Posted on 16 July 2013
Recent news releases by the BBC and others have reported that archaeologists believe they have discovered the world's oldest lunar "calendar" in an Aberdeenshire field. The research behind those reports has just been published in our department-based journal, Internet Archaeology. That analysis includes a stunning visualisation of how the site might have looked.
The excavations of a field at Crathes Castle found a series of 12 pits which appear to mimic the phases of the moon and track lunar months. A team led by the University of Birmingham suggests the ancient monument was created by hunter-gatherers about 10,000 years ago. The pit alignment, at Warren Field, aligns on the Midwinter sunrise to provide people with an annual "astronomic correction" in order to better follow the passage of time and changing seasons.