|Midwinter Solstice seen from the Altar Stone|
|Amesbury 15 - somewhat smaller than the past|
|Amesbury 10 - it had a 45m moat and raised platform towards the front|
|The Avenue with The Sun Rising over the centre in 4210 BCE|
|How the Solstice could have looked through the Stones|
To stop an impossible debate on statistics (remember lies, damned lies and statistics!!) I thought I show some empirical evidence anyone can play at home via Google earth - the contributors agree that the sun sets by .0002 degrees per year eastward every year in the last 10,000 years - this is a combined change of 0.002 x 6000 years (until 4012 BCE - if I am correct) total 1.2 degrees.
If we are happy that the sun rises over the heel stone today, then 6000 years ago it should have risen over the centre of The Avenue - so lets do the exercise!!
|Line down the centre of The Avenue showing 49.57 degrees|
|Heel Stone Alignement showing 50.81 degrees|
The difference is 1.24 degrees which is within acceptable limits - 1.24 variation would give a construction date of 4188 BCE - no even close to the current 2500BCE to 3000BCE.
(by Robert John Langdon)