A team of archeologists is exploring an Australian stone arrangement that could possibly be the first astronomical observatory ever created by man.
Early on, the inhabitants of the area where these stones can be found were thought of as nomadic. But more research showed otherwise. The early inhabitants were permanent dwellers engaged in agriculture.
Many stone arrangements built by past civilizations have been discovered throughout the world. The most famous by far is the Stonehenge of UK. It was built by ancient civilizations to help monitor the coming and going of seasons through movements of the sun and moon. A less famous but extraordinary stone alignments can also be found in Scotland built many centuries ago to keep track of seasons occurring once every almost two decades.
Archeologists have traveled to Europe and Middle East countries searching for sites where observatory-like stone structures of these kinds might exist. The oldest one found so far is around 7,000 years.
Australian astronomer Dr. Duane Hamacher mentioned that aside from these places, there are also discoveries in Australia which are more than 7,000 years old.
A particular stone arrangement which has been in existence for 14,000 years was discovered in Australia. Hamacher describes it as having two lines with dome-shaped stones strategically positioned with the setting Sun.
Before the 20th century ushered in, natives who have built and used these stone structures were either displaced or killed. As a result, the existence of these stones has been forgotten together with data on how these were used.
Fortunately, in the 70s, experts began studying these stone structures, leading to some discoveries.
Hamacher said that records of documents containing data gathered from native elders have also been rediscovered.
Hamacher is excited about the newly discovered ancient structures linked to the stones in Wurdi Youang. Four years ago, he has studied these structures and later on published a paper about it.
The stones may have to be subjected to thermoluminescence dating but the Wathaurong elders will have to be consulted first according to Hamacher.
Wurdi Youang is actually the name of a hill in You Yang. People just named the stones after this hill since no one actually knows what the observatory is called. The exact location remains undisclosed to protect it from being vandalized.
The Western Victoria region in Australia is home to many ancient architectures. Eight thousand-year-old tools used for eel farming were found here. However, the Wurdi Youang stone alignment is the most distinct so far and probably the oldest.