Skyscapes: The Role and Importance of the Sky in Archaeology
Fabio Silva (Editor) Nicholas Campion (Editor)
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DescriptionEleven papers extend discussion of the role and importance of the landscape and the wider environment to past societies, and to the understanding and interpretation of their material remains, into consideration of the significance of the celestial environment: the skyscape. The role of the sky for past societies has been relegated to the fringes of archaeological discourse. Nevertheless archaeoastronomy has developed a new rigor in the last few decades and the evidence suggests that it can provide insights into the beliefs, practices and cosmologies of past societies. Skyscapes explores the current role of archaeoastronomical knowledge in archaeological discourse and how to integrate the two. It shows how it is not only possible but even desirable to look at the skyscape to shed further light on human societies. This is achieved by first exploring the historical relationship between archaeoastronomy and academia in general, and with archaeology in particular. The volume continues by presenting case-studies that either demonstrate how archaeoastronomical methodologies can add to our current understanding of past societies, their structures and beliefs, or how integrated approaches can raise new questions and even revolutionize current views of the past.
Oxbow Books Limited
February 01, 2015
6.6 X 9.4 X 0.5 inches | 0.01 pounds
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About the Author
Fabio Silva is Senior Lecturer in Archaeological Modelling at Bournemouth University and co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Skyscape Archaeology. His research focuses on how societies have perceived and conceived their environment and used that to time and adjust social, productive and magico-religious behaviours. His books include Skyscapes: The Role and Importance of the Sky in Archaeology (co-edited with N. Campion, Oxbow Books 2015). He was awarded the Fifth Carlos Jaschek Award from the European Society for Astronomy in Culture (SEAC) in 2016. Liz Henty is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Skyscape Archaeology. Apart from her research into the history of archaeoastronomy she also conducts archaeoastronomical surveys at the recumbent stone circles of Northeast Scotland. Her books include Visualising Skyscapes (co-edited with Daniel Brown, Routledge 2020) and Exploring Archaeoastronomy: A History of its Relationship with Archaeology and Esotericism (Oxbow Books 2022).
Nicholas Campion is Senior Lecturer in the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. He is director of the University's Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, and programme director of the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology.