The pyramids of Egypt may have been inspired by
a group of builders on the Scottish island of Orkney, according
to an academic who publicised the idea in the year 2000.
Dr Robert Lomas of the University of Bradford was
of the opinion that complex construction techniques were developed
on Orkney more than a thousand years years before the Egyptians
used similar ideas. He said skills used on the islands from 3800 BC
were extremely sophisticated.
The Egyptians heard of the ideas and copied their
techniques after they had spread across Europe.
The people of Orkney seem to have been led by a
group of astronomer priests who passed on their knowledge to
pilgrims all over Britain. Unfortunately, although they were
intelligent, they had not developed any type of writing that we
are able to read so their discoveries have been forgotten. It can
be seen what they did but scientists and scholars have to experiment
to find out how they did it.
At Maes Howe on the Orkney islands - a chambered
tomb built around 3000 BC - the builders devised a standard unit
of length by taking detailed readings from the movement of sun and