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From Live Science: Did Prehistoric Astronomers Build Stonehenge?

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- 366 days ago -
In 1964, the late astronomer Gerald Hawkins developed an intricate method to use pit holes and markers to predict eclipses at Stonehenge. However, this does not mean that this is how Stonehenge was intended to be used.


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Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Wednesday March 21, 2018, 8:35 am
To start understanding the past we need to include various approaches from other disciplines to support an idea. We also have to understand that there will never be only one explanation or answer to how a monument might have been aligned or used.

So how can cultural astronomy explain the pyramids' alignment? A study from 2001 proposed that two stars, Megrez and Phad, in the stellar constellation known as Ursa Major may have been the key. These stars are visible through the entire night. Their lowest position in the sky during a night can mark north using the merkhet - an ancient timekeeping instrument composing a bar with a plumb line attached to a wooden handle to track stars' alignment.

The benefit of this interpretation is that it links to star mythology drawn from inscriptions in the temple of Horus in Edfu. These elaborate on using the merkhet as a surveying tool – a technique that can also explain the orientation of other Egyptian sites. The inscription includes the hieroglyph "the Bull's Foreleg" which represents the Big Dipper star constellation and its possible position in the sky.

The use of the two stars Megrez and Phad of Ursa Major to line up with the cardinal north direction (meridian indicated in orange) as simulated for 2562BC.

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Wednesday March 21, 2018, 8:36 am
Site contains an interesting graph and live links.

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Derek Richardson (192)
Wednesday March 21, 2018, 8:37 am
Noted, thanks for sharing.

Animae C (507)
Wednesday March 21, 2018, 3:27 pm
Stonehenge has always fascinated me!
Bookmarked to peruse later.

TY Fiona

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday March 21, 2018, 3:43 pm
Fascinating. Thanks Fiona

Connie O (45)
Thursday March 22, 2018, 6:59 am
Interesting. Thank you.

TOM T (247)
Thursday March 22, 2018, 8:55 am
Interesting ... Thanks for the Info
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