Accession - UAA 2019-006 (Dr. Gordon R Freeman)

UAA 2019-006 Photo of Gordon and Phyllis Freeman UAA 2019-006 UAA 2019-006 UAA 2019-006 UAA 2019-006
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UAA 2019-006 (Dr. Gordon R Freeman)

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  • 1980-2014 (Creation)
    Freeman, Gordon R.
    Majorville, AB
    Created as part of research of the Stone Temple (Canada's Stonehenge)

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Accession consists of 180 cm of text and 182 cm of photographs totaling 336 cm (3.62 m) of archival material.

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Dr. Gordon R Freeman retired as professor emeritus from the University of Alberta Department of Chemistry. He was born in 1930 in Hoffer, Saskatchewan. He obtained an M.A. from the University of Saskatchewan, a Ph.D. from McGill, and a D.Phil. from Oxford. For ten years, he was Chairman of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Alberta, and Director of the Radiation Research Centre there for thirty years. In 1964, he designed the first Centre for Interdisciplinary Science in Alberta (Radiation Research Centre). He was director of the centre (built in 1965) until his retirement in 1995. Throughout his career, Dr. Freeman's areas of research included radiation chemistry and physics, electronics, astrophysics, radiation zoology, botany and genetics, and medicine and food science.

Dr. Freeman spent his career teaching and researching in radiation chemistry, authoring more than 450 publications in chemistry, physics, and other subjects. He was editor and major contributor to the book "Kinetics of Nonhomogenous Processes". Throughout his career professor Freeman became a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and member of the American Physical Society. He expressed strong interest in art, cartrography and archaeological research with memberships in the Canadian Association of Physicists Epigraphic Society and Canadian Rock Art Research Associates. At a very young age, Dr. Freeman was intrigued with historic artefacts, which later became a strong area of interest and research. In 1980 he discovered a 5000-year-old Sun Temple near Majorville, Alberta. In 1989 he took observation techniques he had developed in Alberta to England, to resolve the controversy that surrounded a possible calendar in Stonehenge. His research on this site culminated in two books: "Canada's Stonehenge" and "Hidden Stonehenge: Ancient Temple in North America Reveals the Key to Ancient Wonders".

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Dr. Gordon R. Freeman created and maintained custody of the material until 2019, when he donated it to the UAA.

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The accession consists of non-chemistry research conducted by Gordon r Freeman on a stone structure near Majorville located in South Eastern Alberta. There, Freeman discovered stones arranged by humans. One significant stone structure was identified as a widespread "Temple to the Sun, Moon and Morningstar". During the period 1980-2014, Freeman took many photos (2,000) of the temple and area. These images comprise a significant volume of the accession and were used widely in the seven volume publication: "Temple to the Sun, Moon and Morningstar". The book depicts that indigenous peoples on the Great Plains 5000 years ago had significant scientific knowledge of the motions of the lights in the sky. The records including photographs, field notes, research notes, site excavation information, presentation, conference information and presentations (namely Archeoastronomy conference 1998), correspondence and observations embody the work that led to the writing of two additional books of the site: Canada's Stonehenge (2009) and "Hidden Stonehenge" (2012).

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Good condition.

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Acquired directly from GR Freeman


The material has been received in eight banker style boxes. Boxes 1-9 comprise field notes, correspondence, presentation information, and research data. Photo boxes 1-10 consist entirely of photos of the Sun Temple and surrounding area. The accession will be retained in its original order, though placed in archival folders, boxes and sleeves. Each box is given a description of contents with an accompanying file list in the order in which the files were received. The box descriptions and file title listing is attached.

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  • English

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The accession comprises the original records located at UAA (RCRF).

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The accession is open for research (publicly available)

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Copyright (no access restrictions apply as per donor agreement)

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Each box is given a description of contents with an accompanying file list in the order in which the files were received. The box descriptions and file title listing is attached.

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Previous record acquisitions of GR Freeman are held at the University Archives including his work on the "Sacred Rocks of Alberta". No further accruals are expected.

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J. Franks 22 February, 2019
Updated 29 August, 2019.

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  • English

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