Thursday, July 17, 2008

The oldest man-made structure on earth?

It's the launch (at Salvadors in Kaapsehoop, Mpumalanga) of Johan Heine and Michael Tellinger's book Adam's Calendar: Discovering the Oldest Man-made Structure on Earth.

This second launch, after the first one in Johannesburg on Monday, is well attended. (Actually it's the busiest I've ever seen Salvadors.)

It's obvious there's going to be a lot of controversy around their claims, with the most criticism most likey to come from Wits University, in particular Prof. Peter Delius whose book on Mpumalanga's history and heritage was published last year. Delius's view on the stone circles that pervade this region, largely between Machadodorp, Waterval Boven and here, is somewhat different. But as Tellinger says, debate and differening opinions are crucial.

Back to Adam's Calendar.. Heine and Tellinger's focus in this book (and apparently there's more books to follow after this one, focusing more specifically on the stone circles around Boven) is on a remarkable stone structure they say resembles but predates Stonehenge by many thousands of years.

Adam's Calendar, they say, is along the same longitudinal line as Great Zimbabwe and the Great Pyramid. It also "takes us further back in time closer to the emergence of Homo sapiens than any other structure ever found to date".

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Michael Tellinger, to be at the very heart of what he believes to a be a region of international importance, has permanently relocated to Waterval Boven. As of yesterday in fact...

Tellinger expects to have a tourism office and centre established in the town within a month, operating under the auspices of the Makomati Foundation (established to protect SA's ancient ruins and heritage). He'll be overseeing tours from the centre in Waterval Boven to Kaapsehoop, among other related destinations.
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1 comment:

Shane said...

Would be interested to know how they come to their conclusions and dates concerning this 'pre-historic' finding. Would also like a creationist's take on them. To me, these findings speak of complete intelligence from the beginning - not gradual gaining of intellect over long periods of time. I think we under-estimate the so called 'primitive man'. I believe man to have been created perfect and in mature form, with all the intelligence and logical capabilities we possess today. But just posing a different angle here.. there's always two sides to a story. You do the figuring! :)