Battle Point Astronomical Association Lecture Series 2003

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Lecture 1

Archeoastronomy, An Introduction

This is a link to the Center for Archeoastronomy at the University of Maryland.

These links provide a critique of certain practices in archeoastronomy from an anthropologist and a response from Anthony Aveni, an archeoastronomer.

This link provides some good background on calendar reform and the role church sundials played in calendar reform:

This link is an article linking one the cave paintings of Lascaux to the Pleiades.

To answer a couple questions that were raised during the first class:

The base of the Chinese number system is 10. Their numbering system dates back to at least 1500 BC. Our base 10 number system has Hindu-Arabic roots and dates back to 250 BC. A very readable book on the history of mathematics is Mathematics from the Birth of Numbers by Jan Gullberg, Norton, 1997.

This link, has the following to say about what has been found inside the mound:

“The cruciform chamber inside the mound measures 6.5 x 6.2m (21ft 6in x 17ft), has three recesses, and is topped by a magnificent corbelled roof reaching to a height of 6m (20ft) above the floor. In the recesses are three massive stone basins which presumably had some ritual use. Excavations in the central chamber produced the remains of two burials and at least three cremated bodies as well as seven marbles, four pendants, two beads, a flint flake, a bone chisel, and fragments of several bone pins and points.”

Lecture 2 is scheduled for Feb. 6 at 7 PM in Room 311 Bainbridge High School.

BPAA Lecture Series 2003