by Robin Heath, Bluestone: Cardigan, 2010
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Books by Richard Heath
published by Inner Traditions
The current model of the prehistoric world overlooks (or ignores) several cultural components that author and presenter Robin Heath demonstrates were known about and available to the Neolithic megalith builders. Over the past thirty years, the author has rediscovered these components through extensive research into prehistoric monuments within their sacred landscapes. Heath now reveals that the design for Stonehenge originated in the 'bluestone country' of the Preseli hills, in West Wales. He also shows the reader where this 'First Stonehenge' monument is located.
Temple in the Hills is the story of this discovery, and marks a breakthrough in understanding the Neolithic science stored within solitary megaliths, or within collections of megaliths that define geodetic patterns across the landscape.
Temple in the Hills shows the Neolithic culture to have been intelligent, creative, determined and talented, even playful, and demonstrates how it managed to solve complex cosmological problems using only Stone Age technology.
The evidence for this claim takes the form of an integrated and elegant system of astronomical, geometrical and metrological knowledge, which led to monuments that are shown to have been temples to cosmic order.
The book's core narrative also connects the Preseli Hills with Stonehenge in an entirely new way, far more telling of prehistoric capabilities than how a few bluestones ever found their way to Stonehenge. On the journey we meet Annwn and the Caer Sidi of Welsh legend, how the traditional design of temples has always been linked to the motions of sun, moon and stars, and even a more recent search for a 'Preseli Zodiac'.. The storyline is supported by a display of lively photographs of the monuments in their landscapes, and other graphics, which bring the reader directly into contact with the research process as an adventure.
Nearly Released: Temple in the Hills where Robin locates the missing precursor to Stonehenge near the bluestone sites. Builders of Stonehenge may have come from the Preselli mountains, an interpretation now gaining acceptence with archaeologists.
Bluestone Magic A Guide to the bluestone megalithic structures of North Pembrokeshire, from where the builders of Stonehenge sourced their bluestone.
Technical biography of Alexander Thom, 20th Century Scottish pioneer who "cracked the Stone Age Code", pointing to alignments, megalithic yards and site geometries, whilst leaving behind proper surveys of many British stone circles.
The idea that numbers once had a sacred function is to be seen in our symbolic history and religious stories.
This book is a general introduction and meditation on the many different facets of sacred numbers and their power within historical cultures.
by Ernest G McClain
author of The Myth of Invariance
February 19, 2012
Dear Friends: I have just finished this finest book I have ever encountered on the subject. Richard Heath has written with masterful confidence and great verbal elegance to bring this ancient “Pythagorean” science up to our moment in history—fully integrating contemporary developments in projective geometry and spiritual efforts to explicate meaning. Here is the “see and tell” method of the ancients employed to illuminate what we hide from ourselves.
from John Michell
Dimensions of Paradise
February 1, 2007
Dear Richard, Many thanks for sending me 'Sacred Number'. I've been reading it and am very impressed by the way you approach this difficult subject to write about. Your grasp of it is quite admirable and so is your expression of it. I've talked about it with John Neal and we're both delighted with what you've done.
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