It is widely accepted that the old world was fueled by wood, which is feasible with small hunter-gatherer populations, but less so when larger communities form. With the grouping together of villages, there are issues with respect to energy and water. It is fine to use natural water sources when there are a few people, but as the numbers increase so does the pollution. This means water has to be boiled before drinking, which is an energy intensive process. Likewise wood cooked foods are fine when people numbers are low, but as they grow the demands on local forests rise. Both factors combine to produce figures that do not allow a large community to sustain itself for long and certainly not for centuries. The local reserves would soon dry up.
Around each of the great pyramid sites of the ancient world, it is clear that the populations were relatively large and thrived for many centuries. This is necessarily the case in order to produce the great structures. How can this be if they used wood as their primary fuel source? The answer is of course, they did not. Indeed many of the great and small sites were specifically designed to answer the emergent energy problem. Under the solar model, there are thousands upon thousands of sites that seem to have been built to collect store and utilize the sun’s energy for the builders. This answers the energy problem that few wish to face, but leaves issues with respect to the religious view of these structures.
Today these sites are generally assigned some form of ceremonial function, but it becomes clear when one understands the original use, that the rites evolved from these solar beginnings. The clearest case is the Brahman shrine, here the modern rites involve making votive offerings to Siva or Brahma. This pouring of water or milk on to the linga is an exact copy of the ancient use where water was poured on to the hot stone to pre-heat it for drinking and cooking purposes. The placing of rice or bread in and around the Brahman chambers again mirrors the ancient use of the chambers as crop driers and cookers respectively. Textural references seem to support this view, the use of wood was limited to the priests or princes, which leaves the average citizen with little to cook with.
Within the ”Ancient Solar Premise”, it is shown how the small stand-alone shrine grew into the huge structures of Angkor and other world heritage sites. The principle is also extended back to the neoliths and their gloriously simple solar structures. These eventually evolved into the grand stone circles with their perplexing and exquisite geometry. Essentially a stone circle with a roof and dark obelisk at its center is topologically the same as a Brahman shrine. The large henges were used more for home warmth than food processing, but the solar principles remain identical. They aligned and arranged the buildings to allow as much light as possible to fall onto the central storage stone for heating. The survival advantage bestowed by these structures was vital in the support and development of ancient people. Again, as the original parts fell into disrepair, the usage was forgotten and the sites were assigned ceremonial functions.
This seems to be the largest injustice aimed at the ancient builders of these incredible structures. They built for function, we ignore it and place them in the shoes of religious zealots. It seems Jordan has exposed this injustice and shown that these same techniques can bestow the same advantages on modern society.