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  • Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (October 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412013445
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412013444
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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By Nazani VINE VOICE on February 25, 2010
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"Andis Kaulins is a nutter."
I am revising this to say that Kaulins is not nuts, he is a very clever man who spends so much time blogging that it seems unlikely that he has time to conduct actual archeological research. Be sure to read his threatening reply to my review. True enough, I only skimmed through this book, but why would I want to read the work of a guy who spends so much time bad-mouthing credentialed scientists? A scientist would not threaten people who merely quoted a few of his controversial ideas. His scholarship has been criticized by Eric C. Cline (From Eden to Exile,) and researchers at the University of Chicago: [...] Kaulins may have a few valid ideas about depictions of astronomy by ancient man and the importance of the Baltic languages, but they're getting lost in his shrill denunciations of mainstream academia. Read his bio, his own academic background is in law, not linguistics or archaeology.

From his Lexline journal:
"I am still working on my formal write-up of my Gobekli Tepe decipherment which will show that Göbekli Tepe is astronomical in nature and oriented to the stars ca. 3800 B.C.
I conclude that this location near Urfa is where the Hebrew Calendar began. Gobekli Tepe is only 12 kilometers (about 7.5 miles) from Urfa (currently called Sanliurfa or Edessa), the legendary birthplace of the Biblical Abraham, and only 38 kilometers (23.75 miles) from his later residence at Haran. (see Am Anfang war Anatolien)
I initially dated the installation of the standing stones by what I have deciphered to be the relief depiction of the appearance of Halley's Comet on one of the stones, which by its location on that stone can only be ca. 3800 B.C.
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I got this title from a bibliography. I have some relatives who live near megaliths in Europe. This book actually contains some stuff that they say along with tiresome nerdlike ruminations and of course endless measurements and speculations. If you have a keen interest in megalths, or in what seems to be a possible wordwide megalithic culture.....then you already know the pickings are slim for this kind of material, especially if it isn't based on questions asked to rocks and indicated with a dowsing rod.

However, this book neither reaches nor does it prove any conclusions concerning archaeology
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Andis Kaulins, as Nazani points out, is clearly a very clever man. Unfortunately, his intellect seems to fall short of the critical acumen he has developed as a Doctor of Law when it comes to dealing with archaeological evidence.

He accepts untenable ideas about the past, such as the existence of ley lines, a fantasy dreamed up in the 1920s by the Herefordshire businessman Alfred Watkins and thoroughly debunked in the 1980s by Tom Williamson and Liz Bellamy in Ley Lines in Question. He finds cup-and-ring marks on stones that supposedly depict constellations in the southern hemisphere (such as Musca) that were not defined until the sixteenth century: remember that constellations have no objective reality in the sky, that they are arbitrary groupings of unrelated stars and that different cultures make different groupings. His mangling of linguistics allows him to state that the name of Merlin - who is identified as a genius behind megalithic carvings that no-one else has yet recognised! - can be derived from a root "MER- meaning "measure, survey" in ancient Indo-European" when it comes from Welsh Myrddin, probably derived from the Brittonic placename Moridunon, now Carmarthen (Caerfyrddin in Welsh), meaning "sea fort".

There is little point in trying to do a detailed, point-by-point rebuttal. The evidence simply does not stack up. While Andis Kaulins is evidently an accomplished lawyer and translator, I find nothing in his excursions into archaeology, ancient history and biblical exegesis that is really worth spending time on.
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I personally believe that one should never let reviews determine whether one researches a particular field. I think that the fact the author does not have a degree in history does not necessarily hold him back. It gives him an open mind which has not been inundated with historical dogma that has been handed down by the victors over the centuries. I have found this author's ideas to be incredibly fascinating in regards to ancient geodetic Earth measurement. The ancients knew very well how to travel the world and were no dummies. I suggest to anyone reading this review to go watch the documentary "revelation of the pyramids" to begin to understand how the ancients built ancient civilization according to a code. Those who put their full faith solely into the hands of others in order to be spoon fed their "historical facts" will always continue to be lost and frustrated with those who have made it their mission to see the truth and leave no historical stone unturned.
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A great companion book to The Discovery of Middle Earth (Graham Robb). Between the two, we've got the whole picture with only minor points of divergence on certain specifics.
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