Study finds Stonehenge might have been an ancient calculator

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Study Finds Stonehenge Might Have Been an Ancient Calculator

The mystery behind the fascinating standing circle of Stonehenge has intrigued scientists and tourists alike for ages.

But In a new study, researchers believe that Stonehenge may have been an "ancient calculator" used to track the movements of the sun, moon and stars thousands of years ago.

Australian Scientists compared the ancient ruins to those of other stone structures in the UK and found the stones were placed in relation to celestial bodies.

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WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: Revellers watch sunrise over Stonehenge during celebrations to mark the summer solstice at the prehistoric monument on June 21, 2014 in Wiltshire, England. An estimated 37,000 revellers and modern day druids gathered at Stonehenge, a tradition dating back thousands of years, to celebrate the solstice and watch the sunrise. (Photo by Rufus Cox/Getty Images)
Visitors take photographs of the world heritage site of Stonehenge, England, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. It has been standing for thousands of years, so Britain's ancient Stonehenge monument was due a makeover. The 27 million pound ($44 million) renovation which was previewed Tuesday includes a new building 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) from the stones where the 1 million a year visitors can watch an exhibition about Neolithic life. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
U.S. Olympian sprinter Michael Johnson poses for the photographers holding the Olympic Flame at Stonehenge, England, Thursday, July 12, 2012. Johnson, who won four Olympic gold medals and eight world championship gold medals, currently holds the world and Olympic records in the 400 meters and 4 x 400 meters relay. The Olympic Torch is being carried around England in a relay of torchbearers to make its way to the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
U.S. Olympian sprinter Michael Johnson poses for the photographers holding the Olympic Flame at Stonehenge, England, Thursday, July 12, 2012. Johnson, who He won four Olympic gold medals and eight world championship gold medals, currently holds the world and Olympic records in the 400 meters and 4 x 400 meters relay. The Olympic Torch is being carried around England in a relay of torchbearers to make its way to the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Hector Navarro helps to prepare Stonehenge II to be moved, Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, in Hunt. The Stonehenge replica is being moved to Ingram, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Wilson Farris climbs a structure at Stonehenge II, Thursday, July 22, 2010, in Hunt, Texas. The Stonehenge replica, built by Doug Hill and Al Shepperd in 1989, will soon be moved to a new home. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Doug Hill poses for a photo with Stonehenge II, Thursday, July 22, 2010, in Hunt, Texas. The Stonehenge replica, built by Hill and Al Shepperd in 1989, will soon be moved to a new home. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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They say the stones' positions display ancient Britons' strong connection with the environment and how important it was to them.

Beyond the link to the sun and moon there were also comparisons with the horizons and landscape.

The researchers assert that quote "Nobody before this has ever statistically determined that a single stone circle was constructed with astronomical phenomena in mind."


            	Summer solstice at Stonehenge

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