Modern man may claim to be the smartest in entire Solar System but that is far from being true. Ancient people, dating back to the Neolithic Age weren’t really dumbs! Despite being devoid of modern tools, computers and other advanced stuff, they managed to create things that baffles us today. One such creation was the Goseck Circle. Let us learn 20 interesting Goseck Circle facts and find out its relationship with astronomy. You ready?
Interesting Goseck Circle Facts: 1-10
1. The Goseck Circle, also known as the Goseck Henge is the oldest known official solar observatory to exist in world today.
2. It is located in a small sleepy town located in Goseck in Burgenlandkreis district of Saxony Anhalt in Germany.
3. The structure had an accidental discovery. It was back in 1991 when a couple of local surveyors were busy taking aerial photographs of the area that they spotted a gargantuan circular ridge-like structure underneath a wheat field.
4. The cropmarks on the circular structure were more visible during the seasons of drought.
5. In 2002 – 11 years after the structure was spotted, a major excavation of the site was undertaken by Peter Biehl and François Bertemes from University of Halle-Wittenberg.
6. Radiocarbon dating was used to find out the age of the structure and it was found that it dated back to 4900 BCE.
7. Certain pottery shards were also dug out and they belonged to the Stroke-ornamented ware culture dating back to circa 4700 BC.
8. The discovery of the pottery shards suggested that the site stayed functional for a period of 200 years and then it was abandoned.
9. This discovery of pottery shards represented a transition from Neolithic linear pottery to Stroke-ornamented ware culture.
10. Archeologists did find some remains of headless skeletons, human and animal bones and ritual fires and all pointed towards burial rituals or human sacrifice.