Archaeoastronomy in the Old World by D. C. Heggie

By D. C. Heggie

This quantity summarises the court cases of a convention which came about on the college of Oxford in September 1981. Held less than the auspices of the foreign Astronomical Union and the overseas Union for the heritage and Philosophy of technology, the assembly reviewed examine in previous international Archaeoastronomy. The writer got the ultimate typescript for construction in March 1982. The papers during this booklet are fascinated by laying off mild on a arguable point of eu prehistory, specifically that of north-west Europe: was once astronomy practised right here within the overdue Neolithic and bronze a while, and if that is so, what used to be its function? those questions are of seen curiosity to prehistorians, yet clean curiosity in them has been influenced mostly through these whose specialist heritage is within the natural and technologies, whereas they bring up technical concerns that have aroused the curiosity of statisticians and astronomers.

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And London: Burl, A. (1980). London: New Haven Yale University Press. Science or symbolism: problems of archaeoastronomy. Antiquity, 54, 191-200. Coles, J. M. & Simpson D. D. A. (1965). round barrow at Pitnacree, The excavation of a neolithic Perthshire, Scotland. Proc. Prehist. S o c , 31, 34-57. Clarke, D. V. (1976a). The neolithic village at Skara Brae, Orkney: 1972-73 excavations: Clarke, D. V. (1976b). an interim report. O. Excavations at Skara Brae: a summary account. C. eds. C. Burgess and R.

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This discussion of the Ring of Brodgar tellingly illustrates an important difference between the sort and astronomers have at their disposal. of evidence archaeologists The relevant positions of all lunar standstills from 2088 BC to 1307 BC as calculated from figures provided by the Royal Greenwich Observatory round the Ring can be plotted for the various sightlines (Thorn & Thorn 1975, 100, fig. 7 ) . This reflects the rather more precise nature of the astronomical information - available in chart form, susceptible of comparative precision even when translated into past ages and various latitudes.

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