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Ancient Observatories
Gotland Grooves

Grooved Stone on Gotland Isand, SwededThousands of stones on the island of Gotland have been found with curious grooves. These grooves, and their alignments spanning many miles, may have been an elaborate lunar and solar timekeeping device, though there exact use is not known.

Thousands of grooves, scattered on stones throughout the island of Gotland seem to connect the scattered parts together into a vast timepiece. Aligned with the sun, moon and stars, the grooves mark an ancient, human obsession with time and space over 3000 years ago.

Gotland, Sweden
Latitude 57.64°N
Longitude 18.30°E

There are about 3600 known grooves on stones scattered throughout the island of Gotland. 700 are scored directly into the limestone bedrock, the rest are found on about 800 stones. The length of the grooves varies from about 0.5 to 1 meter. They are between 5 cm to 10 cm wide and 1 cm to 10 cm in depth. The most important feature of the grooves appears to be in their alignment. A recent study of 1256 grooves showed that they are aligned with certain positions of the celestial bodies, apparently the sun or the moon. Most of them are oriented east to west. 

by: Courtesy of NASA

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Grooved Stone on Gotland Island, Sweden, Image 2

Source: http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2005/locations/gotland.htm

Photo Credit: Soren Ganholm


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