The prophet Mohammad declared himself the last prophet of Allah, a name resembling the El Shaddai (trans. Lord God, KJV) of Abraham
in the Bible. Mohammad galvanised the Arabs and nearby nations with an original
religion, branching off from the start of the Patriarchs found in the Bible’s
first book, Genesis. His story follows Ishmael, the first son of Abraham, from
whom the Arabs believe themselves descended.
Mohammad’s religion of Islam (“salvation”) started
in Mecca where he received visions of angels and spontaneously recited suras (verses) which became the Quran and
associated texts. An unknown history of Abraham and Ishmael emerged, intimate
with Mecca, long a spiritual centre for the Arabs. Mecca’s principle monument,
the Kaaba or “cube”, has taken a number of forms. Adam located it as
a dolmen created by God when Adam was formed; Ishmael built the next design for
his father, “open to the sky”, using surface stones from nearby
mountains; and Mohammad’s dispensation adds ancient stories about cubic arks
and located these as a renewed Kaaba, the prime centre, or Pole of redemption
for the world.
The three keys will be the Kaaba as Ark, Pole (Qutub) and model of Great Time.
came across Rock Art and Ritual by
Brian Smith and Alan Walker, (subtitled Interpreting
the Prehistoric landscapes of the North York Moors. Stroud: History Press
2008. 38.). It tells the story: Following a wildfire of many square miles of
the North Yorkshire Moors, thought ecologically devastating, those interested
in its few decorated stones headed out to see how these antiquities had fared.
Fire had revealed many more stones carrying rock art or in organised
groups. An urgent archaeological effort would be required before the inevitable
regrowth of vegetation.
A photo of one
stone in particular attracted my attention, at a site called Stoupe Brow
(a.k.a. Brow Moor) near Fylingdales, North Yorkshire.
It is not immediately obvious the Crucuno dolmen (figure 1) faces the Crucuno rectangle about 1100 feet to the east. The role of dolmen appears to be to mark the beginning of a count. At Carnac’s Alignments there are large cromlechs initiating and terminating the stone rows which, more explicitly, appear like counts. The only (surviving) intermediate stone lies 216 feet from the dolmen, within a garden and hard-up to another building, as with the dolmen (see figure 2). This length is interesting since it is twice the longest inner dimension of the Crucuno rectangle, implying that lessons learned in interpreting the rectangle might usefully apply when interpreting the distance at which this outlier was placed from the dolmen. Most obviously, the rectangle is 4 x 27 feet wide and so the outlier is 8 x 27 feet from the dolmen.