PR: Sun Temple Discovery in Alberta Informs Stonehenge Research

(Calgary, January 7, 2009) In a remote location west of Brooks, Alberta, scientist Gordon Freeman  discovered a Sun Temple that pre-dates Stonehenge. According to Freeman, it was constructed some 5000 years ago by the Oxbow People, and contains a solar calendar like ours, but slightly more accurate. He states that the site also contains a detailed lunar calendar. During field work in England from 1986 to 2006, Freeman found striking similarities between the surface geometries of Stonehenge and this site, findings which have far-reaching historical implications. These discoveries are carefully documented and interpreted in Gordon Freeman’s new book, Canada’s Stonehenge: Astounding Archaeological Discoveries in Canada, England, and Wales, launching February 4th.

Freeman describes the Alberta site as a complex, lace-like pattern of stones extending over an area of about thirty square kilometres. Local ranchers have called the hilltop Sunburst centrepiece of the site “the Sundial” for the last hundred years, while archaeologists apply the term “medicine wheel” to this and similar constructions across the prairies. Gordon Freeman’s investigations reveal much more.

As Freeman states, “I had found an amazingly accurate year-round calendar in this Sun Temple, marked with rock lines pointing to Sun rises and sets at critical dates.” He notes, “I later learned of arguments going on, mainly negative, about whether Stonehenge contained marked observation lines to the Summer Solstice Sun rise and the Winter Solstice Sun set. By applying what I had learned in Alberta to observing Sun rises and sets through Stonehenge, I found that an accurate, entire year-round calendar exists in Stonehenge.”

In the book, Freeman reveals other discoveries he has made from applying his painstaking techniques and resulting theory to other similar sites, including one on Preseli Mountain in Southwestern Wales, and another on Fajada Butte in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.

Throughout Canada’s Stonehenge, Gordon Freeman carefully outlines his arguments and illustrates them with detailed, colour photographs and maps, while he tells his story of discovery.

Gordon Freeman is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta where he pioneered interdisciplinary studies in chemistry, physics and human societies. He was introduced to Stone Age artefacts at age six and has visited and studied many archaeological sites in Canada, the United States, Britain, Ireland, Europe and Asia. He lives in Edmonton with his wife Phyllis.



Gordon Freeman is the true Sunwatcher—a humane investigator of the record of human observations of the sun, the moon, and the seasons.
Passion and science blend in this remarkable, readable book, as Freeman takes us along on his patient and exciting discovery of a 5000-year-old Temple in the plains of Alberta. What he finds at the Majorville Medicine Wheel in turn informs his convincing account of Stonehenge archaeoastronomy.
–Roald Hoffmann, chemist and writer, Cornell University, 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

A fascinating chronicle of a scientist’s investigations in two of the world’s most intriguing ancient sites, Stonehenge in Britain and the Majorville Cairn and Medicine Wheel in Alberta, Canada. Freeman reveals that 5000 years ago, Britons and Plains Indians made precise astronomical observations at these sites, halfway around the world from one another, at nearly the same latitude. Canada’s Stonehenge adds the flavour of the Canadian prairies to important new discoveries of Neolithic science.
–Alice B. Kehoe, Professor of Anthropology, Marquette University, worked with Astronomer John Eddy at the Moose Mountain Medicine Wheel

Gordon Freeman was born in 1930 in Hoffer, Saskatchewan, and was introduced to Stone Age artefacts at the age of six. His father collected stone projectile points and stone tools from the Saskatchewan prairie after dry winds had blown away tilled soil.

He obtained an M.A. from the University of Saskatchewan, a Ph.D. from McGill, and a D.Phil. from Oxford. He is a Chemical Physicist, was for ten years Chairman of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Alberta, and for thirty years Director of the Radiation Research Centre there. He is now a Professor Emeritus. For forty years he has pioneered interdisciplinary studies in chemistry, physics, and human societies. Interdisciplinarity is now the standard approach to understanding in the sciences and humanities. He has more than 450 publications in chemistry, physics, and other subjects.

As a hobby he visited many archaeological sites in Canada, the United States, Britain, Ireland, Europe, and Asia. In 1980 he discovered a 5000-year-old Sun Temple in southern Alberta, and has studied it ever since. In 1989 he took observation techniques he had developed in Alberta to England, to resolve the controversy that surrounded a possible calendar in Stonehenge. The astonishingly beautiful, ancient calendars in southern Alberta and Stonehenge are displayed for the first time in recent centuries, with far ranging implications for international prehistory and history.

He is married to Phyllis (born Elson). They have two children and six grandchildren.
10 Important Points in Canada’s Stonehenge

  1. Genius existed on the North American Great Plains 5000 years ago. Genius existed around the world, independent of longitude, as it does now.
  2. In southern Alberta a 5000-year-old Temple to the Sun, Moon and Morning Star has been discovered. It is a complex, lace-like pattern of stones extending over an area of about thirty square kilometres (equivalent to about 35 x 35 city blocks).
  3. The Temple contains a calendar, a solar calendar like ours. The calendar is so accurate that it exposed a deception in the revision of our (European) calendar by Pope Gregory XIII in AD 1582.
  4. The Temple also contains a lunar calendar that marks the monthly cycle of visible Moon shapes, and the nineteen-year cycle of Full Moon rise and set positions on the horizon near the Solstice times.
  5. Stonehenge in England contains the same solar and lunar calendars as the Temple in Alberta. The Stonehenge calendars are about seven centuries younger than the ones in Canada.
  6. The solar and lunar calendars in Stonehenge are entwined with exquisite artistry. They are displayed here for the first time in history.
  7. A Sun Temple with a solar calendar has been discovered on Preseli Mountain in Wales. Preseli Mountain is the source of the “Bluestones” in Stonehenge. The Temple on Preseli Mountain might be contemporary with the Temple in Alberta. It is intriguing that the Temples are at nearly the same latitude and separated by a continent and an ocean.
  8. New light has been shone on the King Arthur legends. They might be rooted in myths 3000 years older than previously thought.
  9. Colour photographs and maps clearly illustrate Freeman’s findings throughout Canada’s Stonehenge.
  10. The same accurate solar calendar exists on Fajada Butte in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.