Does the archaeoastronomic record of the Cotswold-Severn region reflect evidence of a transition from lunar to solar alignment?

Armstrong, Pamela. (2014) Does the archaeoastronomic record of the Cotswold-Severn region reflect evidence of a transition from lunar to solar alignment? Masters thesis, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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Abstract

This dissertation explores evidence for the practice of astronomy in central southern England during the Mesolithic and early Neolithic. It argues that those who built the prehistoric structures known as Cotswold-Severn earthen tombs embedded archaeoastronomic intent within their monuments’ architecture for both navigational and calendrical purposes. This research analyses various aspects of the archaeology found within the tombs and claims the monuments show evidence of intended alignment to specific celestial horizon events. The period under investigation is one of transition not just between eras, but possibly in the types of astronomy practised as well, thus there is also investigation into whether there was a shift from a lunar to solar allegiance at this time.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information: Series: Carmarthen / Lampeter Dissertations.;.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Archaeoastronomy
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Masters Dissertations
Depositing User: John Dalling
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2014 16:30
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2016 14:52
URI: http://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/371

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