Atlantis Online
December 14, 2018, 08:19:43 am
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
News: Were seafarers living here 16,000 years ago?
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=34805893-6a53-46f5-a864-a96d53991051&k=39922
 
  Home Help Arcade Gallery Links Staff List Calendar Login Register  

Ancient monuments used for moonlit ceremonies

Pages: [1]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Ancient monuments used for moonlit ceremonies  (Read 284 times)
Quaid
Superhero Member
******
Posts: 3272



« on: July 14, 2017, 06:14:21 pm »

Ancient monuments used for moonlit ceremonies
Posted on Thursday, 13 July, 2017 |



Some ceremonies were performed at night. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.5 Jeffrey Pfau
Archaeologists have found that ancient stone monuments may have had a hidden purpose.
A recent investigation of Hendraburnick Quoit, a Stone Age engraved panel in Cornwall, England, has revealed that some ancient markings actually show up a lot more prominently in moonlight.

The research also found evidence to suggest that pieces of quartz had been deliberately crushed and placed around the site so that they would glow in the dark and provide a low level of luminescence.

"I think the new marks show that this site was used at night and it is likely that other megalithic sites were as well," said Dr Andy Jones of the Cornwall Archaeological Unit.

"We were aware there were some cup and ring marks on the rocks but we were there on a sunny afternoon and noticed it was casting shadows on others which nobody had seen before."

The findings suggest that these ancient monuments were likely to have played host to mysterious ceremonies that the people of the time would have conducted there after dark.

"As in many cultures where darkness is associated with the supernatural and the heightening of senses, it is possible that some activities at Hendraburnick Quoit may have been undertaken at night," wrote Dr Jones and his colleague Thomas Goskar.

"Quartz has luminescent properties and reflects both moonlight and firelight."

Exactly what these ancient ceremonies entailed however continues to remain a mystery.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/07/ancient-stone-monuments-may-have-used-mysterious-moonlit-ceremonies/
Report Spam   Logged



Pages: [1]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by EzPortal
Bookmark this site! | Upgrade This Forum
SMF For Free - Create your own Forum | Buy traffic for your forum/website
Powered by SMF | SMF © 2016, Simple Machines
Privacy Policy