Mega 18: SIMON BANTON - The Astronomy of Stonehenge
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The Astronomy of Stonehenge
The astronomy of Stonehenge is a complex and controversial subject. Arguments have raged over the intent and depth of knowledge of the builders ever since the midsummer sunrise alignment was rediscovered in the 18th century, and the discipline of archaeoastronomy is still viewed with suspicion by some archaeologists. This talk will show you where to stand, in which direction to look to see for yourself what the ancients achieved, and will confront the issue of eclipse prediction using the Aubrey Holes. There may be some surprises along the way.
Simon Banton has been an amateur astronomer for over 45 years and was bitten by the archaeoastronomy bug in the mid 1990s. Since then he has been researching humanity's enduring relationship with the celestial sphere. Over a decade ago he moved to Wiltshire for two reasons: the dark skies of Salisbury Plain and the intriguing collection of large rocks in the middle of it. He worked for English Heritage at Stonehenge for 6 years as one of the custodians of - and guides for - the monument, is co-author of an academic paper about the stonehole parchmarks discovered in 2013 and curates the StonesOfStonehenge.org.uk, StonehengeMonument.co.uk and Web.org.uk/BarrowMap websites.