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Archaeoastronomy and History of Astronomy


  • Center for Archaeoastronomy
  • The Working Group for the History of Astronomy has articles on everything from archaeoastronomy and mythology to cosmology and extraterrestrial intelligence.
  • Maya Astronomy Page
  • Astronomy in Japan includes articles in English about Japanese Starlore and Astronomical History as well as significant Activities of Amateur Astronomers in Japan.
    * Japanese or Chinese (as brought to Japan) Starlore and Astronomical History
    * Ancient Chinese and Japanese Calendar/Time Systems
    * Anecdotes or Special Articles on Japanese Amateur Activities (Past or Present)
    * Stories related to Japanese Festivals Based on Astronomical Events
    * Japanese Social/Cultural History Related to Astronomical Events
    * Suggestions or Proposals for Cooperative Activities with Amateur Astronomers in Japan (will be cross-listed with Japanese links)
  • Anasazi petroglyph in New Mexico's Chaco Canyon thought to represent the supernova of 1054 (leading to the Crab Nebula) .
  • Near Eastern Astronomy
  • Native American Sites in Utah page is sponsored by the Archaeological Research Institute of Bountiful, Utah, a non-profit Federal Bureau of Land Management. They are doing primary research of many sites with probable archaeoastronomy characteristics.
  • Images of archaeological and archaeoastronomical interest includes sites in Britain, mainland Europe, Mesoamerica, South America, Australia, and Polynesia. Pictures and captions are of variable quality, so take them as you find them.
  • Stone Pages contains photos and information on megalithic sites of Europe. At this moment the Scottish, English, and Irish sections are complete.
  • Cultural Aspects of Astronomy is an intersection of disciplines.
  • The Galileo web project at Rice University is now available.
  • Out of This World: The Golden Age of the Celestial Atlas is an on-line catalogue of 43 celestial atlases of historical significance.
  • Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society
  • The Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, England has an extensive information service.
  • The Digital Archive of Historical Astronomy Pictures