Megalithic Lunar Observatories

This unique text discusses the mathematical principles behind Megalithic stone circles, and how these were used for observing lunar cycles in prehistoric times.

Megalithic Lunar Observatories

Author: Alexander Thom

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0198581327

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This unique text discusses the mathematical principles behind Megalithic stone circles, and how these were used for observing lunar cycles in prehistoric times. The author, A. Thom, shows that stone circles were precisely planned and laid out in accordance with certain geometric figures in the classic Pythagorean tradition. Containing some mathematical and astronomical details, along with notes on site survey and location, this book is ideal for amateur enthusiasts and academicians of archaeology, astronomy, and mathematics.

Archaeoastronomy

... one observation alone would have been sufficient for obtaining the observed
degree of accuracy . British Megalithic Lunar Observatories Thom has argued for
the existence in the British Isles of megalithic lunar observatories accurate to 0 .

Archaeoastronomy

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Sun Moon and Standing Stones

PENNY , A. , and WOOD , J. E. , ' The Dorset Cursus complex : a Neolithic
astronomical observatory ? ' THOM , A. , Megalithic Lunar Observatories . THOM ,
A. , and THOM , A. S. , ' A reconsideration of the lunar sites in Britain ' , Journal of
the ...

Sun  Moon and Standing Stones

Author: John Edwin Wood

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Journal for the History of Astronomy

British Megalithic Lunar Observatories Thom has argued for the existence in the
British Isles of megalithic lunar observatories accurate to 0'.5 in declination . In
later work , he proposed a standard deviation of 1'.4 in declination over a number
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Stone Rows and Standing Stones

Megaliths and mathematics ' , Antiquity 40 , 121 - 8 . ( 1966c ) . ' Time - keeping
with standing stones " , New Sci 32 , 719 - 21 . ( 1966d ) . ' The lunar
observatories of Megalithic Man ' , Nature 212 , 1527 - 8 . ( 1967a ) . Megalithic
Sites in ...

Stone Rows and Standing Stones

Author: Alexander Thom

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Megalithic Astronomy

A critical examination of the megalithic lunar observatories. In C.L.N. Ruggles &
A.W.R. Whittle (eds.), Astronomy and society in Britain during the period 4000-
1500 BC, Oxford (B.A.R. 88), pp. 153-209. Ruggles, C.L.N. (1982a). Megalithic ...

Megalithic Astronomy

Author: Clive L. N. Ruggles

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited

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Page: 320

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Archaeoastronomy in the 1990s

lunar symbolism in Aboriginal art , 139 , 148 in Scottish stone rows , 195 Teutonic
, 100 _ 2 lunar synodic month , 118 ... 161 lunar lodges , 168 , 171 lunar nutation
, 163 lunar observatories , megalithic , 163 lunar occultations , 156 ancient ...

Archaeoastronomy in the 1990s

Author: Clive L. N. Ruggles

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The Griffith Observer

The first megalithic observatory built in Bri Alexander Thom , author of Megalithic
Sites in tain in three thousand years was erected in Britain , Megalithic Lunar
Observatories , and Sighthill Park , in Glasgow , in March , 1979 . other books ...

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Archaeologia Cambrensis

113-133 . 3 E. W. Mackie , Phil . Trans . R. Soc . London , A276 ( 1974 ) , pp . 169
–194 . 4 A. Thom , Megalithic Sites in Britain ( London 1967 ) . 5 A. Thom ,
Megalithic Lunar Observatories ( London 1971 ) . D → N - A a A1 yb li C23 162.

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New Scientist

... good value for Megalithic Sites in Britain and money .... written primarily for the
Megalithic Lunar Observatories . pre - clinical medical student , but it All the sites
are analysed should enjoy a very wide readership geometrically and the units of
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Mathematics celestial and terrestrial

... Sciences 2 (1962) 1 -40. Sims, Lionel: "The Solarization of the Moon:
Manipulated Knowledge ... London 1743 Thom, Alexander: Megalithic Sites in
Britain. Oxford 1967 - : Megalithic Lunar Observatories. Oxford 1 97 1 Whittle,
Alasdair: "A ...

Mathematics celestial and terrestrial

Author: Joseph Warren Dauben

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ISBN: 9783804724822

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Irish Antiquity

Megalithic lunar observatories : an astronomer ' s view ' , Antiquity 46 , 43 - 8 .
Lockyer , Sir N . , 1909 . Stonehenge and Other British Stone Monuments
Astronomically Considered . London . Ní Loingsigh , A . , 1976 . The stone
alignments of ...

Irish Antiquity

Author: Donnchadh Ó Corráin

Publisher: Four Courts PressLtd

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A collection of highly acclaimed essays and studies, originally presented to Professor M.J. O'Kelly in 1981.

The Stones and the Stars

The work was documented in detail by artist and photographer Gavin Roberts, and the book contains a large selection of illustrations that bring the project vividly to life.

The Stones and the Stars

Author: Duncan Lunan

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461453542

Page: 325

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There are at least 48 identified prehistoric stone circles in Scotland. In truth, very little is known about the people who erected them, and ultimately about what the stone circles were for. Most stone circles are astronomically aligned, which has led to the modern debate about why the alignment was significant. The megaliths certainly represented an enormous co-operative effort, would at the very least have demonstrated power and wealth, and being set away from any dwellings probably served a ceremonial, or perhaps religious, purpose. Observations at the site of the stone circles, of solar, lunar, and stellar events, have already cast light on some of the questions about the construction and use of ancient megalithic observatories. In his capacity as manager of the Parks Department Astronomy Project, author Duncan Lunan designed and built the first astronomically aligned stone circle in Britain in over 3,000 years. 'The Stones and the Stars' examines the case for astronomical alignments of stone circles, and charts the development of a fascinating project with a strong scientific and historical background. The work was documented in detail by the artist and photographer Gavin Roberts, and this archive has been added to since - so an appropriate selection of illustrations will bring the project vividly to life.

Secrets of the Stones

PROCTOR , R . A . , The Great Pyramid : Observatory , Tomb and Temple ,
London 1883 . ... The Lunar Observatories of Megalithic Man ' , Vistas in
Astronomy , in , 1969 . , ' Carnac ' , ' Stonehenge ' , ' Brogar ' , ' Islay ' , offprints of
articles ...

Secrets of the Stones

Author: John Michell

Publisher: Penguin Group

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Traces the history of the theory that ancient earthworks, such as Stonehenge, were amazingly accurate stations for obserbing the stars.

Megaliths and Masterminds

The outcome of Thom ' s perserving Megalithic surveys , up to the late 1960s , is
contained in two slim hard - cover volumes , Megalithic Sites in Britain ( 1967 )
and Megalithic Lunar Observatories ( 1971 ) . While neither volume sets out to be
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Megaliths and Masterminds

Author: Peter Lancaster Brown

Publisher: Scribner Book Company

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A discussion of the questions surrounding various ancient stone monuments throughout the world and, also offers a reassessment of the achievements of earlier non-literate peoples based on recent research and archaeoligical findings.