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There must have been a Civilization One: a highly advanced precursor to what is currently the earliest recognized civilization. That’s the astounding revelation from a powerful duo of writers that includes the author of the bestselling The Hiram Key. Christopher Knight and Alan Butler’s startling conclusion comes from their quest to crack the mystery of the ancient "megalithic yard"—an incredibly precise unit of measurement that’s based on a deep understanding of the solar system. It seems beyond the comprehension of the supposedly unsophisticated people of Stone Age Britain, and yet not only is it visible in the thousands of megalithic structures built in Britain and France, but this measurement keeps recurring throughout nature and science. The implications of the authors’ breakthrough discovery go far beyond the idea of a super-science or prehistory: they indicate a grand plan that will have far-reading theological ramifications.

CIVILIZATION ONE: Uncovering the Superscience of Prehistory

By Christopher Knight and Alan Butler


Civilization One investigates the sources of the megalithic yard, its consequences to units of weights and measure, and sets out to prove the premise of Alexander Thom. 

Civilization One : The World Is Not as You Thought It Was


"I'm electrified by it….one of the most important books to be published in decades… of the biggest breakthroughs of all time…...a book of central importance ….this is the definitive proof that civilisation is thousands of years older than historians believe."

-- Colin Wilson
London Daily Mail 
and author of
The Outsider and The Occult

Civilization One began as a forensic investigation into the viability of a little known linear measurement from the European Stone Age. In the end, it became a rediscovery of two complete and utterly staggering world views, so old it was impossible to say exactly when they had originated. Together, they will change our view of prehistory forever.

Two writers and researchers, Christopher Knight and Alan Butler, previously worked together to crack the mystery of the Megalithic Yard. This linear unit had been rediscovered by the late Professor Alexander Thom, an Emeritus Professor of Engineering at Oxford who, over five decades, had measured meticulously literally thousands of Megalithic structures in Britain and France. Thom's data showed conclusively that the Megalithic Yard - 82.966cm in length - had been used in the construction of almost all of them. This flew in the face of the establishment which claimed that the invention and retention of such a finely tuned basic measurement from such a remote period of history was impossible.

In its early chapters, Civilization One relates the story of Alexander Thom and shows how plausible the Megalithic Yard was and just how easy it was to replicate on any site using a weighted pendulum, while observing the specific path travelled by an observed star.

These discoveries act as a key, opening a locked door on the remote past. Knight and Butler go on to realize that within the Megalithic Yard lies an integrated measuring system that defined the 'exact' dimensions of the Earth. This system was used to measure length, area, mass, volume, time and geometry in one complete and absolutely integrated way, creating a system far more advanced than anything in use today. Once they had mastered this calculation, Knight and Butler quickly uncovered a second measuring system, one that originated far from the Megalithic monuments of the West, in Sumeria. Using known and accepted archaeological examples as their guide, the authors realized that the Metric system, supposedly created in the 'age of reason' at the end of the 18th century, is actually many thousands of years old. What is more, in its original form, the Metric system also shows a stunning grasp by its instigators of our planet and the part it plays in the solar system.

Knight and Butler are able to explain, probably for the first time, exactly what a 'second of time' actually represents; why it was invented and how crucial this tiny 'scrap' of time actually is, not only to the Earth but to physics throughout the universe. One by one they overthrow a host of previously accepted paradigms, completely changing our perception of the abilities of these ancient people.

Reviewing as much evidence as possible, Knight and Butler show that other free thinkers in periods before our own struggled to recreate the design of the prehistoric world view. Amongst these was one of the founders of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. With only a little more evidence, Jefferson may have reached the same conclusions that lie at the heart of Civilization One.

The book finishes in the most thought-provoking and explosive way possible, by demonstrating exactly what, at least some, prehistoric peoples really knew. They understood the absolute dimensions of the Earth and could measure its mass at least as well as we can today. They knew the exact dimensions of the Moon and the Sun and devised a linear measurement that was applicable to the Earth, Moon, Sun relationship. These remarkable people understood that light has speed and measured it accurately.

Using cast-iron proof, illustrated by the easiest of maths, Civilization One proves conclusively that, no matter how clever we think we are today, greater minds have existed in the remote past. The implications of Civilization One are unthinkable and contrary to all accepted paradigms but, in the final analysis, they can be verified by anyone.

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Reading Sample from this book:  Chapter 1 (PDF, 180 KB)

About the Authors


Christopher Knight has written four books to date, co-authored with Robert Lomas. His writing career began almost by accident after he had invested seven years conducting research into the origins of Freemasonic rituals. After completing the research it seemed possible that other people might be interested in reading the findings - and Random House promptly agreed, publishing 'The Hiram Key' in 1996.

This book went into the UK top ten bestseller list within three days of publication and remained in the chart for eight consecutive weeks. In 1997 'The Second Messiah' was published and 'Uriel's Machine' appeared in 1999 - both of which were also UK and international bestsellers. The fourth book, 'The Book of Hiram' was published in the UK in 2003.

Alan Butler was fascinated with history from a very early age and he embarked on a quest to discover the true purpose of the Phaistos Disc, a strange artefact from 2000 BC, discovered in the ruins of the Minoan palace of Phaistos, Crete. His ten-year quest resulted in the rediscovery of a lost system of geometry and mathematics and in 2000, he published 'The Bronze Age Computer Disc', a seminal work that is now proving to have been inspirational in opening up aspects of our prehistoric past that have been forgotten for so long. Alan contributed to the Knight and Lomas' bestseller, 'Uriel's Machine', which led to his partnership with Christopher Knight in the creation of 'Civilization One'.

During the last decade Alan Butler has also become an acclaimed expert on the mysterious Knights Templar. He has co-written two books on the subject and lectured extensively. Alan is also an accomplished playwright. One of his plays was broadcast on BBC Radio in July of 2003 and his newest play is scheduled to air in the summer of 2004.

Both authors live in Yorkshire, England and are available for interviews and to write articles.

Both authors live in Yorkshire, England and are available for interviews and to write articles.

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Related Books


Civilization One : The World Is Not as You Thought It Was
by Christopher Knight and Alan Butler

Civilization One investigates the sources of the megalithic yard, its consequences to units of weights and measure, and sets out to prove the premise of Alexander Thom. 

Book Description

Civilization One tells of the startling conclusions that came from two scientists' quest to try to crack the mystery of the ancient "megalithic yard" — a unit of 82.966656 centimeters used to construct thousands of megalithic structures in Britain and France. The discovery was an extraordinary ancient culture predating the earliest known civilizations. The scientists of this time derived the megalithic yard from observing the Earth's rate of spin. The authors show how this measurement is part of an integrated system, far more advanced than anything used today, that forms the basis of both the imperial and metric systems. The culture that created it understood the dimensions, motions, and relationships of the Earth, moon, and sun, and were able to actually measure the solar system. The implications of these revelations go far beyond the fascination of the discovery of a super-science of prehistory; they indicate a grand plan which will have far-reaching theological ramifications.  

Reading Sample from this book:  Chapter 1 (PDF, 180 KB)

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A concise unifying theory of of the fabric of civilization.

I have made the journey from the Hiram Key, through the Book of Hiram and now Civilization One. They are all interconnected but not in the way that I had thought them to be. If I had to choose only one to remember, it would be C.O. because it provides some solution as to how we begin our quest for true knowledge of who we are and the origin of our culture. It provides a unifying theory of our civil developement but does not yet reveal the origins of our culture. I am fully expecting more to come from the authors and suspect I will not be disappointed. The book is all 'stuff' and no 'fluff' and is presented in such a way that anyone with basic math skills can follow it adequately to understand the conclusions. It is an easy read but still left me with an urge for more info. Although the music is nice and interesting, I would have been satisfied just knowing about it, since hearing it does nothing to confirm or deny the other data presented. Congratulations to both authors, and I wish them courage to withstand the abuse that will no doubt come from the main body of scientific research. And Chris, I agree with your summation in Appendix 7. -- Harvey L. Gaspar MD


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