The prehistoric sundial dating back to the Bronze age has been accidentally discovered near Gela. “Making an archaeological discovery is in itself an important event, but to be part of one of the most sensational finds in recent years fills me with pride”, this is what Giuseppe La Spina, one of the friends who made the discovery, told The Local. He proudly added that the fact that the sundial is located in his home town, Gela, makes him vary emotional. The group stumbled across the unusual arrangement of stones while surveying World War II bunkers and their report came to the attention of Professor Alberto Scuderi, regional director of Italy’s Archaeologist Groups specialized in archaeoastronomy. Professor Scuderi confirmed the importance of the finding and thanks to a professional verification carried out with the use of a GPS drone, a compass and cameras on December 21st – the winter solstice – demonstrated that the sundial is still accurately working and that it was used to determine the season and solstices. This archaeological discovery, which constitutes a major find for the understanding of prehistoric times, has been dated back to between 6000 and 3000 BC and archaeologists believed that further historically significant treasures may be contained in the site. The Sicilian sundial has been compared to Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the world and one of the most important historical sites in Wiltshire in England, which also is thought to date back to 3000 BC.
Ilona Catani Scarlett