By D. C. Heggie
This quantity summarises the lawsuits of a convention which happened on the college of Oxford in September 1981. Held below the auspices of the overseas Astronomical Union and the overseas Union for the heritage and Philosophy of technological know-how, the assembly reviewed examine in previous international Archaeoastronomy. The writer bought the ultimate typescript for creation in March 1982. The papers during this booklet are fascinated by laying off mild on a arguable point of eu prehistory, specially that of north-west Europe: used to be astronomy practised the following within the past due Neolithic and bronze a while, and if that is so, what used to be its goal? those questions are of visible curiosity to prehistorians, yet clean curiosity in them has been encouraged principally by means of these whose expert history is within the natural and technologies, whereas they increase technical concerns that have aroused the curiosity of statisticians and astronomers.
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1979). Prehistory. Moir, G. (1980). Part I. in Prehistoric Britain. Elek. Leicester: Megalithic Mercat Press. Introduction to British Leicester University Press. science and some Scottish site plans: Antiquity, 54, 37-40. Myres, M. T. (1965). Standing field stones in Kansas. Antiquity, 39, 136-7. Patrick, J. (1974). Midwinter surise at Newgrange. Nature, 249, 517- 19. Patrick, J. (1979). A re-assessment of the lunar observatory hypothesis for the Kilmartin Stones. 1, 78-85. Piggott, S. & Simpson D.
This is in stark contrast to the silent stones of the archeological landscape, at periods when there are no written records at all. on such astronomical Examination of the literature matters will show that many archaeologists use the basis of their own excavations and survey to build up a body of evidence, about which in their own minds they are reasonably certain, and this policy has deliberately been continued, at least in part, in this introduction. personal than Archaeological astronomical ones statements and are based pretations of what is acceptable evidence; to disprove the astronomical potential thus of on seem to be more individual inter- it is very rarely possibly any site on astronomical grounds, and it is more often the validity of the archaeological evidence that is ancient in man contention.
1965, 1 ) . proposed, In more recent books and papers he has also amid greater controversy, a series of lunar observatories. The present introduction was designed as a conference paper offering both a personal assessment of the range of sites for which astronomical interpretations have been proposed, and as a background detailed papers that follow. to the more As delivered, it was intended to provide both a visual evocation of the range of material available and also Ritchie: An Archaeological View 26 a body of evidence from which a number of general points about our understanding of the sites might be made.