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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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Robert Schoch, the Boston University Geologist famed for re-dating the Sphinx (likely much older than heretofore believed), Graham Hancock, Explorer and Author of Fingerprints of the Gods, and other books that suggest our ancient ancestors were more intelligent than most anthropologists infer, John Anthony West, Rebel Egyptologist who suspects ancient Egypt might have its roots in an earlier culture (possibly Atlantis), Walter Cruttenden, an Archeoastronomer that suggests the motion of the solar system through space might play a role in the rise and fall of civilization, Robert Bauval, Engineer and Giza specialist, John Burke, a subtle energy scientist, that has discovered polarity alignments at Avebury.
The work of archeoastronomers like Anthony Aveni is especially useful in this part of the course, for in that case, there are quite tangible, relatively clear signs that prehistoric cultures had a sophisticated, intensive interest in celestial patterns.
Some archeoastronomers have argued that the chamber's entryway was roughly aligned with the summer solstice sunset, which could lend credence to that theory.