New catalogues of Hawaiian and Polynesian star names… and much more
This second edition of Nā Inoa Hōkū: Hawaiian and Pacific star names, first published in 1975, is much more than simply a revised version of the catalogues. It is completely overhauled, vastly expanded, and includes new translations of many key original Hawaiian sources from the mid-19th century onwards.
Published in August 2015, price US$39/£26. Worldwide outside Europe, it can be ordered from the University of Hawai‘i Press; within Europe from Oxbow/Casemate; and within the UK directly from Ocarina.
Forthcoming: Heritage Sites of Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy in the context of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention—Volume 2
This second ICOMOS–IAU Thematic Study explores in greater depth a number of key issues relating to astronomical heritage that were first identified in its 2010 predecessor. These include the recognition and preservation of the value of dark skies at both cultural and natural sites and landscapes.
Its case studies are developed in greater depth than those in volume 1, and structured as segments of draft dossiers. They include seven-stone antas (prehistoric dolmens) in Portugal and Spain, the thirteen towers of Chankillo in Peru, the astronomical timing of irrigation in Oman, Pic du Midi de Bigorre Observatory in France, Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and Aoraki–Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve in New Zealand.
Publication is expected in 2016.
Archaeoastronomy in the 1990s reprinted as e-book
An electronic reprint of Archaeoastronomy in the 1990s is now available. This e-book has been regenerated from the original Word Processor files and by digitizing the original drawings and photographs. Many figures are now of improved quality, including a number in colour.
Ocarina Books publishes and distributes books relating to archaeoastronomy and ethnoastronomy. Our printed books can be ordered on-line, either from Oxbow Books / Casemate Academic or (within the United Kingdom) directly from this site. Exceptionally, Nā Inoa Hōkū is distributed outside Europe by the University of Hawai‘i Press.
We are starting to reprint out-of-print titles as low-cost e-books (PDF files) which can be purchased and downloaded immediately.