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Earth’s capture of the moon c.2000bc
By Gary Gilligan

Megalithic Sites: Stonehenge

Whether large megaliths or small stones, all of the stones at Neolithic sites are there by intention to serve a particular purpose. They are not there by chance. As in the case of Stonehenge these sites have been carefully selected for their geographical position.

Stonehenge is one of the worlds best known ancient monuments. It has stood for over five thousand years, and still we do not know the origin and purpose of this mysterious arrangement of stones. The truth is that three different cultures contributed to this megalithic monument. For the purpose of this essay, I will concentrate on the initial, Neolithic stage of this construction, which began around 3000 BC.

The initial part of construction of this monument began as a modest circular ditch. Within this circle 56 holes were dug. These holes (Aubrey Holes) have baffled scientists for years. It has been proposed these strange holes acted as a lunar calendar. The moon has a cycle for its eclipses. Once a lunar eclipse occurs, another will not happen for nineteen years. After those nineteen years, the moon will, once again, eclipse. The next, and final, eclipse of this cycle occurs eighteen years after the previous eclipse. These years add up to fifty-six (19+19+18). Scientists believe that a stone was placed in one hole in the circle, then each year, the stone would be moved to the next hole. It is proposed this is the way the ancient people could keep track of the moon.

Let me apply a little lateral thinking here... are we to believe the ancient people ignored the Moon’s 29 ½ day cycle in favor of a much more complicated calendar? A calendar which would have necessitated the monitoring of the Moon over generations before the circle consisting of 56 holes could even begin to be constructed?

To elaborate: this circle would have to be predetermined in order for it to be a true circle. So the complicated 19+19+18 year phases of the moon would require a least 112 years (56 x 2) of dedicated monitoring before the phases could be determined as definitive. Where are the remnants of the ‘monthly’ holes, which would have been required before the 56 holes could be constructed?

What happened to hunger, and the preoccupation with the provision of food for survival?

Prehistoric man’s average life span was 30 years; it is inconceivable to think that they would have wasted precious time monitoring such a lengthy cycle when the shorter monthly cycle would have played a more crucial part in their daily lives.

The whole exercise begs the question: for what possible purpose was this enigmatic calendar devised?

Why would the full lunar cycle be ignored and a more complicated eclipse cycle take precedence?

It is difficult to accept that such a lengthy cycle would have been considered to be more important than the lunar month as we recognize it.

The Stonehenge site is a perfect location for a Solar-Lunar calendar, yet as with other great monuments scattered around the world, we are constantly being asked to believe that the ancients adopted a totally different thought pattern when it comes to the monitoring of the heavens. Scholars are constantly ‘bending and twisting’ the facts and their interpretation of them to suit their preconceived ideas regarding our solar system and missing the more obvious interpretation.

Neolithic man built sophisticated time-keeping devices like Stonehenge which appear enigmatic to us today. But they were not enigmatic to the people who built them, and there is a much simpler and more logical explanation as to their purpose than some care to recognise. They are all ancient calendars of a sky we do not recognize today. Some can still be attributed to the sun, but there are no Neolithic monuments that can be attributed to the Moon.

Because, quite simply, it wasn’t there!

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