• Australian Stone Circle ‘Older Than Stonehenge’

    by  • October 6, 2011 • Mysteries, Places, Standing Stones • 8 Comments

    This new look at an old discovery is raising questions about whether ancient aboriginal culture had a deep understanding of the movement of the stars.

    “They have discovered that waist-high boulders at the tip of the egg-shaped point along the ring to the position on the horizon where the sun sets at the summer and winter solstice – the longest and shortest day of the year.”

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    8 Responses to Australian Stone Circle ‘Older Than Stonehenge’

    1. Geoff Rodley
      October 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      I , too am fascinated by this discovery Mark .
      The structure`s form is so … organic … although I would describe its shape as more of a rounded off triangle than that of an egg .
      Pre- technology cultures only had the stones under their feet and the trees around them to record their knowledge. Their blackboard , their filing system was the very landscape around them . And , the oral tradition , of course .The dreaming or dream-time as the Aussie Aboriginals refer to it .
      Geo-glyphs are so common on our world , from here in Britain to the famously ornate Nazca lines in Peru . Animals seem to take precedence in these glyphs since early cave paintings in ochre pigment .
      Why the fascination with animals , perhaps , as was the case then , hunter gathering was vital for life .
      I think that we underestimate the intelligence of our forebears and too easily dismiss their imaginations and replace their marvellous ingenuity with far fetched tales of the now fabled Alien interventions .
      I`m proud of my Celtic ancestors capabilities to make sense of the world and the Universe around them . I try to imagine what reality would look like to a man that did not know he was living on a spinning ball , speeding through space .

      I hope that the writing is soon finished , mate .
      I am looking forward to reading the books .
      Have a great Sunday , and remember : all work and no play makes Jack an irritable and frustrated writer .

    2. November 11, 2011 at 3:09 am

      What a great story. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Aboriginal people had a greater understanding of the stars than we might have thought possible. If you’ve seen the Milky Way blaze across a desert sky how could you NOT look? As the article says, many aboriginal legends apply to the sky as well.

      And see, man hasn’t learnt the lesson of history; destroy local language and culture and you destroy knowledge as the Christians did with the Maya and Inca and the destruction of the library at Alexandria.

    3. therese
      November 26, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      The comments above remind me of an observayion of an archeo-astromer when looking at the stars in Ausrtalia and trying to identifythe recognisable shapes -ie the Emu a companion said look at the empty space .It is the space that creates the celestial shapes not the stars.unlike Northern Hemisphere configurations which literay join the dots, the proliferation of dots in the southern hemisphere conditions of Australia may present an alternative state vision, a way of seeing and therefore interpratation. A secondary thought I went to a physics lecture on the phenomenon of Auroras. The Geo magnetic lines or curves of the earth the way they bend from sun side to non sun side made me comment to myself that the pattern looks like the spider on the Nazca planes to which the person next to me looked and said yes ! Also Listened to the radio sounds of the Auroras of Saturn and Jupiter and our beuatiful Earth .Wow! each with its own signiture. The earth sounds to me like the flapping wings of ravens. Jupiter like eerie voices recreated in in a docture who episode. Sorry lots of tangents here but Ihope you find interesting.

    4. therese
      November 26, 2011 at 11:31 pm

      Alan Garner what more can I say? transitional ,liminal places States of mind.

    5. November 27, 2011 at 12:25 pm

      Some interesting thoughts there, Therese. I’d like to hear those radio sounds of the auroras.

    6. therese
      November 29, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      I will see if I can send you a link to the physics dept .The person who addressed us is working on this particular subject for their P.H.D.I will see what can be done.

    7. therese
      November 30, 2011 at 12:41 am

      I will also ‘point’ you to a recent publication you may find has interest. EntitledThe star crossed stone,the secret life myth and History of a fascinating fossil .Author Kenneth J McNamara.
      University of Chicago Press.(2010)

    8. November 30, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks, Therese – will try to check that out.

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