Archeoastronomy

Archeoastronomy is the study of how ancient civilizations understood astronomy. It examines past people’s cultures, religions, and lore and observes how it affected their art and architecture. There are many examples of this throughout history and through archeoastronomy, we can learn about the development of astronomical thought around the world. (Source)

Stonehenge at Sunset Google Images

Archeoastronomy was developed through the Stonehenge in the 1960s where scientists discovered that it was used to predict the suns and moons eclipses. (Source) Other examples or archeoastronomy include the pyramids of Giza and the Lascaux Cave in France. Theories about the pyramids include the alignment of the stars in the Big Dipper to show where north is and astronomical carvings on the pyramids. The caves in France indicate early star charts and are illuminated by the sunset on the winter solstice. (Source). All of these examples show how astronomy was studied thousands of years ago.

One comment

  1. abbiepet · February 18

    This is such a cool topic for a blog post! Astronomy themes come up all throughout history, and it’s amazing how our knowledge of astronomy has helped us to put so many of these ancient artifacts into better perspective. Also puts into perspective how advanced the knowledge of these ancient civilizations was! Which is pretty incredible given that they didn’t have anything like the technology we do today to help them make their observations.

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