The Archaeoastronomy of Modern Civilization



The desire to align buildings and recreate the cosmic order in the works of humans is not confined to the past. The desire is universal across the Earth and can be seen within our current societies. It is possible to analyze our present-day civilization much as we have considered earlier civilizations. We find that our civilization, like others before us, responds strongly to the power of the stars, with structures and cities aligned with the Sun and stars. The surprising survival of astrology, and other astronomical symbols within Our twenty-first century civilization aslo, makes archaeoastronomy (ancient astronomy) something we can study in the present day. In this chapter, we examine the ways in which our modern civilization practices ancient astronomy even in the twenty-first century.


Tall Building Cardinal Direction Modern Civilization Modern City Heavenly Body 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics & AstronomyPomona CollegeClaremontUSA

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