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Keeping time at Stonehenge.

Darvill, T., 2022. Keeping time at Stonehenge. Antiquity: a quarterly review of archaeology, 96 (386), 319-335.

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DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2022.5


Advances in understanding the phasing of Stonehenge highlight the integrity of the sarsen structures. Here it is suggested that the numerology of the sarsen elements materialize a perpetual calendar based on a tropical solar year of 365.25 days, starting at the winter solstice. The indigenous development of such a calendar in north-west Europe is possible, but a source in the eastern Mediterranean is also considered. The adoption of a solar calendar, perhaps a replacement for an earlier lunar calendar, was associated with the spread of solar cosmologies during the third millennium BC and was used to regularize festivals and ceremonies.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Stonehenge; Britain; Wessex; solar calendar; time-reckoning
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:36703
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:07 Mar 2022 10:43
Last Modified:23 May 2022 13:43


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