The Goseck circle, a Neolithic calendar in Germany


Goseck reconstruction at the winter solstice.

The circle is 75m across, and estimated at just shy of 7,000 years by pottery at the site. Also found at the site were arrowheads, the heads of oxen (once on poles) and two de-fleshed human skeletons that were burned in pits. This seems to have been a ritual site. The entire site is about 6,000 sq m.

Originally, it consisted of four concentric circles – a mound, a ditch and two wooden palisades about the height of a person – in which stood three sets of gates facing southeast, southwest and north, respectively. On the winter solstice, the sun could be seen to rise and set through the Southern gates from the centre.

The Germans recently built a reconstruction of the circle.. Article here. Iit took over 2,300 stripped oak poles to rebuild it.


2 responses to “The Goseck circle, a Neolithic calendar in Germany

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  2. It’s not the only one: “Danubians” (Western Lineal Pottery culture people, which include also Eastern branches such as Cucuteni-Tripolje) were apparently fascinated by astronomy and in any case built a bunch of those “henges” (known as rondels) and surely influenced more recent western buildings of the same type, including some considered Megalithic like stonehenge [neverthless Dolmenic Megalithism, i.e. “collective” or rather “clannic” burial in dolmen, has a totaly different origin, probably in Portugal].

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