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



Books published and in press


(Editor) Heritage Sites of Astronomy in the context of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention: Thematic Study no. 2. ICOMOS / Ocarina Books (2017)



(with Rubellite Kawena Johnson and John Kaipo Mahelona) Nā Inoa Hōkū: Hawaiian and Pacific Star Names (revised edition). Ocarina Books (distributed by University of Hawai‘i Press) (2015)


(Editor-in-Chief) Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy (3 volumes). Springer (2014)



(Editor) Archaeoastronomy in the 1990s. E-reprint, Ocarina Books, Bognor Regis (2014; originally published 1993)


(Editor) Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy: Building Bridges between Cultures. Cambridge University Press (2011)


(Co-editor and principal author with Michel Cotte) Heritage Sites of Astronomy in the context of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention: A Thematic Study. ICOMOS–IAU (2010 [e-edition] & 2011 [printed edition])


(Co-editor with Gary Urton) Skywatching in the Ancient World: New Perspectives in Cultural Astronomy. University Press of Colorado (2007 [hardback] & 2010 [paperback/e-book])


Ancient Astronomy: An Encyclopedia of Cosmologies and Myth. ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara (2005)


(Assistant editor) Songs from the Sky: Indigenous Astronomical and Cosmological Traditions of the World. Ocarina Books and Center for Archaeoastronomy (2005)


(Editor) Records in Stone: Papers in Memory of Alexander Thom. Cambridge University Press (Reprinted 2003; originally published 1988).


(Co-editor with Frank Prendergast and Tom Ray) Astronomy, Cosmology, and Landscape. Ocarina Books, Bognor Regis (2001 [printed edition] & 2011 [e-edition])


Astronomy in Prehistoric Britain and Ireland. Yale University Press (1999)


(Co-editor with Nicholas Saunders) Astronomies and Cultures. University Press of Colorado (1993)


(Co-editor with David Medyckyj-Scott, Ian Newman and David Walker) Metadata in the Geosciences. Group D Publications, Loughborough (1991)


(Editor and principal author) Formal Methods in Standards. Springer-Verlag, Berlin (1990)


(Co-editor with Sebastian Rahtz) Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology 1987. BAR International Series 393, British Archaeological Reports, Oxford (1988)


Megalithic Astronomy: a New Archaeological and Statistical Study of 300 Western Scottish Sites. BAR British Series 123, British Archaeological Reports, Oxford (1984)


(Co-editor with Alasdair Whittle) Astronomy and Society in Britain During the Period 4000-1500 BC. BAR British Series 88, British Archaeological Reports, Oxford (1981)


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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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