• Fabio Silva University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UK); and Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES)
  • Liz Henty University of Wales Trinity Saint David




Skyscape, Archaeology, Archaeoastronomy, Prehistoric, Monument, Alignment, Orientation, Standstill, solstice, Neolithic, Interdisciplinary, Landscape, Celestial


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Author Biographies

Fabio Silva, University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UK); and Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES)

Fabio Silva is currently a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Instititut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social (IPHES) in Spain and a tutor in the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture (University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK), where he is responsible for a postgraduate taught module titled 'Skyscapes, Cosmology and Archaeology'. His current research interests focus on how humans perceive their environment (skyscape and landscape) and use that knowledge to time and adjust their social and productive behaviours. His archaeoastronomical research has mostly focused on Neolithic Portugal, though he has also done fieldwork in the United Kingdom and Malta. His books include "Skyscapes: The Role and Importance of the Sky in Archaeology" (edited with Nick Campion, Oxbow Books, 2015). He has received the Fifth Carlos Jaschek Award from the European Society for Astronomy in Culture (SEAC) in 2016.

Liz Henty, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Liz Henty left her accountancy career to take the Cultural Astronomy and Astrology MA at University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, where she achieved a distinction for her dissertation entitled ‘An Examination of Possible Solar, Lunar and Stellar Alignments at the Recumbent Stone Circles of North-East Scotland’. After taking some short archaeology courses at Aberdeen University, she is now a PhD Student at University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, researching the divide between the disciplines of archaeology and archaeoastronomy. She has presented papers at SEAC and the Theoretical Archaeology Group conferences and is a contributor to the forthcoming volume Skyscapes in Archaeology edited by F Silva and N Campion.


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Harding, J., B. Johnston and G. Goodrick, 2006. “Neolithic Cosmology and the Monument Complex of Thornborough, North Yorkshire”. Archaeoastronomy 20: 28–51.

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Rajala, U. and P. Mills, 2017. Forms of Dwelling: 20 Years of Taskscapes in Archaeology. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Ruggles, C. L. N., 2011. “Pushing Back the Frontiers or Still Running Around the Same Circles? ‘Interpretive Archeoastronomy’ Thirty Years On”. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union 7 (S278): 1–18.

Ruggles, C. L. N., ed., 2015. Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy. New York: Springer.

Silva, F., 2017. Defining Skyscape [online]. Accessed February 2018, http://sophiacentrepress.com/2017/04/22/defining-skyscape/

Silva, F. and N. Campion, eds, 2015. Skyscapes: The Role and Importance of the Sky in Archaeology. Oxford: Oxbow Books.




How to Cite

Silva, F., & Henty, L. (2018). Editorial. Journal of Skyscape Archaeology, 4(1), 1–5. https://doi.org/10.1558/jsa.36090