The Archaeoastronomy on the Web, sites and resources
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International & National professional Archaeoastronomy Organizations
Welcome! Here You will find a selection of European national and international entities devoted to promote the Archaeoastronomy and support the scientific researches. The list is organized in alphabetical order. If you know about any associations not listed here, or you find out mistakes, inaccuracies, or also typographical errors, please notify us immediately (webmaster(at)historiavivens.eu) and we will process the requested inclusions and/or the necessary corrections as soon as possible. Thank You!
AAVSO - American Association of Variable Star Observers
The American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO), founded in 1911, is the largest organization of variable star observers worldwide, with members in over 40 countries. Its purpose is to coordinate variable star observations made largely by dedicated amateur astronomers, evaluate the accuracy of these observations, compile, process, and publish them, and make them available to researchers, educators, and those who love variable stars. AAVSO Headquarters now receives over 350,000 observations yearly, from 550 observers worldwide, over half of whom live outside of the USA. They have compiled over 8.5 million observations of variable stars since the founding of the AAVSO in 1911.
AFOEV - French Variable Star Observers Association
The AFOEV aims at regrouping people who are interested in the study of variable stars and domains related to this branch of the knowledge of the Universe. The efforts of the Association tend to establishing a methodical cooperation between professional and amateur astronomers aiming at the advancement of these studies both from a theoretical and a practical point of view. These efforts must also facilitate the ways and means of participating in this research work and of following its results for those who are interested in it; lastly, the AFOEV must ensure the bringing into light and the publication of all the scientific contributions of its members provided that their production is in accordance with the resolutions of Commissions 25 and 27 of the International Astronomical Union.
BAV - Bundesdeutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Veränderliche Sterne e.V.
The Bundesdeutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Veränderliche Sterne e.V. (BAV) (Working group for variable stars of the Federal Republic of Germany) is the union of about 200 astronomers, amateur and professionals, mainly from the german-speaking area, who take special interest in variable stars. The BAV was founded in Berlin in march 1950 by amateur astronomers. Objective of the association is to support amateurs in systematic observation of variable stars. Only long term observations have a great value and make it possible to draw astrophysical conclusions from. Therefore the purpose of the association is to publish observation results and support professional astronomers with additional information for their work. Observation programs of the BAV have been drawn up in cooperation with professional astronomers with respect to their research priorities. BAV is organized into several sections to provide a closer contact between observers in their special fields of interest.
BBSAG - Group of eclipsing binary observers of the Swiss Astronomical Society
The group of eclipsing binary observers of the Swiss Astronomical Society (BBSAG) acquires data of minima-times of eclipsing binary systems. Estimation of the magnitude itself is usually not required. The aim is trying to determine most exactly the time of maximum eclipse i.e. the time of minimum brightness. Long-term observations allow to make statements on the evolution of such a system. Observations take several hours a night to cover an entire eclipse.
GEOS - European Group of Variable Stars Observation
The GEOS is an international organization mainly specialized in the observation and scientific study of variable stars. Founded in 1973 by Alain Figer and some French amateur astronomers, it presently counts nearly eighty active members, amateurs or professionals, disseminated over France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, and Spain. Ten of them are professionals whose functions at GEOS are to help amateurs in the interpretation of their observations and also to propose cooperative programs.
IAU - International Astronomical Union
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) was founded in 1919. Its mission is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects through international cooperation. Its individual members - structured in Divisions, Commissions, Working and Program Groups covering the full spectrum of astronomy - are professional astronomers from all over the world, at the Ph.D. level and beyond, and active in professional research and education in astronomy. The IAU has 9891 Individual Members in 90 countries worldwide. The key activity of the IAU is the organization of scientific meetings. Every year the IAU sponsors nine international IAU Symposia, while every three years a General Assembly is held offering symposia, joint discussions and special sessions, as well as individual business and scientific meetings. Among the other tasks of the IAU are the definition of fundamental astronomical and physical constants; unambiguous astronomical nomenclature; promotion of educational activities in astronomy; and informal discussions on the possibilities for future international large-scale facilities. Furthermore, the IAU serves as the internationally recognized authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and surface features on them. Finally the IAU works to promote astronomical education and research in developing countries through its Program, as well as through joint educational activities with COSPAR and UNESCO.
ISAAC - International Society for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture
The International Society for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture (ISAAC) is a professional organization established in 1996 to promote the academic development of archaeoastronomy, including ethnoastronomy. The goal of the Society is to enhance the professional status of archaeoastronomy by forming ties with existing international, regional and national academic bodies, organizing meetings, and assisting in the development of interdisciplinary projects in cultural astronomy in its widest sense.
SEAC - European Society for Astronomy in Culture
The European Society for Astronomy in Culture is a Professional Association of scientists (actually 80 members from 18 countries) working in the field of Astronomy in Culture or Anthropological Astronomy, including the interdisciplinary disciplines of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy. Researchers in nearby fields of science like History of Astronomy, Mythology, Spatial Archaeology or Cosmology are also welcomed in the SEAC as well as researchers from other continents. The SEAC is the oldest professional association of archaeoastronomers, and does not have a physical seat. The Executive Committee (EC) represents the Society. In the last years, the integration of scholars from the former socialist countries took place which was one of the substantial aims of the Society.
SIA - Società Italiana di Archeoastronomia
The Italian Society of Archaeoastronomy was founded in year 2000 by a group of astronomers, archaeologists and professors of similar disciplines in order to stimulate, develop and give continuity to the research activities currently underway not only in archaeoastronomical field, but also in that of ancient astronomy, cultural astronomy and historical astronomy. In particular, the society aims to highlight the specificity, relevance and natural interdisiciplinarietà of these studies. In addition to being a meeting point for researchers from different areas of science and humanities, SIA intends to foster the formation and update in the archaeoastronomical field of teachers and students. Another important aspect of its activity is the protection and enhancement of the archaeological heritage of archaeoastronomical significance, thus collaborating with the various national and local authorities responsible for its protection.
SIAC - Sociedad Interamericana de Astronomía en la Cultura
The Association is dedicated to promote the exchange and development of researchers in the field of Cultural Astronomy (ethnoastronomers, archaeoastronomers, historians of astronomy). It was founded in occasion of the Symposium on Ethno-and-archaeoastronomy during the International Congress of Americanists held in Santiago de Chile in year 2003.
VCSSZ - Hungarian Astronomical Association Variable Star
The Variable Star Section of the Hungarian Astronomical Association
VSS Variable Star Section of the British Astronomical Association (BAA)
The VSS was formed in 1890, the year the BAA was founded, with the aim of collecting and analysing observations of variable stars. The Section is run by a small group of Officers who deal with various aspects separately but meet at intervals to discuss and decide future plans and policy. Feedback to members is through the VSS Circulars published four times a year and through the BAA Journal.
Archaeoastronomy web portals & other online resources
Welcome! Here You will find a selection of portals, web pages and other online resources dedicated to the Archaeoastronomy science. The entries are organized in alphabetical order. If you do know about any websites not listed here yet, or you find out inaccuracies, mistakes or also typographical errors, please notify us immediately (webmaster(at)historiavivens.eu) and we will process the requested inclusions and/or the necessary corrections as soon as possible. Thank You!
Arqueoastronomia.org is a webiste devoted to disseminate the Archaeoastronomy and publish the result of the scientific researches carried on in Southern America. The website is powered by the GIAC, Grupo de investigación de Astronomía en la Cultura (Group of Investigation of Cultural Astronomy), which is based in Bogotá, Colombia, and formed by colombian archaeoastronomers to promote and support the development of Cultural Astronomy in Colombia.
Astronomiae Historia - History of Astronomy
Astronomiae Historia / History of Astronomy was created in January 1995 on behalf of the Working Group for the History of Astronomy in the Astronomische Gesellschaft. Astronomiae Historia contains currently more than 400 files (Web pages), which would give several thousand pages on paper when printed out. There are documents with own information, many link pages, and some Tables of Contents.
Astronomy and World Heritage Thematic Initiative
In 2005, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee approved the Astronomy and World Heritage Initiative, a thematic initiative aiming to identify, safeguard and promote cultural properties connected with astronomy. The places in question do not just include sites (such as observatories) important in the development of modern scientific astronomy, but also much older constructions whose design or location relate to celestial objects and events, reflecting the ways in which ancient cultures attempted to make sense of the world—the cosmos—within which they dwelt. This Initiative offers to the States Parties a possibility to evaluate and recognize the importance of this specific heritage, in terms of enrichment of the history of humanity, the promotion of cultural diversity and the development of international exchanges. It provides an opportunity not only to identify the sites connected with astronomy but also of keeping their memory alive and preserving them from progressive deterioration, through the inscription on the World Heritage List.
Center for Archaeoastronomy
The Center for Archaeoastronomy was founded in 1978 at the University of Maryland to advance research, education and public awareness of archaeoastronomy and ethnoastronomy, sponsoring conferences, lecture series and tours and publishing journal, newsletters, and other special studies. From 1977 until 2005 the Center published a peer-reviewed journal, called "Archaeoastronomy: the journal of Astronomy in Culture", which is the only publication devoted exclusively to world archaeoastronomy and ethnoastronomy, and is currently published on behalf of the Center and ISAAC by the University of Texas Press. For several years, the Center also published a quarterly newsletter called "Archaeoastronomy & Ethnoastronomy News", essays from which are available to read on the website. The Center continues to publish peer-reviewed books and conference proceedings, most recently with another of its professional partners, Ocarina Books.
Clive Ruggles is Emeritus Professor of Archaeoastronomy in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester, in England. He has worked in many parts of the world and published numerous books, papers and articles on subjects ranging from prehistoric Europe and pre-Columbian America to indigenous astronomies in Africa and elsewhere. He has ongoing fieldwork projects in Peru and Polynesia and is a leading figure in the joint initiative by UNESCO and the International Astronomical Union working to promote, preserve, and protect the world's most important astronomical heritage sites.
Clive Ruggles's image collection
The webiste provides access to Clive Ruggler's collection of some 1100 images of archaeological and archaeoastronomical interest.
A part of the University of Chicago's Digital Library.
History of Astronomy by the University of Leicester
This website contains latest news and reports as well as further information on the Commission‘s structure, Working Groups, aims, history, recent activities, etc, and archival materials and documents.
IAU’s Working Group on Astronomy and World Heritage
Following the signing of a formal Memorandum of Understanding between UNESCO and the IAU in October 2008, a Working Group has been created for the identification and recognition of the monuments and sites connected with astronomical observations dispersed throughout all the geographical regions, not only scientific but also the testimonies of traditional community knowledge. Its top priority is to help to establish guidelines for States Parties to the World Heritage Convention who wish to nominate sites for inscription on the World Heritage List on the grounds of their relationship to astronomy.
Ligustic Archaeoastronomy - Centro Ricerche Archeoastronomia Ligustica
A professional site were are showed several studies of archaeoastronomy and megalitism, rupestral engraving, palaeoethnology and archaeology in Liguria and out of Liguria (Italy).
Unesco Portal to the Heritage of Astronomy
The portal aims to raise awareness of the importance of astronomical heritage worldwide and to facilitate efforts to identify, protect and preserve such heritage for the benefit of humankind, both now and in the future. Serving UNESCO’s Astronomy and World Heritage Initiative, the portal aims as well to open pathways for co-operation between, and the sharing of knowledge among, State Parties to the World Heritage Convention, the academic community, and other individuals and organizations with a strong interest in promoting and safeguarding the planet’s most precious astronomical heritage.