The Best Book About Ancient Astronomy that isn’t about astrology, per se

June 2, 2013 at 11:42 am 62 comments

by Milky Way Maid

One of the best books I can recommend to anyone interested in learning how and why ancient peoples kept track of sky markers is one that has nothing to do with astrology. The book is “America B.C.” by Barry Fell, who is a bit of a renegade when it comes to attributing ancient peoples with the ability to make notations of the important stuff like the spring equinox.


One of the most interesting and exciting parts of the book are where he explains the translation of the strange markings above a rock doorway in old New England. First I have to explain that Mr. Fell is a bit of a radical in that he believes that peoples from ancient Celtic and Mediterranean lands were able to reach North America and left written records on stone markers and monuments. But he has shown that the attempted translations of these markings result in coherent astronomical or historical statements.


As he writes at the beginning of Chapter 13, “In Chapters 5 and 6 it was shown that the New England Celts employed an Ogam alphabet of at least 12 symbols, identical with those used in Portugal and Span in the late Bronze Age, about 800 BC. The New England signs also carry the same sound values as those of the Iberian peninsula . . . The chances that two such similar events can take place independently can be calculated by the mathematical theory of probability. It turns out that there is less than once chance in 430,000,000 that identical 12-letter alphabets could arise independently in two unrelated civilizations. For the 17-letter Ogam alphabet of Monhegan, Maine and Ireland, the chances of independent origin in these two places are less than one in 300 trillion.”


The outer lintel of the winter solstice temple at South Woodstock, Vermont, and a nearby stone called the Beltane Stone found lying prostrate on the ground have inscriptions that help date the temple by its calendar information. The inside entrance piers of the solstice temple were “used in observation of the lunar track and in the prediction of eclipses.” The exposed face of the first lintel bears a dedication inscription. The shadow of the lower edge of the outer lintel coincides with sunrise with the end of the observatory porch on the equinoxes, March 21 and September 21. The temple is twenty feet long, providing a clear and accurate view of the Dec. 22 sunrise in a notch in the distant range of hills when the observer stands on the altar area.


The Beltane stone, discovered in 1975, has Latin lettering for the words “day 39”. The stone probably was once part of the calendar circle before it fell over; it was later moved to the Mystery Hill museum. What is the significance of day 39? this is where some historical sleuthing reveals that after Julius Caesar instituted his new calendar in 45 BC, the date of the spring equinox was set at March 25 and the new year on January 1.


The Celts of New England apparently retained the OLD-style calendar. Beltane, the Druid holiday celebrated on May 1, fell on the 39th day of the year if one counts from the old-style New Year occurrence on the Aries ingress, the first day of spring. Beltane currently falls on Day 43 of the Celtic calendar, but due to precession, the Equinox day would have fallen in late March (rather than March 21 as in modern times). The Beltane stone therefore dates from the time of Christ, “but not later than about the third century AD.”

Perhaps you prefer to study the standing stones of the Mystery Hill, New Hampshire site. No Ogam scratches on these stones. Discovered in 1965, or more probably re-discovered, since somebody obviously placed them, they mark the sunrise and sunset of the major markers of the quarter year. Bob Stone wrote of his discovery:

My first suspicion was that the area around the so-called Table of Sacrifice might be the primary viewing site, and that the standing stones might mark positions of sunrise and sunset for particular days of the year, significant perhaps for the unknown people who had built the site. So I began to cut swaths through the woods to make it possible to see the standing stones from the central sacrificial area, also to bring into unobstructed view the horizon beyond the stones. Using a transit telescope and a compass I began to realize that some of the stones at least had a definite relationship to important astronomical axes. On December 21, 1970, after four years of of work, the sky remained clear and we now observed the sun slowly descending towards the monolith that we had recognized as marking the solstice. From the viewing area near the sacrificial table, some 500 yards away, we saw the sun above the monolith, behind which it then set.”

The Mystery Hill observation platform provided lines of sight to Midsummer sunset, Midsummer sunrise, Midwinter sunset, and Midwinter sunrise with only minutes of arc of deviation from their calculated values.

The ancient peoples of the world were keenly aware of and keenly observant of the motions of the sun and moon. If we only have eyes to see, we can find literally thousands of markers of their observations which they recorded for the benefit of those who followed.

AMERICA B.C., by Barry Fell, Pocket Books, New York, 1976. ISBN 067179079-x. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number– 75-36269.




Entry filed under: Archive, books, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , , , , .

A Look at the new Pope Francis’s astro charts Your Milky Way Horoscope June 9-15, 2013

62 Comments Add your own

Leave a Reply to Your Milky Way Horoscope Dec. 29-Jan. 4, 2014 | Milkywaymaid's Weblog Cancel reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed

SUBJECT: Find Unlimited Books for Your Ebook Reader

Hi, If you want Unlimited Access and Unlimited Downloads for your cool, new Ebook Reader, you're gonna love this! There's a huge online library that gives you access to ALL formats for any Ebook Reader! It provides unlimited reading for Amazon Kindle, BN's Nook, SONY Reader and, of course, Apple's latest, The iPad. They've got thousands of books, fiction and non-fiction,for you to choose from. I just thought it was amazing how much free content, help and information was available -- all at the click of a mouse! Again, it's at: To grab your Ebook format, you simply enroll as a V.I.P.,with a nominal donation to support admin of the site and service to get complete 1st Class treatment and Unlimited Access and Downloads (for a year or even a lifetime). Hope this helps you load up your Ebook Reader, from Milky Way Maid P.S. You can also register at NO cost for a Standard Membership that just lets you read books online in any Internet Browser and download up to 5 ebooks in PDF format every month. Best to look here, for all the details:

Announcing …

Additional Options


A gift to my lovely readers —

As a special gift to my readers I thought you might enjoy some background music. A terrific writer and geek found these archived radio recordings of the Beatles for a Swedish radio show way back when. He cleaned them up a bit and edited them, and here they are. Five songs in cool condition. So turn up the volume alright already.

_uacct = “UA-3989433-1″; urchinTracker();

Please visit a new friend

Hi, The people at have kindly added me on their Blog Awards listing. Thanks so much for the link, Sheila! Please visit them at the address above or at their index page at Lots and lots of high-quality clothing with beautiful renditions of sports logos. THE place to go for team wear for you and your pet. Thanks again.

%d bloggers like this: