Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Stonehenge Laser Scan Shows Importance of Solstices

Stonehenge scan shows importance of the solstice

By Isla BinniePosted 2012/10/09 at 7:38 am EDT

LONDON, Oct. 9, 2012 (Reuters) — A cutting-edge laser scan of Stonehenge has shown how Britain's enigmatic neolithic monument was built to enhance the dramatic passage of sunlight through the circle of stones at midsummer and midwinter.

Stonehenge in 2007

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The slabs were intended to appear at their best in the dawn light on the longest day of the year and at sunset on the shortest, the scan for English Heritage found.

Those stones were set where they would be seen first by people approaching the monument from the northeast along the Avenue, a processional route that would have been particularly spectacular at the midwinter sunset.

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