<span id="span_contact_Locked_AW7VL2O7O886L" style="display: inline;">...an enjoyable and personal view of the past, linking together fields of enquiry which are not usually associated and encouraging a closer look at particular aspects of landscape. (Professor Ronald Hutton, Bristol)
The book certainly gave me much pause for thought, I suspect that several related reads will never be quite the same again.... I found this surprisingly refreshing, it's certainly rare - perhaps the freedom from a need to nod constantly to history enlivened the story-telling and style. (Nick Marchmont)
"hugely enjoyable and thought-provoking" (John Martineau, Wooden Books Ltd.)</span>
Not since Alexander Thom have such revolutionary ideas been put forward with such confidence! --The Megalithic Portal
You may not agree with some of the conclusions in this unusually erudite book, but it is so well-written and entertaining that it will leave you wondering whether these theories could explain a hitherto neglected area of megalithic studies the driving forces behind the prehistoric economy. --Paul Broadhurst, author of The Sun and the Serpent et al.
How did Ancient Britons move goods across the country without maps or signposts? How did tin from a Cornish mine find its way to a bronze foundry in Birmingham? The answer is that nobody knows, but a Wokingham author has put together a theory that pre-literate Megalithic man relied on an elaborate transport network linked by stone circles. Harriet Vered and her co-author Mick Harper s The Megalithic Empire seeks to explain how materials and products were moved around on a huge scale using menhirs, obelisks, chalk figures and other ancient landmarks as signposts. Mrs Vered, who lives in Goodings Close, concedes that their theory will be seen as controversial, particularly by geologists who maintain that features on Dartmoor, for example, are naturally occurring. She says: The tors could have been man made and that is quite controversial. The hypothesis is that the Cornish man leaves his mine and navigates through Cornwall using stone circles and tors on Dartmoor to Avebury stone circle, which is a sort of depot. It is on the Ridgeway which can be reached by any people in Britain without having to cross water. The illustrated book also claims that V-shaped landscape features are often aligned with another feature such as a standing stone, making them important navigational points of the Bronze and Iron Ages. Mrs Vered, who has a background in anthropology and languages and taught modern languages at Bracknell and Wokingham College, adds: I don t think that differences of opinion mean that people are right or wrong. A lot of these areas have been taken over by different schools of thought and I wish people would get together and pool their ideas. The Megalithic Empire, published by Mr Harper s publishing company Nathan Carmody, is available on Amazon. --http://www.getwokingham.co.uk/news/s/2120652_author_harriet_vered_tackles_ancient_mysteries_in_new_book
The 'megalithic empire' that Mick Harper and Harriet Vered envisage in their genial but provocative book extended to trade with the Mediterranean and Scandinavian regions and operated not only in the Bronze and Iron Ages but again in the so-called Dark Ages. And what would one expect, the authors of The Megalithic Empire ask, of a system that lasted for at least 3,000 years, and 'a cast of characters who were operating a supra-national organisation based on navigational instruments and measurements'? It is not in itself surprising that Megalithia, as they term it, would have developed an intellectual elite who encouraged a megalithic science based on surveying and astronomy. There is intensive debate, they rightly point out, both among academics and enthusiasts (but not, of course, between academics and enthusiasts) as to the worth and validity of that science.Read more at Suite101: --How the Stone Age Spawned a Megalithic Empire | Suite101.com http://suite101.com/article/how-the-stone-age-spawned-a-megalithic-empire-a411856#ixzz26pIKWsce