# Stonehenge Was Built Using Pythagoras’ Theorem, 2,000 Years Before The Theorem Was Established

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The monumental megalith was believed to have been built by ‘rough’ cavemen, but a new book titled ‘Megalith’ found evidence that suggests otherwise.

The ancient pillars may have been designed with the help of a mathematical formula which appeared 2,000 years after they were built. Pythagoras’ theorem helped builders erect Stonehenge, but the weird thing is that he was born 2,000 years after the megalith was built.

Greek philosopher Pythagoras discovered the mathematical formula, proving that the sum areas of two squares on two sides of a triangle will always add up to the area of a square on the hypotenuse.

Now, seeing that mathematics was used in building the Stonehenge, does it mean that it wasn’t built by cavemen? Was the complicated formula already discovered, long before the modern humans thought of it?

### The ‘Rough Cavemen’ Were Very Smart

John Matineau is the contributor and editor of Megalith, stating in an interview that perhaps the cavemen weren’t that simple:

“People think of our ancestors as rough cavemen but they were applying Pythagorean geometry over 2,000 years before Pythagoras was born. We see triangles and double squares used which are simple versions of pythagorean geometry. And then we have this synthesis on different sites of solar and lunar numbers.”

John Matineau continues explaining that not only the ancestors knew mathematics, but they were also astronomers and cosmologists:

“We think these people didn’t have scientific minds but first and foremost they were astronomers and cosmologists. They were studying long and difficult to understand cycles and they knew about these when they started planning sites like Stonehenge. I do feel very sad that visitors to Stonehenge are not told anything about the astronomical alignments, even when they are very simple to explain.”

The book was published on 21 June, on the solstice day. They chose this day, because of you go there on the day of the summer solstice, the sun will be directly above the Heel Stone, which is north-east, outside the circle.

Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.

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