"People from around the world study of the heavens to define themselves and to unify their cultures. The study of ancient astronomy allows us to glimpse into a time when the forces of the universe were mysterious and dangerous. Often cultures relied on shamans or priests to mediate between the people and the heavens, and so the relation between religion and astronomy in ancient times is very close. In this resource center we hope to present an overview of the world's ancient cultures, and their relationship with the skies." Pomona College Astronomy Department hosts a collection of works on ancient world astronomies. Обзоры
"Since 1978, the Center for Archaeoastronomy has produced a peer-reviewed science journal called ARCHAEOASTRONOMY. That journal is now called ARCHAEOASTRONOMY: The Journal of Astronomy in Culture (ISSN 0190-9940) and is published by the University of Texas Press for The Center for Archaeoastronomy in cooperation with ISAAC, the International Society for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture." Новости, анонсы, публикации.
"This page is written in English and designed primarily to give people who do not speak Japanese a window into one of the most interesting and fascinating aspects of Japanese culture. Please feel free to link to and use material from this site; please cite materials and articles appropriately and observe any copyrights. No advertising is accepted on this site. While articles will be posted in English, they may be submitted in English or Japanese." Небольшая информационная страничка
"The Center was founded in 1978 at the University of Maryland to advance research, education and public awareness of archaeoastronomy. The journal of the Center, Archaeoastronomy, was started in 1977 and remains the only publication devoted exclusively to world archaeoastronomy and ethnoastronomy. We also published a quarterly newsletter called Archaeoastronomy & Ethnoastronomy News which has now become an online news service for this scientific community. "
"Throughout human history people of all cultures have looked to the sky to improve their daily lives. People have used the sky to help them gather food, hunt game, plant and harvest food, tell time, navigate while traveling, plan cities, make myths and folklore, develop religions, write literature, and produce art. This module explores the cultures that have observed the heavens, the phenomena they observed, and the ways they incorporated their observations of the sky into their daily lives." Рart of the University of Chicago's Digital Library.
"ISAAC is a professional organization established in 1996 to promote the academic development of archaeoastronomy, including ethnoastronomy. The goal of this society is to enhance the professional status of archaeoastronomy by forming ties with existing international, regional and national academic bodies, organizing meetings, and assisting in the development of interdisciplinary projects in cultural astronomy in its widest sense." Исследования, родственные ресурсы, публикации
"The European Society for Astronomy in Culture is a Professional Association of scientists working in the field of Astronomy in Culture or Anthropological Astronomy, including the interdisciplinary disciplines of Archaeoastronomy an Ethnoastronomy. However, researchers in nearby fields of science like History of Astronomy, Mythology, Spatial Archaeology or Cosmology are also welcomed in the SEAC." Конференции, новости, образование.
"How strange it was that the settlers, my own people on both sides, too, could not see what was there all over the prairie. They’d used the stones to build dams and for foundations for their buildings, they’d picked them so they could farm - “The circles always went first,” Peter said, “because they were so easy to see.” - and yet, even knowing what they were doing, they didn’t see. Beyond seeing, there was recognizing. I couldn’t find a better word for what I meant; that a lot of people had lived here for a very long time, that they were not “picking rock” so they could farm, that they were dismantling the remains of a civilization. Every stone freighted with tears, with the weight of grief, they should have been too heavy to lift." Interpretation of the work of John Eddy in southwestern Manitoba.
// "When seen from above Newgrange looks like a giant skull, the top part of the skull of a Bull with long horns. The circular form between its horns, the grass covered mound, almost certainly represents a large golden sun disc. It is obvious that the builders of Newgrange constructed the temple in honour of the horned Bull of Heaven which I believe can be considered a metaphor for Halley's Comet."
// "This article is based on a lecture given to the Meath archaeological and historical society by Martin Dire at the Fourknocks in June 2004. The lecture was based on outlining the less obvious reasons why structures like the Fourknocks were sited where they were. Martin argues that the placements of the prehistoric monuments are far from haphazard or random. "
// "Early in the spring of 1986 I began a year-long pilgrimage around Europe by bicycle. Over four seasons I cycled through eleven countries to visit, study and photograph more than 135 holy places. In succeeding years I traveled to Europe several additional times, visiting other countries and their sacred sites. These travels took me to the sacred places of Megalithic, Greek and Celtic cultures as well as to the pilgrimage sites of medieval and contemporary Christianity. For many thousands of years our ancestors have been visiting and venerating the power places of Europe. One culture after another has often frequented the same power places. The story of how these magical places were discovered and used is filled with myths of cosmic and cometary induced world destroying cataclysms, astronomers and sages, and nature spirits and angels."
"This course builds on the work I've been doing in the past twenty years investigating the astronomies of the peoples of medieval Europe, the American Southwest, and pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. The central theme I've taken for this course reflects the fact that almost every people that we've investigated have done something that we can call astronomy. In the best sense this is a multi-cultural course, showing the different ways different peoples have looked at the heavens and the different patterns of thought that they have used to order the things that they saw in the sky. By the time we're done, I hope we'll have some understanding of the fact that science, and particular astronomy, is not something that Western Europeans and their intellectual descendants do. All peoples construct frameworks to make their observations of the heavens intelligible; astronomy is a universal human activity." Учебный курс
"The course will focus upon questions of archaeoastronomy's aims and objectives, scope and methodology, and its place (if any) within modern archaeology and anthropology as a whole. The first part of the course will concentrate on the Neolithic and Bronze Age in Britain and Ireland, and particularly on the interpretation of astronomical symbolism in monumental architecture. The remainder of the course will draw upon numerous examples from world archaeoastronomy and ethnoastronomy. Basic astronomical concepts will be introduced in the course of the first few lectures, but the course as a whole will not concentrate upon technical details."
// "When we look at messages from monuments in this way, we sometimes discover that different conclusions, originally proposed as alternatives, are instead quite compatible with each other. To illustrate, I will use the monuments of the Avebury group in Wiltshire, England as a space-time focal point for synthesizing several theoretical perspectives (with the Irish Passage Tombs of Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth and a few other sites for support)."