African cultural astronomy : current archaeoastronomy and ethnoastronomy research in Africa /

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Meeting name:Ghana Eclipse Conference (2006 : Cape Coast, Ghana)
Imprint:[Berlin?] : Springer, c2008.
Description:1 online resource (viii, 260 p.) : ill., maps.
Series:Astrophysics and space science proceedings
Astrophysics and space science proceedings.
Subject:Ethnoastronomy -- Africa -- Congresses.
Archaeoastronomy -- Africa -- Congresses.
SCIENCE -- Astronomy.
Electronic books.
Conference papers and proceedings.
Format: E-Resource Book
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Varying Form of Title:Current archaeoastronomy and ethnoastronomy research in Africa
Other authors / contributors:Holbrook, Jarita C. (Jarita Charmian)
Medupe, Rodney.
Urama, Johnson O.
Notes:Papers from the Ghana Eclipse Conference held March 27-31, 2006 in Cape Coast, Ghana.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summary:"Astronomy is the science of studying the sky using telescopes and light collectors such as photographic plates or CCD detectors. However, people have always studied the sky and continue to study the sky without the aid of instruments - this is the realm of cultural astronomy. This is the first scholarly collection of articles focused on the cultural astronomy of Africans. It weaves together astronomy, anthropology, and Africa. The volume includes African myths and legends about the sky, alignments to celestial bodies found at archaeological sites and at places of worship, rock art with celestial imagery, and scientific thinking revealed in local astronomy traditions including ethnomathematics and the creation of calendars."--Jacket.
Other form:Print version: Ghana Eclipse Conference (2006 : Cape Coast, Ghana). African cultural astronomy. [Berlin?] : Springer, c2008 9781402066382 9781402066399