WERE THE PYRAMIDS MADE IN ORKNEY?; Scientists Find Egyptian Link with Ancient Islanders

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WERE THE PYRAMIDS MADE IN ORKNEY?; Scientists Find Egyptian Link with Ancient Islanders


Gourlay, Kath, Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)


SCIENTISTS have discovered the technology used to build the Egyptian pyramids was invented by ancient Orkney builders.

Robert Lomas and Christopher Knight claim the Orcadians devised a standard unit of measurement by taking detailed readings from the sun and stars.

Using complex calculations, they invented the megalithic yard - 82.966cms - to construct sophisticated buildings at the island's Maeshowe.

The same measurement was used to build the pyramids, which are regarded as among the world's great wonders.

Dr Lomas, a physicist at Bradford University, said: "It is unbelievable. The building technique is just so sophisticated.

"There is no doubt that Maeshowe has the most superb masonry anywhere in the ancient world.

"The huge slabs of stone are 18 feet long and six inches thick and so symmetrical that the spacing is accurate to millimetres."

The ancient Orcadians started building their amazing stone structures around 3800BC.

Work on the pyramids did not start for another 1300 years.

But Egyptian builders used many of the techniques pioneered in Orkney.

Dr Lomas said the influence of Orkney spread across the world.

He said: "There is certainly a strong case to be made for saying civilisation started on Orkney and not Egypt.

"The pyramid builders relied hugely on the fantastic work done a thousand years before."

He claims the complicated astronomical formula used on Orkney meant the islanders knew the Earth was round centuries before it was widely accepted by the rest of the educated world.

Their skill at studying the skies also meant they knew the Earth moved around the sun - rather than the other way around - thousands of years before it was accepted as fact.

Dr Lomas added: "The problem was that for all their wisdom the Orcadians did not write so their discoveries were not passed on.

"Added to that, the priests and others in the elite kept their knowledge secret to impress people with their power to predict the movement of the stars. …

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