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ADAMíS CALENDAR (article first published : 2008-09-10)

Adamís Calendar by Johan Heine and Michael Tellinger tells of a discovery caused by accident Ė in this case, literally by an accident.

Apart from being an experienced scuba diving instructor, skydiver and sail boat skipper, Ladysmith-born Johan Heine is head of the fire fighting unit in the forests of Mpumalanga. He knows the area well but it was only when he was on a mission to rescue one of his pilots, Bevan Harris, whose plane had crashed that he stumbled on an extraordinary arrangement of rocks on the cliff edge.

TV producer Mimi Brodie was covering the rescue and, as the pilot was being hauled to safety, was attracted to two unusual giant rocks and went over to photograph them. Johan took a closer look and instinctively knew that this was no random act of nature but a collection of stones that had been placed for a specific purpose. A founder member of the Ma-Komati foundation inspired by Hromnik to promote the research, protection and exposure of the Mpumalanga stone ruins, his interest was aroused. He returned later to take measurements and discovered that the configuration of the rocks Ė and particularly the two large monoliths - was perfectly aligned to the movement of the sun and the four compass points.

Enter Michael Tellinger, who describes himself as a ďmaverick scientistĒ with a passion for the cosmos and pushing the boundaries of knowledge. A passionate explorer, he has an impressive background in film and television and is also well-known for his screenplays and TV shows. He is now a publisher, having produced childrenís educational books and literacy programmes.

Together, Johan Heine and Michael Tellinger have produced Adamís Calendar, charting the four-year process of identifying and analysing the site, originally called The Johan Heiner Stone Calendar and now affectionately called Adamís Calendar. Itís not been an easy journey as their ideas have often met with rejection but they are adamant that their findings indicate that Adamís Calendar is older than the Giza Pyramids or Stonehenge. While astronomer Bill Hollenbach has estimated that the site could be between 25,000 and 150,000 years old, Johan and Michael have opted for a conservative 75,000, based on the movement of the peoples in southern Africa and emergence of rock art during that period.

Adamís Calendar charts the process of discovery and analysis of this exciting find in a beautifully-produced publication filled with splendid photographs and entertaining text. The two monoliths mark the centrepiece, the one being carved to a sharp edge to cast a clear shadow on the adjacent flat ďcalendarĒ rock.

There is no danger of this being an academic yawn but an inter-active journey where the writers share their experience and donít hesitate to ask questions for which they havenít yet found the answers. For instance: Why did those living in Mpumalanga all those thousands of years ago need roads? Could it be that they were extracting gold from the earth? Is it a coincidence that Sheba Gold Mine situated in Mpumalanga, is still one of the richest gold mines in the world after 150 years of mining?

The authors ask the question Ė with this stone calendar predating all other man-made structures found to date, is the real Cradle of Humankind actually situated in Mpumalanga and not at the Sterkfontein caves?

Adamís Calendar is published in hard cover full colour by Zulu Planet Publishers and retails at R200 at Exclusive Books. ISBN 978-1-920153-07-6 Ė Caroline Smart




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