In a lot of the other threads we been touching on a few masonic themes, more by coincidence than design. I thought it might be fun to address some of the Megalithic and Masonic connections more directly.
As Oakey Dokey pointed out: "For an example, different types of Masonic practice believe that it is founded from the builders of the second Solomon temple, ..."
There are plenty of books and websites that address more recent history from the Crusades onwards, when Middle Eastern skills with megaliths came back to Britain and France. But perhaps we're interested in where the Middle Eastern megalithic skills came from in the first place.
]Tel Gezer[/url] has a 3500-year-old "Canaanite" temple of standing stones. But that's not as old as Stonehenge and Avebury is it? So is it reasonable to assume the skills travelled West to East in the first place?
As before, I'd suggest Hiram of Tyre as a useful reference point. It was from Tyre that King Solomon is said to have got the megalithic engineering skills to build his temple. Tyre was an important Phoenician city, and a hub of their trading empire.
Then there's the Phoenician Temple of Gadir. Gadir is situated on the Atlantic coast of Spain, just outside the Straits of Gibraltar. From its description of two inscribed pillars it sounds very masonic...."we have several descriptions from ancient authors. All of them mention two gigantic pillars inside the temple, which matches what we know of Phoenician temples."
http://riversfromeden.wordpress.com/201 ... -of-gadir/
So the Phoenicians weren't just traders, they took or used stone and metal working skills which were the most advanced of their time.
A building with two pillars is still the most basic description of a masonic lodge.