Top 10 Archaeoastronomical Sites In The World!

Honorary Mentions: The Octagon Earthworks & The Konark Sun Temple

The Octagon Earthworks, Ohio

The Octagon Earthworks is part of the engineering of the Native American Hope Culture. It dates back to 100-300 AD. The earthworks are a section of other similar archaeological structures situated in Ohio.

Researchers in the mid 1900s discovered that the Octagon Earthworks were built as a Lunar Observatory designed to track the motions of the moon. They are precisely aligned to the cycle of the moon in the night sky. The earthworks incorporate alignments to the 8 major moonrises and moonsets of the repeating 18.6 year Lunar Cycle. The northernmost point of the 18.6-year cycle of the Lunar Orbit is also observed. The moon can be seen rising directly along the axis of the earthworks!

A 19th Century plan of the Earthworks (A & B are the Octagon Earthworks)

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By User: (WT-shared) 2old at wts wikivoyage [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons


The Konark Sun Temple, India

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Image by Achilli Family

The Konark Sun Temple in Odisha, India was constructed around 1250 AD. The temple complex is in the shape of a gigantic chariot possessing elaborately carved stone wheels, pillars and walls. The wheels of the temple function as sundials which can be used to calculate time accurately to a minute including day and night!

 

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