Early calendar construction discovered in Magdalenenberg, Germany

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Plan of the early burial mound with sky constellations. Image courtesy of Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum

 

The ScienceDaily reported recently that – A huge early Celtic calendar construction has been discovered in the royal tomb of Magdalenenberg, nearby Villingen-Schwenningen in Germany’s Black Forest. This discovery was made by researchers at the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum at Mainz in Germany when they evaluated old excavation plans. The order of the burials around the central royal tomb fits exactly with the sky constellations of the Northern hemisphere.

Whereas Stonehenge was orientated towards the sun, the more then 100 meter width burial mound of Magdalenenberg was focused towards the moon. The builders positioned long rows of wooden posts in the burial mound to be able to focus on the Lunar Standstills. These Lunar Standstills happen every 18,6 year and were the ‘corner stones’ of the Celtic calendar.

More here – http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111011074624.htm

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Freyfaxi – August 20th – Celebrate The First Harvest

Freyfaxi, or Hlæfmæsse, or Lammas  no matter what it’s called it’s a celebration of the blessings of a fruitful harvest.  In ancient times people depended on a good harvest from their fields, from their livestock and in having MANY healthy children.

So they celebrated and thanked Freyr – the God with the Ever-Erect Penis.

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This is a day of celebration without a fixed date but always within August.  I will be celebrating on the 10th during the full moon.

The Ulfberhts of the Vikings

Mysterious Viking Sword Made With Technology From the Future?

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The Viking sword Ulfberht was made of metal so pure it baffled archaeologists. It was thought the technology to forge such metal was not invented for another 800 or more years, during the Industrial Revolution.

About 170 Ulfberhts have been found, dating from 800 to 1,000 A.D. A NOVA, National Geographic documentary titled “Secrets of the Viking Sword”, first aired in 2012, took a look at the enigmatic sword’s metallurgic composition.

In the process of forging iron, the ore must be heated to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit to liquify, allowing the blacksmith to remove the impurities (called “slag”). Carbon is also mixed in to make the brittle iron stronger. Medieval technology did not allow iron to be heated to such a high temperature, thus the slag was removed by pounding it out, a far less effective method.

The Ulfberht, however, has almost no slag, and it has a carbon content three times that of other metals from the time. It was made of a metal called “crucible steel.”

Read more here.