Archaeoastronomy in the Old World by D. C. Heggie

By D. C. Heggie

This quantity summarises the court cases of a convention which came about on the college of Oxford in September 1981. Held lower than the auspices of the overseas Astronomical Union and the foreign Union for the background and Philosophy of technological know-how, the assembly reviewed study in outdated international Archaeoastronomy. The writer got the ultimate typescript for creation in March 1982. The papers during this e-book are occupied with laying off gentle on a debatable element of ecu prehistory, in particular that of north-west Europe: was once astronomy practised right here within the past due Neolithic and bronze a long time, and if that is so, what used to be its goal? those questions are of noticeable curiosity to prehistorians, yet clean curiosity in them has been prompted mostly via these whose specialist historical past is within the natural and technologies, whereas they elevate technical concerns that have aroused the curiosity of statisticians and astronomers.

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Ritchie: An Archaeological View date of 1200 be + 150 36 (GaK-787) from charcoal within the urn refers to the construction of the site itself, but this is little more than an assumption, and the central position would also be a favoured one for later depositions (Stewart 1966). This demonstration of the problematic nature of the archaeological evidence does not disguise the fact that much of the material at our disposal has a wide chronological span, certainly from 3000 BC at least the middle of the second millennium BC.

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