Stonehenge mystery cracked after evidence for ‘ancient supercomputer’ identified

Stonehenge: Archaeologists discover 'prehistoric village'

Stonehenge has been shrouded in mystery for millennia, a structure so mysterious that archaeologists have battled to truly understand its meaning.

Several theories as to what purpose it served have emerged: a cemetery for the elite, a place to witness rituals, perhaps even somewhere to see in the summer and winter solstices.

It’s unclear what Britain’s ancient people really used the megalith for, though one scientific study points towards one sole purpose.

The comprehensive study published by a team of scientists found crucial evidence at the site to suggest that it was used as a “supercomputer” to study astronomy.

Analysing the orientation and position of the monument, researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia compared the ancient stones found at Stonehenge to the alignment of celestial bodies at the time of its construction, around 5,000 years ago.

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The pillars, the team say, were situated in a certain way to track the movement of the sun, moon, and stars.

Dr Gail Higginbottom, project leader, said: “Nobody before this has ever statistically determined that a single stone circle was constructed with astronomical phenomena in mind – it was all supposition.

“This research is finally proof that the ancient Britons connected the Earth to the sky with their earliest standing stones and that this practice continued in the same way for 2,000 years.”

The researchers also looked at other stone circle monuments around the British Isles, including Callanish on the Isle of Lewis and Isle of Orkney’s Stenness.

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Computer modelling simulations revealed that all three monuments were also placed in a way to interact with the moon and the sun.

Dr Higginbottom said: “These chosen surroundings would have influenced the way the Sun and Moon were seen, particularly in the timing of their rising and setting at special times, like when the Moon appears at its most northerly position on the horizon, which only happens every 18.6 years.

“For example, at 50 percent of the sites, the northern horizon is relatively higher and closer than the southern and the summer solstice Sun rises out of the highest peak in the north.”

She added: “At the other 50 percent of sites, the southern horizon is higher and closer than the northern, with the winter solstice sun rising out of these highest horizons.”

Writing in their paper published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, the team said: “These people chose to erect these great stones very precisely within the landscape and in relation to the astronomy they knew.

“They invested a tremendous amount of effort and work to do so. It tells us about their strong connection with their environment, and how important it must have been to them, for their culture and for their culture’s survival.”

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