Perhaps as early as 4000 BC, there was a tradition of making chalk drums. Three highly decorated examples were found in a grave dated between 2600 and 2000 BC in Folkton, northern England and one undecorated chalk drum in southern England at Lavant in an upland downs known for a henge and many other neolithic features discovered in a recent community LIDAR project. The Lavant LIDAR project and the chalk drum found there are the first two articles in PAST, the Newsletter of The Prehistoric Society. (number 83. Summer 2016.) It gives the height and radius of both the Folkton drums 15, 16 and 17 and the Lavant drum, presenting these as a graph as below.
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.
Around Carnac in Brittany the land is peppered with uniquely-formed megalithic designs. In contrast, Great Britain’s surviving monuments are largely standing stones and stone circles. One might explain this as early experimentation at Carnac followed by a well-organised set of methods and means in Britain. What these experiments near Carnac were concerned with is contentious, there being no appetite, in many parts of society, for a prehistory of high-achieving geometers and exact scientists. Part of the problem is that pioneers interpreting monuments are themselves hampered by their own preferences. Once Alexander Thom had found the megalithic yard as a likely building unit, he tended to use that measure to the exclusion of other known metrological systems (see A.E. Berriman’s Historical Metrology. Similarly, John Neal’s breakthrough in All Done With Mirrors, having found the foot we still use to be the cornerstone of ancient metrology, led to his ambivalent relationship to the megalithic yard. Neal’s interpretation of the Crucuno rectangle employs a highly variable set of megalithic yards, perhaps missing the simpler point, that his foot-based metrology is supported as present within the dimensions of the Crucuno rectangle; said by Thom to be a “symbolic observatory” of the sun: this monument was an educational device, in which Neal finds the geometry of “squaring the circle” which, as we see later, was probably the Rectangle’s main metrological meaning.