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Lecture 19: Star Knowledge and Spirit Power ANP 264 Great Discoveries in Archaeology Dr. John Norder
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Archaeoastronomy and ethnoastronomy The study of ancient and modern astronomical practices among non- western cultures. Mainly examines alignments and their relation to various celestial bodies (i.e. planets and stars).
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What is an alignment? An intentional arrangement of human-made structures or placement of objects that are oriented in a particular direction of celestial significance.
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Why would people be interested in the stars and planets? What about these celestial bodies might make them of interest?
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How do non-western peoples understand the stars? Different cultures have different conceptions of the night sky and the universe in general. This understanding of the universe often structures the way a people live.
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Circular time Early small-scale societies structured their lives around seasonal changes.
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Depend on the regularity of the seasonal cycle and the food resources that become available during particular seasons.
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These astronomical ‘calendars’ did not mark the passing of years but the passing and return of seasons.
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Type of societies and concerns Hunter-Gatherers
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