Sites of Ancient Britain in England and Wales:
Southwest | Cornwall
| England South
Southeast | West Sussex
| Lewes | East Sussex
| Kent | Berkshire
| Peak District
| Creswell Crags
| West Yorkshire
| Snowden Carr
| East Yorkshire
| Isle of Man
| North Wales
| South Wales
WILTSHIRE: | Knowlton Rings
| Silbury Hill
| Avebury |
This decipherment was amended and updated
January 31, 2013.
First-time users please read
Page thoroughly for understanding.
We have revised the stars that we think were
marked by the Stonehenge Barrows as follows:
The system of barrows seems to have its origin at least as far back as
3000 B.C. According to our analysis, the long barrow at
Winterbourne Stoke Crossroads marks the crossing point of the ecliptic,
ecliptic meridian and celestial meridian at the point of the Vernal
Equinox ca. 3117 B.C. That conclusion supports e.g. Professor Julian Thomas of Manchester
an ancient date beyond 3000 B.C. to some of these earthworks.
OVERVIEW MAP of Stonehenge
and the Nearest Earthworks
highest resolution image
as a .png file
you may have to scroll the image
Earthworks Deciphered (high resolution image)
The Pleiades at Stonehenge
If the tumps, tumuli and barrows of Ancient Britain
marked stars in the heavens, as we argue they did (see megaliths.net
then these tumuli clearly mark the Pleiades.
Take a look at Google Earth
and the barrows
(also called tumuli viz. tumps, i.e. "earth mounds")
that surround Stonehenge.
The image below shows tumuli to the left of Stonehenge
that can be viewed at Google Earth,
as these tumps are found just above and to the right
of the roundabout (intersection) on the road to Winterbourne Stoke.
A clipped Google Earth map of the area around Stonehenge is reproduced
at the top of the image above. Compare that map with the star image
directly below it based on Starry Night Pro (http://astronomy.starrynight.com/
star positions, and compare both maps with the bottom photo above of
the Pleiades by Vladislav Yastrebov
(c) Vladislav Yastrebov (posted here as "fair use").
Cetus at Stonehenge
If tumps, tumuli and barrows in Ancient Britain
represented stars, then the tumuli below Stonehenge
are the stars of Cetus
Take a look at Google Earth
and the tumps (also called tumuli
viz. barrows) that surround Stonehenge.
The bottom half of the image below shows tumuli to the South of
Stonehenge that can be viewed at Google Earth.
A clipped Google Earth map of the area below Stonehenge is reproduced
at the bottom of the image above. Compare that map with the star image
directly above it by Robert Mura, CC-BY-SA 3.0, from Software Perseus,
via Wikimedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cet.png
Compare now the following star map which has the same relative size as
the star map above, and that is why we use it, but is here imposed upon
it, showing names of stars and the modern view of Cetus. We see that
the ancients used many of the same stars, but at that time had a
different resulting conception of what Cetus represented.
The image directly above from http://www.sternfreunde-muenster.de/sternbild.php?stbld=walfisch
is copyrighted at the website of Sternfreunde Münster, Verein für
Astronomie, which has a terrific astronomy website at http://www.sternfreunde-muenster.de
We post it here as fair use. Do not be put off by the fact that it is
in German language, as astronomy is by and large international in
scope, so that the images of constellations can be understood by
anyone, as above.
In any case, as previously stated, if the tumps, tumuli and barrows of
Ancient Britain marked stars in the heavens, as we argue they did (see megaliths.net
then these tumuli clearly mark the stars of Cetus and I have added red
lines to show the stars corresponding to the appropriate tumuli.
There is a line of tumuli below these and those are also stars of Cetus
and further down the line stars of Eridanus and Fornax, as identified
on our main decipherment image some postings previous to this one.
There are several obvious "lines" of stars extending down from Cetus
and Eridanus but we superimposed images of the stars from Starry Night
Pro on variously sized maps of Google Earth and they showed that the
line we identify is the line intended by the ancients.
Of interest in this matter
in terms of formal archaeological examination
of the Winterbourne Stoke Barrows
is the English Heritage report
by S. Newsome, M. Bowden, A. Komar, and S. Bax
in Report Number 107 of the year 2010 titled
Stonehenge World Heritage Site Landscape Project:
Winterbourne Stoke Crossroads
, Report Number: 107/2010, Series:
Research Department Reports
Pages: 56, English Heritage.
and its Barrows
is a book
by William Long
(Esq., M.A., F.S.A),
in which we found a detailed map of the barrows
that allowed us to decipher the whole area of the barrows
as a sky map of the stars, i.e. as a ancient planisphere.
The book was published by Devizes in 1876
based on the original
publication in vol. xvi of
Archaeological and Natural History Magazine
AND ITS BARROWS
The graphic below is a scan composite (6
scans combined into one)
made by Andis Kaulins of a large survey map found in the above book.
The map is titled "A Map of
Stonehenge and its Environs
the circle of stones that we know as modern Stonehenge
located in the
middle as a small double circle.