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Dr. John Young is currently a Professor in the Department of Anatomy at Howard University College of Medicine (Washington DC). He lives in Vienna, Virginia. He was born in 1951 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is married to Paula Jean Young and has two sons, Michael and Matthew. His professional interests involve teaching microscopic anatomy to first-year medical students and performing research on a portion of the brain called the hypothalamus. Topics of his most recent book in the hypothalamus can be seen at www.hungerthirstsex.com. Dr. Young has published a number of textbooks (Elsevier's Integrated Histology, Wheater's Review of Histology and Basic Pathology, Introduction to Cell Biology) and has authored 45 scientific papers. His non-scientific interests include gardening and Russian literature (he has translated two scientific books from the Russian), history, and archeology. Dr. Young's interests in history and archeology inspired him to write Sacred Sites of the Knights Templar, a book that explains the hidden meaning of sites at Stonehenge, Aachen, Carnac, Rennes-le-Chateau, and Santiago de Compostela. The thesis of that book is that spiritual aspects of astronomical events prompted the building and positioning of megalithic structures at these sites in ancient times, and the construction of churches and other structures at the same sites by the Knights Templar. Dr. Young has also explored the possible basis in astronomy and ancient astronomy-associated religions for some of the current-day rites of Freemasonry.
I was very excited to receive this book and as soon as it arrived I browsed through it and noticed Figure #19 a map of the United Kingdom titled, “Locations of Templar Churches on the island of Bornholm!” Beside this event I devoured the material for I am traveling to Aachen, Bornholm and Paris in a few months. The book provided a great base as to what to search for and understand prior to the visit.
Be it as it may, I proceeded to guardedly read the text which I found a very easy, simple, read well organized with facts backed by recent familiar references. This book is easy to understand even without a scientific background. Dr. Young does an amazing service by orderly reviewing an extensive body of material relating to sites recently uncovered with connections to Masonic and Templar origins. I have been to many of these sites and have read most of the reference material presented by Dr. Young. This review exercise adds more understanding of the organized materials for the seasoned student as well as to enhance the interested explorer’s quest for further understanding of this interesting topic.
The book describes important megalithic sites in Europe constructed at the precise latitudes needed to observe astronomical events involving the sun and moon. In addition, these sites are related to Templar and Masonic buildings and symbols. One in particular is a mirror image 72 degree alignment at Washington DC and Rennes-le-Chateau pointing to the star Regulus in the constellation Virgo. This he contends may represent an astronomical symbolism connecting the two groups.
I very much enjoyed reading this book and wish to convey my gratitude for the extensive effort by Professor Young, and wish I had written it!
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