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archaeoastronomy

[ahr-kee-oh-uh-stron-uh-mee] /ˌɑr ki oʊ əˈstrɒn ə mi/
noun
1.
the branch of archaeology that deals with the apparent use by prehistoric civilizations of astronomical techniques to establish the seasons or the cycle of the year, especially as evidenced in the construction of megaliths and other ritual structures.
Also called astroarchaeology, megalithic astronomy.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75; archaeo- + astronomy
Related forms
archaeoastronomer, noun
archaeoastronomical
[ahr-kee-oh-as-truh-nom-i-kuh l] /ˌɑr ki oʊˌæs trəˈnɒm ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the web for archaeoastronomy
  • Exploring ancient skies: an encyclopedic survey of archaeoastronomy.
  • archaeoastronomy is the term used to describe the study of the heavens by the ancient people.
British Dictionary definitions for archaeoastronomy

archaeoastronomy

/ˌɑːkɪəʊəˈstrɒnəmɪ/
noun
1.
the scientific study of the beliefs and practices concerning astronomy that existed in ancient and prehistoric civilizations
Derived Forms
archaeoastronomer, archeoastronomer, noun
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Word Origin and History for archaeoastronomy
n.

1971, from archaeo- + astronomy.

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