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Why we still haven’t figured out what Stonehenge was for

What do we actually know about ancient astronomy?


How did Egyptians know how to build the pyramids?

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Ever since humans could look up to see the sky, we have been amazed by its beauty and untold mysteries. Naturally then, astronomy is often described as the oldest of the sciences, inspiring people for thousands of years. Celestial phenomena are featured in prehistoric cave paintings. And monuments such as the Great Pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge seem to be aligned with precision to cardinal points or the positions where the moon, sun, or stars rise and set on the horizon.

Today, we seem to struggle to imagine how ancient people that visitors showed them how to do it.

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