archaeoastronomy

noun
ar·​chaeo·​as·​tron·​o·​my | \ˌär-kē-(ˌ)ō-ə-ˈsträ-nə-mē \

Definition of archaeoastronomy 

: the study of the astronomy of ancient cultures

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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, "“Wolf’s jaw” star cluster may have inspired parts of Ragnarök myth," 16 Nov. 2018

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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