11 Facts About Archaeoastronomy


Archaeoastronomy is the interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary study of how people in the past "have understood the phenomena in the sky, how they used these phenomena and what role the sky played in their cultures".

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Archaeoastronomy is closely associated with historical astronomy, the use of historical records of heavenly events to answer astronomical problems and the history of astronomy, which uses written records to evaluate past astronomical practice.

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Archaeoastronomy uses a variety of methods to uncover evidence of past practices including archaeology, anthropology, astronomy, statistics and probability, and history.

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Archaeoastronomy fills complementary niches in landscape archaeology and cognitive archaeology.

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Archaeoastronomy can be applied to all cultures and all time periods.

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Archaeoastronomy has long been seen as an interdisciplinary field that uses written and unwritten evidence to study the astronomies of other cultures.

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Archaeoastronomy believed that by using horizon astronomy, observers could make estimates of dates in the year to a specific day.

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Archaeoastronomy's results indicated the existence of eight, sixteen, or perhaps even thirty-two approximately equal divisions of the year.

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Archaeoastronomy is about the many and various ways people interacted with the sky, there are a diverse range of sources giving information about astronomical practices.

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Archaeoastronomy owes something of this poor reputation among scholars to its occasional misuse to advance a range of pseudo-historical accounts.

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Archaeoastronomy is sometimes related to the fringe discipline of Archaeocryptography, when its followers attempt to find underlying mathematical orders beneath the proportions, size, and placement of archaeoastronomical sites such as Stonehenge and the Pyramid of Kukulcan at Chichen Itza.

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