Archaeologists believe that an ancient civilization began building Stonehenge over 3000 years ago, and that it was meant to be an astronomical monument or calendar circle. The stones are aligned so that on the Winter Solstice the sun sets in the midst of three great stones known as the Trilithon.
But Stonehenge is not the only monument created by an ancient civilization to track time! There’s a much older calendar circle at Nabta Playa in the Nubian Desert in Egypt! Archaeologists believe that it was constructed over 7500 years ago.
We can’t travel to Stonehenge or Nabta Playa to study them and celebrate the Winter Solstice this year, so we’re going to do that in Minecraft. Join us on the shortest day of the year, December 21, to help build our own calendar circle and organize winter solstice celebrations on the MODA Minecraft server.