About The Authors
This book has been written by a Dutchman and an American, who met on the steps of the Archaeological Museum of Carnac, France, while being locked out at lunch.
Reinoud de Jonge (1949) is a theoretical physical chemist, and a teacher at an International School in the Netherlands. In his youth, he read Thor Heyerdahl’s stories, and learned of heroic discoveries in the Atlantic Ocean that were not taught at school.
His interest in megalithic monuments started in 1991, when he was challenged by an article in a Rotterdam newspaper which claimed, despite an abundance of factual information, Stonehenge was inexplicable.
In 1993 de Jonge’s first publication “Stonehenge as Sea Chart” (in Dutch) appeared, in the periodical BRES (No.158). In 1996 he published “De Stenen Spreken” (The Speaking Stones), with Professor Gerard IJzereef, which focused on the important petroglyphs of Dissignac, France.
In 1998, in cooperation with the Atlantis Foundation, he organized an exposition in the Pinkenberg Museum, outside Arnhem, Holland, which presented an interpretation of these petroglyphs.
Jay Stuart Wakefield (1943) is a zoologist who has worked as a newsletter and book editor, and in property management. Like Reinoud, his interest in megalithic prehistory was inspired by childhood reading of Heyerdahl’s books. His father Richard’s high school graduation address in 1932 entitled “The Antiquity of Man in North America” began a life-time of father-son reading and archaeological exploration. Their coastal and offshore sailing experience has been helpful in this research.
Jay and Reinoud have visited sites together, and worked together on this maniscript for four years in their respective libraries on opposite sides of the world. This is the first time any of this material has been printed in English. The authors are clearly indebted to those who precede them, particularly Mrs. E. Shee Twohig, whose magnificent out-of-print catalogue of European petroglyphs has been indispensable, and her figures frequently used in this work. The authors also wish to acknowledge Dr. Gerard F. IJzereef, Professor of Archaeology of the University of Amsterdam, for his support.
From the data we have derived from these sites, the thinking and achievements of prehistoric man are being brought to light. Now it may be possible to further sort out the profuse stories and legends of the late prehistorical period. There is a lot of work to be done both in literature and in the field.
We welcome your help and suggestions.