On the top of a hill on the southern coast of Sicily, Italian Archaeologists discovered an ancient stone structure with a large opening that precisely marks the sun on the winter solstice.
Archaeologist Giuseppe La Spina and his colleagues came upon the structure, dubbed “calendar rock”, while surveying some World War II era bunkers nearby. After making the discovery they went back to the site to determine whether it contained any solar alignments.
They discovered that on the morning of the winter solstice the sun shines directly through the 3.2 foot diameter hole in the rock.
In the article below La Spina is quoted as saying, “At 7:32 am the sun shone brightly through the hole with an incredible precision. It was amazing.”
Here is some of the video Giuseppe La Spina captured of the alignment (note: the accompanying music in the video is a little “epic”; can be muted if preferred as there is no dialogue):
The structure is reported to be 5000 years old and the area in which it is found is reported to have been a sacred site at the end of the third millennium BC.
They also discovered that nearby the structure was what appeared to be a 16 foot tall menhir (standing stone), which La Spina says, “stood at a distance of 26 feet, right in front of the rock’s hole.”
Interestingly, two other stone structures with a similar build and solar alignments to the summer and winter solstice were found near Palermo, Italy by Alberto Scuderi. Scuderi believes the same people who made those may also be responsible for this stone structure as well.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video above.