Archaeoastronomy in the Old World by D. C. Heggie

By D. C. Heggie

This quantity summarises the lawsuits of a convention which happened on the college of Oxford in September 1981. Held below the auspices of the foreign Astronomical Union and the overseas Union for the background and Philosophy of technological know-how, the assembly reviewed study in previous international Archaeoastronomy. The writer acquired the ultimate typescript for creation in March 1982. The papers during this publication are taken with laying off gentle on a debatable element of eu prehistory, in particular that of north-west Europe: was once astronomy practised right here within the past due Neolithic and bronze a while, and if this is the case, what was once its function? those questions are of seen curiosity to prehistorians, yet clean curiosity in them has been influenced mostly by way of these whose specialist history is within the natural and technologies, whereas they elevate technical matters that have aroused the curiosity of statisticians and astronomers.

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S. 1981,42-3), for the dates obtained for various henge monuments in Britain cover a wide chronological span. But it is not at all impossible on archaeological grounds that the barrows round Brodgar are broadly of the date put forward by Alexander and A. S. Thorn for the use of the site as a lunar observatory - that is between about 1600 BC and 1400 BC (Thorn & Thorn 1973; 1978, 122-37). 1975; On the other hand it is wrong to imply that structures can be 'dated by archaeoastronomy' (Baitey 1973, 399); only a possible period of use of a stone or circle can be so indicated.

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