Being as inquisitive as I am, I was intrigued by the archaeological site, Nabta Playa, when brought up during our lecture videos. We only touched base on exactly why Nabta Playa was so profound and exactly what the artifacts were that had been discovered, so I want to take a deeper look into those artifacts, presumably at thee earliest known calendar circles.
The site was first uncovered miraculously when a group of scientists stopped for a short comfort break. It was there when they noticed potsherds and other artifacts sprawled across the ground. After unraveling, excavations showed that this would be the earliest known archeoastronomy site in the world. This fascinated me because I have quite the slight obsession with astronomy and astronomical events. After have learned that archaeologists have discovered such an amazing site, I had to research a little more about it and exactly what it was that it showed “us” now. Upon researching, I found that at this site, they had uncovered five alignments of megaliths (another term for a large stone). Archeoastronomers began to draw lines along the alignments when they realized that the lines closely matched the direction of the sunrise on the summer solstice (Planet Quest). Why would this matter? Well first of all megaliths are not easy to build. First you have to move these very large rocks, then you have to carefully watch the sky and track stars as they move across the sky, and then finally these megaliths are actually carved which might have shown certain stellar alignments based on the shape of stone. In addition scientists have said that this may have helped Nabtians navigate and track stellar movements. This proves to me the people of Nabta Playa were very organized and had an abundance of skills. I feel as if their society could have been fairly advanced and if it were not for archaeological evidence or archaeologists themselves we would not have an understanding on how our world came to be what it is today.
“PlanetQuest: The History of Astronomy.” PlanetQuest Education. N.p., 2005. Web. 12 July 2012. <http://www.planetquest.org/learn/nabta.html>.