Archaeologists Discover World’s Oldest Calendar in Scotland

Archaeologists Discover World’s Oldest

Calendar in Scotland

Roff Smith  for National Geographic   Published July 15, 2013

The discovery of a nearly 10,000-year-old lunar calendar in Scotland has archaeologists scrambling to rethink the beginnings of history. The implications are huge, too. It turns out that the men of the Stone Age were not as primitive as we had previously thought.

Scottish Lunar Calendar

The calendar itself is primitive to be sure. However, it is also the oldest calendar ever discovered, predating the bronze calendar in Mesopotamia that had held that title until now by several millennia. The array is made up of 12 pits, one for each month of the year, arranged in a 160-foot-long arc and topped with a series of stones thought to represent the phases of the moon.

The full moon stone, a round seven-foot-wide boulder, is prominently displayed in the middle, and on the far side is a notch to show where the sun would rise on the midwinter solstice 10,000 years ago.

Check out the entire – and entirely fascinating- article HERE

  A panorama near the Kylesku Bridge, Scotland.                                                                                Image by CollinHobbes at iStockphoto