Let in the light: Ancient Roman fort designed for celestial show

January 7, 2015 4:56 PM

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Let in the light: Ancient Roman fort designed for celestial show

The ruins of the Roman fort in Britain by Hardknott Pass are roughly aligned with the light of the solstice sun. (Satellite image copyright Infoterra Ltd & Bluesky, courtesy Amelia Carolina Sparavigna)

The gateways of an ancient Roman fort in Britain are roughly aligned with the light from the sun during the summer and winter solstices a design that would have resulted in a striking scene on the shortest and longest days of the year, a researcher says.

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