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Friday, October 1st, 2004, 02:29 PM
Mythical Ireland - the ancient astronomers
An exploration of Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth, Loughcrew and Tara in the context of astronomy, art, mythology and archaeology. A comprehensive website with hundreds of photographs and significant amounts of original information.
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Unbenanntes Dokument

Ancient Egyptians and the Constellations
Ancient Egyptians and the Constellations options Come with me to the Celestial Hall of Records and discover the 16000 year old Celestial Sphinx, Hu, who was the blueprint for the Sphinx at Giza. Gaze upon the face of the Creator,...

The Official Web Site of the Center for Archaeoastronomy and ISAAC Center for Archaeoastronomy

Archaeoastronomy, Astrolog & Ancient Egypt

Standing Stones - M E g A L i T h i A - Stone Circles, megaliths, prehistoric stones

The Dogon and Sirius


Megalithic sites in Ireland
Future Observations ARCHAEOASTRONOMY This is an ongoing research project into the Astronomical significance of Megalithic sites in Ireland

Ancient Astronomy
Introduction to the Ancient Astronomical Cosmology Web Pages Archive of Course Materials and Assignments Archeoastronomy Student Web Sites Online tour and image archive of the Maya Dresden Codex Online tour and...

Sunday, October 31st, 2004, 01:44 PM

Archaeoastronomy (http://www.archaeoastronomy.com/index.shtml)


Earth's annual orbit is The Master Clock because the common yardstick of our lives is the year. Years are divided by the seasons just as calendars are segmented by months. Mechanical and digital timepieces measure intervals that split into hours, minutes and seconds each spin of our planet on its axis. Yet, it is the earth's regular, rhythmic loop around the sun that standardizes our timeframe of reference, regardless of geographic distances separating contemporaries or generational distances separating us from our ancestors.

Our planet moves around the sun in an elliptical circuit deviating less than a second from one year to the next. Together we proceed through 8 significant, yet invisible, thresholds within each orbit. These spatial milestones mark the beginning, midpoint and end of each of our seasons. Equinoxes, Solstices and Cross Quarters are moments shared planet-wide, defined by the earth's tilt and the sun's position on The Ecliptic along 45 arcs.

To ancient civilizations fascinated and entertained by the cyclical motion of the heavens, the ability to fix these cusps just to the nearest day was highly-prized, even sacred knowledge. With modern measurements and calculators much better accuracy is possible for determining these moments.

This grand octal in the sky is largely ignored by most modern societies. Equinoxes and Solstices have become little more than footnote mentions on occasional weather reports. Cross Quarters are all but forgotten, in spite of having been observed and celebrated by Celtic people for centuries.

Archaeoastronomy's goal is to understand how skywatchers of the past fashioned and refined systems for regulating their primitive calendars and for memorializing celestial events, both cyclical and unique. Often they relied on sunlight and shadow plays striking and passing across targets and designs aligned with Equinox, Solstice and Cross Quarter sunrises and sunsets. Sometimes the celestial cycles of the moon, Venus and Mars captivated their attention, too. However, knowing seasonal durations and transitions was vital to success in hunting migratory prey, planting crops and harvesting them. Archaeoastronomy draws on several scientific disciplines, primarily astronomy, archaeology, anthropology, psychology and epigraphy, the decoding of ancient inscriptions.

Astrology, scorned by today's technology-driven science, was integral to humankind centuries ago. Certainly, for research to yield credible results, the modern scientific method is essential. Nonetheless, myth was as dominant in ancient times as mindless mass media is today. Aren't both merely comfortable proxies for what's real? To diminish the contributions of illuminated minds of the past who shared neither today's tools nor perspectives is to exhibit an arrogant, technocentric bias. Scientists who now tend to devalue yesterday's legacies are only stoking the fires for the inevitable cremation of their own triumphs by tomorrow's wiser progeny.

MYCLOCK is an interactive mapper that can display the earth's position with respect to the grand octal on its orbital path for any date within the first two decades of this century.

Go to SEASONS for simple, instructive lessons on the astronomical mechanics of Equinoxes, Solstices and Cross Quarters and how worship of the birth, midlife and death of the seasons was rooted in ancient myth and ritual before adoption and adjustments by organized religion.

For worldwide moments of Equinoxes, Solstices and Cross Quarters in the recent past or the near future, go to the almanac page for the year of your choice: 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010.

For up-to-the minute intervals until each of the next 8 annual events, go to COUNTDOWNS. These dynamic displays are viewable only with JavaScript-enabled browsers.

Our featured archaeoastronomical sites are found in 4 categories: USA - ENGLAND (actually the UK including Scotland) - IRELAND and PYRAMIDS, presently limited to The Great Pyramid, Khufu, in Egypt.

We publish a list of LINKS to other archaeoastronomy resources and related topics online.

Your feedback and suggestions for new links are always welcome and encouraged. Just go to our CONTACT form.

Our VIDEO page features a 2 minute QuickTime MPEG-4 of some fascinating Equinox sunrise and sunset alignments in Colorado and Oklahoma that boldly suggest an ancient Old World exploration of the New World. PATHFINDER is devoted to exploration and books on archaeoastronomy and related phenomena in Colorado and Oklahoma.

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Monday, November 1st, 2004, 06:20 AM
I see they have NewGrange in the above banner, i am a little peeved at how little most folk know about NewGrange and its existence!!

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004, 11:42 PM
Fascinating clock graphic