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African Cultural Astronomy

Current Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy research in Africa

  • There are no other books that deal solely with African Cultural Astronomy

  • Brings together the latest research on Africal Cultural Astronomy

Part of the book series: Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings (ASSSP)

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Table of contents (18 papers)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-VIII
  2. The Astronomical Gnomon

    • J. McKim Malville
    Pages 39-51
  3. Naked-eye Astronomy for Cultural Astronomers

    • J. C. Holbrook, Audra Baleisis
    Pages 53-75
  4. Leadership

    • Shawna Holbrook
    Pages 77-82
  5. Integrating African Cultural Astronomy into~the~Classroom

    • Sanlyn Buxner, Shawna Holbrook
    Pages 83-93
  6. A Contemporary Approach to Teaching Eclipses

    • Timothy F. Slater
    Pages 95-107
  7. Astronomy of Nabta Playa

    • J. McKim Malville, Romauld Schild, Fred Wendorf, Robert Brenmer
    Pages 131-143
  8. The Timbuktu Astronomy Project

    • Rodney Thebe Medupe, Brian Warner, Shamil Jeppie, Salikou Sanogo, Mohammed Maiga, Ahmed Maiga et al.
    Pages 179-188
  9. Astronomy and Culture in Nigeria

    • J. O. Urama
    Pages 231-238
  10. Back Matter

    Pages 257-260

About this book

Astronomy is the science of studying the sky using telescopes and light collectors such as photographic plates or CCD detectors. However, people have always studied the sky and continue to study the sky without the aid of instruments this is the realm of cultural astronomy. This is the first scholarly collection of articles focused on the cultural astronomy of Africans. It weaves together astronomy, anthropology, and Africa. The volume includes African myths and legends about the sky, alignments to celestial bodies found at archaeological sites and at places of worship, rock art with celestial imagery, and scientific thinking revealed in local astronomy traditions including ethnomathematics and the creation of calendars. Authors include astronomers Kim Malville, Johnson Urama, and Thebe Medupe; archaeologist Felix Chami, and geographer Michael Bonine, and many new authors. As an emerging subfield of cultural astronomy, African cultural astronomy researchers are focused on training students specifically for doing research in Africa. The first part of the volume contains lessons and exercises to help the beginning student of African cultural astronomy. Included are exercises in archaeoastronomy, cultural anthropology, and naked-eye astronomy penned by authors who use these regularly use these methods for their research. This collection of lessons and research papers provides a foundation for the cultural astronomy researcher interested in doing work in Africa.

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeoastronomy
  • CCD
  • Celestial mechanics
  • Ethnoastronomy
  • Science History
  • astronomy
  • celestial bodies
  • instruments

Reviews

From the reviews:

"The 17 readable, stimulating papers deal with multiple topics: simple principles of looking at the heavens and what a person can get out of it as an anthropologist and a general observer … and finally how cultural astronomy is expressed today in African cultures. … Clearly a book for universities, this volume will also find interested readers in eclectic libraries, and amateur astronomers will be especially attracted by the contents. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries." (R. B. Clay, Choice, Vol. 46 (07), March, 2009)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

    Jarita C. Holbrook

  • University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria

    Johnson O. Urama

  • University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa

    R. Thebe Medupe

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 219.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4020-6639-9
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 279.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 279.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)