Marked Rocks: Douglas Adams was half Right, the Answer is not 42 but 21 (Part 1)
By Steven & Evan Strong
This article is all about the angles, numbers and mathematics of 21 Original marked rocks that just never seem to add up and give the ‘right’ answer. The first eight rocks in the Ros’ Rocks series bear witness to the wisdom of the ages, however it would appear that of itself is an insufficient incentive to stir any interest in academic circles. As mentioned in our last article, the mainstream response to these sensational rocks is analogous to the anointed guardians standing dumbstruck in front of Douglas Adam’s fictional super-computer trying to make sense of the final answer to the ultimate question: why are we here, what is the purpose of life and death?
No matter how it was turned around and recalibrated, 42 meant absolutely nothing to the chosen experts. The computer was adamant that the computations were correct and the fault lay not with the machinery, but was due to the inherent imperfections of the flesh and bones who were now attempting to act as arbitrators. The same impasse exists here. As it was with their inability to grasp the wisdom offered by the fictional computer, the same ever-present failings exist when confronted with the reality of 21 pieces of rock-solid archaeology. The evidence is not difficult to see or appreciate, all that is required is to look with clear eyes and good intentions.
Douglas Adam’s choice of the number 42 deliberately made no sense, but when halving that number the end-result of 21 strikes a new chord in crossing all genres in providing an answer to the same elemental questions of life, death and the existence and role of the soul.
Perhaps it is this divine aspect of what this assortment of marks bear testimony to that turns heads in every direction except where the rocks are stationed, or could it be that the incredibly sophisticated technology used to create these markings calls into question fundamental tenets of the accepted version of modern human history and evolution, we can never be sure. No matter what the motivations, it is undeniable that these rocks as a package have been given no mention in official text, syllabus or lecture notes.
Despite, in fact because of the official intransigence, we are obliged to keep prosecuting the Original truth and feel at this stage of our research into the features, narratives and widening parameters associated with the 21 rocks, the timing is right to pause, reflect and hopefully reconsider. Some of our many detractors may have focused on one rock, others may have overlooked the interconnection or were too hasty in looking for an excuse to denigrate or deny. Whatever the path of inaction chosen, we can only hope this brief summary could assist in clarifying, inspiring or, most likely, further antagonising.
Before beginning this review the final word, as is always our preference, must be given over to an Original Custodian of the Old Ways. Ramindjeri spokesperson Karno Walker has made it clear that not only are the rock’s credentials authentic, he is adamant that the rocks are not just historical curios but still possess incredibly powerful energy. First amongst equals, one rock has been singled out for special mention. Many reasons were given by Karno for focusing on Ros’ Rock 1, some of which cannot be discussed, but it has become obvious that no matter how imposing the claims of other candidates for the pedestal, this marked rock is certainly the most significant of the collection. This particular rock is extremely sacred and has a massive Original significance that is beyond words.
Reach for the Stars
Found a metre beneath the surface, Ros’ Rock 1 is not only the first marked rock in this sequence, but will always remain the most important. The hard rectangular rock has been tentatively identified by geologists as being chert, but was done so with considerable difficulty and to this day is still a point of uncertainty. We now know why no geologist could be absolute, and as this discussion unfolds it will become clear there could never be one classification, this needs to be done in partnership.
Certain rules, norms and application of specialist tools of incredible hardness are established on this rock which then remain constant throughout the ensemble. To begin with the most enigmatic aspect of the markings, were just that. The many lines engraved into rock are not the result of the input of any type of chisel. Whether metal, bone or stone, nothing remotely close to the blade of a chisel was part of the process. Every line on Ros’ Rock 1, and all that follows, is consistent in depth, width and pressure applied. The closest analogy would be to imagine that this very hard rock was once as wet and malleable as clay and that every line cut was done so with a sharp edge of varying width. But what this means is that we have no need for a tungsten tip or diamond blade, both very recent additions to the global tool-kit, but there is the need to gain access to an oven/kiln capable of producing heat of over 2,000 degrees.
It is not just the unexpected sophistication of technology on display, but equally the intentions and testimonial inscribed into stone that opens new horizons, and brings the curtain down on quite a few popular theories predicated upon the ‘Darwinian’ construct of human genesis and evolution. The grid-like patterning on Side 3 has been mentioned previously, and it bears an uncanny resemblance to a 1904 Polynesian stick-structure which acted as a star chart. What only reinforces that connection to “as on top,” is the striking repetition of one angle on seven occasions on Side 3. Surely, the fact that this rock was recovered from a metre beneath the surface at Kariong, which happens to be located on thirty three degrees, is not merely coincidental? The deliberate repetition of 33 degrees infers knowledge of the earth’s mathematics and curvature, and that familiarity can only come about after circumnavigating the globe.
As radical a proposal as this may first appear, there is ample evidence of supporting archaeology and alignments found both at the Bosnian Pyramid and Clagary (Canada) that provides convincing proof that an ancient international network created through sailing and strengthened with the use of one global means of communication, was functioning throughout the planet. With a role somewhat akin to the ‘Rosetta Stone,’ when using the two sides of Ros’ Rock 1 as a comparative base,’ 14 of the 15 angles identified on the Bosnian Pyramid rock are also marked into Sides 1 and 3. The Calgary rock has 21 angles measured, of which 19 can also be found on the two marked faces of Ros’ Rock 1, and together the extremely high correlation between the angles on three rocks spread across the globe certainly adds substance to this radical theory.
But it would be a mistake to assume that this ancient script is limited to 200 odd lines, shapes and points of intersection, there is so much more on display. The adjacent series of three and gouge marks, for that is the only description that comes close, as it appears as if a tool dug into the surface of Side 1 then flicked out the displaced chert, seem to lead us back to the recurring inconvenient notion of a semi-liquid surface.
An Oven in the Outback Going way Back
Also requiring very high temperatures, of the hundreds of imprinted shapes seemingly stamped into the thin veneer of chert coating the 21 rocks, the seven interconnected imprints on the top of Side 3 of Ros’ Rock 1 are the stand-out candidates for top billing. What demands the utmost attention is the web of connected imprints, of which four are ½ centimetre in depth. If imprinted onto a hard surface, not the semi-molten top layer of chert as we propose, nothing changes and the same imperative, although localised, is still present. To depress the thin surface so deeply yet retain its integrity, the same temperature of 2,000 degrees is a minimal prerequisite. Many other lines on this side are barely 5 millimetres deep yet have broken the top layer revealing a constant light creamy under-surface. But in one location where the cut is ten times deeper, the upper veneer of chert is unbroken.
Momentarily leaving aside the issue of the incredible heat required, there is another genre of this rock language less dependent on heat and solely dependent on the longevity of adhesive. The two examples of in-filling was first noticed by our trusted geological adviser, and once pointed out are plain to see. To be honest, this comment is somewhat tongue-in-cheek as we had never noticed the infilling and doubt we ever would. Ignoring our shortcomings, advice was given and in both cases a mixed selection of foreign, non-chert, material has been placed inside two depressions/holes of unknown depth. The different colouring and advanced rate of weathering is in stark contrast to the surrounding smooth, fine-grained lustrous chocolate brown chert. However this was done, what remains is a combination of exotic minerals bound together by a substance which has adhesive qualities and a longevity that no product of today could make claim. The technology belongs to today, or in some cases tomorrow, but the reality is thousands upon thousands of years old.
What really ‘ups the ante’ and reinforces the existence of earlier ancient civilisations that were no less than our technological equal, is one tiny deposit found nestled within the smaller infilling. It looks suspiciously like a small shard of shiny metal. As much as a surprise this is, in what only adds to the inconvenience, when taken out in full sun with magnifying glass in hand, not only is the piece of metal clearly visible, there appears to be two eyes placed in the correct position on to what looks very much like the shape of a human skull. Irrespective of whether there are metallic eyes in the rock or a figment of my imagination, any type of metal embedded in this mixture demands an entirely different process and more heat, once again!
As brief and incomplete as this summary is there remain three unresolved issues. The classification of this rock is fraught with inconsistencies. What can be stated with confidence is that there is some chert here, as to what lays underneath and what follows because of this association, will become clearer by degrees until Ros’ Rock 5, where we are left with no options and only one answer. Less unclear and more immediate is the repeated presence of technology that is supposed to be too sophisticated and advanced for any time but now. Then what only accelerates the stretching of boundaries to devices capable of generating concentrated intense heat and makes it clear this rock asks many more questions then there are answers.
But wait, this is the country of naked nomads carrying sticks and stones until the British Invasion, where is the oven?
Second in Time and Second in Line
Ros’ Rock 2 is the second marked rock we were given to examine, and in our estimation is still clinging on to second position. While Ros Rock 1 permanently occupies the top rung with a considerable gap to the other 20 contenders, the field is much more cluttered past first place. There are at least three other rocks (5,6 & 7) vying for second position, but we feel that the quality of the engraved A, index-finger depression and star chart of close to 400 stars/pecks found on Ros’ Rock 2 just tips the scales.
With access to the personal notes of Frederic Slater (President Australian Archaeological Society) there is one aspect of his research devoted to the Standing Stones site that has direct relevance to a large engraving on Ros’ Rock 2 that looks remarkably like a capital A. Slater was investigating the many components of the First Language and made note of an Original alphabet consisting of 16 letters. He also observed that the First Language was very much ‘vowel-centric,’ and thus the five most important letters. With the chances high this rock was ‘recovered’ close to the 184 Standing Stones site, and with the depiction of an engraved letter Slater claimed was a fundamental component of the First Language, this rock is more than likely to be no less than a national treasure.
Not only the letter, but manner of presentation is beyond books and syllabus. This is without doubt the most exact and precise carving/engraving on any rock. In combination the four lines are just under 20 centimetres in length. The width remains constant to the millimetre, as is the depth identical, even the slope within each cut is of the same angle. There is no deviation or kink, this is absolutely perfect in creation and looks as if only a machine could be that unerring in pressure, line and width.
Deposited on the opposite side of this precision are close to 400 pecks spread across two thirds of Side 3. The slightly raised section is clean, but the rest of the surface is given over to dots and dashes. In keeping with a celestial theme raised on the first rock, this looks like a star map. What only adds to the intrigue are five horizontal lines of dots and dashes, which are somewhat reminiscent of Morse Code, that run across the clusters of pecks.
The pecks are yet another component of this very complex arrangement, but with four different diameters, this demands yet another addition to the scribes’ tool-kit. Whatever the ancient device, it is to be something very hard and possess four very sharp points to be able to puncture the hard chert surface.
As to how long ago this rock was first worked, this is a much harder assignment than Ros’ Rock 1 and all that remains are hints and circumstantial evidence. Nevertheless the deep depression which runs along one side and the top, is heavily worn and accommodates so comfortably the right index-finger we just cannot envisage any other purpose. The groove is so deep and wide it basically takes up 90% of the side, and knowing how hard chert is, it must have taken thousands upon thousands of years of skin rubbing against rock for it to get to its present state.
Of course our estimate is entirely subjective and could be out by a considerable degree and if so, it doesn’t matter at all. All we have to prove is an age greater than when the British dropped anchor and refused to leave. A little over 200 years is sufficient, as anything past that fateful day is mistakenly thought to be subject to sticks, stones and bones, and there is no doubt this rock is easily much, much older.
Silence is Golden
Much smaller than the previous two rocks, at first glance this eight sided rock seems a little overwhelmed by the magnificence of the earlier entrants. However, the only certainty we can attest to is to go back and look again, and again. So much is there, but the eyes are not always up to the task when seeking something lacking in reference or precedence and tend to report in the bare essentials.
Upon further inspection of Ros’ Rock 3 a lot more comes to the surface. It seems highly likely that this small eight-sided rock is artificial and was worked. On the first two rocks every line is gun-barrel straight and never deviates, that is mostly the case here, but not always. As with Ros’ Rock 1 there are four widths of line but we have a new addition to the stable, crooked lines. To begin with we looked the other way, assuming that not straight equates to natural, it seemed easier to look elsewhere and focus on the geometry and straight lines on other sides.
It was a mistake on our part due to a narrow focus and faulty assumptions. Unlike the the two rocks discussed, quite a few lines on this rock complete the rock’s circuit and on one occasion after spanning four sides maintaining a perfect line the line disintegrates into a scrawl that bends and kinks all over the place. But although sacrificing exactitude the width and depth of line did not waiver, and this crooked line is seamlessly part of the total journey. There is no separation or indication of a join, it is one line that begins as all others have then takes on a new path and narrative.
Of all the 21 rocks Ros’ Rock 3 has the darkest colouration of chert, and as it is with Ros’ Rock 1, just beneath the surface is a much lighter, coarser grained undercoat. Once again our initial impression is that the chert sits atop of another rock, there seems to be thin veneer of chert attached to another rock, but outside cutting up an extremely sacred rock this can only be hypothetical. The imprints here are as numerous, but nowhere near as deep or clear as those on Ros’ Rock 1, and all of them run along the edges.
Where this does depart from the path of the other two rocks discussed is its purpose. With the first two rocks, maps, letters, finger positions, pecks and shapes dominate and it would seem there are many facts to discuss and chart. Not so Ros’ Rock 3, Original Custodian of the Old Ways, Brendan Murray, has held this rock in his hand and once his palm was closed he could add no more. When it was handed back to us Brendan revealed a little of its heritage in that this sacred rock, once held in the hand, was meant to be absorbed and understood in silence. Not a word should be said if the hand is closed and artefact is covered by flesh and bone.
Another Rock in the Oven
Until now this radical notion of baking and melting very hard rocks at very high degrees has been based on our limited perspectives and solely what we believe can be seen at the surface. It would sacrilegious in the extreme to slice, dissect or drill inside to validate or refute our belief that a base rock was often marked first then a semi-molten veneer of chert was coated on top and soon after set rock-hard. The theory has merit, but until burrowing beneath the surface at least a centimetre everything is open to possibilities.
Ros’ Rock 4 adds clarity to this dual carriage and allows us to look deep within without creating any damage or touching a blade or drill. The pecks of Ros’ Rock 2 pale by comparison, some of the pecks here are five times larger, and on one occasion ten times deeper. What is immediately apparent is the damage evident on the bottom edge and the massive width and depth of pecking. As with many other marked rocks, underneath the thin upper layer is a much lighter colour, larger grain and softer consistency. But again the deepest of these indentations is still relatively close to the surface and restricts what can be declared further within.
All of the pecks on Ros’ Rock 4 seem heavily worn, but one peck extends the depth and dual occupancy to a level never expected when first beginning our examination of these rocks. This peck was quite wide to begin with, but once piercing the top chert what lay underneath is clearly a softer lighter material. It must have been exposed some time ago as the hole is now at least one centimetre deep and all the way down there is not a trace of chert. What is present and accounted for all over is a constant creamy yellow grain of rock that is neither as compact nor able to withstand the elements anything like the chert above.
We are fully aware what we are proposing breaks so many pre-historical rules and assumptions, but what other logical alternative is there but a massive injection of heat? Even so, we still expect the doubters and critics will cobble together a convoluted solution, but to save their future embarrassment can we suggest they withhold their objections until assessing the credentials of Ros’ Rock 5. All we can say in advance is that if the reader still doesn’t believe that most of these rocks were baked and cooked before hardening, then we have failed in our brief as this is exactly what happened. Fortunately, even if we have poorly presented the Original truth due to our shortcomings in expression and constructing a plausible scenario, we have a back-up plan: Ros’ Rock 5. It speaks for itself and leaves no other option on the table and will form the major focus of Part 2.
It Gets More Bent and Crooked
We made mention of the appearance of a few renegade crooked lines on Ros’ Rock 3, but this pales by comparison to melange of lines spread all over Ros’ Rock 4. There are more lines that aren’t straight than are, and if it wasn’t for the undeniable proof of tools piercing the surface to create this array of pecks, it would seem reasonable to presume this could all be down to natural agencies. But the pecks are there in abundance and incredibly deep as well, moreover, there are still quite a few straight lines of varying widths. What we are witnessing is a very complex and multi-layered language that uses angles, pecks, imprints and lines, both straight and crooked, in preference to words and paper.
Four Down, Four to go
So ends our very brief summary of half of the top eight marked rocks. The first four certainly set out new parameters and technology which are as unsuspected as they are inconvenient within mainstream academic circles and official channels. Ros’ Rocks 5-8 both continue in the same vein and also open up new vistas and present even more examples of technologies and information that the experts and texts neither understand, nor have the inclination or ability to do so.
Above, beyond and behind all research into these rocks is a constant Original undercurrent. These rocks have been examined by Original men and women versed in the Old Ways and all are adamant they are far more important than any could even begin to imagine. Therefore, these rocks are their truth, their ancestry and our global past, and from our point of view neglecting or ignoring the Original truth is an insult to country and should not continue.