Archive for the ‘Archeoastronomy’ Category

Salford scientists reveal the ‘sound of Stonehenge’

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Whatever went on there, it would have impressed the ancient Britons. Even if it was only whispering. We are nowhere nearer cracking the mystery of the monument as a result; but who would want to be? Apart from all the mountains of remaindered books of theories, a puzzle solved is never as gripping as a conundrum still under way.

Australian Aborigines ‘world’s first astronomers’

Friday, September 17th, 2010

An Australian study has uncovered signs that the country’s ancient Aborigines may have been the world’s first stargazers, pre-dating Stonehenge and Egypt’s pyramids by thousands of years.

Nebra sky disk discarded because of volcanic ash, scientists say

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

A catastrophic volcanic eruption spewing huge clouds of ash about 3,600 years ago was behind the burial of the Nebra sky disk, one of the most spectacular archaeological finds in recent years, according to scientists at Mainz and Halle-Wittenberg universities in Germany.

Ancient wrecks found off Italy’ west coast

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

A team of marine archaeologists using sonar scanners have discovered four ancient shipwrecks off the tiny Italian island of Zannone, with intact cargos of wine and oil.

Is Stonehenge worth £51m? Doing the maths on the famous stone circle

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Here’s a novel suggestion for how the government can help reduce the massive public deficit: sell Stonehenge. A survey of 500 estate agents, among other monuments studied, has placed the price of the ancient stone circle at a cool £51 million.

Where the ancients studied the moon and stars

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Macedonia is the youngest ancient country in the world and is full of relics of times past.
It has been part of all the great empires of history, from Roman to Ottoman to Byzantine and they have all left their mark with thousands of ancient sites.

Digging up Brahe

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

If everything goes according to plan, sometime in November a group of about a dozen Czech and Danish scientists will descend on the Church of Our Lady Before Týn on Old Town Square. Soon thereafter, a man who has been dead for more than 400 years will say hello to the 21st century.

Vernal Equinox 2010: Facts on the First Day of Spring

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

In the Northern Hemisphere spring officially begins at 1:32 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 20, 2010—the vernal equinox, or spring equinox (see vernal equinox pictures).

Vernal Equinox Pictures: First-Day-of-Spring Rituals

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

The vernal equinox of 2010 falls on Saturday, March 20. The spring equinox is the first day of the solar new year and one of two days each year when day and night are equally long—at least in theory (vernal equinox facts).

Stonehenge “Hedge” Found, Shielded Secret Rituals?

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Evidence for two encircling hedges—possibly thorn bushes—planted some 3,600 years ago was uncovered during a survey of the site by English Heritage, the government agency responsible for maintaining the monument in southern England.


Thursday, February 18th, 2010

On the trunk of a gnarled, centuries-old oak tree, about 90 miles southwest of Phoenix, Ariz., are odd carvings of six-legged, lizard-like beings.

Scholar examines reports of solar eclipses in the Middle Ages

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Hundreds of solar eclipses were recorded by medieval chroniclers, offering historians of astronomy with some vital information about how people in the Middle Ages reacted to this phenomenon.

Stonehenge’s secret: archaeologist uncovers evidence of encircling hedges

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Survey of landscape suggests prehistoric monument was surrounded by two circular hedges

Aboriginal folklore leads to meteorite crater

Friday, January 8th, 2010

An Australian Aboriginal ‘Dreaming’ story has helped experts uncover a meteorite impact crater in the outback of the Northern Territory.

Australian astronomer finds crater from ancient stories, Google maps

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Duane Hamacher, a doctoral candidate at Macquarie University, used ancient folklore from an Australian Aboriginal people and modern Google maps to locate a meteorite crater in central Australia.

Early Ohioans tracked solstices

Monday, December 7th, 2009

The winter solstice was an important event in the lives of ancient Americans, and, believe me, they knew exactly when it happened. I imagine they felt comforted because they knew then that spring would come again.

The Astronomical Orientation of Ancient Greek Temples

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Despite its appearing to be a simple question to answer, there has been no consensus as to whether or not the alignments of ancient Greek temples reflect astronomical intentions. Here I present the results of a survey of archaic and classical Greek temples in Sicily and compare them with temples in Greece.

Ancient Greek worshippers showed inclination towards the Sun

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

The Ancient Greeks deliberately built their temples to face the rising Sun, according to research that promises to shed light on their religious practices and to resolve a longstanding archaeological controversy.

The Oldest Lunar Calendar on Earth

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

The Oldest Lunar Calendars and Earliest Constellations have been identified in cave art found in France and Germany. The astronomer-priests of these late Upper Paleolithic Cultures understood mathematical sets, and the interplay between the moon annual cycle, ecliptic, solstice and seasonal changes on earth.

GALILEO’S TELESCOPE AT 400: Facts, Myths, More

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Galileo’s telescope is today remembered as a revolutionary stargazing tool that changed Earth’s standing in the heavens.
But when Italian mathematician Galileo Galilei presented his version of the telescope to officials in the Italian city-state of Venice, he was simply seeking a career boost, historians say.