When I first came across the idea that the Celtic Cross may have been a navigational device I was stunned by the potential observational accuracy of the idea and amazed that’s it obvious simplicity and functionality had been missed. I had visions of tribal folk carrying such an instrument with them as they traversed the landscape. It made sense. This is a work by Crichton E M Miller, The Golden Thread of Time’ in which he sets out his explanation of how it worked and its applications. Unfortunately, I think, there is text within the book and associated promotions that speak in ways that are less than scientific or perhaps unwise or incorrect in their assertions, such as ” Time keeping and prediction resulted from its use and a deep understanding of spiritual values forgotten in our modern world. Misinterpretation and sometimes deliberate obscurity and ignorance by religious and scientific authorities has led to a distorted view in the historical perspective of our ancient past.” and “learn what the Rulers kept secret for 2 millennia ….” We also don’t know (do we?) that rulers held secrets. Perhaps, as is normal, some people have acquired and hold a different body of knowledge, but that is not to say it is in anyway deliberately with held from others. The author, or publisher, seems quick here to think in terms of ‘knowledge is power’, which it is of course. Ancient history is perplexing while inaccuracies and leaps of imagination abound, but it seems unfair and unnecessary to accuse scientific authorities (what authorities?) of deliberately obscuring knowledge of this kind. Distorted it and ignored it, perhaps. Put it to one side, yes. Words like ‘spiritual’ and ‘secret’ are often used, it seems, by publishers seeking to attract and placate a certain key niche of readership. This then has the tendency to locate the work not within a serious scientific and historic genre, but within the popular community of ‘Mind. Body, Spirit’ books or ‘Religion’ if not ‘alternative and new age’ categories when situated in book stores. This style of writing is unfortunate I think, because works such as these, if we ignore the more fanciful and self-congratulating text that can shroud such books, are actually quite scholarly and more notice should be taken of them by ‘experts’ with a more mainstream mode of operation and practice with the subject matter.