The recent eclipse has revealed that a puzzling medieval site in Africa is actually an astronomical observatory. The main part of the mysterious construction known as Great Zimbabwe is called the Great Enclosure, which was built in 1200 AD and is made up of over 16,000 cubic feet of stone. Archaeologists assumed it was once a royal palace. But archaeologist-astronomer Richard Wade has discovered that Great Zimbabwe functions as a calendar based on the heavens, like Stonehenge in England, although it?s not nearly as old.

“This is the culmination of nearly 30 years of research,” Wade says. The stone monoliths on the eastern end of the Great Enclosure line up with the rising of the Sun, Moon and bright stars at certain astronomically significant times of the year. Wade observed that the three bright stars in Orion?s belt rise over three of the monoliths on the morning of the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.

One monolith could also predict eclipses, says Wade, since it?s notched in such a way that “the pattern and amount of notches can only be a record of the Venus’ alignments with Earth, and we know that the location of Venus in the sky can be used to predict eclipses. It also has crescents and discs carved into it.”

A strange tower that has previously baffled archaeologists can be explained as well. Wade says, “The conical tower lines up precisely with the supernova known to have exploded in Vela, 700 to 800 years ago.”

Prehistoric man explored the world by ship, using ancient stone maps. Read the convincing evidence in How the Sun God Reached America. Learn what Edgar Cayce knew about the ancient world in Ancient South America and The Mound Builders.

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