I have been a member of an archaeoastronomy group for many years. It is a closed group and to be allowed to join you have to show a reasonable degree of knowledge of the subject and ability to understand the concepts of astronomy. The exclusivity is necessary because of the many time-wasters with no real knowledge but plenty of unsubtantiated opinions who would otherwise swamp the real work that is going on. Many repeated pictures of sunsets, Rudstone and a man in baggy trousers would have you thrown out pretty damned smartish, even if you got in.
One of the members of this quiet but exclusive group is James Q Jacobs, who has been investigating an area that I have not seen discussed anywhere else. He calls this area of research Archaeogeodesy, which he defines as:
That area of study encompassing prehistoric and ancient place determination, navigation (on land or water), point positioning, measure and representation of the earth, geodynamic phenomena, and the applied astronomy. Archaeogeodesy, by combining fundamental astronomy, geodetic knowledge, applied mathematics, accurate positional data and archaeology, presents a methodology for investigating the architecture, placements, spatial properties, relationships and arrangements of prehistoric sites and monuments. As a new area of inquiry, archaeogeodesy presents unique avenues of assessing ancient understandings of geography, of place, and of the earth and the cosmos as evidenced by archaeological remains.
In short James is investigating the siting and positions of ancient monuments from all over the world, many from large stone building cultures (ie megalithic). He is seeing correlations and angular displacements between monuments globally, that suggest either a cultural connection or a common tapping into something that is lost to us today.
This something may well be related to the earth's magnetic field, vibrations of various frequencies. Higgs-Bosons and dark matter for all I know.
James can seriously do the maths, shows his exact location coordinates, the published sources for these where he has not been able to do his own research. He also publishes his findings in the form of Excel spreadsheets.
Happily he includes the Ure-Swale monuments which include the Thornborough henges, to the east of which area is the Rudstone which Roscoe loves so much, sitting in the churchyard as he rightly says many surviving UK megaliths are.
James has some interesting things to say about Göbekli Tepe. He says:
It was more explicit associations with astromony that caught my attention with reference to Harran, an ancient center on the great plain south of Göbekli Tepe.
Harran is renowned as a Sabaean center associated with a moon "temple" and as an earlier Sumerian center. Harran was an important, once-populous prehistoric crossroad. I noticed Harran's latitude is 36.87 degrees, the acute angle of a 3:4:5 geodetic triangle (3/4 arc tangent = 36.8699°). Was knowledge of the latitude considered in locating a moon temple at Harran? When is a "moon temple" an observatory? When is idolatry exact science?
At this point the Old World had captured my attention once again, distracting from great pueblo geometry near the same latitude. The history/myth of Mesopotamia holds that Ur and Harran are two important, related Sumerian centers, both associated with the moon. I checked the Ur ziggurat, at 30.963 degrees. At first I did not notice colatitude equals 5/3 arctangent (atan). Colatitude is the distance to the nearest pole, a geodetic reference point. Latitude references the equator, the mid-poles plane perpendicular to the rotation axis. The local level plane at Harran intersects the rotation axis at a 4/3 atan angle, forming a 3:4:5 right triangle, as does latitude in relation to the equator and geodetic center.
Summarizing, colatitude at Harran equals 4/3 atan and at Ur 5/3 atan, while latitude at Harran equals 3/4 atan and at Ur 3/5 atan. Perhaps these "idolators" were doing astronomy? Lucky me, astronomy is not punishable idolatry anymore.
Getting to why I did not notice the Ur colatitude right off, I checked latitude first because the precise value for pi caught my eye in the conversion table. We live in a 360 degree world, probably due to ancient astronomers in this region. Cultures also invent 365 degree worlds, as known from the history of astronomy in China. Divide earth's circumference by days per solar orbit (0.98561° = SO), multiply by 10 pi, and the result is the latitude of the Ur ziggurat, or 30.9638° = 31.4159 SO. This 10x version of pi caught my eye, distracting from the latitude tangents. But, I digress with this precise pi coincidence given a 365.25 degree world.
I turned next back to Göbekli Tepe and Harran. The sites are apparently intervisible, just over 40 km apart. The difference in latitude from Harran to Göbekli Tepe equals precisely 1/1,000 of earth's circumference. This is where we enter a twilight zone in ancient astronomy. Of course, the opposite metaphor is the proper one regarding the inference, "the dawn" of ancient astronomy. Also, Göbekli Tepe features the oldest known room aligned north-south.
Even non-archaeos understand stratification and deposition basics—deeper is older. Göbekli Tepe is 12,000 years old. Harran is equated with Abraham of biblical fame, and with Ur of Sumeria, the "Civilized Land" and a "cradle of civilization." That cradle and astronomy is presumed to be 4,000 to 5,000 years old, not 12,000. Harran is located at 3/4 atan latitude, a fixed parameter, and Göbekli Tepe is at a specific latitude difference north. Because the fixed parameter must come first, the conundrum, of course, is that this precise 1/1,000 of circumference latitude difference is either coincidence, or ancient astronomy just took a leap back to 12,000 years ago.
Anyway, that's how I came to notice the latitudes and colatitudes of Ur and Harran, excitement enough without entering twilight zones of inference and interpretation. But if I must, I might argue the Ur and Harran "moon temples" evidence a relationship to astronomy and precise knowledge of geodesy. In other words, what we call exact sciences.
You can read about Geodesy here: http://jqjacobs.net/astro/aegeo.html
You can read his full article about Göbekli Tepe here: http://jqjacobs.net/blog/gobekli_tepe.html
So what you're telling me then is that this is yet another knowledge filtering organisation with no doubt some masonic affiliations designed to keep the real stuff from the public gaze and keep the dumb down controllable public that
wish to maintain.
Sorry I don't work with a steering commitee standing behind me and poking me everytime I disturb the Status Quo as laid down by the High Priests of Academia.
Fortunately I'm one of those people who never allowed schooling to interfere with my education.
So you've had your say now impress me.