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Old 03-05-2017, 04:10 PM
lynne-42 lynne-42 is offline
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Location: Castlemaine, Australia
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My new book on the purpose of Stonehenge and Indigenous memory systems

I have just published a new theory for the purpose of Stonehenge and other ancient monuments around the world. The Memory Codeis all about the incredible memory methods used by non-literate cultures dependent on memory to store all the information on which their survival - physically and culturally - depends.

The Memory Code explains the purpose of monuments including Stonehenge in terms of the imperative for non-literate cultures to memorise the vast amount of information on which their survival depends - both physically and culturally.

After ten years of research, a PhD and academic book, my book for the general reader is finally published in Australia, the US and UK. I am just back from publication in the US and UK where the book is getting a great reaction as it did here in Australia. Discussions and seminars with Neolithic archaeologists in the UK showed that they are taking this theory seriously. Fun times ahead!

I am a science writer and this is a totally rational explanation, endorsed by archaeologists, anthropologists and memory experts.

American edition:

British edition:

Australian edition:


Audible edition:

The Cambridge University Press book which gives the full academic justification of the argument:

This is the blurb from the Australian edition:

In the past, the elders had encyclopaedic memories. They could name all the animals and plants across the landscape, and the stars in the sky too. Yet most of us struggle to memorise more than a short poem.

Using traditional Aboriginal Australian songlines as the key, Lynne Kelly has identified the powerful memory technique used by indigenous people around the world. She has discovered that this ancient memory technique is the secret behind the great stone monuments like Stonehenge, which have for so long puzzled archaeologists.

The stone circles across Britain and northern Europe, the elaborate stone houses of New Mexico, the huge animal shapes at Nasca in Peru, and the statues of Easter Island all serve as the most effective memory system ever invented by humans. They allowed people in non-literate cultures to memorise the vast amounts of practical information they needed to survive.

In her fascinating book The Memory Code, Lynne Kelly shows us how we can use this ancient technique to train our memories today.


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