ar·​chaeo·​as·​tron·​o·​my ˌär-kē-(ˌ)ō-ə-ˈsträ-nə-mē How to pronounce archaeoastronomy (audio)
: the study of the astronomy of ancient cultures

Examples of archaeoastronomy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2022, one group of scientists took this impressive display of archaeoastronomy a step further and argued that Stonehenge was actually a 365-day calendar. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 28 Mar. 2023 After seven years without being able to crack their mystery, Wendorf called in Malville, an expert on archaeoastronomy of the American Southwest. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, 20 June 2020 Park rangers offer regular archaeoastronomy programs that explain the ways the Chacoan people wove astronomy into their culture and architecture. Outside Online, 15 Sep. 2022 There's no doubt a clash of academic cultures here—archaeoastronomy places more emphasis on social and cultural evidence and interpretations, whereas astronomy is all about precise data. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 16 Nov. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of archaeoastronomy was in 1968

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“Archaeoastronomy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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