Episode 113: Astronomical Observatories of Ancient Britain, with Gail Higginbottom

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Feature Guest: Gail Higginbottom


The British gave us the world’s first parliament. And now it turns out the ancient British may have been among the world’s first astronomers. Today we’re joined here at The Star Spot by archaeoastronomer Gail Higginbottom. Thanks to her and her team we now have proof that megalithic structures build hundreds of years before Stonehenge were in fact ancient astronomical observatories whose purpose is still shrouded in mystery.


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About Our Guest

Dr. Gail Higginbottom is an interdisciplinary archaeo-astronomer at home in a variety of fields. She is Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Adelaide and Professor in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University.


Major and minor lunar standstills

Britain’s pre-Stonehenge megaliths were aligned by astronomers (Astronomy Now)

Stonehenge: The ancient SUPERCOMPUTER used to track movement of the universe (Express)

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