Ain Dara temple has a NW orientation:
I suspected the temple was originated to stars/sky.. Since spring was the most important season I set it for 21-3- year 2. I could not got further in this stellarium app.
Ein Dara. Coordinates: 36°27′50″N 36°51′55″E / 36.46389°N 36.86528°E
/ 36.46389; 36.86528.
That gave the following results for the north west orientation:
But there is not really a significance in these or is there?
Wikipedia says the following on Boötes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bo%C3%B6tes
In ancient Babylon, the stars of Boötes
were known as SHU.PA.
They were apparently
depicted as the god Enlil, who was the leader
of the Babylonian pantheon and special patron of farmers
It makes sense to make a temple to Enlil then.
God of wind, air, earth, and storms
Iranian – Cylinder Seal – Walters 42775 – Side E.jpg
Ancient Persian cylinder seal dating to between 550 and 330 BC, depicting an unidentified king wearing the horned crown, Enlil’s primary symbol
Symbol Horned crown
Children Ninurta, Nanna/Suen, Nergal, Ninazu, and Enbilulu
Parents An and Ki
Babylonian equivalent Elil
Hurrian equivalent Kumarbi
Enlil,[a] later known as Elil, is an ancient Mesopotamian god associated with wind, air, earth, and storms. He is first attested as the chief deity of the Sumerian pantheon, but he was later worshipped by the Akkadians, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Hurrians. Enlil’s primary center of worship was the Ekur temple in the city of Nippur, which was believed to have been built by Enlil himself and was regarded as the “mooring-rope” of heaven and earth. He is also sometimes referred to in Sumerian texts as Nunamnir. According to one Sumerian hymn, Enlil himself was so holy that not even the other gods could look upon him. Enlil rose to prominence during the twenty-fourth century BC with the rise of Nippur. His cult fell into decline after Nippur was sacked by the Elamites in 1230 BC and he was eventually supplanted as the chief god of the Mesopotamian pantheon by the Babylonian national god Marduk. The Babylonian god Bel was a syncretic deity of Enlil, Marduk, and the dying god Dumuzid.
Enlil plays a vital role in the Sumerian creation myth; he separates An (heaven) from Ki (earth), thus making the world habitable for humans. In the Sumerian Flood myth, Enlil rewards Ziusudra with immortality for having survived the flood and, in the Babylonian flood myth, Enlil is the cause of the flood himself, having sent the flood to exterminate the human race, who made too much noise and prevented him from sleeping. The myth of Enlil and Ninlil is about Enlil’s serial seduction of the goddess Ninlil in various guises, resulting in the conception of the moon-god Nanna and the Underworld deities Nergal, Ninazu, and Enbilulu. Enlil was regarded as the inventor of the mattock and the patron of agriculture. Enlil also features prominently in several myths involving his son Ninurta, including Anzû and the Tablet of Destinies and Lugale.
For measure I mapped Enlils temple in Iraq to Ain Dara and they almost have an identical orientation. Age when build could make up for the slight difference, orientated to BOOTES/ENLIL at spring. The main god of the babylonian pantheon. Constellation Hercules sits next to it and corona borealis.
Could this old temple be alligned to Bootes/Enlil?