Archaeologists working in Aberdeenshire, Scotland have recently uncovered a 10,000 year-old ancient lunar calendar. Composed of twelve large pits resembling phases of our Moon, it also aligns with land outcrops to mark the winter solstice. This exciting discovery gives new evidence that Mesolithic man was more advanced than previously thought.
By positioning their calendar with the land, these ancient people were able to recalibrate it for accuracy with the sun every year, thus enabling them to keep track of the lunar cycles and seasons.
Geophysical evidence suggests that the pits were well maintained for thousands of years, and helped these ancient hunter-gatherers to know when game would migrate into and out of their territory.
How the Lunar Calendar works