Wow. Today's Britarch is presenting lots of rigorously presented food for thought.
I've downloaded and glanced at this, Dave, and am looking forward to absorbing new ideas.
On 20/12/2014, at 10:52 AM, thomas dave <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Winter solstice at Callanish for 19 years (2011-30) animated and sonified
> cheery Dave
> On 19 December 2014 at 23:26, Lynne Kelly <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Dear Simon,
>> Thank you for that link and animation. Far from off topic, I find it
>> fascinating. I also find refreshing the way you wish to understand previous
>> ideas that have been rigorously presented, while being willing to reject
>> their certainty in the original Neolithic purpose.
>> I have no doubt about the obvious solar alignments, but am unsure about
>> what further can be claimed with any degree of certainty, so for my current
>> writing assume no more than that. But further astronomical understanding
>> would not be surprising and I am keen to follow that debate. I struggled
>> with Hoyle's descriptions and did not work at them as I didn't need more
>> than solar alignments for the argument I present in my forthcoming book
>> about the purpose of Neolithic and American Archaic monuments.
>> Your animation has clarified my understanding well. I look forward to
>> further discussion on the extent to which we have clear evidence of intent.
>> Welcome and thank you.
>> On 20/12/2014, at 5:41 AM, Simon B <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> Dear list,
>>> Hawkins and, later, Hoyle both suggested mechanisms by which the 56
>> Aubrey Hole circle at Stonehenge could be employed as an eclipse prediction
>>> In attempting to explain the simpler of the two methods (Hoyle's) in the
>> past, I've found it awkward to explain to non-astronomers how it could be
>> operated. It has been my ambition for a number of years to create a visual
>> representation that demonstrates the principle.
>>> The forthcoming pair of eclipses in March/April 2015 (solar then lunar)
>> offered me an opportunity to create a short animation of the basic moves of
>> the various marker stones suggested by Hoyle.
>>> For your consideration, here is the result of my labours:
>>> The intermeshing of three gears, representing the solar, lunar and nodal
>> cycles can indeed be approximated using the Aubrey Holes although the
>> debate as to whether neolithic people intended this usage will continue to
>> be a lively one.
>>> If you view the animation, please do pay attention to the text written
>> below it which points out some of the more obvious criticisms that can be
>> levelled at the method.
>>> This is my first post to the list, so I hope it won't be judged as