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The Neolithic and Bronze Age Monument Complex of Thornborough, North Yorkshire, UK

  • Jan Harding
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Abstract

The Neolithic and Bronze Age monument complex of Thornborough in North Yorkshire highlights the significance of heavenly bodies to religious belief and practice. Its investigation by a novel methodology employing virtual reality technology demonstrates alignments with Orion’s Belt and the midwinter sunrise. It is argued that these were deliberate, replicating the seasonal movement of those using the complex and thereby suggesting a close relationship between people’s skyscape and life cycles.

Keywords

Busy Period Virtual Reality Technology Winter Solstice Heavenly Body Monument Building 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of History, Classics and ArchaeologyNewcastle UniversityNewcastle Upon TyneUK

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