With news like this it is pertinent to look into the inconsistencies with our history. The story we are given of ancient history begins much like a movie. In a movie the story begins from a setting that exists prior to the beginning of the story. While watching we take all the happened before the movie for granted. Even though we are told some of stone age man, written history begins in most all text books at Sumer (the collection of city-states which developed around the area of Mesopotamia – modern Iraq).
The Sumerian civilization was highly developed for being at the beginning of history. It is widely discussed that the Sumerians had things like geometry, astronomy, cuneiform, bronze, chariots, irrigation, etc… The lesser discussed topics are the trade as far away as south eastern Europe and modern day India, schools for noble classes, and even a fully developed economy with evidence of being able to issue receipts. Without getting into all the details of their sciences and highly developed city life the point is that cities and sciences such as these do not just pop up out of nearly nothing. A civilization needs to take a very long time to develop such systems. If thought through thoroughly there had to be a much longer period of development prior to the era of Sumer.
We are taught that history has been a straight forward progression from nothing to modern day. This is highly due to the randomness of life and nature. The more likely progression of history would be for technology and the development of civilizations to expand and retract just like all things in nature. The Sumerians must of learned a great deal of their sciences and culture fro previous higher cultures and technology.
A story like the one below about Stonehenge lends itself to this type of development. The stones to erect the monument were moved well over one hundred miles. The ability to first cut and then move these stones must have been done by technology which would be considered well beyond the capability of the civilizations of western Europe at this time in history.
Almost all regions of the world have evidence of technology which is well beyond those of the ancient times. Without being able to document a period of experimentation and trials, there is no way that a civilization would be able to accomplish such feats without there being an older more advanced civilization to pass down this knowledge (or have built it much earlier themselves). For some reason the traditional history books hide from most of us the possibilities of how old and amazing humanity could be. If we could know of how civilizations rise and fall we may be able to have more control of our present situation, and stop the decline of our advanced civilization.
How old is humanity? As most all ancient religions hint at, were there ages of advancement prior to our known history? Could we be headed towards our own civilization’s decline? The answers are hidden in the depths of religions and dusty books no one reads anymore. The ancients knew of older advanced people. Why was that knowledge lost to modern man?
Researchers in the United Kingdom have finally solved a major piece of Stonehenge’s enduring mystery: the place of origin for some of the ancient structure’s most-famous rock formations.
The National Museum Wales and Leicester University have identified the source as Craig Rhos-y-felin, located more than 100 miles from the Stonehenge site. But this discovery, of course, just opens on to another mystery–namely, just how and why an ancient culture carved and transported the giant stones over such a great distance.
“Being able to provenance any archaeologically significant rock so precisely is remarkable,” Dr. Rob Ixer of Leicester University told the BBC. “However, given continued perseverance, we are determined that we shall uncover the origins of most, if not all of the Stonehenge bluestones so allowing archaeologists to continue their speculations well into a third century.”
This past year has offered a wealth of new research and discoveries at the Stonehenge site, including last month’s announcement that the worshipers at the ancient monument had erected “sun worship” sites there.
Over the past nine months, the researchers compared mineral content and textural relationships of the rhyolite debitage stones found at Stonehenge and were finally able to pinpoint the location to within several meters of their source. Ninety-nine percent of the samples could be matched to the rocks found at Craig Rhos-y-felin, which differ from all others found in south Wales.
Further research should help the researchers eventually understand how the rocks made the long journey to Stonehenge sometime between 3000 and 1600 BC. “Many have asked the question over the years, how the stones got from Pembrokeshire to Stonehenge,” said Dr. Richard Bevins, National Museum Wales. “Thanks to geological research, we now have a specific source for the rhyolite stones from which to work and an opportunity for archaeologists to answer the question that has been widely debated.”
Some working theories speculate that the rocks were transported over water up the Bristol Channel and River Avon. However, recent efforts to recreate the voyage, including one in 2000 sponsored by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, have all ended in failure.