Monday, 31 October 2011

Mortice and Tenon joints found 600 years before Stonehenge's Lintels

By Robert John Langdon

Early Neolithic Well of Altscherbitz dated at 5101 BC.

One of the corners of the base-frame of the well held together by a keyed mortise and tenon joint

This well was found during construction work on the airport of Leipzig/Halle, which is about 600 miles (3 x further than the bluestones that came from Wales) from Stonehenge where similar features were carved into the lintels of the monument.

Clearly this is the influence and techniques used to build Stonehenge some 600 years later according to my hypothesis in 4500BC (2000 years according to 'traditional' archaeological estimations) and the 'Solent Boat' which was dated 800 years before this well was built. (http://robertjohnlangdon.blogspot.com/2011/06/8000-year-old-boat-found-in-solent.html)

"Within the pit a wooden chamber built out of large oak timbers has been constructed in log cabin style with interlocking notches near the corners. All in all, 23 pairs of timbers could be documented, although the upper ones were in a very poor condition. This construction was founded on a quadratic frame fashioned from four heavy oak timbers that were held together by mortise and tenon joints.

This type of joint was already known for the Early Neolithic from the well of ZwenkauEythra (Saxony, Germany), but the tenons in the frame from Altscherbitz are additionally secured by wedges. It is the first time this carpentry technique, the so called keyed tenon joint, has been recorded for the Early Neolithic. The timbers from the construction can be dendrochronologically dated towards the end of the 52nd  century BCE (dendrochronological analysis is still in progress by Willy Tegel, DendroNet). On one piece of wood from the construction pit the last ring under the bark was present and points to the winter of 5102/5101 BCE for the felling of the trees."

Hang on a minute Oak timbers have been constructed in 'Log Cabin Style' techniques - if that is the case why do our archaeologists insist that our ancestors lived in round 'Mud Huts' ?

If you have the carpentry skills to make a log cabin - would you not do so??

If to have the ability to lock 23 pairs of timbers together, could you not also make a wooden boat?

Yet more 'inconvenient' questions archaeology can not answer - fortunately in The Stonehenge Enigma - we do!!

RJL

(by Robert John Langdon)



Sunday, 16 October 2011

Pathways to the Past – Echoes of a Lost Civilisation?

By Robert John Langdon


Supporting article that appears in November 2011 edition of  'Wiltshire Life'

Long Barrows have always been the greatest mystery to Archaeologists and appear on most ordinance survey maps, denoted by a small oval black star.  They are found predominantly in the county of Wiltshire where 10% of all long barrows reside.

But what exactly are they?

The first thing we should note about Long Barrows is that they are unique to Northern Europe, unlike Round Barrows, which are found all over the world. Archaeologists agree that the Long Barrow is the oldest monument to exist in our landscape. This belief originates from the fact that carbon dating has found them to be at least 1000 to 1500 years older than Stonehenge.

West Kennet Long Barrow

Moreover, they are also aware that prehistoric human bones have been found collected together in the chambers of these types of burial mounds, rather than in individual graves, which is something unseen anywhere else in Britain. The number and condition of these bones show us that they were disarticulated (unconnected), with only the larger bones and skulls being brought to the sites after death, probably after the bones had been de-fleshed – this process is known as ‘excarnation’ and is believed to be one of the oldest human practices of burial of the dead.

But the real reason of interested in these objects is twofold; firstly, the mounds are long and thin, with an entrance at the one end. Secondly, the entire structure originally had a ditch dug completely around the exterior, which starts to relate it to other monuments like Stonehenge.
If Long Barrows existed in Egypt, archaeologists there would have no problem in identifying what the object was for or represented as it clearly looks like a gigantic boat and therefore the bones would be gathered inside for the departeds final journey into the afterlife.

West Kennett - Showing Length and shape


But this is Britain and in the Mesolithic Period, our ancestors were supposedly hunter gathers who lived in caves or temporary shelters. The concept of a boats (according to the experts) being used during this period is totally alien to most archaeologists although only last year a 6000BC boat was found at the bottom of the Solent just off the Isle of Wight by the Hampshire and Wight Marine Archaeology Trust (http://www.hwtma.org.uk/investigations-in-2010). The discoverers believe that not only was it the oldest boat found in Britain but quite amazingly, it was made of 10 metre ‘planked' wood.

The only archaeologist in recent years that has put forward a theory of boat people existing in the Mesolithic Period is Robert John Langdon in his book ‘The Stonehenge Enigma’ (ABC Publishing Group 2010). In this book Langdon puts forward a hypothesis that in prehistoric times the landscape was partially flooded due to the waters released by the last ice age, 12,000 years ago. These waters raised the ground water table of Britain increasing the river levels by as much as 30 metres.

If he is correct the map of Britain would look considerably different than today and the most effective form of transport in this kind of environment would have been the boat. Consequently, the seemly unanswerable questions about these barrows would now become obvious.

Long Barrow showing shape and moat around the  edge


As an example, during the prehistoric period, West Kennet would have been on a peninsula, surrounded on three sides by water. This water now gives us a clue as to why the ditches that surrounded the monument were dug, for the bottom of the ditches would have been below the water table at this location. They were, therefore, not ditches (as we currently believe) but moats full of water.

This will also give us a better explanation of how the gigantic rocks (some weighing over 15 tonnes) got to the top of these hills, without an army of slaves pulling on ropes day and night. As the shoreline at West Kennet was only 50 metres down the track from where the Long Barrow is today. Furthermore, this is the tried and tested way that all other ancient civilisations moved stones from location to location – by boat.
Moreover, because of the moat, the monument takes on a new perspective, for it transforms from a grassy mound into a representation of a Long Boat surrounded by water.

So why is the Long Barrow a boat?

How Mesolithic Man could travel in House Boats made of reed as now in Far East


The Long Barrow represents the boat culture of this ancient society; they lived in boats and so, when they died, they were sent on their last voyage by boat to the afterlife. Even today, we still have a custom of placing money over a dead person’s eyes as their fare to be collected by the ferryman guiding them to the afterlife.

Bob Davis
bob.davis@abc-services.net

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Lies, Damned Lies and Archaeologists

By Robert John Langdon

Star Carr in Yorkshire has given us a whole wealth of evidence to show that our society stated a lot earlier than the text books once stated.

Star Carr site showing excavations to date
The site has found the oldest House and Split Planks that made a walkway some 30m long and totally out of character with the stereotyped view of our Mesolithic ancestors being savage hunter-gatherers dress either naked or just in furs.

York Museum's view of Star Carr


Sadly the technology and the fiction (as seen on this drawing) does not match, for if you are a carpenter and can split wood to build 30m wooden walkways into the water, you don't need to live in a mud hut without a floor and your society could probably weave clothes for you to wear.

Even so, one would imagine that now they have to accept we had a 'civilisation' at Star Carr in 8500BC they would do their best to find out the extent of their capabilities - but sadly no.  As you see from our first picture Star Carr is on the edge of a water course, this access point is very important as it will reflect on the trading movements of this culture if any.

So according to the 'experts' its on a 'lake' - so they are going nowhere except around the lake even if they had a boat to sail and place on the edge of that 30m wooden split planked construction.  Fortunately, I have now complete maps of Britain for the Neolithic and Mesolithic periods of Britain.... and the implications consequently is far from what you have been told!

Star Carr with the tributary that flows into the Sea
Star Carr is NOT on a lake but on a peninsula that leads into the sea - but not just anywhere, but opposite to a land that existed after the ice age called Doggerland.  Starr Carr would have been a natural port for people coming and going to this very important island in the Northern hemisphere.

In my forthcoming book 'Dawn of the Lost Civilisation' I will be looking at Doggerland and Star Carr and showing just why this is one of the most important sites in the Atlantic (the North Sea was created in about 5000BC) and what civilisation used them and where they travelled and traded.

RJL

(by Robert John Langdon)