The graves from prehistoric times in Europe can be built with a variety of purposes, not only is the resting place of the souls of many millennia ago. According to researchers in the UK, the 6,000 year-old tomb in Portugal may be the telescope’s first astronomical world. It creates a style perspective, “tunnel”, which allows the observation of stars becomes easier.
“A grave with a long tunnel to help you look up at the sky like through a tube,” astronomer of the team Fabio Silva told The Guardian. Prehistoric man may have towards the perspective of the crypt to a specific section in the sky, and the view through the tunnel will help eliminate ambient light distraction. Also, in a very dark tunnel, it will help people’s eyes adjust to the history of the dark, leaving the details to distinguish faint like a distant star easier. “Everything they do is make sure it’s dark surroundings, except a small area in the sky that they want to observe,” Daniel Brown from Nottingham Trent University, said.
The team said that the tunnel goes into many tombs in Portugal is not natural or accidental, that meant using it as a telescope. “These tombs were built may be directed to Aldebaran, the brightest star in the constellation Taurus,”
Silva said in a press release. “The timing of this star appears in the season is very important.” The researchers suggest that the prehistoric tombs used as a tool to track schedules, enabling them to mark the change of season, so they know when to move to higher ground in the spring. They can also be used as a ritual, a special committee of knowledge for those who are allowed inside the catacombs.
Group of scientists has presented his research at the National Astronomy Meeting at Nottingham, England earlier this week. Currently, they are looking to expand his theory by recreating conditions for astronomical observations as prehistoric man.
A large number of graves in Europe also have the same characteristics that have not been explained. “There are more than 1,000 tombs along the Atlantic coast in north-west Europe. Our aim is to use questions from many Archaeologists for centuries “, archaeologist Timothy Darvill of Bournemouth University in the UK newspaper The Telegraph replies.