The second strand of the Ancient Solar Hypothesis involves the storage of the sun’s energy in dark stones. Whilst this is a very basic concept, the extension of the principle has apparently left us with the most intriguing structures from antiquity.
A black slab left in the sun will obviously warm to cooking temperatures over time. If an egg is dropped onto the surface, it will cook quite nicely. The absorption and conversion to useful energy is appropriately summed up by Cooke’s Law. The development of the slab configuration to altar stone and chamber illustrates explicitly the inner thinking of the ancient constructors.
The clearest cases come from Asia, where the technology is still pretty much in the original form, however, there are plenty of other examples from around the globe. A Brahman shrine illustrates the principle in one of the grandest forms. In the diagram a yoni and lingam is shown located in the center of a sealed chamber. When the easterly shiny doors are opened to the rising sun, the light falls on the stone and heats it. In the afternoon, these doors are shut and the westerly doors are opened to warm the stone from the setting sun. At night, the doors are closed tightly. Over the course of a few days, the same procedure is followed until the stone is at its working temperature.
This initiation period allows for a large sink of heat energy to be built up within the stone and the temperature to rise to beyond boiling point. The day after this initiation period, the shrine can be used to cook food, dry crops for preservation or boil water whilst the sun shines. A single shrine in this arrangement will collect over 60kw a day, which is adequate for a small community’s cooking and crop processing needs.
A limitation of this method is the need to have a clear view of the sun both morning and afternoon. This naturally leads to the shrine being placed in a raised location or on a manmade dais. Indeed almost without exception, these shrines are placed on hillsides or on raised platforms. Obviously, when populations increase there will be a need for more chambers within the same locale. The most efficient geometrical arrangement turns out to be the stepped pyramid form that graces every continent. Whilst many of these structures no longer support the hundred and eight original chambers, there are still enough to provide strong evidence for the solar case.
These step pyramid designs would have been able to collect and store megawatts of useful heat every day. Even in the event that the sun failed to shine, the stones retained enough heat to continue working for up to a week without issue. This addresses the ”elephant in the room” that few scholars consider or even mention – ancient energy sources.