Ancient Astronomies, ancient worlds
Monday, 4 June 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (AEST)
About the talk:
Archaeo-astronomy is the study of beliefs, practices and knowledge concerning the sky. Often, the main evidence comes from the orientation of ancient architecture and the disposition of human activity in the landscape. In this lecture by Professor Clive Ruggles, he will explain in more detail his work in archeo – astronomy and describe some new discoveries from his recent work in Peru, Polynesia and prehistoric Europe.
About the Speaker:
Clive is Emeritus Professor of Archaeoastronomy in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester, UK. He has worked in many parts of the world and published numerous books, papers and articles on subjects ranging from prehistoric Europe and pre-Columbian America to indigenous astronomies in Africa and elsewhere. He has ongoing fieldwork projects in Peru and Polynesia and is a leading figure in the joint initiative by UNESCO and the International Astronomical Union working to promote, preserve, and protect the world's most important astronomical heritage sites.
Date: Monday 4 June
Time: 6.30pm for cheese and wine, 7pm lecture