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More than just a calendar
After aerial archaeologists had discovered the circular enclosure on a field in 1991, the ground monument was excavated and reconstructed under the guidance of the University of Halle. The facility consists of a circular series of double palisades. The main gate points north, two other gates precisely mark the points of the sunrise and sunset for the winter solstice. The alignment towards the winter solstice on 21 December suggests that the observatory was also used for ritual acts. The celebration for welcoming the return of longer days presumably represented an important date in the course of the farming year.
Since the end of 2005 the solar observatory has been accessible to visitors. In the nearby castle there is a family-friendly exhibition dedicated to this impressive archaeological discovery and the life of its users.
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