New Stonehenge book launched – Stonehenge Times Square BC

26 11 2010

New Stonehenge book

New Stonehenge book

Discover the Ultimate Function and Purpose of Stonehenge
Where would you be without your diary to check your appointments for the week, or your calendar to work out dates?

We are all ruled by hours, days, weeks and months – from getting up in the morning, to working out schedules, to planning holidays and important functions. In addition to this, most of us have heard of the mysterious, starkly beautiful monument, Stonehenge, and have wondered as to its construction. Be this as it may, how often have we given any thought as to how (and why) this Heritage Site was originated? Are we at all aware of the key role it has played in the concept of ‘time’ and in our New Year celebrations?

Once you have an understanding of the four ancient calendars, revealed and explained in this fascinating window to the past, you will realise that Stonehenge was a site of enormous importance and significance to the ancients. The monument was in fact a device or tool, for revealing the exact date of the year.

More importantly, we are given a glimpse of how the ancients discovered and designed their calendars with little more than sticks and stones to work with. Discover too, the accuracy of their calendars, which were accurate to within a day. Their solar calendar consisted of 365 days had 52 weeks, with 3 seasons of 91 days and 1 season of 92 days. Discover how 12, 30 day months were introduced around 3600 years ago with 5 tagged on days at the end of the year. This last calendar is known to have been used by both the Babylonians and Egyptians.

About the BookThe key points in any solar calendar are alignments with both midsummer and midwinter. Very early on, an important discovery made at Stonehenge was that certain of the megaliths would have aligned perfectly with the midsummer and midwinter solstices approximately 5000 years ago, when the monument was built.

Stonehenge, as it is seen today, is impressive and has fostered many theories as to its original function and purpose. However, this megalithic monument, impressive as it is, is not the full story. Archaeologists have discovered that before the Megaliths (Sarsen stones) were erected, there were earlier structures dating back to as far as 5000 years ago. The area at Stonehenge was in use long before the Sarsen megaliths were erected.

The author of Stonehenge: Times Square BC, Faith Booysen, realized that although some theories held for certain of the structures, taken as a whole, most theories did not explain the older structures.

Working on the assumption that these structures were calendars, her calculations proved that this was, indeed, so.

Her book, Stonehenge: Times Square BC sets out in detail the remarkable calculations and details of four calendars at Stonehenge. The brilliance of the ancient designers and builders are reflected in these calendars. With little more than primitive tools, they designed and built calendars that lasted for hundreds, if not thousands of years. The calendars formed the basis of the calendar we use to this day. Discover how the calendars evolved over a period of 1650 years from a circle of 56 wooden posts to the massive monument we see today.

Extract from the BookWe might never truly know whether the designers were local or foreign to Britain. What we do know is that designing and building calendars with primitive tools, required genius. Civilisation, it can be said, is built upon such genius, dedication and persistence.

These stone structures were built to last and because of this, crucial knowledge was passed down to future generations. Everything from a simple coffee in the morning to space exploration, testifies to this. Sadly, with the advent of written language, these structures fell into disuse and disrepair. Even so, after 5000 years and with little more than holes in the ground, scattered stones and a few remaining megaliths, we are able to reconstruct and understand their calendars.” Extract from Stonehenge: Times Square BC

About the AuthorThe author, Faith Booysen, has always had an overwhelming interest in the stone structures of the ancient world. Stonehenge in particular, held a strong fascination and in 2006, while watching a TV program on “Foamhenge” (a precise model of Stonehenge in polystyrene), she realized that the monument was only part of an equation and that the ancients would have used either loose stones or logs to mark their calendars daily.

It soon became obvious that the ruin of the Stonehenge monument seen today was preceded by other calendars. Stonehenge: Times Square BC is the result. Once the author had resolved the oldest calendar (the Aubrey Posts), she studied the remaining structures at Stonehenge and Woodhenge and these were revealed to be precise solar calendars. Mount Pleasant, a Neolithic henge in Dorset that supported wooden posts, proved to be a precise solar calendar as well.

Merlins CommentIt is obvious that the author knows and loves her subject and she has done some meticulous research to compile this fascinating account of the origins of our modern-day calendars and traditions behind our New Year celebrations.

Even those who are not ruled by the clock, or who are science buffs, will find that this absorbing account of the early designers who built one of the most fascinating monuments known to man and who made time and motion as we know it today all possible, makes you forget all about the time.

Link to TimeHenge book – to Stonehenge Book Shop

Merlin @ Stonehenge
The Stonehenge Stone Circle Website



4 responses

9 12 2010
Philip Notley

I hate to say it but this is completely wrong
If it were true they’d be many maybe hundreds of the small stone balls in and around Stonehenge. But none have been found as far as Im aware. And these balls are carved, if they were used as some sort of new stone age railway they would be smooth. Where they are found is where there are also the so called cup stones. There is no cup stone at Stonehenge, the cup stones are found in the north and in Scotland and a few other places, its know that the stone circles there were orientated for moon worship. It makes sense to me that the two are connected. The small stone balls represent the moon, and they would be used to place in the carved depressions the ‘cups’ maybe to mark full moons, but certainly to be used in moon worshiping ceremony’s. Many of the cups have concentrically carved lines around them, like mazes,
maybe representing the path that religious ceremony’s would have taken.

22 12 2010
Faith Booysen

Hi Philip, hundreds of stones, the size of footballs, were discovered around the bases of the megaliths at Stonehenge. They are called mauls and it was suggested that they were used to carve the megaliths at Stonehenge. This is doubtful as Stonehenge is a beautiful monument and I have never heard of workmen leaving their tools behind at a construction site once construction had taken place. Never! Not even at ancient sites. Also bear in mind that logs were more than likely used to mark the calendars using wooden posts. But you are incorrect when you say that no small ball stones were discovered at Stonehenge. And yes, in Mike Pitts’ television program where the monument was reconstructed in polystyrene, it was clearly stated that hundreds of these smaller stones had been found at the monument.

28 12 2010
Philip Notley

Hi Faith thank you for your reply
I don’t know how my comments got on your page, I was only referring the new theory that the small caved balls found in Scotland were used as bearings on wooded tracks to move the stones across country to Stonehenge.
However the mauls are the pounding stones that were used to shape the sarsens, I believe some of them have been found in the backfill holding the standing stones in position, nothing very unusual in that. The sarsens would have had a lot of on site shaping to fit them together so the mauls would have been used in the circle as well as in the quarry. Throwing one or two down the hole with some rubble to hold a stone in place im sure would have been done several times. If you ever work on a building site you see an awful lot of stuff gets buried on site. And seeing as Stonehenge was never finished anyway, and there be no use for any left over mauls if it had been, then they get used in with the back fill.

22 12 2010
Faith Booysen

On the 22nd July 2010 the media reported an important find at Stonehenge. The find is a circle of 24 postholes within walking distance of the Stonehenge Monument. Stonehenge: Times Square BC reveals that the 2nd ring of postholes at Mount Pleasant held 24 wooden posts and it was thought to have been used to mark two posts for every month of 30 days or that a 15 day month was being experimented with.
The discovery of a circle with 24 postholes at Stonehenge proves that the ancients were marking two postholes for every month of 30 days. The winter solstice and summer solstice divide the monument itself in two with 15 megaliths on either side of the circle. After every 15 days, one of the 24 wooden posts would be marked. Once all 24 wooden posts were marked, 12 months of 30 days would have passed and all that was necessary was to mark the 5 tagged on days at the end of that year. This was done by marking the 5 upright sarsens that began with the half stone and ended with the last upright sarsen of the circle (see page 86). The calendars were marked clockwise. 12 months of 30 days = 360 plus 5 tagged on days = 365 days or 24 x 15 days = 360 + 5 tagged on days = 365.
Once the Y and Z holes came into operation at Stonehenge, this circle of 24 wooden posts would no longer have been used.

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