Nature 275, 50 - 52 (07 September 1978); doi:10.1038/275050a0
Some new measurements on Stonehenge
R. J. C. ATKINSON
Department of Archaeology, University College, Cardiff, UK
THE possible astronomical significance of Stonehenge has made it desirable to make new measurements of some of its features, and I report here the results of a survey made in April 1978. New values are given for the axis of symmetry of the Avenue, the figure of the four Stations, the original position of the peak of the Heel Stone and the axis of symmetry of the sarsen trilithons (Fig. 1).
Nature 263, 465 - 469 (07 October 1976); doi:10.1038/263465a0
|Astronomically-oriented markings on Stonehenge|
RICHARD F. BRINCKERHOFF
Science Department, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire 03833
In view of the years of careful study that have been devoted to Stonehenge it may seem unlikely that any more information could be extracted from the monument, or at least from that part of it above ground. During the past two years, however, further markings have come to light that are, at least, interesting, and possibly important. These markings are a series of at least 11 pits on the upper surfaces of the three contiguous lintels (130, 101 and 102) that span the well-known line of sight from the centre of the sarsen circle north-eastward towards the heel stone. For an observer diametrically across the circle, 9 of these pits identify directions of the rising moon at significant points in its 18.6-yr cycle.
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