From the publisher:
Former scientist and monk, Manuel Vega sheds new light upon prehistory, on the mystery that shrouds our ancestors the builders of megalithic monuments such as Stonehenge, Carnac, Avebury, Newgrange, Almendres or those at Orkney Islands. He also exposes the information hidden in the classical myths like Jason and the Argonauts, Hyperborea or the Twelve Labors of Hercules, and even in the legends of Atlantis and King Arthur, discovering in the process the cosmic roots of Christianity and Western Civilization. “Sailors of Stonehenge” contains more than a hundred images and figures.
This book takes the reader on a riveting journey back in time to a period shrouded in mystery and lore; to the formation of the ancient monuments of Stonehenge, Carnac, Avebury, and others.
For many, these megalithic structures have captivated the imagination, whetting our curiosity as to their meaning, as well as their builders’ motivation for undergoing such a daunting task.
Manuel Vega approaches the subject with sensible reasoning and clarity, presenting an intelligently persuasive theory as to the actual purpose of ancient megaliths. In it, he explains the link between ancient mythology, the constellations, the symbolisms of the megaliths, and the rituals of the builders. He shows plainly that the monuments were used, not only for tracking solar and lunar cycles, but were strategically placed along key geographical locations to mirror certain constellations in the sky, stretching from Ireland and England, down through the Iberian peninsula, and all the way to Morocco.
In a final chapter, Vega makes a tantalizing argument suggesting that the builders of the ancient megaliths may in fact have been the fabled Atlanteans- a surprising, but fascinating theory, and something I would certainly love to read more about!
This book was very thorough and well laid out. I learned an incredible amount about these fascinating structures, not to mention a great deal of astronomy. I especially appreciated the summaries at the end of each chapter, which really helped me to pull everything together. If I had one complaint, it would be the somewhat dry format of the book, somewhat reminiscent of a school textbook, with the consistent end notes, black and white images, charts and maps. Once I got started reading the book, though, it didn’t really matter to me, because I found the content so interesting.
Recommended for: Fans of ancient history, anyone interested in Stonehenge and similar megalithic structures
Rating: 4 stars