The new findings promise to resolve a long-standing controversy in archaeoastronomy
. Proponents of ancient precision -- most notably the late Scottish engineer Alexander Thom -- concluded that neolithic peoples must have studied heavenly motions as scientists, for the sake of knowledge itself.
(2001): "Orientation of pre-Islamic temples of the North-West of Africa", Archaeoastronomy
, 26, pp.
Schaefer is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University and is on the board of advisors for both the Journal for the History of Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy
. An S&T subscriber since 1969, he has read all issues back to volume 1.
The only missing piece in this sort of grid is the pyramid of Userkare," Giulio Magli, professor of archaeoastronomy
at Milan's Polytechnic University, told Discovery News.
in East Asia; historical observational records of comets and meteor showers from China, Japan and Korea.
South to the island of Gotland we visit a United Nations Heritage Site, and explore countryside archaeoastronomy
Justeson, "Ancient Maya Ethnoastronomy: An Overview of Hieroglyphic Sources," in Worm Archaeoastronomy
(New York: Cambridge Univ.
They provide precedents for archaeoastronomy
and ethnoastronomy which, as distinctive viewpoints on tribal cultures, are fairly new developments.
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.
The observatory is in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, which protects important archaeoastronomy
ruins in northwestern New Mexico (May issue, page 26).