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Astronomical Alignments of Ales Stenar along Sunset and Moonset Directions

By Amelia Carolina Sparavigna

Abstract

International audienceThe Ales Stenar, known in English as the Ale's Stones, is an ancient megalithic monument of Sweden. The stones are outlining a ship. Here we show the well-known alignment of this ship along the sunset direction on summer solstice. We propose also alignments of the stones along the northern possible moonset on major and minor lunar standstills. These astronomical alignments are shown using the Photographer's Ephemeris. It is possible that this megalithic monument was used for observing the cycles of the moon

Topics: Photographer's Ephemeris, Modern Ephemeris, Archaeoastronomy, [SHS.ARCHEO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Archaeology and Prehistory
Publisher: Philica
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.5281/zenodo.3365599
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:hal-02265659v1

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