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A sensation from Pelješac circles the world

01 March 2012

Pelješac Recently discovered on the peninsula of Pelješac was one of the oldest astronomical tables that is known to science. The media extensively reported on it from America and Britain to Russia and Albania.

After Dr. Stašo Forenbaher and Dr. Alexander Jones published their article in the Journal for the History of Astronomy, great attention to this news was dedicated by science websites (American LiveScience), tabloids (Daily Mail, UK) and reputable information websites such as Russia's Gazeta. ru.

It is the result of many years of research in a cave Spila, near the village Nakovana, where a team of scientists led by Dr. Forenbaher investigated the site of the Illyrian civilization. The cave was blocked for about two millennia.

Special interest of the general public was caused by 30-odd pieces of ivory that form an incomplete mosaic of an astrological table. Radiocarbon analysis showed that the elephant from whose bones the object was made lived 2200 years ago. Scientists are not familiar with any other such example that would be older, although the evidence of systematic ancient astronomy dates much further into the history of civilization. The Pelješac table contains star signs and was probably used to predict one`s destiny according to the time of birth. So far, a solid theory has not been provided of how the table got into the cave in Pelješac, but it is assumed that it could have been brought there from some other culture (perhaps through robbery). Astrology began to develop in the first millennium BC in Babylon, after which it spread to the eastern Mediterranean.

According to some theories, the Spila site could be hiding an Illyrian shrine, as evidenced by the phallic stalactites inside the cave.

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