Osireion Abydos

As it was found: A snapshot back in time like it was just found.  http://staging.doaks.org/library-archives/icfa/icfa_img/exhibits_img/thomas_whittemore_exhibit/abydos

Egypt Exploration Society excavations at Abydos, Egypt, c. 1910s-1920s
Egypt Exploration Society excavations at Abydos, Egypt, 1920s

After the cleanup
Osireion today, full of water
An older picture
Immediately behind, to the south and set much lower, is another
structure, of uncertain function. Frankfort (1933), who excavated it,
called it a “Cenotaph of Seti”, but today it is usually referred as an
Osireion (Figure 10:3). The entrance was via a long passage from the north-west; there seems to have been no way in from the Memnonion, though the main staircase in the Memnonion would have led out into the area of ground above it. Inside was a chamber with a central area, perhaps meant to represent the primeval mound, surrounded by a channel of water. Strabo (XVII.42) seems to have interpreted it as a well.
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SEA CLIFF NEWS, SATURDAY [AUGUST l4,1915
 
ANCIENT EGYPTIAN BUILDING
DISCOVERED BY EXPLORER.
 
Vast Underground Edifice, Described In Earliest Writings Extant revealed Through Explorations Made by Scientist.
 
Professor Naville has just discovered what he believes to be the most ancient building extant In Egypt The professor believes that he has discovered the place mentioned by Strabo,
who calls It the well, or fountain, of Abydos. “Below the Memnonium[1].” says that ancient writer, “is a spring reached by passages with low vaults consisting of a single stone and distinguished for their extent and mode of construction. This spring is connected with the Nile by a canal which
flows through a grove of Egyptian thorn acacias. Sacred to Apollo.”
The vast underground edifice, to which the excavators first penetrated on February 13, is termed by its discoverer a reservoir, remarks the Indianapolis News. It Is some ninety feet long by sixty feet aide and surrounded by a wall eighteen feet thick.
The construction of the building Is of the cyclopean order, blocks of stone of enormous size being piled one on top
of the other. A canal runs right around the building under a roof sup-
ported by enormous pillars of granite, with a narrow stone towing path along the sides The center of the construction seems to have been a sort of Island, reached possibly by a wooden
bridge from the pathway. The professor states: “We have still
no certain indication of the date of Its construction; but the style, the size of the materials used and the complete absence of all ornamentation all Indicate a very great antiquity. Up
to now the temple of the Sphinx at Gizeh has always been considered the most ancient edifice In Egypt It Is contemporary with the pyramid of Chefren. The reservoir of Abydos, of a wholly analogous construction, but built of very much vaster material,
has a character still more archaic. I should not be surprised If It were the most ancient piece of architectural work extant In Egypt. The pyramids are possibly of the same age, but a pyramid Is only a mass of stones, and would not require so complicated a
plan as the reservoir.
“If we have before us the most ancient Egyptian building which has
been preserved, It is curious that it is neither temple nor tomb, but a reservoir, a great hydraulic piece of work.
That shows us that these ancient peoples knew very well the movement of subterranean Waters and the laws
which govern their rise and fall. It is quite probable that this reservoir
played some part in the cult of Osiris.
 
The cells along its sides are possibly those that appear In the Book of the Dead;
 
It is also possible that the waters were held to have curative qualities and that they were used by sick persons who came thither to seek a
cure.
It may he that sometimes the boat of Osiris floated on the waters of
the reservoir, hauled by priests on the path that runs along the side; for the bark of the SUN, as one sees It depicted in the tombs of kings, Journeys always at the end of a towline. Who would
have thought a few months ago that thirty feet below the earth one would be able to see a building such as this, which surpasses in grandeur the most collosal of cyclopean edifices?”
 
Source: http://fultonhistory.com/Newspapers%2021/Sea%20Cliff%20NY%20News/Sea%20Cliff%20NY%20News%20%201914-1917/Sea%20Cliff%20NY%20News%20%201914-1917%20-%200152.pdf
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[1] Memnonium (Strabo):
 
Three monuments in Egypt described by Strabo (XVII.42) as a Memnonium:
 
1. one at Crocodilopolis (the Labyrinth)
2. one at Abydos (Temple of Seti I)
3. Thebes (Temple of Amenhotep III – Ramesseum – Temple of Seti I)
 
Memnonium, name used by travelers and visitors to Thebes for the ruins of the Ramesseum around 1750-1850 (including variants like Temple of Memnon or Memnonia). Memnon is of further relevance to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossi_of_Memnon
 
There are other interesting relation to memnon, even from scandinavic countries. Memnon father of Thor. Interesting here is that its about 12 kings just like the egyptian labyrinth.
 
In the Prologue of Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda, Memnon is cited as the father of the Germanic God Thor.
 
Near the earth’s centre was made that goodliest of homes and haunts that ever have been, which is called Troy, even that which we call Turkland. This abode was much more gloriously made than others, and fashioned with more skill of craftsmanship in manifold wise, both in luxury and in the wealth which was there in abundance. There were twelve kingdoms and one High King, and many sovereignties belonged to each kingdom; in the stronghold were twelve chieftains. These chieftains were in every manly part greatly above other men that have ever been in the world. One king among them was called Múnón or Mennón; and he was wedded to the daughter of the High King Priam, her who was called Tróán; they had a child named Trór, whom we call Thor.
 

Further Academia.edu Research papers

https://www.academia.edu/14430014/A_NEW_ARCHAIC_PERIOD_CEMETERY_AT_ABYDOS

https://www.academia.edu/5301357/The_Osireion_A_very_early_but_one_of_the_most_detailed_studies_on_famous_pre_dynastic_site_of_Osirion_at_Abydos_MARGARET_A._MURRAY

Megalithic sites Italy and Rome

Italy:

– Norba

– Arpino

– Pigra

(100km south of Rome) day excursion.
Here are more megalithic cyclopean sites in Italy :
Map : https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?hl=en_US…
Pics : https://www.facebook.com/groups/914400045345057/
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Greece:
Tiryns 133km of athens
Mycenae 90km of athens
– Delphi (Wall of apollo)
Argolis, Plain of argolid (133km of athens)
Epidaurus & Nafplio : www.greeka.com

The Lion Gate points to Regulus in Leo and the Summer Solstice Point in ca. 1500 BC.
Mycenae Citadel Lion Gate Cancer Leo

 

Regulus is also connected to the white house.

http://dcsymbols.com/solar_arc/virgo.htm


Some sites relating to Greece and Mycenae of interest are:
Victor Reijs

Hellenic Ministry of Culture

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Andrea Nicolaides

Martin Gray’s Sacred Sites

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_pyramids

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argolis
Particularly of interest here are the pages on geodetic triangulation and pyramids.

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Sardinia
http://www.airmilescalculator.com/distance/aho-to-cia/
Paulilatino 80km from airport on sardinia.
http://www.ciaosardinia.com/eng/sardinia/what-to-do/culture/nuraghi-and-archaeology/sacred-wells/paulilatino/santa-cristina-sacred-well

 

Neil mcDonald Magical Malta Tour

Magical Malta Tour

Megalithic Tours Cathar Country Tour

Magical Malta Ancient, Mystical & Historical Sites Tour

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Neil’s Book – ‘Malta & Gozo, A Megalithic Journey’

An Eight Day Tour of the Ancient and Historical Sites of Malta and Gozo

The ancient temples of the sunny Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo are a real wonder of the megalithic World.  Dating from the Early Neolithic they are a unique phenomenon but the answer to the mystery of who built these sophisticated buildings at a time when the British Stone Builders were merely constructing stone circles, has never come near to being answered. The beautiful archipelago of Malta has had a fascinating history with many layers brought to the islands by various cultures. After the enigmatic megalithic architects were the Phoenicians and Romans, the Knights of St John and the British, finally leading to independence.  On our tour of ancient and historical Malta we will visit a great selection of temples together with fantastic sites from many periods in its rich history.

Our full and varied ancient and historical sites tour of Malta and Gozo will be based in the town of Sleima where our hotel is right on the edge of the Mediterranean and from here we will explore the many wonderful sites of these majestic islands listed in the proposed itinerary below.

Proposed Itinerary of Ancient, Mystical and Historical Sites of Malta and Gozo

Day 1. Collection from Malta Airport and transfer to our Seafront Hotel in Sliema

Neil will meet you at Malta airport and transfer you to our Hotel on the seafront at Sliema. You will then have the rest of the day to take in the town and sea views.  The hotel is on a B&B basis but those who would like to will be able to meet up for dinner.

Day 2. A Tour of Ancient Sites of Malta

Hagar Qim Ancient Temple
Mnajdra Ancient Temple
Lunch near the Blue Grotto
Dingli Cliffs
Clapham Junction Ancient track-ruts. These hundreds of parallel lines cut deep into the rocky hillside are an amazing ancient mystery.

Day 3. Another Day Touring the Ancient and Historical Sites of Malta

Tarxien Ancient Temples
Lunch break in the sea-side town of Marsaxlokk with its wonderfully painted fishing boats
Ghar Dalam Cave, a massively important Maltese site
Mosda Church & Dome, where a miracle occurred during WWII, when a bomb fell through the massive dome, but did not explode missing the gathered congregation.

Day 4. A day in Valetta, Malta’s Capitol

A day in the Capital City of Valletta. We will begin with a visit to the National Museum of Archaeology and will then be free to explore this amazing small city either in the group or off on your own. If you feel like a boat trip you could take the ferry at the end of the day across the bay and back to Sliema.

Day 5. A well earned free day in Sliema or around the Island

A free day to relax by the sea or take in the shops, bars and restaurants of Sliema. The local buses are frequent, so you could easily head off around the island.

Day 6. A day in Rebat and Mdina

Today we will visit the spectacular hill top town of Rebat and the citadel of Mdina with its wonderful views across the island and the Mediterranean. Here we will visit the cave where St. John is said to have lived in 60 AD and the nearby extensive complex of catacombs. On the way back to the hotel we will take in the beautiful St. Antoine Gardens

Day 7. A tour of the Island of Gozo

Picturesque Ferry crossing from Malta to Gozo
Ggantija Ancient Temples – Biggest Temple of the islands (amazing)
Victoria town
The Ancient Citadel
Xlendi Bay (lunch break)
Azure Window & Inland Sea
Fontana Historic Washing fountains & Craft Shops

Day 8. Head for the airport and home with your memories

Cost of the 8 day Ancient, Mystical & Historical Sites Tour of Malta & Gozo – £865

(single supplement £80)

Included – All transport from being met and being dropped off at Malta airport. Most site entrance fees & B&B in the hotel. Not Included – Flights to and from Malta and holiday/travel insurance. Please do ensure that you take out adequate travel insurance.

(Flights are available from Air Malta & RyanAir from around £100. If you would like assistance please email Neil)

Booking & Payment

Deposits can also be made here via Paypal (includes £10 Paypal fee per person)

Deposit Payment inc £10 Paypal fees



Pictures from Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Temples

Pictures from Ggantija, Skorba & Ta’ Ħaġret  Temples

Miscellaneous pictures from Malta

Just a few Maltese artefacts

Cyclopian Worldwide Polygonic Masonry

Torre d’en Galmés, Minorca, Balearic Islands / Spain

By a friend on facebook:  “Clearly the remnants of another colony of the previous worldwide civilisation – the site looks cruder than most other megalithic sites, but it is certainly because the stones used there are limestone blocks, which got heavily corroded over time. A “trained eye” will easily notice the same polygonal masonry that is seen in other megalithic sites. Keep in mind that all masonry works from these builders most probably had the same level of finesse, which nowadays can only be observed on walls that were made with stones that are much less vulnerable to acid rains, like, for example, the andesite and porphyry walls in Peru.”

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Valey temple, Egypt

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Oseirion, Egypt (also polygonic interlocking)

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Easter Island

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Edo Castle, Japan

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Delphi, Greece

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Saqsaywaman, Peru

wall

Polygonal masonry is a technique of stone construction of the ancient Mediterranean world. True polygonal masonry is a technique wherein the visible surfaces of the stones are dressed with straight sides or joints, giving the block the appearance of a polygon.[1]

This technique is found throughout the Mediterranean and sometimes corresponds to the less technical category of Cyclopean masonry.[2]

Italy

In Italy it is particularly indicative of the region of Latium, but it occurs also in Etruria, Lucania, Samnium, and Umbria; scholars including Giuseppe Lugli have carried out studies of the technique.[3][4] Some notable sites that have fortification walls built in this technique include Norba, Signia, Alatri, Boiano, Circeo, Cosa, Alba Fucens, Palestrina, and Terracina.[5]

View of a polygonal masonry wall at Rusellae, Italy

Section of the ancient polygonal masonry wall of Amelia, Italy (ancient Ameria)

A detail of the polygonal masonry bastion flanking the Porta Maggiore.

The so-called Porta Rosa of the ancient city of Velia employs a variant of the technique known as Lesbian masonry.[1]

Polygonal masonry is a technique of stone construction of the ancient Mediterranean world. True polygonal masonry is a technique wherein the visible surfaces of the stones are dressed with straight sides or joints, giving the block the appearance of a polygon.[1]

This technique is found throughout the Mediterranean and sometimes corresponds to the less technical category of Cyclopean masonry.[2]

The so-called Porta Rosa of the ancient city of Velia employs a variant of the technique known as Lesbian masonry

Italy

In Italy it is particularly indicative of the region of Latium, but it occurs also in Etruria, Lucania, Samnium, and Umbria; scholars including Giuseppe Lugli have carried out studies of the technique.[3][4] Some notable sites that have fortification walls built in this technique include Norba, Signia, Alatri, Boiano, Circeo, Cosa, Alba Fucens, Palestrina, and Terracina.[5]

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Amelia , Italy

(“Polygonal masonry wall, Amelia, Italy” by Torquatus – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 4.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Polygonal_masonry_wall,_Amelia,_Italy.JPG#/media/File:Polygonal_masonry_wall,_Amelia,_Italy.JPG)

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“Norba, detail of Porta Maggiore bastion” by Torquatus – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 4.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Norba,_detail_of_Porta_Maggiore_bastion.jpg#/media/File:Norba,_detail_of_Porta_Maggiore_bastion.jpg

 

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“Velia 0975” by Carlomorino – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Velia_0975.jpg#/media/File:Velia_0975.jpg

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Cyclopean masonry

The term comes from the belief of classical Greeks that only the mythical Cyclopes had the strength to move the enormous boulders that made up the walls of Mycenae and Tiryns. Pliny’s Natural History reported the tradition attributed to Aristotle, that the Cyclopes were the inventors of masonry towers, giving rise to the designation Cyclopean.[1]

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Current definitions of Cyclopean masonry

A typical stretch of Cyclopean walling (near Grave Circle A at Mycenae)

The walls are usually founded in extremely shallow beddings carved out of the bedrock. ‘Cyclopean’, the term normally applied to the masonry style characteristic of Mycenaean fortification systems, describes walls built of huge, unworked limestone boulders which are roughly fitted together. Between these boulders, smaller hunks of limestone fill the interstices. The exterior faces of the large boulders may be roughly hammer-dressed, but the boulders themselves are never carefully cut blocks. Very large boulders are typical of the Mycenaean walls at Mycenae, Tiryns, Argos, Krisa (in Phocis), and the Athenian Acropolis. Somewhat smaller boulders occur in the walls of Midea, whereas large limestone slabs are characteristic of the walls at Gla. Cut stone masonry is used only in and around gateways, conglomerate at Mycenae and Tiryns and perhaps both conglomerate and limestone at Argos.[2]

Outdated definitions of the Cyclopean style

Harry Thurston Peck, writing in 1898, divided Cyclopean masonry into four categories or styles:[3]

  1. The first style, which is the oldest, consists of unwrought stones of various sizes in which the gaps are, or were, filled with small stones.
  2. The second is characterized by polygonal stones, which fit against each other with precision.
  3. The third style includes structures in Phocis, Boeotia and Argolis. It is characterized by work made in courses and by stones of unequal size, but of the same height. This category includes the walls of Mycenae, the Lion Gate, and the Treasury of Atreus.[4]
  4. The fourth style is characterized by horizontal courses of masonry, not always of the same height, but of stones which are all rectangular. This style is common in Attica.

While Peck’s first and possibly second and third styles conforms to what archaeologists today would classify as cyclopean, the fourth now is referred to as ashlar and is not considered cyclopean. There is a more detailed description of the Cyclopean styles at the Perseus Project.[5]

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Example of “ashlar” labeled masonry. Non polygonic straight blocks.

Freemasonry

In some Masonic groupings, which such societies term jurisdictions, ashlars are used as a symbolic metaphor for progress. As described in the explanation of the First Degree Tracing Board, in Emulation (and other) rituals the rough ashlar is a stone as taken directly from the quarry, and allegorically represents the Freemason prior to his initiation; a smooth ashlar (or “perfect ashlar”) is a stone that has been smoothed and dressed by the experienced stonemason, and allegorically represents the Freemason who, through education and diligence, has learned the lessons of Freemasonry and who lives an upstanding life.[6]

Historical accounts

Difference between Cyclopean masonry, shown in the blue rectangle, and ashlar masonry, outside the rectangle (the Lion Gate, Mycenae, 13th century BC)

Pausanias described the Cyclopean walls of Mycenae and Tiryns:

There still remain, however, parts of the city wall [of Mycenae], including the gate, upon which stand lions. These, too, are said to be the work of the Cyclopes, who made for Proetus the wall at Tiryns. (2.16.5) Going on from here and turning to the right, you come to the ruins of Tiryns. … The wall, which is the only part of the ruins still remaining, is a work of the Cyclopes made of unwrought stones, each stone being so big that a pair of mules could not move the smallest from its place to the slightest degree. Long ago small stones were so inserted that each of them binds the large blocks firmly together.(2.25.8)

Modern archaeologists use “Cyclopean” in a more restricted sense than the description by Pausanias; while Pausanias attributes all of the fortifications of Tiryns and Mycenae, including the Lion Gate, to the Cyclopes, only parts of these walls are built in Cyclopean masonry. The photograph above shows the difference between Cyclopean masonry (shown in the blue rectangle), and the ashlar masonry of the Lion Gate.

Locations of Cyclopean structures

Apart from the Tirynthian and Mycenaean walls, other Cyclopean structures include some tholos tombs in Greece and the fortifications of a number of Mycenaean sites, most famously at Gla.

In Sicily there are many Cyclopean structures especially in the eastern part of the island.[citation needed]

In Cyprus, the Kition archaeological site in present day Larnaca, has revealed cyclopean walls.[citation needed]

The Nuraghe of Bronze Age Sardinia also are described as being constructed in cyclopean masonry, as are some of the constructions of the Talaiotic Culture abounding on Menorca and present to a lesser extent on Mallorca.[citation needed]

References