“Cosmologies in Transition: Continuity and Transformation in the Material Record”

Full day session at the 36th Annual Conference of the Theoretical Archaeology Group, TAG 2014, Manchester (United Kingdom), 15th–17th December, 2014

Authors

  • David Connolly BAJR (British Archaeological Jobs and Resources)

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jsa.v1i1.26961

Keywords:

cosmology, Theoretical Archaeology Group, astronomy

Abstract

This session, organized by Fabio Silva (University College London and University of Wales Trinity Saint David), was aimed at furthering “our understanding of periods of economical, social, religious or technological transition, their impact on the cosmologies of those involved and how these are imprinted on the archaeological record”. It was a serious attempt to broaden the celestial horizons of archaeoastronomy beyond the narrow boundaries assigned it by mainstream archaeology, and ironically, although taking place away from the main conference building, it was well attended with more people arriving as the day continued.

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Author Biography

David Connolly, BAJR (British Archaeological Jobs and Resources)

David Connolly has been a field and buildings archaeologist for over 30 years and worked across the world from Scotland to Iraq and Germany to Turkmenistan. He is an Archaeological Consultant and Contractor, who works with and trains various groups to better interpret and disseminate research and understanding of the past through a variety of mediums. Mr Connolly is co-editor of the volunteer journal Past Horizons, and is the founder and director of the British Archaeological Jobs and Resources (BAJR) website and Connolly Heritage Consultancy as well as a co-director of the Rampart Scotland Training field school.

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Published

2015-07-10

How to Cite

Connolly, D. (2015). “Cosmologies in Transition: Continuity and Transformation in the Material Record”: Full day session at the 36th Annual Conference of the Theoretical Archaeology Group, TAG 2014, Manchester (United Kingdom), 15th–17th December, 2014. Journal of Skyscape Archaeology, 1(1), 142-149. https://doi.org/10.1558/jsa.v1i1.26961

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