Neolithic Stargazers: Stonehenge's Astronomical Secrets (Video)
Stonehenge, an ancient marvel built over millennia, holds intriguing insights into Neolithic astronomy. The massive trilithons, standing at 30 feet, raise questions about their transportation. The smaller bluestones, weighing tons, add to the enigma. Clues left behind, like antler picks that were carbon-dated, provide estimates of Stonehenge's chronology. The sarsen stones, harder than steel, were shaped and positioned with remarkable precision. Joints and puzzle-like connections on the lintels showcase the builders' expertise. Stonehenge's significance extends beyond its stone circle. The alignment of the central axis towards the summer solstice sunrise suggests the Neolithic people's early understanding of celestial movements. They observed the changing seasons and marked solstices.
The winter solstice holds particular importance. Alignments found in other monuments, along with evidence of feasts and pilgrimages, indicate its significance to Stonehenge's builders. The monument served as a focal point during this astronomical event. Stonehenge's enduring mysteries unravel the Neolithic people's profound connection to the cosmos. It stands as a testament to their astronomical knowledge and their ability to create a timeless monument that continues to captivate and inspire.
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Top image: Stonehenge stargazers. Source: vencav / Adobe Stock.