Were Aborigines the first astronomers? Tribes carefully arranged rocks to map the progress of the sun 10,000 years ago
It looks like just a pile of old rocks in outback Australia.
But the way they are laid out suggests that ancient Aboriginal tribes were the world’s first astronomers.
Scientists are ecstatic following the discovery of the carefully arranged rocks, discovered on a farm near Mount Rothwell, 50 miles west of Melbourne.
For they are convinced the large stones have been laid out to map the progress of the sun – to create a primitive form of sundial.
If that is the case, they pre-date Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt by thousands of years.
‘These stones have been laid out precisely to map the sun,’ said astrophysicist Professor Ray Norris, who is based at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Canberra.