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Neolithic Burial Chambers: Telescopes to the Stars

Neolithic Burial Chambers and the stars

The calendar you have in your smartphone was once written in the stars. During the Neolithic or final period of the Stone Age, skies were used to mark time; megalithic tombs served the same purpose as our astronomical equipment today. Archaeologists and astronomers have recently proposed that burial chambers of that time were aligned with the constellations.

Northern Portugal Neolithic Burial Chamber

The ancient civilizations in rural Britain are thought to have relied on these for migrating their animals. In the absolute darkness of the tombs, the night sky was never brighter. Images and carvings found on the walls of the tombs were probably records of the stars. According to researchers, the stars were believed to protect the ancestors.

Long, Neolithic Burial Chamber in Wales, UK

From Wales to Salisbury and the prehistoric treasures of the Shetland and Orkney Islands, north of Scotland, Odyssey has got you covered. Embark on a small group historical tour with us to World Heritage sites and the oldest archaeological sites in Scotland. Experience Prehistoric Britain like you have never before. The Scottish Isles has so much to offer aside from these magnificent historical discoveries.

Ancient Megalithic Burial Chamber, Kent

Small group tours for senior travellers

Odyssey Traveller is famous for our small groups, and we average eight participants per tour. Our maximum group size is eighteen people, which ensures quality, flexibility and care that is tailored to our clients. We specialise in small group tours for the senior traveller who is seeking adventure or is curious about the world we live in. Typically, our clients begin travelling with us from their mid 50’s onward. But be prepared to meet fellow travellers in their 80s and beyond! Both couples and solo travellers are very welcome on our tours.

About Odyssey Traveller

Odyssey Traveller is committed to charitable activities that support the environment and cultural development of Australian and New Zealand communities. Accordingly, we are pleased to announce that since 2012, Odyssey has been awarding $10,000 Equity & Merit Cash Scholarships each year. We award scholarships on the basis of academic performance and demonstrated financial need. We award at least one scholarship per year. We’re supported through our educational travel programs, and your participation helps Odyssey achieve its goals.

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