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Stonehenge and the Maya Calendar

Updated on March 1, 2013


A Computer

Stonehenge is believed to have been built around 2000 BC. The large stones did not come from the local area and had to be transported miles, in order to be built at that site.

For years people thought that it had just been built as a place of worship, although they did recognize that it was aligned perfectly in order to show the summer solstice.

More recently experts claim to have been able to fully decode, the positioning of the stones.

They claim that the ancient monument was built like a computer. Using it you could accurately work out the timings of eclipses, which occur in 56 year cycles.

This computer or clock, they state, was used in order to give the time for the start and finish of different seasons, also to predict forthcoming eclipses.

Each solstice the sun would rise directly behind the “Heel Stone” and shed its shadow into an area within the circle of stones. As with all clocks,Stonehenge needed to, on occasions, be reset. This was done by advancing by one stone every 300 years.

Maya Calendar


Like I have said, it is believed that Stonehenge has worked perfectly as a computer. It has done so for thousands of years but like most things there is an end point.

It has now been worked out that the use of Stonehenge as a clock will come to an end. That is to say that, the day when the shadow of the sun, at the summer solstice, falls outside of the stoned circle.

The days of Stonehenge, being used as a clock, will run out. Does this mean TIME will run out?

The calculations are that this will happen in 2012.

Is it coincidence that both the Stonehenge calendar and the Maya calendar, both end in the same year?

What ancient wisdom inspired these two icons of our ancestry?

Whilst both, displaying brilliant astronomical insight yet half a world apart.

Separated by thousands of miles and working for thousands of years, then joining together, to stop in unison.


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    • rafken profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      Daniel V. - Good to hear from you again. I read the article and see what you mean. I am currently working on a hub about this concept, so this will be of use, thanks.

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      Daniel V. 

      10 years ago from Romania

      Don't scare me, rafken, I didn't know about this either :)

      Ancient cultures don't seem to stop amazing me, I believe that there are so many interesting things that we still don't know about them, about our history as human beings.

      See the article below for example, which implies that old world/new world contact was established far before current estimates although they don't use these words.

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      10 years ago from Northern California

      This is fascinating. I visited Stonehenge but was not aware of this function. I enjoy reading pieces like this and am always amazed by the sophistication of the Mayan culture... I guess we'll see what happens in 2012!

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      William Elliott 

      10 years ago from California USA

      Hello rafken, interesting hub. One of the interesting things is that archaeologists believe that the position of Stonehenge was more calculated to maek the Winter Solstice around 21st December, this would make sense in an agricultural society where the planting season would soon begin.

      The Summer Solstice part is a later, possibly Victorian invention of people who liked to dress up in strange clothes., so called druids.

      If the Winter solstice thing is more accurate then there is a possible further link to the Maya calendar.

      But I think we can prepare for Christmas 2012, and the world will go on as normal. :)


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