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The study of the knowledge, interpretations, and practices of ancient cultures regarding celestial objects or phenomena.

ar′chae·o·as·tron′o·mer n.
ar′chae·o·as′tro·nom′i·cal (-ăs′trə-nŏm′ĭ-kəl) adj.


(ˌɑːkɪəʊəˈstrɒnəmɪ) or


(Astronomy) the scientific study of the beliefs and practices concerning astronomy that existed in ancient and prehistoric civilizations
ˌarchaeoasˈtronomer, ˌarcheoasˈtronomer n
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Chapter 5 is that most directly concerned with the archaeology of the cosmos through consideration of the archaeoastronomical evidence for his study region.
In some stages, it was used for burial purposes, but its shape and an archaeoastronomical analysis suggest that it was originally designed and built to contain a Mithraeum [temple to Mithras]," as explained to SINC by Inmaculada Carrasco, one of the authors of the study.
Central elements of this thematic assertion include allusions coded into the lyrics of songs sung by Ada's family in the Epilogue, the Baucis and Philemon reference, and an archaeoastronomical image pattern that culminates in the Epilogue's seemingly tangential account of the amputation four years earlier of the first digit of Ada's forefinger.
14) Nonetheless, there is remarkable coincidence between the solstitial message he imputes to this petroglyph and Frazier's archaeoastronomical sub-theme in the second half of the novel.
He also discusses neuropsychology and rock art; other approaches such as quantitative, landscape, and archaeoastronomical methods; management and conservation; and archaeology and anthropology.
Schaefer's refraction work now makes implausible most archaeoastronomical alignments claiming to be more accurate than about half a degree -- equal to the diameter of the disks of the sun or the moon, undistorted by refraction.
The evidence is not clear on the linear alignment of the monoliths, and we have no justification to invoke archaeoastronomical analyses.
A new archaeoastronomical investigation of the Irish axial-stone circles, in W.
He uses new archaeoastronomical data obtained at Maes Howe passage tomb in Orkney, combined with archaeological evidence from the nearby Neolithic settlement of Barnhouse, to reaffirm a number of earlier ideas (e.
The propensity of this topic to generate more heat than light is undeniable, but in view of the continued propagation of these ideas the present authors felt it necessary to attempt to provide -- if not the detailed refutation that MacKie (1983) has demanded -- at least the main threads of such a case, both from an archaeological and an archaeoastronomical point of view, together with pointers to some of the many relevant publications which, in our view, support that refutation.
It questions western pre-conceptions with regard to our archaeoastronomical interpretations and strives towards a more open picture of past cosmologies, while at the same time applying a systematic and self-critical approach to data collection and assessment.
This book not only brings together in summary much of his work to date, but also that of other influential contributors to the archaeoastronomical debate.