda, go into depth about UFO’s and other things.


20 posted on 09/15/2009 6:27:55 PM PDT by BGHater (Insanity is voting for Republicans and expecting Conservatism.)
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To: Free Vulcan

that’s what I was thinking!


21 posted on 09/15/2009 7:59:25 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (When do the impeachment proceedings begin?)
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the navigation ping. This is as good an explanation as any I’ve heard.


22 posted on 09/15/2009 9:57:59 PM PDT by zot
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To: BGHater

The implication is that the huge Stone Age “monuments” were built for navigational purposes so early Englishmen could find their way about the countryside.

If there was enough foot and horse traffic to warrant the immense effort needed to build all those Stone Age “monuments” wouldn’t the traffic have beaten down a path through the woods that the canny English could follow without building a ‘monument’???

I mean, come on, follow the yellow mud road, guys and ye’ll get to Scotland afore me.


23 posted on 09/15/2009 10:07:55 PM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: Nowhere Man

Don’t you know that we are all partly descended from the survivors of the 12 colonies that were led here by the Battlestar Galactica! The technology was what survived from them and secretly passed down through the ages via the Masons, Knights Templar, and (remainder classified).


24 posted on 09/16/2009 8:35:32 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: alancarp

My TomTom still thinks the 35W bridge is still down. It has been rebuilt for a year now.


25 posted on 09/16/2009 5:55:01 PM PDT by Sawdring
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