From continent to continent across the globe, Mark Vidler and Catherine Young reveal that order is everywhere on Earth. On remote islands, soaring summits, and level deltas, they unveil natural topographic patterns related to pi, the golden ratio, and right-triangle geometry. And as the planet's design emerges, it becomes clear that this hidden order in nature decided the location of ancient monuments the world over. Through detailed maps, Vidler and Young show how the locations of megalithic monuments reflect and enhance a natural pattern on the Earth that connects its major features. The authors examine the geography of many islands and each continent, including Antarctica, to show how the highest peak on each landmass falls on a line connecting coastal extremes. They reveal how circles of standing stones and man-made mounds mark intersections of these lines.
Mark Vidler is an artist, designer, and carpenter who studied at the Hornsey School of Art, the Polytechnic of Central London, and Bath Academy. The author of The Star Mirror, he has studied early history and the stellar alignments of ancient monuments since 1994. Catherine Young spent her childhood in Africa, Italy, and Austria before graduating from Bristol University in England. She teaches English at a school in Wiltshire. Both authors live in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, U.K.
Acknowledgments Foreword Keys to Earth's Sacred Geometry by Rand Flem-Ath 1 Signposts in the Landscape 2 Patterns in the Hills 3 Measured Monuments 4 Earth Measurements 5 Circular Reasoning 6 Mountains and Monuments 7 Almendres 8 A Line to Everest 9 Intercontinental 10 American Monuments 11 Copying Nature 12 Cold Continent 13 Angkor 14 Neolithic Language 15 Pi and the Songlines 16 Views from the Past Appendix 1 Common Geometric Shapes among Extreme Points surrounding Cornish Stone Circles Appendix 2 Maeshowe Detail Notes Bibliography Index