British scientists have found a new use for her favorite ancient monument – Stonehenge. It turns out that along with the other megalithic monuments he is in a giant navigation system.
The study was conducted by historian and writer Tom Brooks ( Tom Brooks ). He believes that the inhabitants of Britain during the stone age were very skilled engineers, and not barbarians.
Ancient navigation system
As writes The Telegraph . the ancient inhabitants of great Britain traveled from one settlement to another without cards thanks to a complex network of landmarks and megalithic burial monuments. This network covers the whole southern part of the territory of England and Wales. It includes famous landmarks such as Stonehenge.
A new study has shown that all such monuments were built as a network of isosceles triangles. Each of the triangles points to the next reference point to which to go to get to the right place.
According to the historian, this also allowed the ancient Britons easily walk from point a to point B . not having any cards.
Brooks has studied all known prehistoric monuments of England. “To create these triangles people had to have a sufficiently deep knowledge in geometry. Some of the triangles have length more than 160 km, and the error in vertex position of a triangle does not exceed 100 m. So to construct by chance is simply impossible. So we need to completely redefine the modern point of view on our ancestors in the stone age as primitive tribes or to consider the option of external assistance to local residents,” said Brooks.
Brooks analysed 1,500 sites located on the territory between Norfolk and North Wales, various megalithic structures, menhirs, cromlechs, barrows and a Cairn. Each of these monuments, as found Brooks, was built in sight of the next.
Using GPS technology, the Brooks identified the coordinates of each of the monuments and mapped their position in relation to each other. In the end, he found that they all represent a network of isosceles triangles. Each of the triangles has two sides of equal length and points to the next item.
Thus, every person standing near Stonehenge in Wiltshire could use these landmarks to get to Quoit dolmen Lanyon ( Lanyon Quoit ) in Cornwall without a map.
Landmarks built after the ice age
Brooks believes that the stone age monuments were created around 5 thousand years ago, when the population of Britain began to grow after the ice age. Many lowland valley and began to turn into swamps, and the people began to settle in an elevated location.
“After the ice age ice-freed areas could his size to intimidate people. But after the increase of the population unknown lands began to explore. Traveling, people were looking situated on high points of the sanctuary, and these points were a good place to view the surrounding area. This navigation system could use as traders, and common people, traveling to new areas,” said Brooks.
Brooks hopes that his research will continue.