Other astronomical studies suggest that the rising and setting of Sirius, the brightest fixed star in the night sky, can be observed through the gaps (gates) facing southeast and southwest. Overall the site consists of two concentric trenches and a third incomplete trench, each with a depth of 2.5 m and a width of 3 m.
"Individual members of Neolithic society possessed complex knowledge," says Prof. Dr. Wolfram Schier, a professor of prehistoric archaeology at Freie Universität Berlin, who led the excavations. "They seem to have had enough authority or powers of persuasion to motivate others to contribute to a substantial collaborative building project for a monumental complex with no discernible economic benefit."
The project "Built Knowledge" was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The findings were presented today, September 14, at the excavation site. Press images are available on request.
Details about the Findings
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