Astronomical Orientation of Neolithic Circular Ditch Systems (Kreisgrabenanlagen)

Georg Zotti

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    In the last decades, aerial photography has revealed several dozens of a certain class of Neolithic circular ditch systems, called Kreisgrabenanlagen (KGA), spread over a wide area of central Europe. Since the 1990s, view directions from the KGA centers through the doors have frequently been interpreted in connection with sunset or sunrise positions at the solstices and equinoxes, or with lunar standstill events, and so KGAs are often called “observatories”. Interdisciplinary research in Austria 2003-05 allowed a first overview of possible astronomical uses for many of the over 40 KGAs known in Lower Austria. A research project recently started (supported by the Austrian Science Fund, FWF P21208-G19) shall further clarify astronomical uses of the KGAs. Using digital elevation models, on-site horizon surveys and virtual reconstructions of landscape and the Neolithic sky, the project aims to show what can still be deduced from these traces of the remote past.
    PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2009
    VeranstaltungAstronomy and its Instruments Before and After Galileo - San Servolo, Venice, Italien
    Dauer: 28 Sep. 20092 Okt. 2009


    KonferenzAstronomy and its Instruments Before and After Galileo
    OrtSan Servolo, Venice

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