8A05.15 - Stonehenge - Megaliths

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Stonehenge - Megaliths
Megalithic Astronomy
Area of Study:
Stonehenge model.

No advanced preparation necessary for the model.

Very nice actual pictures can be had from various websites.

  • Robert Manning, "Teaching Megalithic Astronomy", AJP, Vol. 45, # 2, Feb. 1977, p.125.
  • Trevor J. Cox, "Modeling Sound at Stonehenge", Physics Today, Vol. 74, #10, Oct. 2021, p. 74.
  • Jearl Walker, "1.63, Erecting Stonehenge", The Flying Circus of Physics Ed. 2, p. 30.
  • "Wandering Stones. Stonehenge Has Been Altered Many Times - Even In Our Own Age", The Truth About History, Readers Digest Book, ISBN 0-7621-0523-2, p. 66. 
  • 5.30, "Stonehenge Alignments", Project & Demonstrations in Astronomy by D.Tattersfield, p.118.
  • "Stone Monument", The New Illustrated - Science and Invention Encyclopedia, p. 2621.

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