The Memory Code – Table of Contents


The Memory Code is often referred to, by those asking me about it, as ‘your Stonehenge book’. I have no doubt that the ideas about the purpose for Stonehenge will attract much of the attention, but it is only one chapter in 12. So I have put the Table of Contents below so you can see the extent of the book. It covers more ground than Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies, but without all the academic justification.

I have had a great deal of contact in recent weeks from the memory community, including memory champions on three continents! I have also been asked to write an academic essay for Rounded Globe on indigenous memory methods and implications for contemporary thinking. It will be titled Grounded: indigenous knowing in a concrete reality and free for all. This is part of the move for academics to communicate beyond the expensive academic journals and paywalls. Taxpayers pay for the research – taxpayers should have access to it.

The Memory Code will be published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in July, and by Atlantic Books in the UK and Pegasus Books in the US early next year. The audio rights have also just been sold, so I’ll update here when all the paper work has been done. Allen & Unwin are working extremely hard on my book, and I am delighted by everything they have done.



Chapter 1  –  Encyclopaedic memories of the elders

Chapter 2  –  Memory spaces, large and small

Chapter 3  –  Memory spaces in a modern world

Chapter 4  –  A journey through time

Chapter 5  –  The ever-changing memory spaces at Stonehenge

Chapter 6  –  The megalithic complexes of Avebury and Orkney

Chapter  7  –  Newgrange and the passage cairns of Ireland    

Chapter  8  –  The tall stones and endless rows of Carnac

Chapter 9  –  The unparalleled architecture of Chaco Canyon

Chapter  10  Giant drawings on the desert floor at Nasca

Chapter  11  Memory spaces across the Americas

Chapter  12  Polynesian navigators create a unique world on Easter Island


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Author: lynne

I am an Honorary Researcher at LaTrobe University. I am the author of 19 books, the most recent being 'Spiders: learning to love them' (Allen & Unwin), 'Knowledge and Power in Prehistoric Societies' (Cambridge University Press, 'The Memory Code' (Allen & Unwin, AUS; Pegasus Books, US and Atlantic Books, UK), 'Memory Craft' (Allen & Unwin, AUS; Pegasus Books, US) [and foreign translations, audio versions and so on]. My latest book is co-authored by Margo Neale. 'Songlines: the power and promise' and published by Thames & Hudson with the National Museum of Australia.

12 thoughts on “The Memory Code – Table of Contents”

  1. Congratulations. I am waiting in anticipation for your book.
    Here is a new topic for you , lol.
    Noahas ark could not have existed to be of any consequence to our life .
    Why ? Noah and his 3 sons, lets say had babies with their partners, being 4 ladies.
    Mathematically and medically speaking its not physically possible to have thousands of babies/ children/ adults of all nationalities in many countries in such a short space of time from 4 couples , 100% impossible.Where did the rest of the people come from ? If an ark was built using the dimensions of the men written in the bible the ark would have sunk just about soon as it was launched
    and thats just the beginning !

  2. I too heard your interview with Richard Feidler last night and was truly fascinated. I have been interested in the 8000BC site of Gobekli Tepe in SE Turkey for some time and wondered if you had considered this in your research. I await the publication of your book.

    1. Thank you, Leonie. I have been over-whelmed by the response. Yes, I do write a bit about Gobekli Tepe. By labeling it a ‘temple’ researchers have limited their thinking about its purpose. It fits the pattern of a memory space perfectly. Being a hunter-gatherer site, it also breaks down the idea that people had to be farming to build monuments. I would argue that they had to build monuments in order to retain the knowledge they needed to settle and gradually adopt farming.

      I’d be interested to know if you agree when you have read the book. I am nervously awaiting the response from the big wide world after being closeted away researching and writing for so long.

      Thank you again,


  3. Wowee! I heard your interview with Richard Fidler on Conversations, ABC – and it has just blown me away!… I have subscribed, and am about to order your book – not sure – hard copy or ebook ?? Wowee – I haven’t stopped my head spinning yet!.. and the more I think about it – the more it makes sense!
    Congratulations and thank you – can’t wait for more

    1. Hi Lyn,

      Thank you for taking the time to post such a lovely comment. It is greatly appreciated. I hope your head continues to spin and the book makes it do so even more!

      Thank you again,


  4. Hi Lynne,
    Congratulations on such ground-breaking research. Wondering whether “the memory code” will be available on kindle via Amazon at some stage
    Also, will you be speaking in Sydney at some point?
    Congratulations again 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Grace. I really appreciate you taking the time to comment here. The Memory Code is available on Kindle via Amazon:

      I have only one planned speaking engagement in Sydney at this time, for the Australian Skeptics on September 24. I will be adding all events to the website under Speaking and Media:

      Thank you again,


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