In Sweden, on the top of a moraine ridge with a view of the Baltic sea, there is an enigmatic stone structure called “Ales Stenar” (Ale’s Stones) that aligns with the solstices and equinoxes.
The structure is 69 meters long, almost 19 meters wide and is comprised of 57 large stones positioned in a ship-like form. A “stone ship” is a type of megalithic structure also found in other parts of the Scandinavian region.
Researchers Nils-Axel Mörner and Bob G. Lind have found the megalithic structure contains alignments to the solstices and equinoxes.
They found that on the morning of the winter solstice the sun rises at the “stern of the ship” and sets between two stones in the middle of the structure (photos can be seen here).
On the summer solstice, the sun rises on the side near the middle of the structure (opposite to that of the setting sun on the winter solstice) and sets at the “bow” of the ship (photos).
On the spring and autumn equinoxes, they found that the sun rises and sets over the 12th stones near the middle of the structure, running east-west (photos).
Mörner and Lind also found that the stone structure marks out the sun’s daily path.1
Other Significant Discoveries
Carved into some of the rocks are “cup marks,” which is a marking often found in Scandinavian rock art and elsewhere around the world.
Nearby there are other megalithic structures, including Haväng dolmen, which is estimated to be 5,000 years old and features the solar cross symbol (symbol of solstices and equinoxes).2 (Photos of Haväng dolmen, can be found here.)
Mörner and Lind also discovered intriguing similarities in the basic geometry and build of Ales Stenar when they compared it with Stonehenge in England. Diagrams of these discoveries can be found in their research article here.
Below is a video of the Ales Stenar site and surrounding countryside:
More detailed information about Ales Stenar is available on Bob G. Lind’s website:
Olga Grapsas and Jenny Belikov contributed research to this article.
- Nils-Axel Mörner and Bob G. Lind, Stonehenge Has Got a Younger Sister
Ales Stones in Sweden Decoded, pg. 25. Accessed July 14, 2017. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwDQWMPlSPeKZm1KRXRMRS1Xc28/view.
- Lind, Bob G. The Haväng Dolmen. Accessed July 14, 2017. http://www.alesstenar.com/eng/HavangDolmen.htm.