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Author Kelly, Lynne, 1951- author

Title The memory code : the traditional Aboriginal memory technique that unlocks the secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and ancient monuments the world over / Lynne Kelly
Published Sydney : Allen & Unwin, 2016
Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2016


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Description xviii, 318 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour), maps ; 24 cm
Contents Preface. 1. Encyclopaedic memories of the elders -- 2. Memory spaces, large and small -- 3. Memory spaces in a modern world -- A journey through time -- The ever-changing memory spaces -- The megalithic complexes of Avebury and Orkney -- 7. Newgrange and the passage cairns of Ireland -- 8. The tall stones and endless rows of Carnac -- 9. The unparalleled architecture of Chaco Canyon -- 10. Giant drawings on the desert floor at Nasca -- 11. Memory spaces across the Americas -- 12. Polynesian navigators create a unique world on Easter Island. Epilogue
Summary In the past, the elders had encyclopaedic memories. They could name all the animals and plants across the landscape, and the stars in the sky too. Yet most of us struggle to memorise more than a short poem. Using traditional Aboriginal Australian songlines as the key, Lynne Kelly has identified the powerful memory technique used by indigenous people around the world. She has discovered that this ancient memory technique is the secret behind the great stone monuments like Stonehenge, which have for so long puzzled archaeologists. The stone circles across Britain and northern Europe, the elaborate stone houses of New Mexico, huge animal shapes in Peru, and the statues of Easter Island, all serve as the most effective memory system ever invented by humans. They allowed people in non-literate cultures to memorise the vast amounts of practical information they needed to survive. In her fascinating book The Memory Code, Lynne Kelly shows us how we can use this ancient technique to train our memories today
Analysis Australian
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-310) and index
Notes Also available as an ebook from EBook Central
Subject Building, Stone -- History.
Building, Stone.
Knowledge and learning -- Cross-cultural studies
Memory -- Cross-cultural studies.
Memory -- Sociological aspects.
Mnemonics -- History.
Civilization, Ancient.
Monuments -- Design and construction -- History.
Monuments, Ancient
Oral tradition.
Place attachment -- Psychological aspects.
Prehistoric peoples -- Knowledge and learning.
Stone circles -- Great Britain.
ISBN 9781760291327
Other Titles The memory code