Oldest Astronomical Megalith Alignment Discovered In Egypt
The Nabta megaliths were recently discovered in the Egyptian Sahara. The circle of stones is astronomically aligned, although no one is sure of its exact purpose. It dates to between 4500 and 4000 BCE – making it 1,000 years older than the circle at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England.
The Nabtans erected five megalithic alignments all radiating like wheel spokes from a central cluster of stones.
Nabta boasts numerous fire hearths located around a stone calendar circle about 300 meters north of the mega stones. This stone circle is very small compared with the great structures of Stonehenge and Carnac but it demonstrates similar astronomical affiliations. Archaeologists, using global positioning systems, have surveyed the large radial stones and found that their alignments are exactly on the axis north-south and east-west as are the stones of the calendar circle.
The east-west line has been calculated to align with the rising and setting sun of the summer solstice more than 6,000 years ago.
Many cattle bones have been discovered, adding to the speculation that this was a place of animal veneration. The ancient Egyptians deified cattle, especially the cow. One tumulus contained a fully articulated cow while numerous other, more basic, tumuli contained some artifacts, unshaped stones, and disarticulated cattle bones.