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Decoding Stonehenge again

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We posted recently about a new scientific theory that decodes Stonehenge. Image: Arthurian Multimedia

On 1 June at 9 pm, Decoding Stonehenge appears on the National Geographic Channel.

According to National Geographic, several outstanding scientists were drawn to the Stonehenge mystery.

Sir John Lubbock was the influential mid-19th century archaeologist who invented the terms Paleolithic and Neolithic, and the first to suggest that Stonehenge was a Bronze Age site. It now appears to be far older.

In 1906, Sir Joseph Norman Lockyer, a British scientist and astronomer who was the co-discoverer of the element helium and founded the scientific journal Nature, published the theory that Stonehenge was an ancient temple aligned to celestial movements.

In the 1960s, American astronomer Gerald Hawkins used a computer to analyze Stonehenge's astronomical alignments. "His analysis, first published in Nature and later in the 1965 book Stonehenge Decoded, found 165 points on the structure associated with movements of the Sun and Moon (but not any stars or visible planets). He proposed that Stonehenge was in itself a sort of ancient computer, designed to predict lunar eclipses".

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