“Far more remarkable than the megalithic observatory found in Kenya before Christ is the discovery of extremely complex knowledge of astronomy among a people in West African known as the Dogon. These people live in a mountainous area of the Republic of Mali, about 200 miles from where the legendary university of Timbuctoo once lay. The astronomer-priests of the Dogon had for centuries, it seems, a very modern view of our solar system and of the universe — the rings of Saturn, the moons of Jupiter, the spiral structure of the Milky Way Galaxy, in which our planet lies. They knew a billion worlds spiraled in space like the circulation of blood within the body of God. They knew that the moon was a barren world. They said it was ‘dry and dead, like dried blood.’ They knew also of things far in advance of their time, intricate details about a star which no one can see except with the most powerful of telescopes. They not only saw it. They observed or intuited its mass and its nature. They plotted its orbit almost up until the year 2,000. And they did this all between five and seven hundred years ago.”

Source: Dr. Ivan Van Sertima. Blacks In Science: Ancient and Modern. pg. 11. 1983.

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