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[in] Hamlet's Mill by George Santillana and Hertha von Dechend, a study that sets out to demonstrate that the common denominator of all early myths is the idea of a great grinding-mill of the stars (sometimes it is described as churning a sea of milk, the Milky Way). This grinding-mill represents the precession of the equinoxes--which, as we have seen, is the apparent backward movement of the vernal point (the constellation in which the sun rises at the spring equinox) through the constellations. At present the sun rises in Pisces at the spring equinox, so we live in the Age of Pisces, but in about eight centuries' time it will rise in Aquarius, and our descendants of AD 2,600 will live in the Age of Aquarius. In the normal zodiac of astrology, Aquarius comes before Pisces. Hence 'precession' of the equinoxes--they move backwards, in a slow circle in the heavens. This in itself offers proof that civilization could be thousands of years older than historians and archaeologists believe: it takes 2,160 years for the vernal point to move from one constellation to the next, and 25,920 years for the whole precessional cycle to come around again to the beginning. Santillana and von Dechend make it clear that the Inuit, Icelanders, Norsemen, Native Americans, Finns, Hawaiians, Japanese, Chinese, Persians, Romans, ancient Greeks, ancient Hindus, ancient Egyptians and many others were familiar with the whole cycle of 'Hamlet's mill', the precession of the equinoxes (the book takes its title from the corn grinding-mill of Amlodhi, an Icelandic hero, whose name has come down to us as Hamlet). We are currently living through the last two centuries of the full 26,000-year cycle. The half cycle, 12,960 years back from now, gives the date of 10,500 BC so hotly debated in current investigations of prehistory. (123)

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 The Egyptian calendar's starting date, according to Maurice Chatelain, is within 400 years of perhaps the oldest Mayan date, recorded as 51,611 years ago on the Chincultic ceramic disk. These calendar starting dates preceded the Cataclysm. Others, like the Zoroastrian Bundahishn (beginning in 9630 BC and written in the late Persian Pahlavi language) appear to have restarted their calendars after the Flood. (113)

Egypt

 

Indus Valley

 In 1996 John Grisby, a 25-year old Ph.D. student working for us to compile a database of facts about Angkor, made a brilliant and original discovery. Just as the three great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt model the belt stars of the southern constellation of Orion, so too do the principal monuments of Angkor model the sinuous coils of the northern constellation of Draco. There can be no doubt that the correlation exists: the correspondences between the principal stars of Draco and at least fifteen of the main pyramid-temples of Angkor are too close to be called anything else. Furthermore these correspondences extend to a number of neighboring constellations in the same general sky-region. We were amazed to discover that at the exact moment of sunrise on the spring equinox in 10,500 BC the constellation of Draco lay due north in the middle of the sky, straddling the meridian well above the horizon in precisely the pattern that is replicated on the ground by the principal temples of Angkor. (161)

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Europe

 In the case of Mnajdra, the alignment today is good, but not quite perfect because (to take the example of the summer solstice) the rays that form the slit-image are projected two centimetres away from the edge of the large slab at the rear of the temple. However, Paul Micallef's calculations show that when the obliquity of the ecliptic stood at 24 degrees 9 minutes and 4 seconds the alignment would have been perfect with the slit-image forming exactly in line with the edge of the slab. This 'perfect' alignment has occurred twice in the last 15,000 years - once in 3700 BC ('this is the first consideration of the Mnajdra Temple's age', notes Paul Micallef) and again, earlier, in 10,205 BC ('this is the second consideration of the Mnajdra Temple's age'). (124)

South America

 Evidence of Sumerian mining colonies has been found in early post-cataclysm Peru and Bolivia...(113)

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