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Ancient African Skies
- An article on the Borana Calendar by Laurance Doyle of the SETI Institute.
Ancient Egyptian Chronology and the Astronomical Orientation of Pyramids
- Article by Kate Spence contending that the Egyptians aligned the pyramids to north by using the simultaneous transit of two circumpolar stars. [PDF]
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.
- Well developed site featuring articles and photographs on a number of significant sites and their Archaeoastronomy
Archaeoastronomy: An Interview with David Dearborn
- Interview with David Dearnorn, a specialist in Peruvian Astronomy.
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.
A Brief Evaluation of Kate Spence's Article in NATURE
- Article rebutting Kate Spence's theory that the pyramids were aligned to north by using the simultaneous transit of two circumpolar stars.
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.
- 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.
Dogon and Sirius
- A detailed examination of M. Griaule's 1950 paper "Un Systeme Soudanais de Sirius".
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.
ISAAC - International Society for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture
- Contact details for this international academic society.
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.
- Newgrange is a 5000 year old mound near the River Boyne in Ireland. An inner chamber is illuminated by the rising sun on mornings around the winter solstice.
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.
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.
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 08, 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 08, 2003)
Germany's Sky Disk seen as key for archaeoastronomy
- A description of the Sky Disc of Nebra from The Cosmic Mirror #243 (October 05, 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 06, 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 08, 1999)
Oldest Astronomical Monument Found
- Discovery of a 6,500-year-old monument at Nabta, Egypt. BBC article. (April 01, 1998)
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