Clive Ruggles


… is the study of beliefs and practices relating to the sky in the past, especially in prehistory, and the uses to which people's know- ledge of the skies was put.


Professional bodies

Free software tools

Basic declination calculator


by Andrew Smith

See the Tools page for more info


Springer Handbook (2014):


Ocarina Books publishes and distributes books relating to archaeo- and ethnoastronomy



This list of my books and selected papers and articles contains links and downloadable copies where available.


                   Selected books

                Selected papers & articles

Springer Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy


This three-volume reference work aims to provide a definitive picture of the state of art of research in this field, and to be a reliable and wide-ranging source regarding theory, method, interpretation, and best practice.


Published by Springer in both electronic and printed form, it is suitable for academic readers and researchers regardless of their disciplinary expertise, and is also accessible to students and serious general readers.

Published: 2014

Ancient Astronomy: an Encyclopaedia of Cosmologies and Myth



This book aims to help the general reader distinguish sound evidence and key themes of archaeoastronomy from unsupported speculation and common misconceptions.


Its over 200 entries include a broad selection of case studies worldwide, some famous, some much less known. It also provides critical assessments of a range of facts and theories together with explanations of concepts and tools so that the reader can critically examine new evidence and claims for themselves.

Published: 2005

Astronomical heritage

Portal to the Heritage of Astronomy

Read more on the UNESCO–IAU Portal to the Heritage of Astronomy and about astronomical heritage in general

Free downloads

ICOMOS–IAU Thematic Studies on Astronomical Heritage

No. 1 (2010): See here for more information or click here to download a copy directly (46 Mb)

No. 2 (2017): See here for more information or click here to download a copy (19 Mb)


Astronomical World Heritage


Download a copy of an article published in A&G (Aug 2019 issue)

Stonehenge and Ancient Astronomy


Download a copy of the Royal Astronomical Society’s factsheet

Alice Ruggles Trust

If you are looking for things related to Alice and/or information about stalking, please visit the Alice Ruggles Trust website