Dawn of the Lost Civilisation takes you on a journey into the 'Ascent of Man'. From our humble beginnings in Africa to the ultimate civilisation located in the Garden of Eden that our mythology remembers as Atlantis, Avalon, Shangri-la and Utopia.
The philosophical 'overture' of the book takes a critical look at our own society with its materialistic values in comparison to how we used to live in harmony with our environment and planet. This 'primitive' concept is examined and questioned, the conclusions of the book are quite 'profound', but to help readers consider how these academically ancient 'primitives' did live for a period five times longer than our own civilisation, without destroying the fabric of this fragile planet.
Therefore, I have introduced a few video's as an alternative blog, I hope the format is constructive. These videos have been created by a growing number of 'non academics' who understand the complexities of natural living, some call it 'experimental archaeology', I call it a common sense approach to how our ancestors lived.
The first video looks at how a basic bow is produced with natural stone tools, Dr Jacob Bronowski would ask you to try and understand the motivation in producing the bow, when the stone tools had been adequate for nearly two million years.
Ray Mears make it look so simple, but to our civilisation is a 'lost art' beyond the average persons ability (hence the TV programme) but to our ancestors this was 'common knowledge' and even children/adolescence's would have needed to understand these techniques and use them on a day-to -day basis to survive. This is 'basic bow technique' is shown by the two experts producing a bow that could fire an arrow about 20 - 30m, the bows found in the Mesolithic were made of two-woods and could shoot over 200m, with 'microliths an even more complicated structure allowing the 'instant kill' of the hunted animal.
On this video Ray discovers a binding that I have been told has lasted over 10 years before deteriorating.
The next video give s an indication of how the Mesolithic Environment would have looked like some 10,000 years ago after the Ice Age, the Reindeer moved north from central Europe and the people followed them into the 'tundra', which you might be quite surprised by just how green and forestry the landscape would have looked. For those archaeologist, notice how they farm the animals with fences, it calls into question the 'banjo enclosures' traditional archaeologists believe to be animal enclosures - why bother cutting a ditch?? Also notice how they use the reindeer like mules for travelling.
Another great mystery of the Mesolithic is the lack of 'houses' , where they were and how they looked. Traditional archaeologists who were influenced with the African tribesmen create a 'round mud hut' that oue ancestors lived in, if you ever visit a 'reconstructed prehistoric settlement. These ideas are based on the remains of round stones and central post holes in settlements. But if our Victorian archaeologists had travelled east instead of south then these site would have looked a lot different as these are the Eastern Ancient Round houses using the same shape and post holes of conventional sites.
And if you wondered what was the fabric placed on top of the house because they don't have reed in abundance like in Britain, here is a prehistoric way to make a felt blanket without weaving.
Much too complicated for the average Cro-Magnon/Palaeolithic man to build? It was a evolutionary step up from the first boats used, made from just reeds.
And I know what your thinking, it will never float................... let alone take passengers.
And if you think this is impressive, look what you can do if the whole village joins in.... a FLOATING village, no wonder we cant find their houses.
Here is a video of RA II that crossed the Atlantic - so long ago that no video available only this scale model.
Archaeologist would have your believe that we had the technology and skills to build Stonehenge, but couldn't make boats or floating islands - makes perfect sense to me.
But did they wear cloths and have bags or even hats? We found woven cloth imprints in caves of Cro-Magnon's in 17,000BC - so what is available rather than the 'traditional' caveman fur-skin?
Now finally, how did they move those stones to Stonehenge? Sadly all those machines, all those hundreds of slaves pulling ropes and more importantly, all those Archaeologist were WRONG!
The solution............ they simply just picked up the stones on poles and walked.... don't believe me?
These works also utilize a force multiplier that was previously unknown (see Cunningham "Techniques of Pyramid Building in Egypt" Nature Vol. 332 3 March 1988) with an ideal mechanical advantage of 24. Equivalent to 24 pulleys, this system needs no point of attachment and has negligible friction. (The fastest way to work the force multiplier, high gear with a mechanical advantage of 1, is to lift all the pole ends at once as was done in "Walk Like an Egyptian. "Force Multiplier Obelisk I" and "Force Multiplier Obelisk II Horizontal" work on the same principle.) A lecture on the basic theory can be found on http://vimeo.com/20348674.
What you also should bare in mind is that a Cro-Magnon is twice the size of a 'modern man' as seen here - they would only needed 1 person per side a total of just 8 people travelling 6 mph.
The good news is that our first shop selling our books, models, maps and other collectables as stone tools all connected to the Trilogy 'Prehistoric Britain' is about to be launched. This is the first of a franchise of shops to be open in the next five years, and is due to be open in Rottendean, just outside Brighton in Southern Britain on 1st July 2012.
The bad news is because of the launch date for the shop, we have had to put the publication date of 'Dawn of the Lost Civilisation' back a year until June 2013. But because of the excessive material we have produced for the second book, we have decided to bring forward the second Edition of 'The Stonehenge Enigma' and place this new material such as the diagrams of how the Stonehenge temple looked and the connection to the 'Golden Ratio' we have found within the foundation structure. And this book will be launched in September 2012.
(by Robert John Langdon)