Archaeoastronomy: the Journal of Astronomy in Culture

This was one of the main journals in the discipline between 1977 and 2015.


A brief history

This journal began life in 1977 as the Archaeoastronomy Bulletin, published by the Center for Archaeoastronomy at the University of Maryland, USA. It was renamed from vol. 2 part 3 as Archaeoastronomy: the Bulletin of the Center for Archaeoastronomy. This continued up to vol. 5 part 4 (1982). Starting with vol. 6 (1983) it became known as Archaeoastronomy: the Journal of the Center for Archaeoastronomy and this continued until vol. 11, published in 1993.

After a long hiatus, vols. 12 and 13 were eventually published in 2005 in the form of a book, Songs from the Sky: Indigenous Astronomical and Cosmological Traditions of the World, jointly by the Center and by Ocarina Books in the UK.

Vols. 14 to 25 were published between 1999 and 2015 by the University of Texas Press. At this time the journal was renamed Archaeoastronomy: the Journal of Astronomy in Culture. During this period it also became the official journal of the International Society for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture (ISAAC).


See here for a list of contents of volumes 1–11 and 14–24.

You can download more information on Songs from the Sky (volumes 12–13), including a full list of contents, from here.

The journal has now ceased publication and has been replaced by the Journal of Astronomy in Culture (JAC). All issues, including Songs from the Sky, are now out of print. The University of Texas Press has removed all mention of the journal from its web pages. Copies may still be obtained from libraries.


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