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« on: February 09, 2011, 12:10:36 am »

Wurdi Youang rocks could prove Aborigines were first astronomers

    * By Andrew Carswell and Robert Cockburn
    * From: The Daily Telegraph
    * February 05, 2011 12:26AM



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Early astronomers? ... an aerial view of the Wurdi Youang stone arrangement, also known as the Mount Rothwell site. Source: The Daily Telegraph
Mt Rothwell

What is it? ... Wurdi Youang stone arrangement, also known as the Mount Rothwell site. Source: The Daily Telegraph

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    * Ancient stones map the sun
    * Could be upwards of 10,000 years old
    * "This can't be done by guesswork."

IS this just a pile of rocks placed in a semicircle, or proof that Aborigines were the world's first astronomers?

After years of meticulous examination, a group of Australia's most distinguished astro-physicists is starting to believe it's the latter - a discovery that could turn history upside down and render England's famous Stonehenge an also-ran.

Dubbed Wurdi Youang, the strange stone arrangement was found on property near Mt Rothwell, 80km west of Melbourne - its two points set in perfect alignment with the setting sun on a midsummer's day.

CSIRO experts believe the ancient Aboriginal sundial could be upwards of 10,000 years old, an estimate that would have it pre-date the famous neolithic Stonehenge and the only remaining ancient wonder of the world, the Egyptian Pyramids.

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Its location is a closely guarded secret.

CSIRO astro-physicist Professor Ray Norris said the precise alignment of the stones proved it was constructed to map the sun.

"This can't be done by guesswork, it required very careful measurements. If it goes back, let's say, 10,000 years, that predates the Egyptians, the Pyramids, Stonehenge, all that stuff," Professor Norris said.

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