|The Summer Solstice on Cozzo Perciata|
The calendar is located within the valley of Alto Belice and overlaps the periods of the Bell Beakers and the Castellucciano Culture of the Bronze Age. Scuderi, Polcaro and Maurici suggest it began use around the last part of the third millennium. Underneath one of the monuments is the grave of a man with some bell beaker fragments. Bell Beaker fragments are found at all the sites.
The calendar is very, very large. The most distant points are about 6km. Large megalithic eyelets channel light from the rising Solstice Sun to a central alter where, apparently, after walking up the steps, something gory took place.
|Campanaru (the Bell Tower) on Monte Arcivocalotto|
Click on the site below and zoom in to take the street tour.
NEW ARCHAEOASTRONOMICAL FINDINGS IN THE ALTO BELICE VALLEY (SICILY), Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry, Vol. 14, No 3, pp. 93-98, Alberto Scuderi, Vito F. Polcaro, Ferdinando Maurici, 2014 [Link]