Tuesday, 24 May 2011
The Building of Stonehenge by Boat
Reed Boat Bring a Stone to Stonehenge
This is the view I took on how stones were brought to Stonehenge in my book 'The Stonehenge Enigma'.
But recent research with the cave drawings from Germanic Art indicates that these ancient people may have understood the dynamics of boats better than we have previously appreciated. This Drawing seems to show a double hulled reed boat we now call a Catamaran.
Ancient Germanic Art showing Reed Boats
The positive aspects of a catamaran is enormous as with Stonehenge transporting Stones are even easier than we first believed for the stone no longer balances 'in' the hull of the boat but is balanced 'in between' the hulls. This offers greater stability as we have all seen ancient academics attempting to transport stones in a canoe in archaeological re-enactments, get it very wrong and the stone turns over the boat, because they failed to centralise the stone correctly.
This problem is avoided by a catamaran as the stone is balanced 'between' the boats on a wooden platform, not only does it ensure the boats stay safe, but because of having two boats attached you can carry TWICE as much weight. I can already hear sceptics cry 'alien technology' the real question is their any evidence that ancient civilisations did use this 'modern' technology?
Ancient Polynesian Reed Catamaran
And quite amazingly the answer is YES - this ancient polynesian catamaran with a wooden connector. This also has the advantage of having two sails so it goes twice as quick as a single sailed boat and so can cover twice the distance. What I find amazing is just how close these boats look to the ancient Germanic cave paintings.
RAII - see previous blog - travelled from Africa to South America in 1969 a total of 3270 miles in 57 days. This type of boat could cross the Atlantic in just 30 days travelling at 120 miles per day. Moreover, this boat can sail from Britain to the Mediterranean is less than 5 days!!
IS IT SURPRISING THAT WE FIND OBJECTS FROM THROUGHOUT THE WORLD IN PREHISTORIC TIMES - OR HAVE WE JUST BEEN BLIND TO THE OBVIOUS?
Back at Stonehenge if the builders used Catamarans were the mooring posts wide enough to accommodate such a wide boat?
For the FULL answer to that question you will need to wait for the next blog that will include new diagrams of the 'hydraulic' lifting mechanism that made loading and unloading stones unbelievably simple, even a Mesolithic man could do it!!