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Summer solstice sunset in the Neolithic Circular Ditch System Pranhartsberg 2

  • FWF Project number:P 21208-G19
  • Duration: 12/2008-11/2012

The main research topic of the FWF-funded project ASTROSIM was in-depth research on the often-mentioned potential astronomical orientation of the entrances into Neolithic Circular Ditch Systems (Kreisgrabenanlagen, KGA) in Lower Austria. Based on magnetograms and new horizon surveys, virtual reconstructions were created and combined with newly created astronomical simulation environments. The majority of Austrian KGAs turned out to show purely topographical orientation. However, the new technology developed during this project can be applied to similar research questions of possibly astronomically orientated buildings structures in their surrounding landscape.

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