The Journey to the Birth Place of the Sun Begins in Emgwenya, formerly Waterval Boven


What if I was to tell you that you could go on a trip to perhaps the single most important and earliest manmade monument on the planet from this small town?

That this is a monument that rivals the pyramids in Egypt, the Mayan temples of South America and even the legendary Stonehenge in terms of its cultural, historical and spiritual significance. A monument that some believe could hold the key to free energy in the future, that might provide an alternative explanation to both Darwinism and Creationism when answering the age old question of “where did we come from?” and could have been built by an ancient civilization that mysteriously seemed to have disappeared from all planetary records.


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Would you still simply drive past Emgwenya? - Probably not and neither could I.

As both a scientist and writer my head and my heart are often pulled in two different directions. With my heart longing to believe fanciful tales and alternative explanation, while my head requires clear observations and unequivocal proof.  So as soon as the Adam’s Calendar assignment landed on my desk, I knew my head and heart would be in eternal conflict, especially when you add the charismatic and intriguing Michael Tellinger into the mix.

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So what is Adam’s Calendar and why is it so historically, culturally and spiritually significant?

Let’s start with what’s proven in stone.

Adam’s Calendar was found by sheer accident by pilot Johan Heine in 2003, when he was responding to an aircraft crash. He had been fascinated by the stone circles that could be seen perfectly from above as you flew over Mpumalanga and Limpopo for some time, so took note of the large and seemingly out of place granite rocks that just happened to be close to the crash site. They captured his imagination, so he came back to the site to investigate it further and so discovered Adam’s Calendar

The site consists of a circle of stones, 30 meters in diameter, with two huge monoliths (upright stones) in the centre. Adam’s Calendar is certainly a manmade monument as the stones don’t match the bedrock of the area and so would have had to be brought a significant distance to the site and deliberately placed there.

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Stone circles like Adam’s Calendar were not new at the time of its discovery. Around 20,000 had been found across Southern Africa by then and in the most part had been passed off as a trail of old cattle kraals that follow the route of the Bantu people’s migration South. This was despite many having no obvious openings for cattle to enter and being made from stones that would have had to be moved great distances. The circles also were often surrounded by what appear to be agricultural terraces and many looked to be interconnected, forming a network of circles across large areas.

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Adam’s Calendar is also part of a larger network of stone circles, stretching all the way from Kaapsehoop to Barberton and covering an area greater that modern day Johannesburg. Finding Adam’s Calendar inspired Michael Tellinger and others to search for more and now over 10 million stone circles have been identified across Southern Africa, spanning incredible distances and are there for anyone see if you know where to look on Google Earth.

Yet while many are simply stone circles, Adam’s Calendar is so much more.

As the name suggests it functions as a calendar and it still works to this day. You will need a trained eye, but by using the shadow of the setting sun cast by the larger of the two monolith stones onto the smaller calendar stone you can tell the day of the year, the start and end of seasons, and even the spring equinox. There are also North, South, East and West cardinal stones and three other important stones that align perfectly with Orion, dispelling any suggestion that this could be an elaborate cattle kraal.

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While everything points to Adam’s Calendar being discovered in 2003, it would perhaps be more correct if we said ‘rediscovered’. Because up until the late 40s early 50s tribal initiation ceremonies were being undertaken here. It is still considered a place of great spiritual significance by the African Keepers of Ancient Knowledge, although to them this place never was or ever will be Adam’s Calendar, it is ‘Inzalo Y’langa’ – ‘the Birth Place of the Sun’, where humanity was created by the gods.

So we know Adam’s Calendar is not a natural phenomenon but a purposefully constructed monument which is part of a larger network of stone circles. That it marks celestial bodies and the passage of time, as well as important annual events. That it has a rich heritage which is deeply rooted in traditional culture and carries spiritual significance. These facts might as well be written in stone and are generally accepted, but like all great stories there is more and this is where things become a bit less clear and a lot less believable.

It is also why I found myself in the Stone Circle Bistro and Museum, in  Emgwenya, musing over the many artefacts relating to the site that are on display there, while waiting for the internationally renowned Michael Tellinger who is globally considered to be the foremost expert on Adam’s Calendar to tell me more.

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One of the first questions on my list: could this really be the oldest manmade structure on the planet?

Reading my scientific scepticism, Michael bombarded me with “the facts”. Explaining that while without carbon dating, which cannot be done on rocks, it is almost impossible to precisely date Adam’s Calendar. Everything that could be tested certainly has been. This includes analysis of lichen growing on the rocks and the environmental weathering of some stones, like the skull rock. As well as soil shift analysis of both the fallen and standing rocks. All of which place the monument way before most currently deemed ‘old man-made’ structures were built. Yet it is disparities with the polar alignment and the alignment with Orion’s belt that provide the most convincing evidence about the site’s age. Both appear to be out, not by much, but enough to make you question why when everything else is so precise are these two things are not?


The cardinal alignment is out by 3.25 degrees in an anti-clockwise direction which might not sound like much, until you try navigating with a compass that is out by the same amount. So why the mistake and can it be explained?

A simple explanation would be polar shift brought about by a procession wobble, which sounds incredibly complicated and shrouded in science but isn’t. The Earth rotates on its North South axis but it doesn’t rotate in a straight line, it is slight tipped to the side. This causes a circular wobble which takes around 25,000 years to complete in a clockwise direction. At different points in the wobble circle North would be aligned slightly differently and therefore could explain the 3.25 degree shift. By looking at where we are on the procession wobble now and where Adam’s Calendar would line up with true North, we can see there’s a difference of almost 25,000 years. Suggesting Adam’s Calendar was built a minimum of 25,000 years ago, or possibly 50,000 or even 75,000 as we have been through many wobbles.



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Then there are the stones that mark Orion’s Belt. They too are out unless you rewind to a time 75,000 years ago when Orion’s Belt rose flat on the horizon, then they line up perfectly. Using this Tellinger makes a convincing argument that even my sceptical scientific brain finds hard to write-off that Adams Calendar is around 75,000 years old – making it the oldest manmade structure on the planet.

On to my next question: could it also be more than just a Calendar?


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Again Tellinger thinks so. The rocks used in Adam’s Calendar are humungous, some weighing easily over 5 tonnes. These would have had to be moved to the site, meaning each rock had to have a very deliberate purpose and was specifically picked. Could this be due to its acoustic qualities? The stones that make up Adam’s Calendar and many other of the stone circles are granites, dolomites and hornfels, these all have a very specific crystalline structure that resonates and amplifies sound. It also appears to emit sound frequencies too and this is what has got the scientific world abuzz. These sounds are far too high-pitched for our ears to pick up, somewhere in the range of 375 gigahertz, so we are talking military frequencies, and they are only found within the stone circle. What is even more mystifying is the soundwaves generated appear to be producing electromagnetic fields running both vertically and horizontally and measuring between 1700Mhz and 1800Mhz. This has been independently verified by many scientific experts, but what is still a mystery is what the fields were used for. Is it simply co-incidence or is there an explanation?

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Then there is the Orion Link.

Perfectly positioned on the 31 degrees East longitudinal line Adam’s Calendar is perfectly aligned with both the pyramids of Egypt and Greater Zimbabwe, two other ancient monuments that also point to Orion. In fact, across the globe numerous shrines left by ancient civilizations like the Mayan Temples and Chinese Pyramids are also strongly connected to Orion. Is this yet another coincidence or is there more to this celestial fascination than meets the eye?

Could it be evidence of a philosophical and cultural links that point to an ancient global civilization? Michael Tellinger certainly thinks it does. More than that, he believes this ancient civilization found a way of harnessing the power from the electromagnetic fields produced within Adam’s Calendar and the other stone circles providing them with a free energy source. Through studying Adam’s Calendar and other stone circles we could find the key to unlocking this power, providing a new free source of energy to a world hungry for it.


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It still leaves the unsettling question that if this civilisation did exist, where did they vanish to without a trace?

When it comes to Adam’s Calendar there are so many unanswered questions and the more you dig the more you uncover. This is certainly not an attraction for the closed-minded, but if you are open to the unconventional and have an enquiring mind then there is nothing better than spending an afternoon with Michael or one of his highly informed tour-guides. They will take you to a place where historical artefacts, scientific facts and what will appear to some as off the wall ideas come together to form a very believable story, its then up to you to find your truth.

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For more information about Adam’s Calendar check out Michael Tellinger’s website:


Tours to the Stone Circles, the Museum and Adam’s Calendar can be booked at the Stone Circle Museum in Waterval Boven: Address: 17 Zasm Road, Waterval Boven | 013 257 0479 OR via email:

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