“[Lynch and Robbins] decided to check this out carefully, to see if the stones did line up with the rising of these stars and the location of these constellations. There was, however, one problem. The world had not remained in the same precise place since 300 B.C. There had been gradual changes in its axis of rotation since then. They made allowances for this and found that their hunch was correct. Taking observations at various points of this ancient African observatory, they found that each stone was aligned with a star as it rose in 300 B.C. Using Stone 18 as a sighting point for example they could see the star Bellatrix lined up with Stone 17, the constellation Orion with Stone 16, the Star Sirius with Stone 15, Saiph with Stone 14, and so on. Every stone, except one, made it quite clear that this was no random pattern but that a definite relationship existed between the pillars at Namoratunga and the stars. The one exception was a stone too small to be a line of sight. ‘This evidence,’ the team concluded ‘attests to the complexity of prehistoric cultural developments in sub-Saharan Africa. It strongly suggests that an accurate and complex calendar system based on astronomical reckoning was developed by the first millennium B.C. in eastern Africa.”

Source: Dr. Ivan Van Sertima. Blacks In Science: Ancient and Modern. pg. 10. 1983.


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