Wurdi Youang: An Australian aboriginal stone arrangement with possible solar indications

Ray P. Norris, Cilla Norris, Duane W. Hamacher, Reg Abrahams

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Abstract

Wurdi Youang is an egg-shaped Aboriginal stone arrangement in Victoria, Australia. Here we present a new survey of the site, and show that its major axis is aligned within a few degrees of east-west. We confirm a previous hypothesis that it contains alignments to the position on the horizon of the setting sun at the equinox and the solstices, and show that two independent sets of indicators are aligned in these directions. We show that these alignments are unlikely to have arisen by chance, and instead the builders of this stone arrangement appear to have deliberately aligned the site on astronomically significant positions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-65
Number of pages11
JournalRock Art Research
Volume30
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2013

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Keywords

  • Aboriginal astronomy
  • Aboriginal culture
  • Cultural astronomy
  • Geoglyph

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