Thursday, October 6, 2011

Link: Aboriginal Stonehenge: Stargazing in ancient Australia

I came across this wonderful article this morning and knew I had to pass it on to you guys. It's about a formation of standing stones (boulders) in Australia - likely older than Stonehenge - showing that the ancient Aboriginal peoples were stargazers and understood the movements of the celestial bodies. Furthermore, it discusses other evidence of scientific knowledge in the form of storytelling.

The way that so much of these people's knowledge and culture was lost or obliterated during European settlement is horrible and a tragedy. I'm pleased that we can at least make progress in understanding things like these stones in order to recapture some of that, and realize that these people have always been worthy of respect.