The beginning of time: world’s oldest calendar may have been discovered by archaeologists

Posted by er134 at Jul 17, 2013 12:17 PM |
University of Leicester archaeoastronomer advises archaeological team on their discovery of what could be the oldest calendarical monument in the world
The beginning of time: world’s oldest calendar may have been discovered by archaeologists

Artist’s impressions of Warren Field when the pits were in use. Credit: University of Birmingham

A team of archaeologists has discovered what they believe to be the oldest calendrical monument known anywhere in the world, created by hunter-gatherer societies in Scotland and dating back to around 8000 BC.

Researchers discovered that a monument created by hunter gatherers in Aberdeenshire nearly 10,000 years ago appears to mimic the phases of the Moon in order to track lunar months over the course of a year.

The site, at Warren Field, Crathes, also aligns on the Midwinter Sunrise, providing an annual astronomic correction in order to maintain the link between the passage of time, indicated by the Moon, the asynchronous solar year and the associated seasons.

Clive Ruggles, Emeritus Professor of Archaeoastronomy at the University of Leicester, advised the team on archaeoastronomical issues. He points out that there is no evidence that the site marked particular moonrises.

You can read more about the discovery here