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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.
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(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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"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.
Archaeoastronomical identification of the functional elements in rocky-cave sanctuary connected with ancient Cult toward the moon on Bulgarian land.
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.
He also discusses neuropsychology and rock art; other approaches such as quantitative, landscape, and archaeoastronomical methods; management and conservation; and archaeology and anthropology.
Others have focused on archaeoastronomical interpretations -- especially in North America, where it seems indisputable that some rock art was closely linked to celestial phenomena, functioning as solar observatories or calendrical markers [Krupp, 1982].
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.