2021/22 series of the Skyscape Archaeology Keynote Lectures


The Journal of Skyscape Archaeology, in collaboration with the Sophia Centre (University of Wales Trinity Saint David), the Sophia Centre Press and Bournemouth University, are proud to announce the 2021/22 series of the Skyscape Archaeology Keynote Lectures.

Continuing from the success of last year, this second series draws on a number of different and unique voices to inform future trajectories, research questions and methods for skyscape archaeology. We aim for these keynotes to generate constructive dialogue around these topics, therefore each Zoom session will consist of a single 45 minute lecture followed by discussion.

The schedule for the series is as follows:

Date:   Nov 17th 4pm GMT
Speaker:   Brian Hayden
Title:   Secret Societies and the Origins of Astronomy 

Date:    Dec 15th 4pm GMT
Speaker:  Bernadette Brady, Darrelyn Gunzburg and Fabio Silva
Title:  The Sun's light at Michaelmas and the Cistercians of Britain and Ireland

Date:    Jan 26th 4pm GMT
Speaker:   Efrosyni Boutsikas
Title:  Light, darkness and religious experience: Cognitive interpretations of ancient Greek Mystery cults

Date:    Feb 9th 4pm GMT
Speaker:  Susan Greaney
Title:  Relations with the upper world in late Neolithic Britain: square-in-circle timber monuments and orientations at monument complexes 

Date:    Mar 30th 4pm BST
Speaker:  Timothy Darvill
Title:  Making Time at Stonehenge 

Date:   Apr 13th 4pm BST
Speaker:   Timothy Pauketat
Title:  Sky Gods and Climate Change: Alignments of Earth, Water, and the Moon from the Caddo to Cahokia 

The cost is £10 per session or £50 for all six. The proceeds from the lecture series will be used to fund another round of the JSA/Sophia Centre Student Research Grants and the Lionel Sims Award.Abstracts and speaker biographies are available by clicking on the speaker name above. All sessions will be recorded and you will have access to the recordings for a month afterwards (useful if you can't join live).

For booking, please click here.