Journal of Skyscape Archaeology https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA <p><em>The Journal of Skyscape Archaeology</em>&nbsp;(<em>JSA</em>) is concerned with the role and importance of the sky in the interpretation of the material record. Currently, elements of this study can be found separately in the disciplines of archaeoastronomy, archaeology, cultural astronomy, anthropology and history.&nbsp;<em>JSA</em>brings them together under the aegis of a new academic journal in order to promote cross-fertilization towards an understanding of the cosmologies of the societies who constructed and used the rich archaeological heritage we study today.&nbsp;</p> Equinox Publishing Ltd. en-US Journal of Skyscape Archaeology 2055-348X <p>© Equinox Publishing Ltd.</p> <p>For information regarding our Open Access policy, <a title="Open access policy." href="Full%20details of our conditions related to copyright can be found by clicking here.">click here</a>.</p> Editorial https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA/article/view/18189 Fabio Silva Liz Henty Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 6 1 1 4 10.1558/jsa.42308 “Sky, Astronomy and Cultural Heritage” https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA/article/view/18204 <p>“Sky, Astronomy and Cultural Heritage”: VIII School and VII Interamerican Conference of Cultural Astronomy. La Serena, Chile, 30th September – 5th October 2019</p> H. Natalia Sánchez Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 6 1 133–135 133–135 10.1558/jsa.40104 Through the Dark Vale https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA/article/view/18190 <p>The Stonehenge Palisade was a Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age 2 km linear timber<br>fence that ran alongside Stonehenge and its final Avenue approach. Within its middle section was<br>a 300–400 m gap. Four archaeology models of the Palisade, all of which include horizon viewing,<br>are evaluated and revised against the presently known properties of this structure, and elements<br>of each retained after critique are integrated into an emergent interdisciplinary model by using<br>skyscape archaeology. This new model suggests that the Palisades’ design of interrupted obscuration<br>and the agency of skyscape knowledge in a planar stationary geocentric earth cosmology<br>together indicate a ritual purpose of the Stonehenge monument complex, which was to simulate<br>a journey through the underworld.</p> Lionel Sims David Fisher Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 6 1 5–29 5–29 10.1558/jsa.38690 When the Sun Meets Okeanos https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA/article/view/18191 <p>In the Aegean, a landscape of small islands and peninsulas means that views of the<br>Sun rising or setting over the sea are commonplace. Yet this everyday occurrence can produce a<br>dazzling spectacle known as the “glitter path” – a line of bright sunlight reflected on the water,<br>linking the seashore and the horizon. This paper explores how this phenomenon was elaborated<br>as a form of seascape by the Aegean Greeks from Late Bronze Age (LBA) III through to the Archaic<br>period, examining how it was incorporated into their worldview as something natural assimilated<br>into the cultural. The diachronic perspective focuses on elements of continuity and discontinuity<br>regarding beliefs about the world beyond. First, funerary pottery iconography from LB III (ca.<br>1400–1100 BC) is examined: in particular, a close relationship between the Sun and the sea can be<br>inferred from imagery on Octopus Style funerary jars, where abstract representations of glitter<br>paths seem to appear in the shape of hybrid octopuses. The evidence suggests that the octopus<br>was depicted as the light-bearer within the darkness of the sea, with marked eyes to emphasise<br>vision. The second part of the study gathers proof of allusions to the phenomenon of the glitter<br>path in early Greek poetry as suggested by the descriptions of the door of Hades and gates of the<br>Sun in the first literary documents produced in Greece from the eighth century BC, most notably<br>in the works of Homer and Hesiod, but also in the poetry of Pindar, Mimnermus and Stesichorus.</p> Ilaria Cristofaro Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 6 1 30–52 30–52 10.1558/jsa.39053 Investigating Archaeology and Astronomy at The Hurlers, Cornwall 2013–2019 https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA/article/view/18192 <p>Two projects – “Mapping the Sun” and “Reading the Hurlers” – have shone new light on<br>the multiple stone circle complex, The Hurlers, on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, in southwest Britain.<br>In 2013, excavation revealed a stone “pavement” between the central and northern circles: this<br>inter-circle link had first been discovered in 1938 but had then been re-covered. Work in 2016<br>discovered a solitary fallen (once standing) stone which lay 100 m to the north of The Hurlers<br>complex. Geological studies of the standing stones accompanied by astronomical surveys have<br>prompted new insights into the make-up of this monument, its landscape setting and astronomical<br>significance. Astronomical observations of this major Bronze Age landscape reveal a<br>design with significant alignments between key monuments and near and distant landmarks.<br>Additional astronomical links suggest a number of interesting phenomena which would be<br>experienced at the site, particularly surrounding the materiality of the inter-circle link.</p> Jacqueline A. Nowakowski Carolyn Kennett James Gossip Brian Sheen Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 6 1 53–85 53–85 10.1558/jsa.39523 John M. Saul, What the Stork Brought: African Click-Speakers and the Spread of Humanity’s Oldest Beliefs https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA/article/view/18205 <p>John M. Saul, What the Stork Brought: African Click-Speakers and the Spread of Humanity’s Oldest Beliefs<br>Naivasha (Kenya): Old Africa Books, 2019. Paperback, 109 pp. ISBN: 9789966757524. £11.99.</p> Rod Suskin Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 6 1 136–137 136–137 10.1558/jsa.42320 Liz Henty and Daniel Brown (eds), Visualising Skyscapes: Material Forms of Cultural Engagement with the Heavens https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA/article/view/18206 <p>Liz Henty and Daniel Brown (eds), Visualising Skyscapes: Material Forms of Cultural Engagement with the Heavens</p> <p>London and New York: Routledge, 2020. Hardback, 253 pp., 69 colour and 15 b/w illus. ISBN: 9781138303614. £120. eBbook ISBN: 9780203730935. £40.49.</p> Susan Greaney Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 6 1 138–143 138–143 10.1558/jsa.40712 Oliver J. T. Harris and Craig N. Cipolla, Archaeological Theory in the New Millennium: Introducing Current Perspectives https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA/article/view/18207 <p>Oliver J. T. Harris and Craig N. Cipolla, Archaeological Theory in the New Millennium: Introducing Current Perspectives</p> <p>London and New York: Routledge, 2017. Paperback, 238 pp. ISBN: 9781138888715. £33.99.</p> Pamela Armstrong Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 6 1 144–147 144–147 10.1558/jsa.42321 All Cannings Long Barrow https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA/article/view/18201 <p>All Cannings Long Barrow: The Reasoning and Motivation Behind a Modern Barrow</p> Timothy Daw Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 6 1 118–122 118–122 10.1558/jsa.42317 All Cannings Long Barrow https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA/article/view/18202 <p>All Cannings Long Barrow: Laying Out a Modern Alignment to Winter Solstice</p> Simon Banton Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 6 1 123–127 123–127 10.1558/jsa.42318 All Cannings Long Barrow https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA/article/view/18203 <p>All Cannings Long Barrow: Mansion of Eternity</p> Rosemary Senior Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 6 1 128–132 128–132 10.1558/jsa.42319 Skyscapes in the Academy https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA/article/view/18193 <p>To follow</p> Fabio Silva Liz Henty Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 6 1 86–87 86–87 10.1558/jsa.42309 Archaeoastronomy within Astronomy at UK Universities https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA/article/view/18194 <p>Archaeoastronomy within Astronomy at UK Universities</p> Daniel Brown Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 6 1 88–93 88–93 10.1558/jsa.42310 The Value of Skyscape Archaeology https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA/article/view/18195 <p>The Value of Skyscape Archaeology</p> Nicholas Campion Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 6 1 94–97 94–97 10.1558/jsa.42311 Thoughts Triggered by “Skyscapes in the Academy: Is There a Future?” https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA/article/view/18196 <p>Thoughts Triggered by “Skyscapes in the Academy: Is There a Future?”</p> Rita Gautschy Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 6 1 98–100 98–100 10.1558/jsa.42312 The Importance for Education in Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA/article/view/18197 <p>The Importance for Education in Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture</p> Steven R. Gullberg Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 6 1 101–104 101–104 10.1558/jsa.42313 Lessons Learned from the Honduran Path to an Academic Structure in Cultural Astronomy https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA/article/view/18198 <p>Lessons Learned from the Honduran Path to an Academic Structure in Cultural Astronomy</p> Javier Mejuto Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 6 1 105–107 105–107 10.1558/jsa.42314 Whither Skyscape Archaeology? https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA/article/view/18199 <p>Whither Skyscape Archaeology?</p> Fabio Silva Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 6 1 108–113 108–113 10.1558/jsa.42315 Bootstrapping our Breakout https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA/article/view/18200 <p>Bootstrapping our Breakout</p> Lionel Sims Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 6 1 114–117 114–117 10.1558/jsa.42316 Books https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA/article/view/18208 Fabio Silva Liz Henty Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 6 1 148–149 148–149 10.1558/jsa.42322 Software Updates https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSA/article/view/18209 Victor Reijs Ralf Stubner Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2020-09-29 2020-09-29 6 1 150–154 150–154 10.1558/jsa.42323