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We are students from Eureka High School. We are studying Archaeoastronomy in our physics class. We would like to know if anyone out there has information on Stonehenge and how it pertains to Archaeoastronomy. For those unfamiliar about Archaeoastronomy, it deals with the position of the sun and patterns that are formed with these relations.



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There are a number of good books on sites like Stonehenge. There is a Hopi Indian site, the Nasca lines in Peru, and a woodhenge in England near stonehenge that were all used by the ancients to predict the coming of spring and planting times. Look up a number of good books. The Adler Planetarium has lots of good data. If you can visit there you should find lots of interesting things.

The best explanation is that rising and setting of the Sun and Moon at different times of the year were determined by the lithes as determined from various points of reference. As best as we know it was a calendar and was used to predict times of the year for religious or agricultural purposes. You could make similar predictions of where the Sun would rise, set, or how high it would be at noon for yourselves and make your own calendar.

Samuel P Bowen


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