Monday, 10 December 2012

The Real Woodhenge


Figures 2 and 3 above are the results of a privately funded GPS survey made in 2008.

Fig 2 shows Woodhenge as it actually is when correctly oriented to north. The triangles that its geometry is founded upon are also shown. Some of these founding triangles are Pythagorean, others are not. Good effect was made by converting the metric GPS measurements into Professor Thom’s megalithic yards at the rate of one megalithic yard equalling 0.8297 metres. Woodhenge’s geometry can be seen to be locked in place by a line that passes between posts one and two seen in the top right-hand corner of the plot.

Fig 3 is rotated anticlockwise 40-degrees to match the major standstill of the moon. Rotating Woodhenge in this way makes it very clear that its major axis of symmetry points at the moon - not the sun, as archaeologists would have us believe.

Two supernumerary posts were placed to guide a shaft of solstice sunlight down a corridor causing it to illuminate the grave of a child. Professor Thom threw a spanner in the works by ignoring this corridor proposed by Woodhenge’s original excavator Mrs Maud Cunnington, and claimed a more northerly solstice aimed on the very first glint of the sun…. something we now know is wrong. The real corridor is aligned on half-orb as seen below.

Fig 4: Solstice morning at Woodhenge. The tape on the left represents the axis of symmetry of Woodhenge’s outer egg and points to where the moon will rise at major standstill.

Why should Professor Alexander Thom, a brilliant engineer and mathematician, having surveyed Avebury so accurately, complain that he had measured Woodhenge with a stretchy tape?

Why also, when returning home to Dunlop in Scotland did he compensate for that ‘stretchy tape’ by deducting a variety of percentages from his measurements? Why, also, when later living and working in Oxford did he not take the opportunity to return to Woodhenge and check his measurements properly – a simple three-hour job? His datum post, from which he worked, remains in the middle of the site to this very day.

Why also did he not realize that the major axis of Woodhenge actually points at the moon? Again, why did he not seem to realize that Woodhenge gave him the best chance of proving the megalithic yard – his life-long dream?

He must have known; he was far too meticulous a man not too!
Coming next: Stonehenge Simplified.

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