Archaeastronomy - Gwynedd

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Archaeastronomy - Gwynedd


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. The tables presented here relates to specific monuments within Gwynedd


Astronomy Data
Cefn Isaf    Winter Solstice Sunset  S 50 E  22 S 58 Norman Lockyer  Nature July 1908
 Ystum Cegid Isaf    Plaiedes (1400BC)  N 81 E  8 N 30 Thorn  Nature July 1908
 Druid Circle         Thorn  Megalithic Remans in Britian 1967


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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, 295Locker, 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