Archaeologists believe they have discovered the world's oldest moon calendar in Scotland. Excavations in the field at Crathes Castle found a series of 12 holes that appear mimic month and keep track of moon phases.
A team led by the University of Birmingham showed ancient monuments created by hunters about 10 thousand years ago. Hole in Warren was first excavated in 2004.
Archeologists Discover World's Oldest Moon CalendarThe experts analyze the hole may contain a wooden pole. Calendar Mesolithic over thousands of years old compared to the same monument in Mesopotamia. Hole arrangement is also in line with the middle of the winter sun to help hunters with an annual astronomical changes that follow the passage of time and the changing seasons.
Evidence suggests that hunter-gatherer societies in Scotland have needs and sophistication to keep track of time throughout the year and this Moon Calendar is one of their devices.
"To correct irregularities in the seasonal year, and it happened almost 5,000 years before the first formal calendar known in the East," said Professor of Archaeology at Birmingham, Vince Gaffney cited BBC.The study also involves the universities of St Andrews, Leicester, and Bradford.