I am trying to find a consistent overview of disciplines for
(I don't like the words archaeoastronomy and astroarchaeology,
I want to see more than astronomy and archaeology involved in this).
These disciplines could be used to populate for instance the International
The main disciplines within archaeocosmology are in my opinion (it
is not a ranking to importance!):
These are based on oral traditions and have a tendency to
not only the start of an object/event/person but also the
this. In archaeocosmology we are interested in both I think: the
of something (a festival for something, a building and why it was
etc.) and the evolution in time (e.g. former churches are now used
Both are important, but we have to keep them separated to gain a
overall picture. This separation could be difficult with myths,
have to stimulate to get this straighten out in some way.
Observations are determining this (instead of theories). You can
them of course, but the observations are primarily in
Religion keeps a lot of issues preserved (or destroyed of course).
It is finding the un-destroyed things which is important in this
This provides input on the paths the celestial objects make in the
sky and in relation to the earth in former times. A good
is needed of this behaviour. In principle this is a very
If possible celestial alignments are present in buildings this
The observation with the unaided eye should be stimulated. A lot
be seen in the sky without many tools or theory.
In principle archaeology should be able to provide us with
data. I say in principle, because practice is of course not always
Things are bend according to the insight of the researcher (which
with all the other mentioned research by the way!!!). Perhaps the
is not so problematic (if it can be reconstructed), it is more
if things were NOT investigated, because they were thought not
(like a lot of alignments are destroyed, because no attention was
Archaeology has provided in any way lots of biased/unbiased data
can be used for archaeocosmology studies.
Education of the archaeology world is needed to make it more
to archaeocosmology issues (like done in Ruggles ).
Statistics is a very tricky study. You can do very good things
it, but you can also distort things (figures don't tell
Furthermore you can only do statistics on a sample that
lots of things in common, but one thing (or at least a
number of things) perhaps not. With statistics one want to prove
thing is there or not there (hypothesis). But when is one
one has a good sample e.g. the buildings have to be from the same
otherwise comparing becomes very difficult.
Another thing is blurred out with statistics and that is the
of something! In present days e.g. most buildings in a culture are
only a few are special and have something unique (I called them
If you use the wrong statistics you will never see the special
I personally would like to concentrate on finding techniques to
to find these special ones and not loose them in averages.
- Surveying and geodesy
The use of GPS, GIS (like 3D emulation of the environment and
a a virtual world) can help to visualize the study of
do determine alignments based on geographical/tribal phenomena.
can be seen on my work at Maeshowe and
web pages on surveying.
- Art and artefacts
Art from former times can have lots of meanings. It can be used
noting, tallying, writing, art, initiation, ceremony, etc. One
able to get an idea how to interpretate these art objects in such
that we can use them in the archaeocosmology studies.
Art is my main interest. I diverted to the
issues temporarily, because I hope that
these can provide more context to the art. I still don't know if
is/was the correct path for me;-)
- Climate studies
It is important to know how the climate (and the level of sea) was
in the time periods we are investigating.
- alternative (or not yet accepted?) ways of thinking
Ley lines, dowsing, earth energy stars, etc. could be useful for
We have to be aware though that we know what and how we are using
also have to be sure that e.g. ley lines are not altered by time
rivers change their paths quiet considerable over 5000 years why
lines or underground waterways).
So we have to use these ways of thinking and evaluate them for the
use in archaeocosmology.
This is of course an important discipline. Analogies could help in
understanding megalithic people.
Acoustic of buildings can be very powerful, certainly if you have
standing e.g. in Treasury of Atreus and heard a choir singing!
thus be very powerful in rites and ceremonies. A study worth for
in my opinion.
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