Class Notes (808,299)
Canada (493,123)
York University (33,530)
Natural Science (2,766)
NATS 1745 (240)

Lecture 1 Introduction and Archaeoastronomy (1).docx

2 Pages
Unlock Document

York University
Natural Science
NATS 1745
Robin Metcalfe

LECTURE 1: INTRODUCTIONAND ARCHAEOASTRONOMY January 7, 2014 NATS 1745: History ofAstronomy Archaeoastronomy and the Sun • Earliest evidence of mankind understanding the sky • Archaeological evidence that motion of sun and stars helped to predict behaviour of the movement • Connection to the sun is the earliest sign o Path through the sky follows an easily recognizable cycle essential to survival and tracking time Newgrange (~3200 BC) • Newgrange’s roofbox is aligned to the winter solstice sunrise. o Simple solar connection o On east coast of Ireland o Photograph is not of original structure but a reconstruction of the ruins  Controversy of small details, but main features properly represented o Inside:  Arock passageway which leads to a chamber with three rooms or alcoves  Spiral carvings throughout  Bottom right = watercolour of rocks in centre, rock in middle has a bowl shape  found in other rooms as well • Possibly used to hold ashes of important people o Above the entrance is a carefully constructed square hole  sun rises on shortest day of the year, “winter solstice” • The alignment of the tomb likely reflects a belief in rebirth or reincarnati
More Less

Related notes for NATS 1745

Log In


Don't have an account?

Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.