Geographical Alignments of Megalithic Sites in Northern Europe – An Unexpected Finding

13 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2019

Date Written: November 14, 2019

Abstract

In examining the alignments of megalithic sites in northern Europe it has been determined that more than a dozen appear to point toward a geographic location near or within modern-day Paris. The earliest sites (late Neolithic) that face in this direction are not aligned with celestial events such as solstices or lunar standstills. However, later sites are oriented to celestial events as well. That these sites both reference celestial events and a specific geographic location suggests that their locations could not have been chosen at random. The probability that over a dozen sites are aligned to face a specific geo-location is extremely small. Despite the common belief that Neolithic people were organized in relatively small groups, this finding suggests they had knowledge of a larger group/higher level of organization that was connected in some way with a place of importance – a location near Paris and could align sites hundreds of kilometers away to that location.

Keywords: geographic alignment, archaeoastronomy, megalithic sites, Europe, Neolithic, Paris

Suggested Citation

Carlotto, Mark, Geographical Alignments of Megalithic Sites in Northern Europe – An Unexpected Finding (November 14, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3486984 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3486984

Mark Carlotto (Contact Author)

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