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Blog #2: Archeoastronomy

Reflecting on how science and astronomy have grown and blossomed into what we study today really illustrates how amazing ancient feats of astronomy and observation were. The impacts of ancient observations of the night sky still effect us today, including in the name of months, the days of the week, and the length of our days and years. Continue reading

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Archeoastronomy: the Ancient Greeks

The quest for knowledge about the universe we live in is not a modern phenomenon. Many cultures throughout history have devoted a significant amount of time and resources in pursuit of this knowledge. One ancient civilization that dramatically improved our knowledge of astronomy was the ancient Greeks. One of the main goals of Greek astronomers […] Continue reading

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Mound 72

Image Source Mound 72 is a very interesting example of the knowledge early Native Americans had about astronomy in at least 950 CE. Mound 72 is the sight of one of several “woodhenges” created by the Cahokia people of south west Illinois. These woodhenges were all relatively identical in relation to the positioning of theContinue reading “Mound 72” Continue reading

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Stonehenge and Archeoastronomy

Stonehenge is one of the most easily recognizable sites across the globe. Often designated as one of the wonders of the ancient world, Stonehenge has both fascinated and confounded humanity for centuries. While some may still argue about how Stonehenge came to exist, whether it be aliens, magic, or old-fashioned hard work and sweat, oneContinue reading “Stonehenge and Archeoastronomy” Continue reading

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Archeoastronomy

Archeoastronomy is the study of how ancient civilizations understood astronomy. It examines past people’s cultures, religions, and lore and observes how it affected their art and architecture. There are many examples of this throughout history and through archeoastronomy, we can learn about the development of astronomical thought around the world. (Source) Archeoastronomy was developed through … Continue reading Archeoastronomy Continue reading

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Crop Circles: A Brief History

Crop circles have long captivated the attention of conspiracists. Their theories suggest that they appear within hours and during daytime without forewarning or even observation of their creators. Modern-day conspiracists have often pointed to them as evidence of the supernatural or more recently, extraterrestrial communication. The idea is that aliens have used beams from their spaceships … Continue reading Crop Circles: A Brief History Continue reading

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Stonehenge: Change the How!

We all know Stonehenge as a Wonder of the World, in which there are multiple sets of 3 massive rocks stacked together. The major question revolving around Stonehenge (to the lay person) is how they got the rocks up there, since the technology of the time would have made this incredibly difficult. While this is […] Continue reading

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The Center of the Universe

While reading the textbook, I found it very disappointing just how close the Greeks were to figuring out that Earth was not the center of the universe. Had they not been fooled by looking for parallax, they would have been led to the right conclusion that the Earth orbits the sun, rather than that everything […] Continue reading

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The Archeoastronomy of Teotihuacán

Teotihuacán was a prominent ancient Mesoamerican city located in the Mexican highlands. Its legacy inspires civilians and scholars alike. Its stunning architecture, well-preserved art, and obvious influence over a greater area have made it one of the most studied archeological sites in Mexico. Another thing that interests many about Teotihuacán is the layout and construction … Continue reading The Archeoastronomy of Teotihuacán Continue reading

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Archeology plus astronomy equals archeoastronomy

Archeoastronomy is the combination of archeology, the study of human activity in the past, and astronomy, the study of celestial objects. Archeoastronomy is the study of how people of the past have interpreted the skies above. This type of study also looked at how ancient people adopted the phenomenon of the sky into their cultures. […] Continue reading

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