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NABTA - Oldest Astronomical Megalith Alignement Discovered In Egypt

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     The following was found at http://www.cnn.com/TECH/science/9804/02/megalith.reut/index.html








                                    Sahara 'Stonehenge' oldest yet, scientists say






 April 2, 1998
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(Reuters)

-- Ancient Stonehenge-style stones spotted in Egypt's Sahara Desert are the oldest megaliths yet discovered and probably served as both calendar and temple, researchers said on Wednesday.

The site, known as Nabta, is between 6,000 and 6,500 years old, they reported in the science journal Nature. This would make it 1,000 years older than Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England and similar sites.

"This is the oldest documented astronomical alignment of megaliths in the world," University of Colorado at Boulder astronomy professor J. McKim Malville said in a statement.

"A lot of effort went into the construction of a purely symbolic and ceremonial site."

The stone slabs, some of which are 9 feet high, were dragged to the site from a mile or more away. Several are lined up in an east-west direction.

"These vertical sighting stones in the circle correspond to the zenith sun during the summer solstice," said Malville, who specializes in ancient astronomy.

"For many cultures in the tropics, the zenith sun has been a major event for millennia."

There are also giant stones standing alone. During summer and fall, they would have been partially submerged in the lake and may have been ritual markers for the onset of the rainy season.

"The organization of these objects suggest a symbolic geometry that integrated death, water and the sun," Malville said.
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