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John Michell Mysteries

~ MYSTERY ARCHIVES ~
~ BOOKS BY JOHN MICHELL ~


Welcome to John Michell, a best-selling author and world authority on the mysteries of existence. John writes regular weekly articles for my page in the Daily Mirror newspaper. Now those articles can be read on this site. It is a thrill to have John writing for us about unexplained phenomena. I have been an admirer of his work since I was a teenager. I hope you enjoy his thought-provoking work. Jonathan Cainer


Archive for Thursday 6th March 2003 - The 10 World's greatest mysteries...
No. 7 Stonehenge, the wonder of ancient Britain

The most famous of ancient mysteries in Britain is Stonehenge. There are many other ruined temples around the world, but nothing like this. Stonehenge is far older than any known civilisation in Europe. Yet it is a civilised structure. Early archaeologists thought it must be Roman, but it is now dated to over 2,000 years before the Roman era.

It was not just a temple for ritual, but was used for astronomy and time-keeping. At dawn on the longest day of the year, people have always gathered there to see the first ray of the sun, passing down the avenue and penetrating the inner sanctum. At midwinter, the light of the setting sunset enters from the opposite direction. Other stone settings point to the moon at extreme positions in its cycle. Also indicated is the cycle of lunar eclipses.

My own particular interest is in the measurements of Stonehenge. Its main feature is the circle of 30 lintel stones, jointed into 30 upright pillars. The width of this ring is the ‘sacred rod’. That unit is a six-millionth part of the earth’s polar radius (3.4757486 feet, by ancient reckoning). The inner radius of the circle is 14 and the outer 15 rods. Every part of the temple is in fractions of the earth’s dimensions.

Still greater mysteries arise from the position of Stonehenge in relation to other ancient sites. It is a centre point in a sacred pattern that covers the whole of Britain. It is a treasure we are only just beginning to appreciate.

John Michell


If you have a favourite mystery subject - from spontaneous human combustion to ancient Celtic ritual sites, write to John, suggesting a theme. And if you have any answers or theories about the mysteries John will be highlighting, he would particularly like to hear from you.

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John Michell is a prolific author. Below are just two of John's books which might interest you. We have arranged with our friends at The Daily Mirror for website visitors to order books mentioned on this site.

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Unexplained Phenomena, A Rough Guide Special
(co-author Bob Rickard, rrp £12.99) at the special Mirror Direct price of £9.99 + p&p.
Who Wrote Shakespeare?
(Thames & Hudson, rrp £8.95) for the Mirror Direct special price of £6.95 + p&p.
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