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Former scientist and monk, Manuel Vega sheds new light upon prehistory, on the mystery that shrouds our ancestors the builders of megalithic monuments such as Stonehenge, Carnac, Avebury, Newgrange, Almendres or those at Orkney Islands. He also exposes the information hidden in the classical myths like Jason and the Argonauts, Hyperborea or the Twelve Labors of Hercules, a ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published August 31st 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Anna Ntinti
Sep 19, 2012 Anna Ntinti rated it it was amazing
What do Stonehenge, Iberia, the voyage of Jason in search of the Golden Fleece and the lost Atlantis have to do with the Milky Way? How can we read the megalithic art in a way that could offer us a meaningful insight into human past? What do we really know about the prehistory of our civilization?

Manuel Vega undertakes a courageous task: he attempts to answer such challenging questions by exploring how the Megalith Builders developed into a geopolitical entity with a solar-cosmic religion and sp
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Gregg
Dec 20, 2012 Gregg rated it really liked it
I received my copy from the generous author. Thank you!

In the preface to "Sailors of Stonehenge", Manuel Vega is emphatic that this book is not, nor is it intended to be, a scientific work. That said, a beginning understanding of astronomy or a reference source such as a library book or the internet will, I think, make reading this book more rewarding. I was fortunate to have some exposure to astronomy in high school and college, and I believe it helped me to really appreciate what the author is
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Rob Slaven
Mar 04, 2013 Rob Slaven rated it liked it
As I always say, I got this book for free. The author was kind enough to send me a copy in exchange for a bit of editing. While doing my assigned pages I also perused the rest of the book for the purposes of reviewing. Despite that very kind consideration by the author I give my candid feedback below.

Many times when reading a book one can’t help but wish you could tinker with it a bit. This book has a lot of really good qualities that make it a fine reference for Neolithic stonework. The author
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Kim Heimbuch
Jan 21, 2013 Kim Heimbuch rated it it was amazing
Sailors of Stonehenge
By Manuel Vega
Independent Publisher
August 31, 2012
ISBN 1479169234/ 9781479169238
166 pages

5 Stars

This is a must have book for any person or student with innate interest in history, anthropology, mythology, or the celestial and Atlantic origins. “Sailors of Stonehenge” could act as a standalone college history course. Society has long been intrigued with the various historical monuments such as Stonehenge, Avebury, and Carnac and as technology advances; some light is being sh
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Ian Cook
Feb 13, 2013 Ian Cook rated it really liked it
The book explores a far-reaching and highly researched original idea. My main concern about the hypothesis proposed, which is dependent upon astronomical observations, is that often when I have visited sites likes Avebury and Stonehenge, it has been cloudy and/or raining. For the megalith builders it must have been frustrating, at least, to arrive after a multiyear journey at eg Avebury for a lunar standstill to find that it was bucketing down and that there was not a star to be seen. Neverthele ...more
Otherwyrld
Dec 26, 2012 Otherwyrld rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I entered the competition to win a copy of this book because I have always been interested in alternative history and astroarchaeology, and this seemed like something right up my street. It was only after I won a copy that I had a bit of a panic, because I realised then that I would have to write a review of it. Now, I do write reviews of other books that I read, but they are rather more for myself than from any expectation that other people would read them. Here though, the author was offering ...more
Selinea
Dec 20, 2012 Selinea rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Anthropology/History majors who don't mind really dense, inconcise writing
Shelves: first-reads
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2/5

As a college student, I've had to read a lot of journal articles and books written by grad students and post-grad doctorates. And thus, I've developed a radar that divides these books/articles into two categories. Category one are the ones that are genuinely easily accessible and interesting; something I would read for fun even if it wasn't for class. Category two are the ones that are overly technical and pedantic; something to skim through so I can form enough of a vague
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Lina
Dec 21, 2012 Lina rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
(there's an edit, just below the main review, noted with an asterisk)

I won this book at a first-reads competition. As many of you know, it has a variety of books that are of diverse genres. I usually read anything fiction related, but this one caught my eye because it seemed to be a mixture of pre-history, archaeology, astronomy and myths, all of which make me delve into them and want to explore their mysteries.

The genre here is unspecified. The author himself says so at the preface. It is neit
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Lorrie
Jan 26, 2013 Lorrie rated it really liked it
I loved visiting the megalithic stones and standing stone circles (Druid Circles) on the western coast of Ireland. My reasoning for visiting them was simply personal, perhaps because I love antiques and the stones are about as old as you can get, and also because I loved Diane Gibaldon's 1st book, "The Outlanders" (and subsequently the series) which was based on similar old stones. Now after reading Vega's book, I wish I had also visited Newgrange while in Ireland. I've also always wanted to vis ...more
Kirsty
Feb 27, 2013 Kirsty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book through Goodreads First Reads.

(Please see edit towards the bottom of this review for comments regarding the revised edition of this book.)

The author kindly sent me an English copy of this book as well as the Spanish copy. This review covers the English copy of the book as it would have taken me considerably longer to read the Spanish Edition.

I wanted to enjoy this book so much more than what I actually did. I love history, and thought that I would get a lot out of the book. To an
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Gill
I am reading this book in minute detail as I am helping Manuel proofread it and change various elements of the layout as well as correcting some minor grammar slips and improving the choice of syntax occasionally. I won't write a proper review of it until I have completed that work and then gone through the revised edition with him. I wish I were able to achieve the fluency he has in a non-native language but there are inevitably difficulties he has encountered in English. It is such a pig of a ...more
Lucinda
Dec 27, 2012 Lucinda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This deeply thought-provoking, fascinating book is so profoundly affecting you cannot help but loose yourself within the pages!!

There are many impressive stone monuments, symbols of the past and myths that all shape and define our richly detailed history. This book questions the fact behind the fable, uncovering the past and how events have shaped our future to create the extraordinary world that we live in today. The origin of civilization itself is constructed by deep-rooted foundations that
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Silver
Jan 29, 2013 Silver rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a fascinating book which proposes a new and interesting theory regarding Stonehenge which offers explanations that I have never considered before, and yet to read them, and the authors reasons for them truly does make a great deal of sense. As a person who has a long time interest in Stonehenge and other similar megalithic sites I was very excited about this book, and loved the fact that I learned something completely new on the subject.

A couple of the things which I really enjoyed was
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Stephanie
I am of two minds about this book. I do like to see speculative archaeology books. I think we do have to step outside the realm of the strictly hard science point of view when trying to understand prehistoric cultures, in order to begin to make sense of cultures which we cannot approach through written records.

I do begin to get uncomfortable; however, when speculation get piled on speculation reaches a point where the final point seems to reach too far. I felt that this book gained momentum from
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Johanna Bouchard
Dec 20, 2012 Johanna Bouchard rated it really liked it
This book takes the reader on a riveting journey back in time to a period shrouded in mystery and lore; to the formation of the ancient monuments of Stonehenge, Carnac, Avebury, and others.
For many, these megalithic structures have captivated the imagination, whetting our curiosity as to their meaning, as well as their builders' motivation for undergoing such a daunting task.
Manuel Vega approaches the subject with sensible reasoning and clarity, presenting an intelligently persuasive theory as
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Rachel
Feb 04, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
First I would like to say thank you to the author, Manuel Vega, for being kind enough to send me a copy of his book, "Sailors of Stonehenge".

"Sailors of Stonehenge" is a fascinating account of history and myth written in a very perceptive way. In his book he discusses, in-depth, about ancient civilizations and the Megalith Builders. He shows great insight as to how many of the ancient myths, such as Jason and the Argonaut and the city of Atlantis; coincide with the historical practices and cerem
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Krystal Hickam
I would like to first thank the author, the publisher and goodreads for allowing me an ARC of Sailors of Stonehenge.

I was on a fine line throughout the entire read of the book. This is not a book for your random reader, you have to have a decent understanding of the topic if you are to enjoy this book to its fullest. Im not saying that everyone would not be able to read it, they just would not understand it to its full potential. That being said I enjoyed the views that were presented as well a
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Buffy
Feb 12, 2013 Buffy rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I've ever read on this subject matter and I thought that the premise was intriguing. I was a bit worried at first as I wasn't sure whether or not I would understand it. Happily, I could which is why I gave it 5 stars. It is written in a very intelligent, thought-provoking way and yet it was easily accessible to someone like me who enjoys historical non-fiction, but has no scientific or academic experience with the subject. My knowledge in astronomy is also severely limite ...more
Heather
Apr 15, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
Being a bit of a history buff, combine that with the fact that I love a good twist and this book was just begging for me to read it. I received a copy through a give-a-way, but if I hadn't won a copy I would have bought one.

Any time you have an author try to explain a phenomena of history there are those who will poo poo the idea or punch holes in the theory. Yet this is what make reading books and articles on these "histories mysteries" so much fun.

For such and original idea with well thought
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Jenny
Apr 20, 2013 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El autor recorre el camino de los antiguos pensadores, vuelve al pasado através de las leyendas, alza la vista a los astros para tratar de explicar tal vez lo inexplicable. El inicio de una aventura exitante llamada civilización. Porque donde quiera que se decida iniciar; ya sea mirar atrás en el tiempo, o alzar la vista al espacio profundo y pensar que rije nuestro destino. Es igualmente magnífico para nuestras mentes limitadas que solo nos queda maravillarnos con las huellas que dejaron nuestr ...more
Joan
Jul 26, 2013 Joan rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author to edit a couple of pages. I intended to just browse the beginning of the book and then reply about the pages. It didn't work out that way at all. Instead, I became engaged in the subject and the connections between the constellations and structures remaining from past civilizations and the politics, cultures, and mythology of those civilizations. The compilation of evidence is impressive and intriguing. This is not a light read but well worth the time as you ...more
Quinn Wright
Dec 20, 2012 Quinn Wright rated it it was ok
The subject of this book, and the imagination that it took to undertake such a work is really awesome. What made me struggle with this work was my lack of knowledge about the subject matter, and some editorial issues where the language just didn't flow well. Extremely well researched and a real plethora of information, but hard to disseminate that information, and hard to enjoy the argument because of language choices.
Margaret
Nov 10, 2013 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting read.
This isn't my background, so I made slow progress at some parts, but I enjoyed the book very much. It presents a plausible and exciting theory, and as a Celt, born in Scotland of Irish descent, it somehow spoke quite loudly to me. I think I will read up more about the subject matter to give myself a better knowledge of more'conventional' theories, and then come back and read it again.
Good book.
Ria
Feb 05, 2013 Ria rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone researching celestial links to pre-historical "religous" sites.
Well written, thought provoking and a tad drier than I usually choose to read. Over all interesting material, excellent use of images and figures not only worked into the text but also clearly referenced. I appreciate all the research put into this book. I guess I was looking for a more narative version.

Can't put a date finished as I have not gotten there yet.
Glen
Dec 20, 2012 Glen rated it it was amazing
Manuel Vega's book was a great read. I enjoy reading books about ancient civilizations. I actually read the book twice because there is a lot of good information and ideas to think about in this book. If you like reading about old civilizations and ancient megalith builders then I would highly recommend that you read Manuel Vega's book "Sailors of Stonehenge".
L. E. Leonard
Dec 15, 2012 L. E. Leonard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: study
Compelling insight behind the mysteries of megalithic structures. It is useful as a study and reference tool.I would recommend it to mythology fans, history buffs, and individuals who wish to further their academic studies on ancient sites.
Aurora
Dec 20, 2012 Aurora rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-g-series
Title of the book: Sailors of Stonehenge The Celestial & Atlantic Origin of Civilization

Author: Manuel Vega

Publisher: Independent not available

Publishing Date: 2012

ISBN: 9781479169238

Summary:

Could the legend of Atlantis be far simpler than we thought? By means of a novel and simple interpretation grounded in the stars, Manuel Vega presents a compelling case to answer this question positively.

In Sailors of Stonehenge, Vega cruises the prehistoric times to solve the mystifying puzzle of the
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Tyler
Dec 20, 2012 Tyler rated it liked it
I have never read a book like this before. My very limited understanding of astronomy made the first few chapters difficult to get through, but the numerous figures throughout were helpful in this regard.

The basic premise of this book is that ancient (like 5,000-1,200ish B.C.) megalith-builders (ie creators of stonehenge and similar/related sites) had a far more complex and intelligent culture than might be the common misconception. In painting a picture of what this culture might have been like
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H
Jan 13, 2017 H rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star, first-reads, 2017
I got this through first reads. I was hoping I'd find it interesting, as the Neolithic period fascinates me, and the places in Orkney, like Skara Brae and the ring of brodgar are some of my all time favourite places to visit. But this book really didn't sit right with me. I understand that the author doesn't mean this is hard fact, of course most of it is speculation, but it read like an academic paper, and a poorly put together one at that. I struggled to understand a lot of it, and I've read m ...more
Linda
Dec 20, 2012 Linda rated it liked it
I received this book after being solicited by the author to read and review it. I will not let that affect my review. I also did some independent research on what is actually known about the culture(s) that built megaliths (very, very little).

This is an ambitious and far-reaching book, postulating theories that connect all of the major megalithic structures found in Europe and North Africa. It is wildly imaginative and speculative, creating scenarios based upon astronomical observations past an
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MANUEL VEGA, Ph.D., was formerly a researcher working for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA), the University of Nagoya (Japan) and the Council of Scientific Research in Oviedo (Spain). He was also a Buddhist monk for five years in monasteries of California and Canada. He has co-authored many papers and patents, has written extensively about the interface of science and spirituality, a ...more
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