Native Village Youth and Education News

March 1, 2009 Issue 195 Volume 1

 

 

Canada's Stonehenge
By Bob Weber
Condensed by Native Village

Edmonton, Alberta: Gordon Freeman believes an archeological site in southern Alberta is really a open-air sun temple with a precise 5,000-year-old calendar.  While most think the rock-circled cairn is only an ancient medicine wheel, Freeman says it is the centre of a 26-square-kilometre stone “lacework” that marks the changing seasons and moon phases with greater accuracy than our current calendar.

“Genius existed on the prairies 5,000 years ago,” says Mr. Freeman, retired head of the University of  physical and theoretical chemistry department.

In 1980, Freeman began his study of the cairn built before England's Stonehenge and Egypt's pyramids.  As he and a friend walked toward the hilltop, "I saw all kinds of patterns in the rocks on the way up. As I walked around the hilltop, I could see patterns that I doubted very much were accidental.”

Mr. Freeman photographed the area and showed the images to archeologists. They told him the rocks, some of which weigh up to a ton, had been randomly distributed by melting glaciers.

But  Freeman said the rocks had been “highly engineered,” shimmied, balanced and wedged in ways he couldn't believe were natural. And so began his 28-year obsession of photographing the site in all seasons and observing how the rock alignments coincided with the recurring patterns of sun, moon and stars.

What he found:

The central cairn is surrounded by 28 radiating stone lines. Four are placed directly at North, South, East and West.  Those lines are encircled by another ring of stones.


A few metres away is a stone semicircle with a large stone between it and the central cairn. The semicircle's left edge lines up with both the central stone and the right edge of the cairn, and vice versa. Mr. Freeman believes they represent the sun, the crescent moon and the morning star.

Secondary cairns on nearby hills and rock groupings correspond to constellations.

 

The rising and setting sun on the year's longest and shortest days  lines up precisely with V-shaped sights in the temple's rocks. Spring and autumn equinoxes are similarly marked. They are not our calendar's  equinoxes but the true astronomical equinoxes.

The temple contains a lunar calendar as well --  the 28 rays radiating from the central cairn correspond to the length of the lunar cycle.

 

“I thought I would complete that study in a couple years,” says Mr. Freeman, who is 78. “Twenty-eight years later we're still making discoveries.”

Despite being highly regarded in his own field, Mr. Freeman beliefs are resisted by others. Journals have rejected his papers, and conferences have denied him a platform. He remains convinced, however, that his research is accurate, and is pushing to preserve the remote site from destruction.

“I can go down there with a headache and within a day everything is gone. It's just like a cure. There is something down there. I just don't know how to describe it.

The Canadian Press

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