What is Archaeoastronomy?
Archaeoastronomy is a synthesis of 2 words – archaeology and astronomy. It the study of ancient people and their observations, interpretations and achievements with regard to celestial objects and phenomena. This involves their astronomical practices, religious beliefs, science and world views. Revolving around the archaeological remains ancient people have left behind, archaeoastronomy is where archaeology and astronomy are combined together to further the study of the history of Man.

Why should we be interested in Archaeoastronomy?
Archaeology gives us insights into man’s history of interaction with the world around him. In many cultures the sky, being vast, permanent, awe-inspiring and untouchable, was a prominent feature of their lives. Archaeoastronomy shows us how different groups of people throughout history interacted differently with the cosmos. It not only opens up an aspect of our past; it also allows us to look at the development and formation of scientific and religious beliefs relating to the cosmos. For instance, the ability to construct and plan structures in line with astronomical observance is an indicator of the level of organization, engineering and observational ability of the people involved.


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