By D. C. Heggie
This quantity summarises the court cases of a convention which came about on the college of Oxford in September 1981. Held lower than the auspices of the foreign Astronomical Union and the foreign Union for the historical past and Philosophy of technological know-how, the assembly reviewed learn in outdated global Archaeoastronomy. The writer acquired the ultimate typescript for construction in March 1982. The papers during this e-book are fascinated by laying off gentle on a arguable point of eu prehistory, specifically that of north-west Europe: used to be astronomy practised the following within the overdue Neolithic and bronze a while, and if this is the case, what used to be its objective? those questions are of noticeable curiosity to prehistorians, yet clean curiosity in them has been prompted mostly by way of these whose specialist heritage is within the natural and technologies, whereas they increase technical concerns that have aroused the curiosity of statisticians and astronomers.
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They surveyed the azimuth of this stone, in so far as it can be said to have one, finding it to be 207°. They then surveyed very accurately the horizon profile for azimuths between 195^° and 199^° only, and after their usual precise calculations conclude that the site was used for observing moonset in a small "notch" at major standstill. This work is, of course, useless as evidence until someone else visits the site and surveys the whole horizon profile so that the "random pointer" concept can be applied.
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Archaeoastronomy in the Old World by D. C. Heggie