Archeoastronomy: 12 Facts About the Night Sky in History

Artifacts of ancient stellar reverence litter the historical record.

detail of Lascaux painting with Taurus and other constellations marked (David Em)

It’s no secret that various systems of astronomy and astrology have been practiced by cultures across the globe for thousands of years. The Greeks did it, of course, and the Babylonians before them. Ancient India did it, ancient China did it, and the Maya and the Aztecs did it just the same.

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J. W. Barlament

J. W. Barlament

History, politics, religion and the rest. Told with nerve and without reserve. Columbia 2024.