Feedpecker presents the most famous and significant Archaeoastronomical sites across the world. You may already be aware of some. There are other not so famous sites that are still more momentous! These sites will leave you in awe and wonder of their gigantic proportions as well as their precise indications!
Astronomy is still an ever growing field today. Even today we use the concepts of weeks and months derived from lunar Astronomy and name our days based on celestial objects. How much more would Astronomy have been in focus during the ancient times?
What is Aracheoastronomy?
The American Heritage Dictionary defines Archaeoastronomy as the ‘study of the knowledge, interpretations and practices of ancient cultures regarding celestial objects or phenomena.’ Simply put, Archaeastronomy is the study of astronomies of the ancient civilizations. So why and how did the early humans study Astronomy when they did not have any basic equipment or calculations that we have at our disposal today?
In all of the ancient myths, the Gods reside in the heavens. A profound change swept through the early civilizations with the advent of farming some 10,000 years ago. Having observed that the heavens brought the light and rains needed to keep their crops alive, the heavens therefore, would have been central to their lives. They must have noticed that it was only when the sunrise occurred in the company of some specific stars, that the rain gods showered their blessings. Therefore, humans must have attempted to devise methods and technologies to keep track of the movement of the Sun and the stars from the earliest times. Here are some proofs that Astronomy was studied back in the ancient of times!
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