Throughout the World, our natural landscape is littered with extraordinary Neolithic remains. From cairns to stone circles, burial mounds to earthworks, our planet was evidently home to many ancient cultures who, not only venerated life and the Earth, they also possessed advanced mathematical and astronomical knowledge.
Over the past few decades, there has been a great deal of research into the mysteries of these stone creations. It has looked at the planetary and stellar alignments, their proximity to other ancient sites as well as their placement on the landscape.
In ‘The Gods’ Machine: From Stonehenge to Crop Circles’, author and researcher Wun Chock Bong offers the increasingly popular hypothesis that an advanced, off-the-planet race, who had access to advanced metaphysical understandings of energy, time and space, created these ancient structures.
Throughout the book, he traces many of the symbols found on Neolithic rock carvings through to the modern age and links them to similar shapes found within many crop circles that have appeared in the United Kingdom.
The book covers an extensive range of ancient, sacred World heritage sites, taking an in-depth look at their alignments and structures. The text is woven around graphic representations of the sites and includes references to their alignments, dimensions and other related iconographic concepts.
Visually, this book is mightily impressive. Its illustrations are beautifully drawn and offer the reader a great deal of insight into the many hundreds of ancient sites that the author has explored and cataloged.
Later on, these focus on the more important recent crop-circle formations and include additional insights into their more salient points of reference.
Sadly, the profusion of breath-taking illustrations fails to conceal the fact that many of the author’s deductions regrading their formation and origin fall on very shaky ground.
The central hypothesis, that the author has managed to trace the roots of the sacred sites back to extra-terrestrial sources, is completely unsubstantiated.
Although he makes continuous reference to his theory that locations such as West Kennet Long Barrow were used for the transmitting of energy or that places such as New Grange were power plants, he offers no research to support these ideas.
Not even so much as a magnetometer or dowsing rod was employed in the production of this work. The reader is simply asked to suspend critical analysis and buy into the Ancient Astronauts theory that was promoted by some many writers back in the 1970s and 1980s by the likes of Erick Von Daniken and Brinsley Le Pour Trench.
Further on, the author has the opportunity to fuse his theories together through reference to the modern crop-circle phenomenon, but this he also fails to do.
There are lots of pictures of circles, many of them include spurious lines, but no explanation of how they connect with the ancient sites.
All in all, this is a disappointing book, which, despite its size (it is over 500 pages long!), contains very little of substance—and adds nothing to the debate on ancient sacred sites.
Nevertheless, if you remove the book’s core hypothesis, you are left with a very interesting pictorial romp through the greatest enigma of this, or any other, age.