Australia’s Indiginous ‘Stonehenge’
Recent research into an ancient Aboriginal stone ‘circle’ known as Wurdi Youang in Southern Australia has unearthed evidence of astronomical observances.
The ‘tip’ of the egg-shaped group bisects the ‘base’ at a point on the horizon that marks the sun’s position at the equinox, while the left and right rows of stones moving away from the ‘tip’ point accurately towards the summer and winter solstices.
Scientists have yet to date the circle but it’s likely to be thousands of years old, possibly making the peoples that created the circle some of the earliest astronomers in the world.
The original significance of the site was lost at the beginning of the 20th Century when traditional indiginous languages and practices were officially banned.
‘This discovery has huge significance for understanding the amazing ability of this culture that is maligned,’ says Janet Mooney, head of Indigenous Australian Studies at Sydney University.