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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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The Crow may have been too much influenced by their contacts with Europeans to qualify, critics objected at the session devoted to archaeoastronomy during the recent meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Pasadena, Calif.
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The growing popularity of archaeoastronomy has given further impetus to the continuation of such lines of research (Pavuk & Karlovsky 2004; Daim & Neubauer 2005: Teil 3).
In his introductory chapter, 'Sound, Place, and Space: Towards an Archaeology of Acoustics,' Scarre explores this issue of intentionality and usefully compares it to an analogous problem in archaeoastronomy.