Was the program that was seen in Britain made by a man whose wife was the
photographer? There was a program here, in Canada a while back which
related different sites around the world using something referred to, I
believe, astro-archaeology. The idea is that the sites in Egypt, for
example can be traced back to a certain time, 10-12000 years ago, I think
the man said because it is at that time that certain pyramids etc line up
with the stars exactly.
This man didn't say that the Egyptians hadn't built the pyramids and that
they were built by "more advanced" civilizations from somewhere else, but
rather that the pyramids, because they aligned with the stars as they were
at an earlier date, were probably built on sites that were sacred to some
sort of culture that he suggested may have been worldwide. Just like
churches were built on sites that were sacred to the Celts. So if that was
the same show, there was no idea that "some super-advanced civilization
must have come along and taught the people how to create there various
wonders, for as we all know, ancient man was utterly incapable of learning
or innovating on his own".
As for the original question of did other peoples believe a gateway opened
between this world and the next on the summer solstice, I'm afraid, I don't
know. I understood (from what anyone now can tell you about what people
thought then) that the Celts believed this because Samhain was the start of
the new year - so the night before (Halloween) was not part of either year,
and so sort of a wierd time when the souls of the dead could travel etc.
So, if that is true, I guess whatever time of year was picked for the start
of the new year could have that effect no matter when it was.
On a different note - I have read that the Celts came to Great
Britain/Ireland first only in 1000BC. Is that correct? And the people who
were there before them? Were they of Celtic stock to, but from an earlier