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13 12 BarrowLoadS of goLd a ninefold astronomical lozenge At the Bush Barrow, an early Bronze Age site just south of Stonehenge, Stukeley found nothing, while Cunningham, in 1808, plundered his finest treasure the socalled Bush Barrow lozenge. Lying over the breast of a tall man, this exquisite artefact, made from beaten gold, was once mounted on a wooden plate, and measures 7 inches in length shown opposite. Bronze rivets mixed with wood and thin strips of bronze were interred nearby. The lozenge may today be viewed at the Devizes Museum. The internal angles of the lozenge are 80 and 100 degrees, this reflecting a strong ninefold geometry to support the nine triangles along each side and the central diamond of nine smaller diamonds. Uniquely at the latitude of Stonehenge, the extreme range of sunrises and sets occurs over an 80o span of the horizon, those of the moon over 100o opposite lower right and left. This has led some researchers to suggest that the lozenge was a sighting device and the tall man an astronomerpriest. But apart from any astronomical significance, the lozenge supplies firm evidence of advanced craft skills and a refined knowledge of geometry. The man was also buried with two metal daggers, a bronze axe, a lancehead, a second smaller gold lozenge, a gold belthook, a stone macehead and decorated bone ornaments. In fact, not at all the normal tackle of a modern astronomer
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