Above the land and its horizon lies the celestial sphere, that great dome of the sky which governs light and darkness, critical to life itself, yet its influence is often neglected in the archaeological narrative. Visualising Skyscapes captures a growing interest in the emerging field of skyscape archaeology.

This powerful and innovative book returns the sky to its rightful place as a central consideration in archaeological thought and can be regarded as a handbook for further research. Bookended by a foreword by archaeologist Gabriel Cooney and an afterword by astronomer Andrew Newsam, its contents have a wide-reaching relevance for the fields of archaeology, anthropology, ethnography, archaeoastronomy, astronomy, heritage and cultural studies. The volume balances six chapters on theory and methodology which elaborate on the history and practice of the field with six other chapters focused on case studies from around the world.

Visualising Skyscapes captures the growing interest in the multidisciplinary study of skyscapes and will be of interest to academics, students and the general public, as well as having international appeal. It is topical, timely and relevant to current debates and will hopefully stimulate further interest in this exciting and relatively new area of investigation. The contributions showcase the work of distinguished academics in the field and the chapters are all enhanced by numerous photographs and images.

chapter |10 pages

Visualising skyscapes

An introduction
ByDaniel Brown, Liz Henty

part I|1 pages


chapter 1|22 pages

Skyscape archaeology

The place of the sky in the academy
ByLiz Henty

chapter 2|20 pages

Visualising skyscapes

GIS-based 3-D modelling and astronomical simulation
ByGeorg Zotti

chapter 4|23 pages

The dark sky character of archaeological landscapes

Cultural meaning and conservation strategies
ByFrank Prendergast

chapter 6|20 pages

Toads turning time

Verifying visualisations of the Sanctuary (Avebury, Wiltshire) by interdisciplinary method
ByLionel Sims

part II|1 pages


chapter 7|23 pages

Linsmeau Early Bronze Age structure showing a possible astronomical intent

ByFrédéric Heller, Frédéric Broes, Georg Zotti

chapter 8|19 pages

Time pursued by a bear

Ursa Major and stellar time-telling in the Paduan Salone
ByDarrelyn Gunzburg

chapter 10|16 pages

The Square Kilometre Array art exhibition

ByJarita C. Holbrook

chapter 12|21 pages

The science of seeing skyscapes

A photographic documentary of watching
ByDeborah Harty, Daniel Brown, Amanda Reyes Asturias, Kieran Simcox, Phillip Johnson

chapter |7 pages


ByAndrew Newsam