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Enigmas of the Ancients


Some people say that when they touch a megalithic monument, they can detect “whispers” from the people who arranged and used it.  Some people feel an inexplicable energy.  I am one of those people even though my rational side “knows” that this is impossible.

Ancient constructions, from up to 5,000 years ago, inspire curiosity as to their purpose and we can wonder whether our ancestors knew more than we do about mystical matters.  And they make us wonder whether perhaps we can still glean some strands of forgotten knowledge.

According to Anthony Johnson, in his informative and thought-provoking book “Solving Stonehenge”, Sir Isaac Newton was one of many intellectuals who were convinced that “the ancient world once possessed a body of knowledge which had been lost and corrupted down the ages”.

The enigmas of the ancients are not limited to gargantuan stone constructions.  The antikythera mechanism is a clockwork "computer" which dates from about 100 BCE.  It was used for calculating astronomical positions and such an achievement did not recur until the late 14th century AD.  There may have been even more ancient predecessors.

My purpose in visiting ancient sites of mystery such as Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza is to explore their purpose and meaning.  The antikythera mechanism suggests an astronomical importance also ascribed by many to Stonehenge, other stone circles such as Callanish, and the Pyramids.

I will be exploring issues such as: 

  • Are there any common threads despite unique expressions?
  • Why did they cease being constructed and used?

I hope that my conjectures will inspire others to contemplate the enigmas of the ancients.

I will add to this article from time to time, so please revisit.


Charlie Nelson
September 2010



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