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Stone megalith found in Gela identified as a prehistoric sundial


By Gabe Spadaccini

On the southern coast of Sicily a small group of Italian archaeologists including Giuseppe La Spina, Michele Curto, and Mario Bracciaventi stumbled across a prehistoric “calendar rock” resembling the Stonehenge structure that sits in the U.K. It is speculated that this newly found megalith was used as a sundial in the Bronze Age to measure time by casting shadows in accordance to the sun. The structure in Gela was found eight kilometers away from the city and commune near the primordial necropolis of Grotticelle.

The discovery was made while the archaeologists were studying a plethora of early 20th-century war bunkers between Gela and the ancient port city Catania on the eastern coast of Sicily. Their findings were confirmed by an expert in archaeological astronomy, professor Alberto Scuderi, who serves the Italian Archaeologist Groups as regional director and had been studying the finding for three months before concluding his research.

An experiment conducted during winter solstice with a compass, camera and drone confirmed that the object was in fact a calendar stone.

Professor Scuderi, Ennio Turco, director of the Gala Archaeological Museum, and astrophysicist Andrea Orlando of the University of Catania held a press conference on Jan. 5 to discuss the study. Francesco Polcaro of CERN and Ferdinando Maurici, director of the Museum of Terrasini, also spoke at the conference to shed light on this astounding structure.

This finding shows the true intellectual ability of our ancestors and the powerful impact they had on the technology of future generations. 

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