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reply to post by KilgoreTrout
Hi there! If Neil says it's time, then it's time in my book!
But why? Why would women and men go to all the bother of etching that onto stone as a permanent reminder of time?
As a predictor?
reply to post by punkinworks10
Nice Punkin! The Reinhardt Rock I posted above is also from
the Georgia sight & includes very similar features.
ARCHAEOLOGISTS are planning a major dig to uncover one of the lost Kingdoms of the ancient Picts, the tribe of legendary warriors whose empire stretched from Fife to the Moray Firth before they mysteriously vanished from history. Until recently historians had believed that Fortriu - one of the most powerful Kingdoms of the “painted people” - had been based in Perthshire. But recent research has now placed the Pictish stronghold much further north to the Moray Firth area. And it was revealed today that a team of archaeologists from Aberdeen University are to embark on a series of excavations on the Tarbat peninsula in Ross-shire where archaeologists have already uncovered evidence of the only Pictish monastic settlement found in Scotland to date. A spokesman for Aberdeen University said: “The new project will explore for the first time the archaeology of the most powerful kingdom of the Picts – the kingdom of Fortriu. Over the next four years a programme of fieldwork will target the rich archaeological resource that the Picts and the Kingdom of Fortriu left behind.”
The team of archaeologists also plan to examine the Pictish cross slabs found at Shandwick, Hilton and Nigg in an attempt to understand the power structures that led to the formation of the early Pictish kingdoms. Preliminary excavations of a hill fort at Easter Rarichie in Ross and Cromarty have already revealed a remarkable stone-walled structure that may be an important settlement dating to the Iron Age or Pictish period.
Approximately 2000 years later, in roughly 7640 BC, a cometary object sped towards the earth. This time, however, rather than passing by the earth as the cosmic object of 9500 BC had done, the cometary object actually entered the atmosphere, broke into seven pieces, and impacted the earth at known locations on the planet’s oceans. The following map shows the general location of each of the seven impacts.
Scientific studies of the effects of rapidly moving large objects impacting with the ocean surface have conclusively demonstrated that waves resulting from a massive cometary impact would attain vertical heights of 2-3 miles, with forward speeds of 400-500 miles per hour, and a sustained force that would carry them 2000-3000 miles in every direction radiating from the impact location. From the above map it is clear where these great waves would have crashed upon the shores of numerous continents, totally obliterating, especially in coastal areas of gently rising lands, all human settlements and any structures they had built.
Archaic myths from many parts of Europe (and around the world) refer to this event by mention of bright new stars which fell to earth as seven flaming mountains, of how the oceans rose up in vast waves and totally engulfed the lands, and how summer was driven away with a cold darkness that lasted several years. In support of the mythological accounts of the vast waves covering the lands it is important to mention that many of the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Ireland are littered with beds of sand and gravel containing sea shells deposited in the very recent geological past. Geology also gives irrefutable evidence that at two times in the recent past, around 7640 BC and 3100 BC, there have been complete reversals of the earth’s magnetic field caused by an outside influence, most probably a comet.
Estimates of the decimation of the global human population from this event range as high as 50-60% (many people would have lived on sea shores due to the availability of fish stocks). Therefore, the decimation of the planet’s human population from the 9500 BC cosmic object pass-by compounded with that of the 7640 BC cometary impacts would have severely decreased the number of humans on earth during the following four thousand years. This is a crucial matter to consider, for the reason that orthodox archaeologists have long been mystified by both the relative scarcity of human remains from the period of 7500 BC to 3500 BC and, even more important, by the apparently sudden appearance of the highly developed civilizations of Megalithic Europe and Dynastic Egypt around 3100 BC.
This should be interesting to follow... ( I hope I entered the info correctly)
The Scotsman Friday 7th February 2014
New excavations to find lost Pictish kingdom
Picture: University of Aberdeen
by FRANK URQUHART
I am sure that other events were recorded, such as meteor showers as has been discussed, though I don't see them as being terrifying, meteor fragments were worshipped as embodiments of the ancient Goddesses, kept for generation after generation. Some saw them as ill omens, but we humans are an awfully superstitious lot.
That is curious. 500+AD is too late for our pict stones,(class 1) which were dated to around 4-5AD. I can't help wondering if they were older, though.
A detailed study of the Berlin example, which is fully preserved, revealed that the symbols probably represent a lunisolar calendar. The object would have permitted the determination of dates or periods in both lunar and solar calendars.
Since an exact knowledge of the solar year was of special interest for the determination of religiously important events such as the summer and winter solstices, the astronomical knowledge depicted on the Golden Hats was of high value to Bronze Age society. Whether the hats themselves were indeed used for determining such dates, or whether they simply represented such knowledge, remains unknown.
The functions discovered so far would permit the counting of temporal units of up to 57 months. A simple multiplication of such values would also permit the calculation of longer periods, e.g. metonic cycles.
In Australia, the Henbury craters have been dated to 5000 years ago, it is suspected to have broken up in the atmosphere, creating around 13 or 14 craters of varying size and several tonnes of iron and nickel fragments have been excavated from the site. Older sites, long known about, and part of local mythology and the verbal tradition, can perhaps now be reassessed and placed into a wider body of our understanding.
The Kamil Crater in Western Egypt, 45 metres wide and 10 metres deep, was created by an impact 3,500 years ago. The Mahuika Crater at Snares Island off southern New Zealand, was with the aid of ice cores found to date from around 1443 AD, and Chinese records report a hail of “falling stones” in the Shanxi Province that, reputedly, caused 10,000 deaths in 1490.  Looking at historical records seems to have provided the route to a number of similar discoveries where fact may be starting to eclipse fiction.
The Kaali Crater on the Estonian Island of Saaremaa is thought to date to around 660 BCE and been caused by a meteor with a mass between 20 and 80 metric tones with an impact velocity of 10 to 20 kilometres per second. When it was about 10 kilometres above the Earth it broke up, producing 9 craters, the smallest of which is only 12 metres in diameter and the largest, at the bottom of which is Kaali Lake, is 110 metres in diameter and 22 metres deep, the craters are all within 1 kilometre of each other. The energy from the impact would have been equivalent to Hiroshima. Trees within a six kilometre radius were razed. 
In Estonian mythology, the lake is considered sacred and was, sometime around the Iron Age, enclosed by a stone wall. The Fins tell a tale of Louhi, an evil wizard who steals the sun and fire causing total darkness. Ukko, the god of the sky, orders that a new sun be made by the Virgin of the Sky. Somehow, the spark, from which the new sun was to be made, falls to the Earth behind the Neva River. The heroes of the tale rush to the fire and light their torches, thus returning light to their people. It has been proposed that Saaremaa may be the Thule of legend, the Finnish word for fire being ‘tule’.
The Lonar crater in India was also first presumed to be a volcanic caldera and is also considered sacred by local people. The salt lake that it houses has a mineral content much richer and quite unique from the other ‘natural’ salt lake found in India, and tests conducted in the first half of the 19th century concluded, “it is practically certain that the Lonar salts are derived from an unknown source in the bed of the lake.”  Another potentially interesting feature of this site, and the lake it contains, is the presence of Nitrogen fixing organisms in the water that can only live in conditions of pH-11. Due to a number of difficulties with the site, dating has been inconclusive and estimates vary from a few thousand years to a few hundred, a situation mirrored at the Wabar Craters in Arabia. 
First noted by the west in 1932, when Harry St John Philby stumbled across them while looking for the site of the legendary Ubar, or Iram of the Pillars which had been ‘smote’ by God when King Shaddad ignored the warnings of the prophet Hud. According to Islamic tradition, God drove the city into the sands, ‘never to be seen again ’. Philby soon realised that Wabar was not Ubar, and guessed that the five craters he observed were long dead volcanic caldera, due to the presence of ‘volcanic’ glass at the site. In 1937 Philby, by then in the employ of SOCAL, was joined by a team from ARAMCO to study the site but failed to uncover anything. They returned in 1966, with a bulldozer.
The largest fragment recovered weighed 2.2 tonnes and it is estimated that that fragment alone would have had an impact energy similar to Hiroshima. Dating the site has proved problematic, it was at first thought to be thousands of years old, but eyewitness accounts of a fireball seen from Riyadh in either 1863 or 1891, and the rapidity with which the sands have since consumed two of the craters that Philby have appeared to confuse the issue.
Describing the site as looking like "an alien creation," Linda pondered whether it might have functioned as a kind of giant machine or tuning fork. She also described some of the bizarre carved creatures on the pillars, as well as eerie totem (see below).
The energy from the impact would have been equivalent to Hiroshima. Trees within a six kilometre radius were razed. 
Russian settler, S Semenov,
“…I suddenly saw, that directly to the north…the sky split in two and fire appeared high and wide over the forest. The split in the sky grew larger, and the entire northern side was covered with fire. At that moment I became so hot I couldn’t bear it, as if my shirt was on fire…but then the sky shut closed, and a strong thump sounded, and I was thrown a few metres. I lost my senses for a moment…After that such a noise came, as if rocks were falling or cannons were firing, the Earth shook.” 
In Estonian mythology, the lake is considered sacred and was, sometime around the Iron Age, enclosed by a stone wall. The Fins tell a tale of Louhi, an evil wizard who steals the sun and fire causing total darkness. Ukko, the god of the sky, orders that a new sun be made by the Virgin of the Sky. Somehow, the spark, from which the new sun was to be made, falls to the Earth behind the Neva River. The heroes of the tale rush to the fire and light their torches, thus returning light to their people.
What constant did the Picitsh people deal with? Somehow they knew how to survive
and farm at Latitude of 56.5 North to 59 degrees North. The Picts must have known
when the growing season started and when it ended.
All without modern instrumentation like a compass or even a