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    10,000-year-old calendar said discovered in Scottish field, possibly world's oldest

    World's oldest calendar dating back more than 10,000 years discovered in Scotland. (Daily Mail)

    • The monument is made up of 12 pits that appear to mimic moon phases
    • This would have made it possible for residents to track lunar months
    • It was discovered in Warren Field near Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire
    • The discovery predates the earliest known calendar by 5,000 years
    Archaeologists believe they have discovered the world's oldest 'calendar' in a field in Scotland.
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    Researchers found that the monument pits align during the Midwinter sunrise, which researchers say would provide an annual 'astronomic correction' to maintain the link between the passage of time indicated by the moon, the solar year and the seasons.
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    The project was led by Vince Gaffney, professor of landscape archaeology at the University of Birmingham.

    He said: 'The evidence suggests that hunter-gatherer societies in Scotland had both the need and sophistication to track time across the years, to correct for seasonal drift of the lunar year and that this occurred nearly 5,000 years before the first formal calendars known in the near east.

    'In doing so, this illustrates one important step towards the formal construction of time and therefore history itself.'
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    Interesting location, http://www.distancesfrom.com/Crathes...y/1723327.aspx

    I wonder why there.
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    Here's BBC News's story, with a video:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...tland-23286928
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    The Warren Field site was first discovered as unusual crop marks spotted from the air by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).

    Dave Cowley, aerial survey projects manager at RCAHMS, said: "We have been taking photographs of the Scottish landscape for nearly 40 years, recording thousands of archaeological sites that would never have been detected from the ground.

    "Warren Field stands out as something special, however. It is remarkable to think that our aerial survey may have helped to find the place where time itself was invented."
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Scotland

    Scotland was first decisively settled after the end of the last glacial period (in the paleolithic), roughly 10,000 years ago.

    bbm, Interesting.
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    An advanced set of hunter-gatherers, that particular tribe. They could imagine a future, one that needed to be scheduled for.

    The dawn of time indeed.



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