Tropical Stonehenge may have been found – Yahoo! News

Tropical Stonehenge may have been found – Yahoo! News: SAO PAULO, Brazil – A grouping of granite blocks along a grassy Amazon hilltop may be the vestiges of a centuries-old astronomical observatory — a find archaeologists say indicates early rainforest inhabitants were more sophisticated than previously believed.

The 127 blocks, some as high as 9 feet tall, are spaced at regular intervals around the hill, like a crown 100 feet in diameter.

On the shortest day of the year — Dec. 21 — the shadow of one of the blocks, which is set at an angle, disappears.

“It is this block’s alignment with the winter solstice that leads us to believe the site was once an astronomical observatory,” said Mariana Petry Cabral, an archaeologist at the Amapa State Scientific and Technical Research Institute. “We may be also looking at the remnants of a sophisticated culture.”
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Cool! An excuse to travel to Brazil! This story reminds me of the Nan Madol ruins that James Rollins used in his thriller Deep Fathom. More info to get you started:
http://encarta.msn.com/media_461519901/Ruins_of_Nan_Madol.html

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