Clive Ruggles

Astronomical heritage

Portal to the Heritage of Astronomy

Read more on the UNESCO–IAU Portal to the Heritage of Astronomy and other heritage matters

Free downloads

Stonehenge and Ancient Astronomy


Download a copy of the Royal Astronomical Society’s factsheet


Astronomical Heritage


Follow to download a copy of the ICOMOSIAU Thematic Study

Image collection

Leicester University Archive



This archival collection of c. 1100 images of archaeological and archaeoastronomical interest has been available on-line since 1995. Thousands of new images are (very!) gradually being made available— see here


A paper published in the December 2012 issue of Antiquity describes a previously undocumented geoglyph in the Nazca desert, Peru. This 4.4km-long labyrinth was originally discovered by Clive in 1984, relocated and surveyed 20 years later, and is now interpreted by integrating the scientific data and conclusions drawn from the first-hand experience of walking it.


ALSO!  Video reconstruction by Victor Reijs



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… is the study of beliefs and practices relating to the sky in the past, especially in prehistory, and the uses to which people's know- ledge of the skies was put.


Professional bodies

Free software tools

Basic declination calculator


by Andrew Smith

See the Tools page for more info


Published August 2014:


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