Re: Picts and pyramids

Harry George (
Sat, 28 Jan 1995 18:08:44 GMT

I should have said I was looking for out-and-out killers for this
conjecture. It is for a novel, not for academic presentation, so
I only need vague plausibility, not provability. If the evidence points
more toward diffusion the other direction, that's the way the story
will go.

But it seemed at least plausible that there was diffusion of burial mound
culture along the contiguous coastline from the Mediterranean, along
the Atlantic coast, to the British Isles. Given the approximate
dating of the mounds, parallel creation seems a harder sell. And
it sure screws up the plotline.

Also, I didn't mean that the Egyptians themselves made the contact.
Instead, I was planning to use a Minoan-style trading culture to
pass the concepts along. Again, the premise is that the pyramid
concept was imported, rather than developed from roots in the
Egyptian culture.

In article <3g8md3$fvh@usenet.INS.CWRU.Edu>, taf2@po.CWRU.Edu says...
>In a previous article, (Harry George) says:
>>Ok, this is pretty flakey, but I was wondering if anyone has considered
>>this sequence of cultural diffusion:
>My only question is this. What is special about the structures
>constructed by the Picts which would cause them to be more attuned to
>astronomy than those of anyone else (in other words, why do we need an
>extra-mediteranean source for the pyramids being in line with the sun,
>do you suppose the Egyptians and everyone closer than Spain, for that
>matter, were astro-illiterate)? Why is a source outside the
>mediteranean needed to explain the pyramids at all? (I don't even want
>to touch the topic of whether the egyptians were indo-european. Too
>politically incorrect:)

Harry George
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