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33 32 woodhenge another midsummer alignment Just down the road, two miles to the northeast of Stonehenge, may be found Woodhenge, a most interesting neolithic site. Dating from 2000 BC, archaeologists think it may have been a roofed building. Whatever Woodhenge once was, like Stonehenge it was built with its axis accurately aligned to the midsummer sunrise. The cursus see page 7 points to the site. The complex arrangement of postholes holds an interesting geometry, for Woodhenge is six concentric ellipsoids in plan, having perimeters of 40, 60, 80, 100, 140 and 160 Megalithic yards, the whole design based on the 123537 Pythagorean right triangle of half MY units and one wonders why. Many megalithic sites have their entrances aligned to a solstice sunrise or set. The most famous are Newgrange in Ireland, Bryn CelliDdu on Anglesey, Maes Howe in the Orkneys and, of course, Stonehenge. These are ritual alignments, of low accuracy, connecting man with the skies and to the flow of time. Our ancestors were evidently fascinated by the seasonal variations in the rising and setting positions of the Sun and Moon. Some megalithic sites align to key astronomical points on a far horizon which are accurate to a sixtieth of a degree. Many mark the 18.62 year lunar cycle, particularly those sites thought to have been used to detect the tiny seventh of a degree up and down 173 day wobble of the Moons orbit, vital for predicting eclipses. The best example is Temple Wood, Argyllshire.
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