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Calendars, Symbols and Orientations: Legacies of Astronomy in Culture

Edited by Mary Blomberg, Peter Blomberg and Göran Henriksson

Uppsala Astronomical Observatory Report 59, Uppsala University 2003

ISBN 9150616749 (pbk), viii+159 pp.

Calendars, Symbols and Orientations: Legacies of Astronomy in Culture

Proceedings of the 9th annual meeting of the European Society for Astronomy in Culture (SEAC) Stockholm, 27-30 August 2001. One of the papers is in French, the remainder in English.

List of contents
Keynote address
  The virtue of looking in another direction. Bengt Gustafsson 1
Archaeoastronomical theory
  The erratic ways of studying astronomy in culture. Stanlisław Iwaniszewski 7
Calendars in artefacts, folklore, and literature
  Swedish calendar staffs. Sven-Göran Hallonquist 11
  The pagan Great Midwinter Sacrifice and the ‘royal’ mounds at Old Uppsala. Göran Henriksson 15
  The Twelve Days at Stonehenge. Stanlisław Iwaniszewski 27
  Some aspects of Lithuanian folk observations of the sun during the summer solstice period. Jonas Vaiškūnas 33
  Measuring time in the Central Rhodopes. Vesselina Koleva 41
  Archaeoastronomical research on the Kurgans ‘with moustaches’ in the south Trans-Urals: Results from a preliminary study of the calendar systems and world outlook of the nomads of the first millennium AD. Dmitry Zdanovitch and Andrey Kirillov 45
History and iconography of the constellations
  The anthropoid in the sky: does a 32,000-year old ivory plate show the constellation Orion combined with a pregnancy calendar? Michael Rappenglück 51
  The Ramesside star clocks and ancient Egyptian constellations. Juan Antonio Belmonte 57
  The northernmost constellations in early Greek tradition. Peter E. Blomberg 67
  The archaeoastronomy of the Palaikastro kouros from Crete. Robert Hannah and Marina Moss 73
  The Phaenomena of Aratus, orphism, and ancient astronomy. Sergey Zhitomirsky 79
  The role of celestial routes of nocturnally migrating birds in the calendrics and cosmovisions of ancient peoples. Izold Pustylnik 83
Astronomy in art, mythology, and literature
  The power of binding and loosening: Ropes establish the cosmic order. Barbara Rappenglück 89
  L’astrologie et le comput dans les romans de Chrétien de Troyes: Erec et Enide, Le Chevalier de la Charrette. Rafal Perkowski 93
  Betrayed lovers of Ištar: A possible trace of the 8-year Venus cycle in Gilgameš VI:i–iii. Arkadius Sołtysiak 101
  Preliminary report on archaeoastronomical research in the Carpathian Basin during the Bronze Age. Emília Pásztor 107
Orientations and their interpretations
  Possible astornomical orientation of the Dutch Hunebedden. César González-García and Lourdes Costa-Ferrer 111
  Astronomical aspects of megalithic monuments in Siberia. Leonid Marsadalov 119
  The Minoan peak sanctuary on Pyrgos and its context. Mary Blomberg and Göran Henriksson 127
  Temples and astronomy in Carthage. César Esteban 135
  Orientation of some dry stone monuments: “V shape” monuments and “Goulets” of the Immidir Massif (Algeria). Yves Gauthier and Christine Gauthier 143
  Human beings and the stars: An anthropo-astornomical look at archaeology. Florin Stanescu 153

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