Four markers for lunar observance revealed at Kokino

Skopje, November 1 (MIA) – People possessing great knowledge of the Sun and the Moon, as well as the secret of their eclipse, had existed in the period between 18-20 centuries B.C. in the area that is currently located in the northern part of the Republic of Macedonia. These people created a lunar calendar and organized its life according to it. This understanding is confirmed by four special markers for observance of the initial cycle of the solar and lunar eclipse, revealed at Kokino observatory, which is more than 35 centuries old, said archaeological research manager Gjore Conev at Thursday’s press conference in Skopje, Macedonia.

“The archaeological analysis has resulted in two significant revelations, which define Kokino’s lunar calendar, and assist in the measurement of 29- and 30-day lunar months”, Stated Conev.

“The oldest revealed marker at Kokino dates from 1917 B.C. The markers are set at a distance of 54 years and 34 days, while the others date from 1863, 1809 and 1755 B.C.”, stressed Conev, adding it is a mystery whether the people disappeared or changed its cult, because there are no markers after the year 1700 B.C.
In 2001, archaeologist Jovica Stankovski of Kumanovo’s Macedonian National Museum revealed near village Kokino a site of ceramics dating from the Bronze period. The site encompasses an area of about 5,000m2, set at two platforms right under mountain top Tatikev Kamen, 1,013m above sea level.

Kokino (Кокино) is an important megalithic observatory site discovered in 2001 by archeologist Jovica Stankovski in the northeastern Republic of Macedonia, approximately 30 km from the town of Kumanovo, near the village of Staro Nagorichane.

Kokino is situated 1013 m above sea level and covers an area within a 100-meter radius. It is believed that represents an astronomical observatory and a ceremonial place. The site is approximately 3800 years old. The importance of the site, detailed by physicist Gjore Cenev, was confirmed by the U.S. space agency NASA. It appears fourth on the list of old observatories compiled by NASA.

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