The archaeologists are still having a hard time. In various sites located around the planet there are megalithic structures that are coming to light, especially in remote areas where people don’t generally venture. The bottom line is that many of these sites have a simple, comprehensive function, and that is to build standing stones that calibrate the motions of heaven as seen from the earth. Written by Gerald Hawkins, it wasn’t until 1961 in his book “Stonehenge Decoded” that scientists even began to consider (a word meaning ‘with the stars’) non-terrestrial interpretations of the true purpose of these sites. It only takes two poles to establish true north and south, one if you’re using a distant marker like a mountain top on the horizon. Four posts will establish north, south, east and west. You start working with dozens of posts and you are looking at far more than simply the movements of the Sun and Moon.
In layman’s terms, they were building astronomical observatories.
Even today archaeologists prefer not to call it a Stonehenge or Woodhenge – instead referring to them in this case as “Timber Circles.” Many academics would rather not be associated with these distant henge relatives, preferring to keep their feet on the ground.
4,500-year-old ‘timber circles’ discovered in Portugal
Only one-third of the circle has been excavated so far. Archaeologists estimate the circle to be about 66 feet (20 meters) in diameter.
“The remains of several timber circles constructed over 4,500 years ago have been discovered at the Perdigões complex archaeological site in Portugal.”
“Though some news outlets have described the circles as a “woodhenge,” akin to the famous Neolithic monument of Stonehenge, archaeologists prefer not to call it that – instead referring to them a “Timber Circles.”
“While the archaeologists prefer a different name the design is similar with wooden posts encircling an area.
“We interpret it as a ceremonial place and prefer to refer to it as timber circles,” said António Valera, an archaeologist with the Era Arqueologia company, who is leading excavations at the site.”
‘Only about a third of the timber circles have been excavated so far, and only post holes and ditches from the circles remain. There is an opening in the Timer Circles that appears to be aligned to the summer solstice — the longest day of the year — Valera told Live Science.”
“The ceremonial complex was likely constructed between 2800 B.C. and 2600 B.C., about the same time period Stonehenge was being built and used in England, Valera said. At the time, the timber circles would have enclosed an area that was about 66 feet (20 meters) in diameter, he estimates. Excavations are ongoing and most of the artifacts found so far at the timber circles consist of pottery fragments and animal remains, Valera said.”
“The timber circles date back 4,500 years.”
“The Perdigoes complex archaeological site, in the Evora district in southern Portugal, where the timber circles were found, covers about 40 acres (16 hectares) of land and includes burial grounds and standing stones like those used at Stonehenge. People would have used the complex between roughly 3500 B.C. and 1200 B.C. for burial and ceremonial activities- it may have had other uses also.” “Archaeologists have been excavating the complex for more that 20 years and research is ongoing.” Originally published in Live Science.
The days are hot and muggy. Clothes adhere to the body like saran wrap, sweat an ever present companion. The noise of traffic, lawn mowers, leaf blowers and hammers pound out the rhythms of the day. Such is the cacophony under the rays of the brilliant summer Sun.
But when the Golden Orb slips below the horizon channels change. Tools are put away; traffic thins and people head home. Supper comes and goes as people relax into the evening, the heat and worries of the earlier hours disrobed.
Into the night is the time to walk.
The air is cool, the darkness engulfs. A distant streetlight provides a solitary clue to the path ahead, the central yellow double-line glowing faintly in the dark. Over Mother Nature’s silence a train can be heard in the distance, it’s voice rising and falling on the slight evening breeze. Alone, all around, in front and behind, on the left and on the right, the crickets keep the beat with the heat filling the void with their nocturnal symphony.
Over us all, the twinkling stars look down and softly smile.
Love and Learn.
Blessings to you, my friend,