What is a lunar standstill III?

Keywords: Lunar standstill, synodic, sidereal, lunar-solar, syncretic


Prehistoric monument alignments on lunar standstills are currently understood for horizon range, perturbation event, crossover event, eclipse prediction, solstice full Moon and the solarisation of the dark Moon. The first five models are found to fail the criteria of archaeoastronomy field methods. The final model of lunar-solar conflation draws upon all the observed components of lunar standstills – solarised reverse phased sidereal Moons culminating in solstice dark Moons in a roughly nine-year alternating cycle between major and minor standstills. This lunar-solar conflation model is a syncretic overlay upon an antecedent Palaeolithic template for lunar scheduled rituals and amenable to transformation.


Download data is not yet available.

Author Biography

Lionel Duke Sims, University of East London

Head of Department (Emeritus)


How to Cite
SimsL. D. (2016). What is a lunar standstill III?. Documenta Praehistorica, 43, 467-478. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.43.24