Ancient astronomers

Tangley, Laura
April 1998
U.S. News & World Report;04/13/98, Vol. 124 Issue 14, p14
Discusses how cattle herders in Egypt built a complex of stone slabs that researchers say may be the first monument based on knowledge of astronomy. Description of the site known as Nabta; The report published in the April 1998 issue of `Nature' magazine.


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