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archaeoastronomy

(ar-kee-oh-ă-stron -ŏ-mee) The astronomy of early or nonliterate cultures, of interest to astronomers, archaeologists, and anthropologists. Many megalithic sites in the UK, Europe, and North and South America are thought to have been used for astronomical measurements and predictions.
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Ruggles and Saunders' contention that Nazca labyrinths we re made to be strolled through while staying mostly hidden from view "is novel and well-argued," says archaeoastronomer Anthony Aveni of Colgate University in Hamilton, N.
This unpredictable refraction casts doubt on some claims by archaeoastronomers that ancient stone walls and monuments are aligned with the rising and setting directions of specific celestial objects.
This fascinating lecture will be given by Dr Frank Prendergast, one of Ireland's leading archaeoastronomers.
The archaeoastronomers often displayed finding astronomical explanation for almost any orientation, which was viewed with high scepticism by archaeologists.
Archaeoastronomers agree that several previous studies cast doubt on the claims of Thom and others.
Several archaeoastronomers surmised that the image, discovered in 1970, depicts the supernova of 1054 in Taurus (which created the Crab Nebula).
Not only would this help illustrate the motions of the stars and planets night to night, it could also be a tool for archaeoastronomers and landscape photographers, and could demonstrate interesting phenomena regarding the seasons and motion of the Sun.