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In terra come in cielo

i nuraghi e le Pleiadi
In terra come in cielo - Augusto Mulas, Marco Sanna, Condaghes (2013)

Heaven on Earth: ancient monuments positioned to represent the Pleiades?

Probability calculus demonstrate with an almost absolute certainty that a set of nuraghes to be found near Torralba (northern part of the Island of Sardinia) were intentionally constructed to represent the Pleiades star cluster.

Author/s Augusto Mulas
Marco Sanna
Publisher Condaghes
Edition Cagliari, October 2013
Pages 96 (illustrated)
Series Pósidos, n° 26
Genre Non-fiction
Format Paper 
Price € 9,00
Presentation Francesco Cheratzu
Release language Italian

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The work

The Pleiades star cluster has been observed since ancient times. In Babylonia for example, the beginning of the New Year was set in correspondence with the heliacal rising of the Pleiades. Hesiod, the first historical figure of Greek literature, in his poem Works and Days, describes the importance that this star cluster had in regulating the farming and sailing calendars. Anthropological research of the famous scholar James Frazer demonstrates how much the worship of this asterism was practised by the people of all latitudes.
The scope of the book is to better illustrate the assumption first stated by Augusto Mulas in his work L´isola sacra: ipotesi sull´uso cultuale dei nuraghi (The Holy Island: were the Nuraghes used for religious purposes?), in which he presumes that a set of nuraghes situated in the territory of Torralba (SS) were positioned by their ancient constructors to represent the Pleiades.
Since such a representation could have been the result of a casual displacement of these megalithic monuments, the hypothesis needed to undergo a thorough analysis to verify the possibility of a random disposition of the nuraghes in question.
The probabilistic calculus reported in this publication demonstrates, with a very high degree of certainty, that almost four thousand years ago a group of eight nuraghes and a hypogeal sepulchre (domus de jana) recently discovered were intentionally positioned to reproduced the Pleiades.


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