Clive Ruggles

Astronomical heritage

Portal to the Heritage of Astronomy

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Stonehenge and Ancient Astronomy


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Astronomical Heritage


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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 will gradually be made available on this new site in the coming months.


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.


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Free software tools

Basic declination calculator


by Andrew Smith

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