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    Stone Me ! Ilkley's Ancient Rocks Are 'Star Maps' !


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    Stone Me ! Ilkley's Ancient Rocks Are 'Star Maps' !

    Post  Sunbright57 on Sat Oct 22, 2011 1:12 pm


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    Re: Stone Me ! Ilkley's Ancient Rocks Are 'Star Maps' !

    Post  Paulus on Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:09 pm

    It's a theory that's been suggested by a number of students over the years; and there are examples of petroglyphs representing celestial forms in other cultures. I've no doubt that some of the carvings would represent some heavenly motions, but it's bloody hard to say for sure.

    One thing we can say for certain regarding this particular theory of Gordon's is: he's much more likely to be correct in his theory of this carving being a star-map (though I don't buy it misself), than local archaeologist Gavin Edwards is about the Panorama Stones being Victorian. Gordon's theory is 'possible'; Gavin's theory is 'bollox'! Cool

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    Re: Stone Me ! Ilkley's Ancient Rocks Are 'Star Maps' !

    Post  tricia on Wed Oct 26, 2011 3:16 am

    I do think there is room to say the stones reflect a pre historic interest in and use of astronomy and a way of looking at the night sky in ways we don't yet understand.

    The Idol stone certainly does 'fit' an understanding of how a parapegma was employed a few thousand years BC when observing the heavens was an emerging science for that epoch. The Babylonians were able sky observers and left us their insights on clay tablets, so why wouldn't people in England at the time also be interested in plotting sky objects that were important to them.

    If people keep drawing on other stones nowadays then it'll become difficult to sort out pre historic messaging. My personal preference would be for money to get those on board who really want to investigate this pre historic area before it's lost and gone forever amidst simple simons poems or worse still Moorland gas company......the clue is in the name Moorland energy..

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