Science: Social_Sciences: Archaeology: Topics: Archaeoastronomy
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Aboriginal Star Knowledge
Native American Astronomy, with a focus on Lakota star knowledge.
Alun Salt's weblog, musing on archaeoastronomy.
Ancient African Skies
An article on the Borana Calendar by Laurance Doyle of the SETI Institute.
An interactive atlas of the world links to the archaeoastronomy and multicultural cosmology of ancient times.
Ancient Observatories: Chaco Canyon
The Exploratorium's multimedia website on the site of Chaco Canyon. Includes a webcast from the Winter Solstice 2004.
AR315 Lecture Timetable
Archaeoastronomy Lecture notes and photographs from Leicester University.
Archaeo-astronomical hypotheses on some Ligurian engravings
Study of rupestral engravings in Italy.
Dr. Cornelius Holtorf ponders the relationship of Archaeoastronomy to the megaliths of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.
A comprehensive introduction to archaeoastronomy including a look at various people groups and case studies of sites.
Well developed site featuring articles and photographs on a number of significant sites and their Archaeoastronomy
Introduction to Irish megalithic complexes; includes future astronomical sight times.
Archaeoastronomy: An Interview with David Dearborn
Interview with David Dearnorn, a specialist in Peruvian Astronomy.
Aztec Astronomy and Observation of Nature
Explains how the alignment of some of the temples illustrated the spring solar equinox, the relationship to the stories of the gods, and the calendar systems.
BBC - Radio 4 - Stars In Their Eyes
Rajesh Mirchandani looks at the ancient cosmologies of Mesopotamia, Egypt, China and India. Requires Real Player.
BBC World Service: The Stargazers of Ancient Egypt
Dr Kate Spence's theory of the cardinal alignment of Great Pyramid explained.
Big Dipper Little Dipper Stone
Photograph of a sandstone artifact from Palo Alto California, and text which argues that marking carved into it are native represenations of the Big Dipper and Little Dipper.
Carving the Cosmos
Astronomical analysis of petroglyphs on sandstone panels, Arizona.
Center for Archaeoastronomy
Founded in 1978 at the University of Maryland to advance research, education and public awareness of archaeoastronomy.
Chevalier's ASTR 341 Home Page
Course notes for the Archaeoastronomy course at the University of Virginia, USA.
A Critical Look at Archaeoastronomy and the Anasazi Culture of the American Southwest
An overview of the theoretical foundations of archaeoastronomy with a case study of the Anazazi Culture.
A multimedia introduction to archaeoastronomy and ethnoastronomy suitable for K-12 teachers and students. Part of the University of Chicago's Digital Library.
Cursus: solving a 6,000-year-old puzzle
An article from "British Archaeology" magazine arguing for an astronomical motive for the building of some cursus monuments in prehistoric Britain.
Die Himmelsscheibe von Nebra (The Sky Disc of Nebra)
Largely German description of the Bronze Age artefact umearthed in Saxony-Anhalt, with FAQs in English.
The earliest dioptra (c.300 BCE) was a device for measuring the angle, in parts of a "Sign", between two celestial objects. Photos and descriptions of how to make one and how they work.
The Dogon and Sirius
A detailed examination of M. Griaule's 1950 paper "Un Systeme Soudanais de Sirius" in terms of both ethnography and astronomy.
Ethnoastronomy of the Lakota
Dr. Mark Hollabaugh presents his ethnographic research of Lakota astronomy.
The Hanwakan Center for Prehistoric Astronomy, Cosmology and Landscape Studies, Inc.
Homepage of the Hanwakan Center, organized for the gathering of traditions and stories born of mankind's interaction with the physical environment and his understanding of the relationship between earth and sky.
Heavenly Mathematics: Cultural Astronomy
An interdisciplinary course on cultural astronomy. The course has a goal of imparting an understanding of basic astronomical phenomena and an appreciation of their cultural significance throughout the world.
How the Shaman Stole the Moon
An archaeoastronomy book by William H. Calvin of the University of Washington. The book, which describes a dozen ways of predicting eclipses, can be purchased or downloaded for personal reading at no charge.
Ice Age Star Map Discovered
A controversial discovery of a 16,000-year-old "map of the night sky" in Lascaux caves. BBC article.
Indiana Jones and the Astronomers of Yore
Introduction to basic archaeoastronomical concepts with examples from across the world.
ISAAC - International Society for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture
Contact details for this international academic society.
JC Holbrook's Publications and Web projects
A variety of projects ranging from African Astronomy to Zodiac Mosaics.
Kitora Kofun - Japan
Referenced article exploring this ancient Japanese kofun (burial mound). Astrological charts have been determined from the "star paintings" inside the tomb.
Well referenced article by Steven Mizrach upon astronomy as practiced by the Lakota.
Ligurian Archaeoastronomy, mainly in Italian but with some English and German translations.
An online book of the folkore in Lithuania surrounding the sun, moon and stars by Jonas Vaiðkûnas.
Loughcrew Megalithic Cairns - Ireland
An introduction the to astronomical theories surrounding these Irish Neolithic Cairns.
The Material World
BBC Radio 4 interview on the methodology of archaeoastronomy with Prof. Clive Ruggles and Dr. Frank Prendergast. Requires Real Player.
Megalithic Sites of Great Britain
Re-evaluation of the existence of the Megalithic Calendar proposed by Alexander Thom.
Pathfinder - Ancient American Calendar
Observe video of light/shadow interplay on 1,000+ year old rock art marking equinox sunrise at a remote, newly discovered Colorado site.
Prehistoric Moon Map Unearthed
The BBC reports that astronomer Dr Philip Stooke has found a map of the moon in an Irish tomb that pre-dates the earliest known one by about 5000 years.
Pyramids Lined Up With The Stars
British Egyptologist puts forward an astronomical theory for the northern alignment of the Great Pyramid at Giza. BBC article.
SEAC - Société Européene pour l’Astronomie dans la Culture / European Society for Astronomy in Culture
An interdisciplinary website dedicated to research, education and care of heritage in Astronomy in Culture.
The Shaw Butte Notebook
This site makes extensive use of Quicktime to describe and demonstrate the workings of an Hohokam observatory.
Sites in Asuka, Japan
Stone relics and monuments, of unknown age or origin, with possible Solstitial and/or Principle Term alignments. With photos.
Solar Astronomy in the Prehistoric Southwest
A slide show of Anasazi astronomical sites with extensive notes.
The Sophia Project
A project run by the Sophia Trust to advance the scholarly study of astrology and cultural astronomy in British institutions of higher education.
Southern Stars: Aboriginal Astronomy
Evidence of highly complex astronomy within Australian Aboriginal society.
Stone Age Astronomy: Mythical Ireland
New information and research about the astronomy of the Irish Stone Age, plus sections on the movements of the heavenly bodies and links to other sites.
Stones of Wonder
A guide the megalithic monuments of Scotland and their astronomical alignments. Also contains illustrations, a bibliography and suggestions for the best times of year to visit.
Sun Earth Day 2005
The NASA site for Sun-Earth day 2005 (March 20). The theme is 'Ancient Observatories, Timeless Knowledge'. Includes webcasts.
Sundial, calendar and Khmer temples
Determination of the orientation of ancient Khmer temples based on solar observations. Presents the data for several sites.
Temple Orientation and Heliacal Stars
Orientation of Greek and Egyptian temples and the role of astronomy in the setting of temple orientation.
Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco) Phase IV
Cesare Berrini's hypotheses concerning the relationships between bas-relief carvings on the Gateway of the Sun, the annual solar cycle, and geometric time measurement.
Traditions of the Sun: Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Features a collaborative project between SECEF, Ideum, the NPS, other organizations, and individuals. Contains an overview, photos, a timeline, news, credits, and contact information.
University of Massachusetts Sunwheel
A project to build a stone circle aligned to the sunrises and sunsets of the solstices and equinoxes, as well as the north pole star, for use by the community as a tool for education and outreach.
Parowan Gap displays yearly spectacle
A news story on a solsticial alignment at a petroglyph site in Utah. (June 20, 2005)
Scientific American: Circles for Space
An article on how a German "Stonehenge" may be the world's oldest observatory. (December 8, 2003)
Cosmic link to stone circles
Ancient stone circles and tombs in Ireland align with the Sun and the Moon, say astronomers. BBC Article (April 8, 2003)
Germany's Sky Disk seen as key for archaeoastronomy
A description of the Sky Disc of Nebra from The Cosmic Mirror #243 (October 5, 2002)
An archaeoastronomy sensation from Germany?
Report on the display of the Sky Disc of Nebra from The Cosmic Mirror #236. (April 19, 2002)
Encounter with the Moon stone
The BBC's science editor comes face to face with what is claimed to be the oldest map of the Moon ever made. (March 6, 2001)
Ancient Tomb Captured Both Sun and Moon
A unique prehistoric tomb in Ireland has been revealed to align to both the midsummer Sun and the midwinter Moon. BBC article (April 8, 1999)
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