this discovery pre-dates Mayan Calendar!
Oldest Astronomical Megalith Alignment Discovered In Egypt by Science Team
(Apr. 3, 1998)
An assembly of huge stone slabs found in Egypt's Sahara Desert that datefrom about 6,500 years to 6,000 years agohas been confirmed by scientists tobe the oldest known astronomical alignment of megaliths in the world.
Known as Nabta, the site consists of a stone circle, a series of flat, tomb-like stone structures andfive lines of standing and toppled megaliths. Located west of the Nile River in southern Egypt,Nabta predates Stonehenge and similar prehistoric sites around the world by about 1,000 years,said University of Colorado at Boulder astronomy Professor J. McKim Malville.The Nabta site was discovered several years ago by a team led by Southern Methodist Universityanthropology Professor Fred Wendorf. A 1997 GPS satellite survey by Malville, Wendorf, Ali AMazar of the Egyptian Geological Survey and Romauld Schild of the Polish Academy of Sciences confirmed one of the megalith lines was oriented in an east-west direction.A paper on the subject by the four researchers will appear April 2 in the weekly British science journal, Nature."This is the oldest documented astronomical alignment of megaliths in the world," said Malville."A lot of effort went into the construction of a purely symbolic and ceremonial site." The stoneslabs, some of which are nine feet high, were dragged to the site from a mile or more distant, hesaid.The ruins lie on the shoreline of an ancient lake that began filling with water about 11,000 yearsago when the African summer monsoon shifted north. It was used by nomads until about 4,800years ago, when the monsoon moved southwest and the area again became "hyperarid anduninhabitable."