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The memory code, the secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and other ancient monuments, Dr. Lynne Kelly

The memory code, the secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and other ancient monuments, Dr. Lynne Kelly
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-310) and index
index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
The memory code
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Responsibility statement
Dr. Lynne Kelly
Sub title
the secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and other ancient monuments
"In ancient, pre-literate cultures across the globe, tribal elders had encyclopedic memories. They could name all the animals and plants across a landscape, identify the stars in the sky, and recite the history of their people. Yet today, most of us struggle to memorize more than a short poem. Using traditional Aboriginal Australian song lines as a starting point, Dr. Lynne Kelly has identified the powerful memory technique used by our ancestors and indigenous people around the world. In turn, she has then discovered that this ancient memory technique is the secret purpose behind the great prehistoric monuments like Stonehenge, which have puzzled archaeologists for so long. The henges across northern Europe, the elaborate stone houses of New Mexico, huge animal shapes in Peru, the statues of Easter Island--these all serve as the most effective memory system ever invented by humans. They allowed people in non-literate cultures to memorize the vast amounts of information they needed to survive. But how? For the first time, Dr. Kelly unlocks the secret of these monuments and their purpose as "memory places" in her fascinating book. Additionally, The Memory Code also explains how we can use this ancient mnemonic technique to train our minds in the tradition of our ancestors."--Book jacket
Table Of Contents
Encyclopaedic memories of the elders. Indigenous knowledge of animals ; Indigenous knowledge of plants ; Performed and restricted knowledge ; Songlines ; Memory spaces and ancient Greeks ; Ceremonies serve a multiplicity of purposes ; Longevity of stories ; Integrated knowledge systems -- Memory spaces, large and small. Skyscapes of memory ; Miniature memory spaces ; Strings : twisted, turned and knotted ; Bundles of non-utilitarian objects ; Representation of mythological ancestors ; Pueblo corn stories : mythology and science ; Genealogies and totems -- Memory spaces in a modern world. The landscape as a memory space ; Skyscapes as a memory space ; Decks of cards as memory spaces ; Miniature memory spaces ; A myriad memory spaces --- A journey through time. The first modern humans ; Monumental memory spaces -- The ever-changing memory spaces at Stonehenge. A mind game of transition to settlement ; Stonehenge and the British Neolithic ; First stage : 3000-2920 BCE (Middle Neolithic) ; Henge ditches ; Stonehenge : the theories ; Second stage : 2620-2480 BCE (Late Neolithic) ; Third stage : 2480-2280 BCE (Copper Age) ; Fourth stage : 2280-2020 BCE (Early Bronze Age) ; Fifth stage : 1680-1520 BCE (Middle Bronze Age) ; Portable objects ; Memory spaces, mines and moving on -- The megalithic complexes of Avebury and Orkney. Avebury : Windmill Hill, West Kennet Long Barrow, Avebury henge, The Sanctuary, Silbury Hill ; Orkney : Skara Brae, Carved stone balls, Stones of Stenness, Chambered cairns, Maeshowe, The Ring of Brodgar -- Newgrange and the passage cairns of Ireland. County Meath passage cairns ; Neolithic art ; The purpose of the passage cairns ; Circles of timber and stone ; Decorated stones ; Smaller passage cairns across County Meath ; Individual burials -- The tall stones and endless rows of Carnac. The Carnac Mounds and the Tumulus de Saint-Michel ; The Middle Neolithic passage cairns ; The stone rows of Carnac ; Gallery and lateral entrance graves -- The unparalleled architecture of Chaco Canyon. Pueblo Bonito ; Learning from contemporary Pueblo ; The Ancestral Puebloans at Chaco Canyon ; Great houses ; Enigmatic decorated objects ; Buying knowledge at Chaco Canyon -- Giants drawings on the desert floor at Nasca. Astronomy ; Making the lines ; The animal glyphs ; Trapezoids, squares and rectangles ; Straight lines dominate the pampa ; Time and change on the pampa -- Memory spaces across the Americas. The hunter-gatherers of Watson Brake and Poverty Point ; Memory spaces grow more complex ; Writing represents sound in Mesoamerica ; The earthworks of North America gain complexity ; The literate Aztecs and non-literate Inca -- Polynesian navigators create a unique world on Easter Island. The original settlers ; The amazing skill of the Pacific navigators ; Arriving on Easter Island ; Settling another small Polynesian island : Rarotonga ; Adapting to a different environment : New Zealand ; Knowledge structured by genealogy ; A memory space beyond the shoreline ; The collapse of a culture ; The Birdman cult ; Art in many forms
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