Marked Rocks: Douglas Adams was Half Right, the Answer is Not 42 but 2:
(Part 2) – Half of 42 is 21 and Half of 8 is 4
By Steven & Evan Strong
As the beginning of this second article we are at this present stage half way through an analysis of eight rocks selected from what we regard as the premier division, and so far the check list has been as expansive as it is controversial. Already included in this ancient Original stock-take are star maps, lines cut into chert, infilling, peckings, imprints, finger depressions, the letter A, angles that span the continents, gouge marks, crooked lines and then, on top of that, throw in the real chance that the entire product has two identities and was melted then baked in an oven.
Of all our observations and deductions we are fully aware that the most radical, verging on outrageous, is this constant talk of incredible heat. The mere idea of a rock as hard as chert being melted then literally stuck onto another host rock forming a thin coat is something we still have trouble dealing with. At no stage during early proceedings was such a notion canvassed, it just wasn’t on the horizon. Our conversion from no inkling or opinion through to an absolute conviction has been a gradual journey, and throughout we have maintained a healthy scepticism always sensitive to how far outside any norm such a proposal is deposited. We have never lost sight of the fact that if heat of this magnitude was generated by some sort of device tens of thousands of years ago and whatever this machine/object is, it does not belong to any accepted historical narrative. There is no place for such talk or devices, it changes everything.
However, whatever vestiges of doubt were understandably lingering in the background vanished the moment we set eyes upon Ros’ Rock 5.
Cooking with Rocks
To this day we still question whether Ros’ Rock 5 has the credentials and a significance that exceeds that of Ros’ Rock 2, which has been accorded second ranking. Irrespective of possible pecking orders there is no denying that Ros’ Rock 5 is unique, and more importantly its contribution has concluded the debate about whether an inordinate amount of concentrated heat was used in melting and artificially layering rocks. The final answer is a most emphatic yes.
From the first time became aware of the existence of this particular rock, nobody made any mention of a huge amount of incredible heat or melted anything, all attention was devoted to the claim that a variety of constellations were depicted through peckings on this obviously shaped rock of Original origin. Ros’ Rock 5, as with 2 through to 21, is part of the interaction that took place when Elkin, Basedow and other sympathetic archaeologists and collectors made contact with barely seen inland Original tribes in the 1930’s. All of these marked rocks belonged to Original people steeped in the Old Ways, and were made by Original craftsmen of exceptional skill.
To declare that this ancient rock is in pristine condition is surprisingly enough an understatement, it is actually in mint condition. All six faces are perfectly flat and so smooth with a mirror-like finish, and on every face the fine grain runs vertically at 180 degrees. There is no variation in grain size, depth of top layer, alignment or colouration, it looks as if the whole top coat was painted onto whatever rock lay beneath. There is not a jagged chip or natural indentation on any of the six flat sides, what we have here is a genuine manufactured item.
To even consider using the term ‘manufactured’ in a pre-historical setting, particularly when placed in context within nomadic Australian lifestyles sustained by a stick, stone and bone technology, seems a huge stretch on our behalf, but bear with us a little longer and consider the following. Every corner and side is rounded in the same style, sizing and curvature, everything throughout this rock is level, parallel and totally geometric. And the clincher has to be the top edge. Something different took place here and whatever that was requires another application of intense heat within a very confined area.
Along the left hand side of the top ridge there is a section that disrupts the flat uniformity of the entire product. There is a slight uneven depression along the lower 2/3rds of the ridge which wells up on one side and spills over the edge. There is a noticeable residual dribble, identical to what takes place when the wax of a candle melts. It looks like the rock was pushed by the thumb when molten to form a comfortable depression for the thumb to rest when held in the hand. What seems to have occurred is that the surplus rock was displaced in this resculpting and some of it dripped over the left ledge and down the front. Of course all of this only works if the chert is liquefied and able to be moulded through the force of thumb pressure alone.
If this did happen as we propose, then it has to follow that however the heat was applied to one part of the top section, this must have taken place after the coat of hard chert had cooled and set rock-hard. Now this creates a real problem in this case, because if the hot liquid chert was applied on top of all of the base rock at the same time, whatever readjustments and spills that took place between sides would resettle and be absorbed into the molten layer of chert. The force of gravity acting on any liquid irrespective of what it is, would compensate for the residual spill by levelling any overflow seamlessly into wherever it dripped.
The ‘candle-wax’ overflow so apparent of the lip on this shaped rock can only work once the liquid wax melted by the flame drips onto unheated firm flat wax. If all the wax was melting at the same time, when drying any extra additions or subtractions would set as gravity demands, level, never creased and ridged. Therefore, the molten spill of rock dripping over the left ledge actually set on top of an already hardened dry rock of exactly the same make. There is no other logical explanation available.
By what means and tools this later very localised heating took place is still a mystery. At the moment the best analogy we can offer is something akin to a powerful blowtorch or laser of high intensity was selectively aimed at the lower half of the top ridge, until it began to melt. Once transformed into a molten pliant form the chert was refashioned by the person in the control of the flame/laser.
Four Stages of Production
Of course during this examination of the flat and uniformly smooth upper-surface, we put aside mentioning that the pecking that took place once the two rocks had successfully fully merged and hardened. Until now we have primarily focused on the state of play of the chert and core rock up to the second last stage of production. There is no doubt that unlike many base rocks that are pre-marked throughout this series, this rock is smooth, hard and unmarked and was pecked at some time after. At the epicentre of twelve pecks, mainly of the wider selection, there at the exact centre-point is a virtual ‘pin-prick.’ So tiny yet so sharp, I still marvel at the hardness of punch yet finesse of point used in piercing the recently hardened protective chert shell, revealing its softer underbelly.
So what we have at the beginning of this production-line is a rhombus-like shaped rock of a much lighter colour and coarser grain with each edge rounded off the same way. However, this time around no markings, pecks, imprints or depressions were made in advance, the rock was left ‘clean-skinned.’ Then a thin coat of chert of uniform consistency and thickness was applied and remained evenly spread and firmly attached to all six sides. With the base rock shaped, rounded off and sealed in chert, a position for the thumb still had to be forged through an intense burst of heat and the repositioning of some excess molten rock. The third of these distinctly separate processes using all sorts of tools and making so much heat, is a much more complex procedure and involves a second localised blast of intense heat aimed solely at the top ledge. Once this section of chert was melted a depression for the thumb was moulded and the excess rock pushed to one side.
The pecking can only begin when everything cools off and the final product of two rocks is merged and sealed in chert. The narrative from ‘as on top’ can only be pecked once the rock is hardened, and for this to happen nothing less than a metallic punch with such a sharp, very hard yet so fine a point could have been held against the veneer of hard rock in readiness. Once the hammer struck from above the chert was pierced and the metal point continued through into the softer grain beneath. And if that explanation isn’t unsettling and inconvenient enough, all that is left as a possible explanation is a repeated burst of laser of the same intensity. As much as that sounds even more outlandish, any who are inclined to dismiss this notion without inspection need to rein in their indignation, as we alone have had the privilege to hold and personally inspect these rocks at our leisure. Let us assure the readers we only raised that possibility because all of those tiny sharp round holes look so exactly identical and ‘machine-like in reproduction of width, depth and shape.
But surely this is crazy talk, the standard reply whenever a rock anomaly turns up that doesn’t fit is that it could be all be due to natural forces or a bogus artefact made by someone with deceitful intentions. The excuses are endless. What if this is not a genuine ancient artefact, but merely something made by non-Original people some time ago and somehow ended up in the hands of these tribal people who were more than happy to unload this worthless trinket on to the gullible white-fellas. Or perhaps, as undeniably bizarre as it may seem, this rock was subject to variety of unusual natural agents and the so called pecked stars are no more than a random collection of naturally formed holes.
The answer to every negative response case is an unequivocal no. It doesn’t matter whether the preferred option is random weathering, a pre-1930 prank or idle pursuit, there is no way anything other than an intimate knowledge of a star system no-one knew of or paid any attention to over 80 years ago can be denied, this rock leaves no alternative. If this is, as the Original custodians insist, a series of star maps pecked into five sides, then it is obviously is not random and had to be made by humans with considerable astronomical knowledge.
Squatting Man, Corona Borealis and the 1930’s: Pick the Incorrect Entry
As commented earlier when we first made acquaintance with this rock it made no difference whether the claims of stars being charted was true, the amazing technology held our interest, anything beyond that was a welcome addition.
Very soon after the Ros’ Rock 5 reached us Ros rang with news of a Navaho link, directing us to the untouched section above the thumb depression where there is a circle of dots with a few accompanying stars outside the ring. These pecks meant nothing to us at all, but Ros assured us that to the Navaho it has great significance and is called the “Squatting Man.” That certainly held our attention, but again there was so much to look at with the influx of new rocks and the unbelievable technology evident on this rock still held centre-stage, so we put this on the back-burner.
And there it remained in suspension for nearly a week until Dr. Derek Cunningham sent us a diagram of Corona Borealis, it looked exactly, point for point, position for position, the same as the engraving on the rock. This automatically meant that the rock was indeed an ancient astronomical chart, which explains why it seems fairly certain that the constellations of Orion and the Southern Cross occupy two other sides. More importantly, when this rock was ‘recovered’ in the 1930’s way out in the bush in the middle of nowhere, who knew of or had an intimate interest in the Corona Borealis star system? And if any did take a specific notice in this constellation, what are the chances they recorded their discovery on this rock? White-fella astronomers record the observations on paper, disc or computer, but never rock or word of mouth, Black-fella astronomers only record their findings on rock and through oral narratives.
So ‘1930’s’ is the incorrect entry in our sub-heading, common knowledge of that star system amongst non-Original astronomers was not part of that time. The rock is authentic, it does chart the important star systems which obviously includes Squatting Man (Corona Borealis). Why these constellations are such an integral part of Original history and mythology is not of direct relevance to this research and is addressed in other articles, but it is the most important thread of this ancient narrative.
Ros’ Rock 5 charts the stars and cooks the books. The heat generated in this kitchen comes from a time and place that resonates to an Original mantra that is as old as the stars: “as on top so below.” What adds some extra heat in this ancient kitchen is that the cooking was done by appliances of an extremely sophisticated make and technology.
Just off the Press
With hints of a celestial presence this Original plot only thickens when factoring in the utterly untouched, unweathered, unchipped, unretouched and sheltered life this rock artefact led. How so? Throughout the continent it is claimed that all Original peoples lived nomadically, without clothes, permanent shelter or abode. Undeniably, all the artefacts we have seen fit nicely into that unprotected setting, more often than not our greatest enemy is extensive weathering and abrasion. Experts assure us that everything was used and nothing was stored in permanent buildings. When constantly on the move always exposed to the elements, no-one, thing or rock got special treatment hiding away in a cave or ledge never moving and always staying put in one spot.
Or so we assumed, but this rock is so far to the other sheltered extreme, there is not one millmetre of area that shows any wear, rubbing, leaching, water damage, there is nothing. At a distance, or cursory glance from someone who forgot their glasses, if told the rock was made yesterday, there would be some who would agree.
The rock’s pedigree is unknown, all we can say is that it has no precedent, parallel nor paperwork to consult. Outside the guarantee it marked out constellations and was originally referred to as the ‘Constellation Stone” and that this marked rock is authentic, the cupboard is bare.
Rough Around the Edges (Ros’ Rock 6)
The report on Ros’ Rock 6 will be intentionally brief. Only very recently did we realise that we have grossly underestimated the importance of this rock, even though Ros’ Rock 6 had already been included in the top category, it seems we need to pay more attention and have another chat with a highly esteemed Original teacher. It was only after Original guidance when viewing our break down of the 21 rocks into shared traits and possible categories, were we advised that this marked rock is actually part of the group of ancient rocks we have classified as ‘spider-webs.’
Without doubt of the first half dozen Ros’ Rock 6 is the least striking and most nondescript. It certainly doesn’t reach out and captivate. Most of the lines are faded and thin, and at first glance there is no focal point or stunning symbol. However, this is a much older rock, there is a lot just visible and what still remains is enough of an appetiser to look again and do so in the full sun with the assistance of a magnifying glass. For the time being and with the space at a premium, we will briefly canvas some of the issues and possibilities associated with a series of four interconnected imprints and a piece of exotic in-filling. What really does open up some new horizons is that the in-filling on Ros’ Rock 6 is far and away the largest of the four examples of this ancient unknown technique that can join together different rocks, forever.
The in-filling on and in this rock is the largest by no less than a factor of five, and that comparison includes the 21 rocks and many other Original marked rocks of which we have been made aware. No less unique is that the other three in-fills are meant to blend as unobtrusively as possible. Extremely neat and precise, the joins are clean and sharp and running the finger above only confirms how tight the fit and continuous the lay of the surface. By comparison what has been ‘thrown’ onto Ros’ Rock 6 is a very poor colour match, plastered over three sides, does not have one straight line, the edge of cut is not to be seen and this exotic plug sticks up well above the line of the natural surface. Rough, more than a touch crude and clearly meant to stand out both literally and symbolically, this is the antithesis of everything seen on the other rocks in every way but one, as before, the technology needed is phenomenally advanced yet is engraved into rocks that are extremely ancient.
What is compelling viewing is that although three cut lines run up the side of the largest spill they come to a stop at the lip. There is not one line, peck or imprint on the top edge, which of course is the area that was originally filled. The overfill that runs down both sides and above the natural level has remained as it was untouched, unlevelled and unkempt. This means that the lines were cut into the infill spill once it was securely attached to the host rock through heating, and that the gluing together of two rocks happened before the cutting and marking took place.
Four Stamps by Five Centimetres
The cluster of four imprints, although neither as big nor ornate as those on Ros’ Rock 1, contain some additions and connections that extend the vocabulary of this rock language. But unfortunately once again the degree of difficulty for any present-day linguist is beyond numbers. What we are sure of is that the four imprints are aligned in such a manner that one line or angle points directly to another intersection point.
It seems quite clear to us that the four imprints form a connected passage and there is little hope an actual meaning will be understood, or even a vague idea of what was engraved will slowly be pieced together. Same story with the in-filling, it so big, so standing out and so stuck onto another rock with adhesive qualities that last for millenniums, and no-one from today can yet explain how this was done, why it was done or what it means.
A Pyramid Amongst the Scrawl (Ros’ Rock 7)
Undeniably up this point it is fair to say that Ros’ Rock 6 has the least charisma and visual appeal. If it wasn’t for the huge clump of clay sticking out well above the surface it would still be consigned to the ‘reserve’s bench.’ However, the next rock, Ros’ Rock 7, is most assuredly a bigger untidier mess and without doubt the ‘ugly duckling’ of the entire batch. At first inspection, and many that followed, there was no reason to linger as there was nothing of worth on show. The most we could put aside was an occasional glance then on to better prospects with less clutter or chaos. Ros’ Rock 7 seems such a patternless directionless melange of three different styles of line markings each engraved at a different time. Put the three types of markings adjacent to each other or separate and let them stand alone, and this could have been a magnificent artefact which would be very appealing to the eye. But alas that did not happen here, there was no central planning authority. What actually was created is a mass of lines running everywhere and anywhere. More often than not at least two, often three markings sit on top of each other. There is no balance or sense of rhythm, it really is a jumbled discordant mess.
And it still is, and will continue to be, but there like a Phoenix rising out of the collateral damage is a clear and concise image of a perfectly constructed four-sided rectangular pyramid. Each delicate line is straight and without kink or deviation and all four lines converge at the same point. Terms like straight, 180 degrees, exact, geometric and proportional are all qualities on display on this rock, but according to every accepted account of pre-Cook Australia such lofty mathematical concepts were never part of the countryside or daily discussion of people who couldn’t count past the number of fingers on one hand.
Nor can this be explained away as a freak concurrence of random lines creating this one in a million accidental pyramid. Elsewhere on the same rock, again part of the middle application, are two lines running parallel to each other, a rectangle and rhombus. At the very least there no less than four pieces of perfectly formed geometry and each maintains an exactness of less than a millimetre. Knowing that the rock is ancient and Original in origin, to find an object that is so strongly enmeshed with ancient Egypt within the country most would least expect to find connections to any form of pyramid, resets quite a few ancient parameters.
Skipping Across the Barriers
We are not sure whether the next rock has maintained its natural shape or has been artificially formed, in particular the bottom flat side is the most likely suspect hinting at human intervention. This small rock does resemble the general shape of a pyramid and the flat side is so smooth and level it would make a perfect skipping stone if thrown on a still body of water. This marked rock (Ros’ Rock 8) is the smallest so far, yet nonetheless is quiet appealing and decidedly intriguing.
Although the smallest, there are over 100 marks that break the surface and just as many that do not. About half the ensemble of lines, pecks, imprints and assorted marks are still covered by the thin protective chert veneer and have not broken through the surface. This is the darkest shade of chert we have seen so far and what is also of note is that this rock, unlike all of its predecessors except number 5, has not been polished.
What the smallest entrant to the top order does confirm is that the sequence in manufacture we presumed was applicable in every case except Ros’ Rock 5, are the standing orders. As to why over half of the markings, which were obviously done before the molten chert coated the base rock, were intentionally created so they would remain partially concealed is a fascinating point of order. It is deliberate and this double message has been seen on other rocks, but not en-masse. Could it be that outside the pecking all other markings were done before the chert was attached. It certainly seems like that is exactly what happened, and irrespective of the academic discomfort this causes there really does not seem to be any other plausible explanation.
Worth also briefly mentioning is not only the intensive accumulation of marks, but the huge variety. Without doubt this is the most diverse set of markings found on any rock. If this is a snippet from the first language, which it most assuredly is, then the scope and interplay of symbols on display on Ros’ Rock 8 relegates the most profound passages written in Latin and Sanskrit to the back pages of The Cat in the Hat.
Put all eight rocks together, throw in the 13 we have not fully inspected then top that off with talk of many other rocks of the same complexion, and in total we have a brand new equation that is as old as the spoken word and contains within the wisdom of the ages. As to what all these insights add up to we do not know and all we can declare with confidence is that it is not 42.
However, knowing what isn’t the right answer is merely the first step and goes some way towards setting the path forward, and that is all we have. All we know for sure is that the conventional version of pre-history is in terminal free-fall, and surely there is no better example of the folly in relying on the fiction peddled by the conquerors than the case being presented by these eight rocks. The technology that was used in marking these rocks is starkly out of kilter with the popular myth beginning with the sapien ascension through distinct stages from cave man with stone axe and wooden spear in hand, through to the pinnacle of human development via a high-rise tenant with computers and internet connections at their side.
If the rocks contradict the popular version of events, as they do, what is the truth, what do we know of this alternative history that has been the first casualty of the last 5,000 years of constant warfare and conquest? Unfortunately the snippets salvaged from this combined narrative clarifies what is not, but filling in the gaps as to what was really going on in ancient times is a far more protracted process.
Filling in the Gaps
Past this point there is no Original advice or reference book to consult. Hints, vague allusions to earlier times in this country we have in abundance, but there is nothing absolute, just a series of maybes we have intentionally kept varying degrees of distance from, until now. Somewhere within each article written on any of these marked rocks we make mention of sophisticated technology and highly advanced yet very ancient civilisations, then immediately go off on a tangent. There has never been a follow up or elaboration upon what next, but this time we will venture forth.
We believe that incredibly advanced technology was part of the Original tool-kit and landscape for hundreds of thousands of years and possibly much longer. That advanced state of affairs is really the foundation from which any further investigations must evolve, the rocks bear testimony to the application of what we would regard as modern tools and science during very ancient days an unchallengeable fact.
Now it gets decidedly obtuse and often obscure, as to when science and technology became part of the human condition, estimating an actual date is nigh on impossible. A much easier task is identifying who was responsible and play around with the numbers later, in fact it is quite a simple task, all that is needed are two ears and a modicum of respect. Time after time and without exception, we have heard Original Elders and Custodians of the Old Ways, not only deny an African heritage but supply a Pleidian ancestry. Yes it is awkward and never discussed with vigour in academic circles, but there is only one Dreaming story that spans the continent and the Seven Sisters, irrespective of where in Australian minor variations did appear, remains constant in attributing a very intimate relationship between the seven sisters from the stars and the Original descendants.
From that point of first contact with the Original Sky-Heroes’ the sudden appearance of technology of a sophisticated nature is compulsory. If, as the Original custodians insist, beings from the Pleiades traveled “from a light far-off” in space ships “made of energy,” once making ‘Earth-fall’ all the equipment and machinery that assisted in transit and their continual survival would be used to ensure their ongoing success. We are assured their genes and technology from that time onwards was shared with the Original people.
Some considerable time elapsed during which the comforts and convenience of the technology we crave today were commonplace in older times. Then, and more than likely this is a repeated process, something of a cataclysmic nature saw the destruction of highly advanced civilisations. Rumours of wholesale destruction caused by massive tsunamis still remain wafting in the ether with talk of Atlantis, Lemuria, Noah’s Ark and many other ancient locations.
At some stage, perhaps the first time this ebb and flow between civilisations and corrupt behaviour incurring the wrath of nature took place, the Original people walked away from the temptations and material path. We suspect that in a literal, symbolic and every other sense applicable they abandoned all of the trappings, conveniences and personal ownership and walked off into the sunset. Naked, without a permanent abode, farm, bank balance or building, the Original nations had sampled all the delights from the stars and chose to discriminate and pass on the lure of personal wealth and instead go walkabout and reach for the heavens above. We suspect a continental decision, at some time long ago, saw every person walk away from the machines and glitter and towards the light. While many civilisations rose and fell well before Egypt, the Original people held fast, as global ascetics, spiritual Custodians of the Old Ways, they withdrew from the bustle and hostility between nations and kept apart retaining their connections with the Dreaming.
The ancient stories found in many religious texts of a mythical Garden of Eden, where man and woman were united and naked, is of course a reference to Australia. This was, until the British Invasion, the only continent were, unlike Cain and Abel, no-one tilled the soil and caged animals. As the rest of the world forsake the nomadic life for farms, armies and money, the Original tribes of Australia kept separate, as they had done so before when earlier civilisations flourished and withered. And here we are today, the next in the line of these global civilisations has risen and now lost its internal balance and is spinning out of control, just like before.
Right or Wrong, we are Still Right
That is our take on the eight rocks, remember it doesn’t matter at all whether we are right, because the mainstream version of pre-history has been found totally inadequate and just doesn’t have any relevance or credentials. So in filling the breach, these eight rocks point in a direction that requires a new compass with an Original introduction, setting and conclusion, and if nothing else our theory is remotely possible. And that is the real crux of the matter, there has been and still is nothing else, no official response from the hundreds of academics/organisations contacted has been forthcoming. So at this stage of proceedings the only science on this subject has been written by us, so until challenged, our findings have to be the primary source.
So with everyone alerted to the presence of these marked rocks and no-one willing to make an official verdict/statement, our theory of a Pleiadian/Original ancestry and technology which was adapted, modified and utterly misused stands unchallenged. At the present stage of proceedings with only one investigation being undertaken, we win by default. Moreover, until someone or an organisation is brave enough to actually do good science and inspect the sacred Original rocks and write a paper agreeing with or contesting our findings, our radical interpretation remains the one and only choice.