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3,000-year-old sundial uncovered in Ukraine


A sundial which dates back 3,000 years has been found in a Bronze Age burial mound in Ukraine.

The sundial may have marked the final resting place of a young man sacrificed or otherwise marked as a messenger to the gods or ancestors, said study researcher Larisa Vodolazhskaya of the Archaeoastronomical Research Center at Southern Federal University in Russia. Vodolazhskaya analyzed the geometry of the tire-size stone and its carvings, confirming the stone would have marked the time using a system of parallel lines and an elliptical pattern of circular depressions.

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Story: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience | Photo: Larisa Vodolazhskaya

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