The Kanayama Megaliths and Archaeoastronomy in Japan
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Title: The Kanayama Megaliths and Archaeoastronomy in Japan

There are many ancient remains in the world that seem to have relations to astronomical observations of the sun and stars.
002 At this megalithic area in Japan, a series of intensive researches from this standpoint have been conducted recently.
In this area, there is a trace of human inhabitant about ten thousand years ago.
The megaliths are called “The Kanayama Megaliths” and consist of three megalithic sites.
004 The first site is “The megaliths of The Iwaya-Iwakage Remains” which is said to be an ancient camping site.
005 The second site situates about 40 meters from here and is called “The Megaliths with a Marked Stone”.
006 Seeking the meaning of the markings initiated the recent research on the megaliths and their relations to the sun.
And the third site is “The Megaliths of the Eastern Mountain” that situates on the side of a mountain.
008 These sites do not exist on a plane surface like Stonehenge, but two of the three sites rather situate on the valley between two mountains as the map shows.
009 And this line on the valley shows the direction of the rising sun on the summer solstice and of the setting sun on the winter solstice.
The orientation of the line corresponds to the line connecting the Heel Stone and the middle of the circle of Stonehenge.
010 Now, let us see how The Kanayama Megaliths relate to the sun’s course and how to interpret it.
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