Archaeastronomy - Anglesey

 

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Archaeastronomy - Anglesey 


Alignments between monuments and celestal constelations or even stars have been credited by various authorities over the years. Ever since Norman Locker brought it to the attention in the early 20th century it has instigated a lot of controversy and debate. Nonetheless, recent academic published articals at the end of the century, has slowly and tentatively acknowledged within prehistory and pre literate societies; the main planets the Sun and the Moon were indeed observed and their movement were noted. This table relates to specific monuments on Ynys Mon are presented here and could be of interest to the site user.

 

Monument Date Astronomy Data Az Dz Authority Refernce 
Bodowyr c.3000BC  November  S 63 E  14 S 50 Norman Lockyer Nature July 1908
Plas Newydd    November Sunrise  S 61 E   Norman Lockye Nature July 1908
Bryn Celli Ddu c.2000BC  Summer Solstice  N51-2E  23N31

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Norman Lockyer

Megalithic Remains Anglesey 1910-11; Nature 1908
Bryn Hen yr Bobl c.2000BC

Plaiedes(1000BC)

Summer Solstice

  N53E  10N50

Niel Baynes

Norman Lockyer

Megalithic Remains Anglesey 1910-11; Nature 1908
Barclodiad y Gawres  c.5000-4000BC  Winter Solstice  S50E  

Niel Baynes

Norman Lockyer

Megalithic Remains Anglesey 1910-11; Nature 1908
Lligwy Burial Chamber    Equinox  S 88 E  1 S 50 Norman Lockyer Nature July 1908

 

Last Updated December 7th, 2005


Bibliography

Brynes E, 1910-11, 'The Megalithic Remains of Anglesey', in Transactions of the Cymmodorion Society pp. 3-93
Griffiths. J., 1908, 'Astronomical Archaeology in Wales' in Nature 1908, 78, 295
Locker, N., 1908, 'Some Cromlechs in North Wales I', in Nature October 1908, 78, 633-635
Locker, N. 1908, 'Some Cromlechs in North Wales II', Nature 79, 9-11