Clive Ruggles

Astronomical heritage

Portal to the Heritage of Astronomy

Read more on the UNESCO–IAU Portal to the Heritage of Astronomy and about astronomical heritage in general

Free downloads

ICOMOS–IAU Thematic Studies on Astronomical Heritage

No. 1 (2010): See here for more information or click here to download a copy directly (46 Mb)

No. 2 (2017): See here for more information or click here to download a copy (19 Mb)


Stonehenge and Ancient Astronomy


Download a copy of the Royal Astronomical Society’s factsheet

Image collection

Leicester University Archive

An 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


                   Selected books

                Selected papers & articles

Read more: Publications

Springer Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy


This three-volume reference work aims to provide a definitive picture of the state of art of research in this field, and to be a reliable and wide-ranging source regarding theory, method, interpretation, and best practice.


Published by Springer in both electronic and printed form, it is suitable for academic readers and researchers regardless of their disciplinary expertise, and is also accessible to students and serious general readers.

Published: 2014

Read more: Springer Handbook

Ancient Astronomy: an Encyclopaedia of Cosmologies and Myth



This book aims to help the general reader distinguish sound evidence and key themes of archaeoastronomy from unsupported speculation and common misconceptions.


Its over 200 entries include a broad selection of case studies worldwide, some famous, some much less known. It also provides critical assessments of a range of facts and theories together with explanations of concepts and tools so that the reader can critically examine new evidence and claims for themselves.

Published: 2005

Read more: ABC-CLIO Encyclopedia


Astronomy in Prehistoric Britain and Ireland

(Yale University Press, 1999)

This book is now out of print but copies may still be available from amazon, Oxbow Books or specialist bookshops.

Read more: APBI


… 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


Springer Handbook (2014):


Ocarina Books publishes and distributes books relating to archaeo- and ethnoastronomy

Alice Ruggles Trust

If you are looking for things related to Alice and/or information about stalking, please visit the Alice Ruggles Trust website