3 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2016
Date Written: June 13, 2016
The Karnak Temple complex comprises a vast mix of temples, chapels and other buildings. Its construction began during the reign of Senusret I in the Middle Kingdom and continued during the Ptolemaic period. The temple was the main place of worship the Amun-Ra, the Sun God. Not surprisingly his temple has its axis aligned along the sunrise azimuth on the winter solstice. Here we will discuss how the motion of the Earth’s axis has altered, in four thousand years, this alignment of half a degree.
Keywords: Archaeoastronomy, Satellite Images, Precession, Ancient Egypt.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Sparavigna, Amelia Carolina, The Karnak Temple and the Motion of the Earth's Axis (June 13, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2795239