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Keeping time at Stonehenge.

Darvill, T., 2022. Keeping time at Stonehenge. Antiquity. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2022.5

Abstract

Scholars have long seen in the monumental composition of Stonehenge evidence for prehistoric time-reckoning - a Neolithic calendar. Exactly how such a calendar functioned, however, remains unclear. Recent advances in understanding the phasing of Stonehenge highlight the unity of the sarsen settings. Here, the author argues that the numerology of these sarsen elements materialises a perpetual calendar based on a tropical solar year of 365.25 days. The indigenous development of such a calendar in north-western Europe is possible, but an Eastern Mediterranean origin is also considered. The adoption of a solar calendar was associated with the spread of solar cosmologies during the third millennium BC and was used to regularise festivals and ceremonies.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0003-598X
Uncontrolled Keywords:Stonehenge;Britain;Wessex;Solar calendar;time-reckoning
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:36770
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:22 Mar 2022 14:11
Last Modified:22 Mar 2022 14:11

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