Remember the Flintstones?
The running gag that set up the program was that cave men weren’t all that different from us.
That “modern stone-age family” had to deal with traffic jams and harsh bosses just like we do.
Bowling alleys, airports, less than cooperative house pets, the Flintstones had them all.
Imagine that – primitives whose lives were nasty, brutish and short acting remarkably sophisticated?
What a hoot.
Or maybe not.
The more we uncover about our ancient ancestors, the more we discover that our stereotypical view of their lives and even their level of technological advancement need some serious adjustment.
A remarkable case in point was recently uncovered in Britain.
How a prehistoric sat nav stopped our ancestors
getting lost in Britain
The sophisticated geometric system was based on a stone circle markers.
Our ancestors were able to travel between settlements with pinpoint accuracy thanks to a complex network of hilltop monuments.
The prehistoric pointer was based on stone circles and way markers that appear to be placed in a triangular grid
These covered much of southern England and Wales and included now famous landmarks such as Stonehenge and The Mount.
Researcher Tom Brooks analysed 1,500 prehistoric monuments, including Stonehenge and Silbury Hill in Wiltshire, and found them all to be on a grid of isosceles triangles – those with two sides of equal length – each pointing to the next site.
He believes this proves there were keen mathematicians among the ancient Britons 5,000-6,000 years ago, at least two millennia before the Greeks who were supposed to have discovered geometry.
Many monuments are 250 miles or more away but GPS co-ordinates now show all are accurate to within 100 metres and provided a simple map for ancient Britons to follow.
Incredibly, the triangles still exist today as many medieval churches, abbeys and cathedrals were constructed on top of the original stone circle markers.
Historian and writer Tom Brooks, from Honiton, Devon, believes prehistoric men were ‘highly intelligent surveyors and planners.’
He said: ‘It is known that many, if not all, early churches, abbeys and cathedrals were constructed on ancient sites and this diagram illustrates that point.
‘This ancient form of geometry permits the production of various patterns across our landscape linking prehistoric settlements and waymarks.
‘Such is the mathematical precision that it is inconceivable that this work could have been carried out by the primitive indigenous culture we have always associated with such structures.
‘Such patterns could only have been the work of highly intelligent surveyors and planners which throws into question all previous claims as to the origin of mathematics.
The discovery of sophisticated levels of technology dating back to shockingly ancient times is certainly fascinating, but not isolated.
In fact, archeologists have coined a term to describe the phenomenon – OOParts – “Out of Place Artifacts”.
And whether it is an amazingly intricate navigational computer found in a First Century sea wreck, or the unfading paint used by the Minoan culture in Greece, or that Neanderthals developed an adhesive that puts Crazy Glue to shame, OOParts challenge one of the most cherished evolutionary based assumptions of our day – that we as a species only became clever in the last four hundred years or so.
In fact, the more we see of the amazing achievements of our ancestors, the more we begin to see that from the very beginning people have been people with the same capacity to think, problem solve and create as we have today.
As Jesus put it:
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