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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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Michael Grofe, an archaeoastronomy specialist from the Maya Exploration Centre who wasn't involved in the project.
It is called cultural astronomy or archaeoastronomy and studies the knowledge of the sky and the stars by the peoples of the past from material vestiges, ancient chronicles and current testimonies of the different indigenous communities.
Alice's mum Dr Sue Hills, head of maths at Leicester School for Girls, where her daughter studied, and her dad Clive, an emeritus professor of archaeoastronomy at Leicester University, wiped away tears as the jury listened to details of their daughter's last moments.
Aveni y Gary Urton, Ethnoastronomy and Archaeoastronomy in the American Tropics, New York, The New York Academy of Sciences [Annals of the New York Academy of Siences, v.
Secrets of Ancient America: Archaeoastronomy and the Legacy of the Phoenicians, Celts, and Other Forgotten Explorers provides a new alternative history of America that gathers evidence of ancient explorers before Columbus, and shares some 25 years of the author's personal research and travel to archaeological sties around North America.
1999): "Studies in Iberian Archaeoastronomy: (6) Orientations of Megalithic Tombs of Badajoz and Neighbouring Portugal", Archaeoastronomy, 24, pp.
In July the Tenth Oxford Conference on Archaeoastronomy brought to Cape Town international scholars of the relationship between astronomy and culture.
Archaeoastronomy is the interdisciplinary study of ancient, prehistoric and traditional astronomy and its cultural context (Krupp 1994:ix).
Conklin, "The Information of Middle Horizon Quipus," in Ethnoastronomy and Archaeoastronomy in the American Tropics, eds.
A Ulyssean journey through the labyrinths of archaeoastronomy, geodesy and philosophy, Entelechy is a documentary investigating the ancient and indigenous calendar systems, the meanings of time and space, mathematics, calculating systems and geometry, maritime skills, as well as geomancy and urban planning.
John Carlson, director of the Center for Archaeoastronomy, as saying.