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Stonehenge Decoded Hardcover – November 1, 1988


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  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books (November 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880291478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880291477
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,558,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
The author is a Professor of Astronomy who chose to investigate Stonehenge. He concluded that Stonehenge was a sophisticated astronomical observatory designed to predict eclipses. The positioning of the stones provides a wealth of information, as does the choice of the site itself. If you can see the alignment, general relationship, and the use of these stones then you will know the reason for the construction. The author, and other astronomers, discovered the 56-year cycle of eclipses by decoding Stonehenge!
Stonehenge was constructed from about 1900BC to 1600BC. Appendix B tells how the movement of stones once each year from an initial fixed position will predict accurately every important lunar event for hundreds of years. This computer would need resetting about once every 300 years by advancing the stones by one space. Mankind generally used the cycle of the moon as a unit of timekeeping.
The most significant Stonehenge positions line up to point to some unique sun of moon position (Figure 12). Chapter 7 tell how they used an IBM 704 computer in 1961 to plot the Stonehenge positions (120 pairs of points) and calculated where the lines would hit the sky (p.105). Chapter 9 asks if the Aubrey holes can be proved to have been used as a computer? No, but it is the most reasonable solution proposed so far.
This entertaining and educational book tells about the author's investigations and conclusions. It is a classic science book for the general reader.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By joanart@lucent.com on August 28, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Where have I been, that I did not know this?

I have been to Stonehenge; the highlight of my

2 weeks in England, bought a good little book

as a momento; sat and stared at my photos, and

listened intently as documentaries described

it as an alien landing site, etc.

I'd go "hmm...aligns with the sun...

constructed by aliens...prehistory people

couldn't do that...magically formed by
Druids...hmmmmm." But never gave it serious
thought. It seemed too beyond analyzing; then

I saw this book.

"Stonehenge Decoded" from page one, gave

insight to my sleeping brain.I became totally

absorbed in the concepts revealed by

G. Hawkins. So simple, yet so profoundly

accurate. So meticulous were these early
peoples. I have a new respect and thirst for
how they lived that I didn't have before. It
took an astronomer to recognize what, to our ancestors, were so obvious. OF COURSE!!

I now seek out any book with info on Circle
Stones; some by Gerald Hawkins. History is
TIME travel to its fullest!! Here I go....back
to the future.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jack Purcell on November 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
For 3000 years men have pondered this brooding monument to the past and groped to understand the purpose. The Stonehenge object demands this sort of wonder.
The humans who looked and wondered encompassed every phase of human history from the stone/early-bronze age until today. They built legends and myths about the builders based upon themselves, their own abilities as societies and their assumptions about the men who preceded them. Those who couldn't conceive of a technology capable of moving 50 ton boulders from many miles away explained what they saw with Gods and magic. Those who lived in the bloody ages of warfare and vain royalties explained what they saw in those terms. Always they assumed the men of the past were at least as ignorant and savage as themselves.
The men who built Stonehenge during the centuries between 1750 and 1500 BC might have been bloody. But they were not ignorant. The subsequent centuries of men could never conceive of the purpose of Stonehenge until computers were invented. Stonehenge is, itself, a massive computer. Hawkins, an astronomer at the dawn of the recent computer age, applied an IBM computer and finally solved the mystery of purpose in the huge stones in 1963.
The monument required millions of man-hours to build and an understanding of astronomy not repeated for tens of centuries. At least a major part of the Stonehenge purpose involved predicting celestial events on a scale almost as grandiose as Stonehenge itself.
Hawkins wrote this book four decades ago. Until his discoveries and publication hundreds of theories surrounded the monument. Today, because of Hawkins, any conflicting new theory on any aspect of Stonehenge has to be weighed against his findings and proven. This is the Hawkins accomplishment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on November 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
When an astronomer looks at Stonehenge, he has to find alignments with the moon and the sun. It is all the easier since this civilization that built Stonehenge (Neolithic men around 1900-1500 BC) was based on a « religion » centered on the sun and the moon because these two entities were dictating their rhythms onto man's activities : agriculture first of all, but also their whole planning of all their resources to be able to face the hard season, the winter. But what Hawkins finds is a lot more disquieting. First Stnehenge is on the only latitude where the main alignments with the sun and those with the moon are perpendicular, hence project a rectangle on the ground which is one of the basic forms of the first design of Stonehenge. What's more the 56 Aubrey holes are the exact number of solar years necessary to calculate the moon cycles (19 + 19 + 18), still in the first Stonehenge. All the subsequent phases (two main building phases) will keep these basic alignments, multiply them and emphasize them. Howkins further shows that, well-used, the 56 Aubrey holes are a computing device to predict the moon eclipses. That is amazing. It can't be proved that it was used like that at the time, but the power is in the structure. Difficult to think it's only a coincidence. How could they have come to the number 56 in any other different way (7x8, 14x4, 28x2 are not significant) ? But the book raises a question in my mind that Hawkins never examines. The geographical (51°13 latitude north) position, the long building period (300 to 400 years) over 30 to 40 life expectancy generations or 60 to 80 active life generations, imply that the knowledge of the design was transmitted after having been invented and set : the place needed a vast coordination in space, and the time needed a transmission device.Read more ›
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