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The ancients and meteors

The ancients and meteors

There are all sorts of cyclical events that ancient peoples are thought to be interested in, solstices, lunar cycles and eclipses. What rarely seems to get attention are meteor showers. It might seem odd, they’re annual, happening at the same point in the...
The earliest astronomers?

The earliest astronomers?

The short version of this post is that Astronomy in the Upper Palaeolithic? by Hayden & Villeneuve is a great paper. If you’re interested in astronomy in hunter-gatherer societies you should read it. I’m going to disagree with some parts of the paper...

Australian Aboriginal Astronomy

I haven’t got round to plugging this site yet because every time I sit down to do so I either get a lot of work, or else they put up something else that’s brilliant. In the meantime you can check it out for yourself. Share &...
Time as an anachronism

Time as an anachronism

I’m writing up a paper, and because it’s one I haven’t actually finished yet I quite like it. It ties up some loose ends with project. It also adds something new to ancient politics without having to contradict a lot of people. It’s been going...