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The cultures of archaeoastronomy and the history of science

  • Stephen C. McCluskey (a1)
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This essay draws on the skeptical opinions that some historians of science have of archaeoastronomy, on historians' changing interpretations of proper historical method, and on their varied understandings of the nature of science to discuss how these methodological issues apply to archaeoastronomy. The essay argues that archaeoastronomical research should bear as much attention to the external context of early astronomies as it does to their internal content, suggesting specifically that insights into the origins of science can be gained by paying greater attention to the practitioners of early astronomies—to the skywatchers.

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A. F. Aveni 2003, Archaeoastronomy in the ancient Americas. Journal of Archaeological Research 11, 149191.

H. F. Cohen 1994, The Scientific Revolution: a Historiographical Inquiry, University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

D. Pingree 1992, Hellenophilia versus the history of science. Isis 83, 554563.

C. L. N. Ruggles 1982, A reassessment of the high precision megalithic lunar sightlines, 1: backsights, indicators, and the archaeological status of the sightlines. Archaeoastronomy no. 4 (supplement to Journal for the History of Astronomy 13), S21S40.

C. L. N. Ruggles 1983, A reassessment of the high precision megalithic lunar sightlines, 2: foresights and the problem of selection. Archaeoastronomy no. 5 (supplement to Journal for the History of Astronomy 14), S1S36.

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Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union
  • ISSN: 1743-9213
  • EISSN: 1743-9221
  • URL: /core/journals/proceedings-of-the-international-astronomical-union
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