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Old 10-06-11   #1
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An egg-shaped ring of standing stones in Australia could prove to be older than Britain's Stonehenge - and it may show that ancient Aboriginal cultures had a deep understanding of the movements of the stars.

Fifty metres wide and containing more than 100 basalt boulders, the site of Wurdi Youang in Victoria was noted by European settlers two centuries ago, and charted by archaeologists in 1977, but only now is its purpose being rediscovered.

It is thought the site was built by the Wadda Wurrung people - the traditional inhabitants of the area. All understanding of the rocks' significance was lost, however, when traditional language and practices were banned at the beginning of the 20th Century.

Now a team of archaeologists, astronomers and Aboriginal advisers is reclaiming that knowledge.

They have discovered that waist-high boulders at the tip of the egg-shaped point along the ring to the position on the horizon where the sun sets at the summer and winter solstice - the longest and shortest day of the year.

The axis from top to bottom points towards the equinox - when the length of day equals night.

At Stonehenge, the sun aligns instead with gaps in the stones on these key dates in the solar calendar.

The probability that layout of Wurdi Youang is a coincidence is miniscule, argues Ray Norris, a British astrophysicist at Australia's national science agency, who is leading the investigation.
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An egg-shaped ring of standing stones in Australia could prove to be older than Britain's Stonehenge - and it may show that ancient Aboriginal cultures had a deep understanding of the movements of the stars.
The key words in the above quote are of course; could and may, neither of which are conclusive but both of which are skimmed over by the human imagination to make the statement almost concrete!

An equally valid alternative interpretation based on the information provided in the report would be that the stones may prove to be younger than Stonehenge and that their arrangemnt was intended to be aesthetic rather than scientific. The coincidence regarding their alignment maybe "miniscule" but it actually remains a valid outcome in terms of probability until discounted by evidence that shows a more certain use for the stones.

The point is, there's precious little fact upon which to make any kind of assumption regarding these stones, not that that would stop the popular press from doing such a thing to make a headline!
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Damn, I'm on my mobile in a break... Got an interesting article - not so much on this so called Stonehenge, but on Aboriginal astrology ... Will try to remember to post it when I get home... Those of you who are fb friends, someone remind me, please? I'm a bit absent minded at the moment..
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I don't think any of these were the one I was looking for... but still interesting, and one refers to the Australian Stonehenge...

Bit of light reading for anyone who is interested....
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And if you use Scribed:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/38742759/A...e-Arrangements

http://www.scribd.com/doc/62005511/A...l-Geomythology

What the hell?

http://www.scribd.com/doc/17013640/a...fo-connections
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Interesting. I'm just reading a book, Canada's Stonehenge: Astounding Archeological Discoveries in Canada, England and Wales by Gordon R. Freeman. He is writing primarily about several of what they sometimes call Sun Wheels in Alberta. Its kinda cool that 4,300 years ago people here built something that predicts EqualDays (as he calls what are more commonly called Equinoxes). He also says that both these Sun Wheels, Stonehenge, and another group of standing stones in Wales predict lunar as well as solar turns of the year.
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Well I don't see why being older or younger than stone henge would matter all that much either way. Although seeing as how I'm fairly certain people were in Australia before Britian, and I could be wrong on that, don't quote me. It would make sense that there would be things older than stone henge there. But, seeing how was needed for ancient peoples to keep track of the seasons, its hardly shocking that they would spend time and engery getting it right.
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