ASTR 301 Archaeoastronomy

A study of ancient Old- and New-World astronomy as exhibited in archaic myth, megalithic monuments, Mesoamerican buildings, stelae and manuscripts, and alignments of archaeological sites. The fundamentals of spherical astronomy will he presented, with emphasis on horizon phenomena, making it possible to explore the implications of possible astronomical alignments, astronomical content of Mesoamerican codices, and the sky-lore of a variety of cultures. Special attention will be given to early Bronze Age megalith monuments in Britain, to Middle American astronomy, and to astronomy of the Native American Indians.

notes: See also Physics 607, Physics 675.