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

ICOMOSIAU 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

Publications

     

(With Nicholas Saunders) Desert Labyrinth: Lines, landscape and meaning at Nazca, Peru, Antiquity, 86 (2012), 1126–1140.  See commentary

 

       

(With Iván Ghezzi) El contexto social y ritual de las observaciones del horizonte astronómico en Chankillo. In Miľosz Giersz and Iván Ghezzi (eds), Arqueología de la Costa de Ancash, Centro de Estudios Precolombinos de la Universidad de Varsovia and Instituto Francés de Estudios Andinos, Warsaw–Lima, 2011, 135–152. [In Spanish]

 

 

Pushing back the frontiers or still running around the same circles? ‘Interpretative archaeoastronomy’ thirty years on. In Clive Ruggles (ed.), Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy: Building Bridges between Cultures, Cambridge University Press, 2011, 1–18.

 

(With Iván Ghezzi) The social and ritual context of horizon astronomical observations at Chankillo. In Clive Ruggles (ed.), Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy: Building Bridges between Cultures, Cambridge University Press, 2011, 144–153.

 

(With Krzysztof Makowski) Watching the sky from the ushnu: the sukanka-like summit temple in Pueblo-Viejo–Pucara (Lurin Valley, Peru). In Clive Ruggles (ed.), Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy: Building Bridges between Cultures, Cambridge University Press, 2011, 169–177.

     

(With Efrosyni Boutsikas) Temples, stars and ritual landscapes: the potential for archaeoastronomy in ancient Greece. American Journal of Archaeology, 115(1) (2011), 55–68.

   

Indigenous astronomies and progress in modern astronomy. In Ray Norris and Clive Ruggles (eds), “Accelerating the Rate of Astronomical Discovery” (Special Session 5, XXVII IAU General Assembly, August 11–14 2009, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Proceedings of Science, 2010, PoS(sps5)029. 18pp.

 

       

Astronomy and world heritage. In Ian F. Corbett (ed), “Highlights of the XXVII IAU General Assembly, August 2009.” Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, 6 (Transactions T27B), 2010, 12–17.

 

     

Megalithic astronomical sightlines: Current reassessment and future directions. In D.C. Heggie (ed.), Archaeoastronomy in the Old World, Cambridge University Press (Reprinted 2009; originally published 1982), 83–105.

       

 

Il generale e lo specifico: alcuni problemi metologici in archeoastronomia. In M. Codebò (ed.), Archeoastronomia: un Dibattito tra Archeologi ed Astronomi alla Ricerca di un Metodo Comune [Archaeoastronomy: a debate between archaeologists and astronomers looking for a common method] (Atti del Convegno Internazionale XIII, Istituto Internazionale di Studi Liguri), De Ferrari, Genova, 2009, 205–215. [in Italian; English translation on accompanying CD]

       

 

(With Irakli Simonia and Nodar Bakhtadze) An astronomical investigation of the seventeen-hundred year old Nekresi Fire Temple in the eastern part of Georgia. Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, 12(3) (2009), 235–239.

     

Astronomy and world heritage. World Heritage, no. 54 (3rd quarter 2009), 6–15. French and Spanish versions in Patrimoine Mondiale and Patrimonio Mundial respectively.

       

(With Ivan Ghezzi) Las trece torres de Chankillo: Arqueoastronomía y organización social en el primer observatorio solar de América. Boletín de Arqueología PUCP, 10 (2008 [dated 2006]), 215–235. [In Spanish]

       

 

(With Irakli Simonia and Raul Chagunava) Ethnographic and literary reflections on ancient Georgian astronomical heritage. Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, 11(3) (2008), 213–218.

 

 

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Archaeoastronomy

… 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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Basic declination calculator

 

HORIZON
by Andrew Smith


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Books

Springer Handbook (2014):

 

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Alice Ruggles Trust

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