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.


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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.

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Selected papers and articles


Archeoastronomy. In Alice Lyons (ed.), Rectory Farm, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire: Excavations 1988–1995 (East Anglian Archaeology 170), Oxford Archaeology East, Cambridge (2019), pp. 45–80.



Beyond Jodrell Bank: astronomical heritage. A&G, 60 (2019), 4.36–4.39.



(With Juan Antonio Belmonte, Julio Cuenca Sanabria, José Carlos Gil, José de León and Cipriano Marín) The cultural landscape “Risco Caído and the sacred mountains of Gran Canaria”: a paradigmatic proposal within the UNESCO “Astronomy and World Heritage” Initiative. Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry, 18(4) (2018), 389–397.



“Whose equinox?” (reprint of 1997 article) and “Still our equinox?” (Accompanying commentary). Journal of Skyscape Archaeology, 3(1) (2017). 127–135.



(With E. Galili, J. Benjamin, I. Herskovitz, M. Weinstein-Evron, I. Zohar, V. Eshed, D. Cvikel, J. Melamed, Y. Kahanov, J. Bergeron, A. Ronen and L.K. Horwitz) Atlit-Yam: a unique 9000-year-old prehistoric village submerged off the Carmel Coast, Israel — The SPLASHCOS Field School (2011). In G.N. Bailey et al. (eds), Under the Sea: Archaeology and Palaeolandscapes of the Continental Shelf, Springer, New York (2017), pp. 85–102.



Chapters in Clive Ruggles (ed.), Heritage Sites of Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy in the context of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention: Thematic Study no. 2, ICOMOS/Ocarina Books (2017):

  • Introduction (with Michel Cotte), pp. 1–6
  • Seven-stone antas, Portugal and Spain (with Juan Belmonte and Luís Tirapicos), pp. 17–39
  • Stonehenge World Heritage Property, United Kingdom (with Amanda Chadburn), pp. 41–62
  • Discussion, pp. 291–304

Archaeoastronomical interests in Avebury and its landscape. In Matt Leivers and Andrew B. Powell (eds), A Research Framework for the Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site: Avebury Resource Assessment (Wessex Archaeology Monograph 38), Wessex Archaeology, Salisbury (2016), p. 98.



A iniciativa UNESCO–IAU “Astronomia e Patrimônio Mundial”: sucessos, temas e prospecções. In Priscila Faulhaber and Luiz C. Borges (eds), Perspectivas etnográficas e históricas sobre as astronomias, Museu de Astronomia e Ciências Afins—MAST, Rio de Janeiro (2016), pp. 7–17. [In Portuguese]



(With Michael J. Allen, Ben Chan, Ros Cleal, Charles French, Peter Marshall, Joshua Pollard, Rebecca Pullen, Colin Richards, David Robinson, Jim Rylatt, Julian Thomas, Kate Welham and Mike Parker Pearson) Stonehenge’s avenue and Bluestonehenge. Antiquity, 90 (2016), 991–1008.  See commentary



Articles in Piero Benvenuti (ed.), Astronomy in Focus: As presented at the IAU XXIX General Assembly, 2015 (Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union XXIXA), Cambridge University Press (2016):

  • Focus Meeting 2, ‘Astronomical heritage: progressing the UNESCO–IAU initiative’ (with Anna Sidorenko), pp. 79–82
  • The IAU’s involvement in the Astronomy and World Heritage Initiative: achievements and challenges, pp. 89–92
  • Establishing the credibility of archaeostronomical sites, pp. 97–99
  • Nā Inoa Hōkū: Hawaiian and Pacific Star Names (with Rubellite Kawena Johnson and John Kaipo Mahelona), pp. 140–141
  • Session 21.4—World Heritage and the protection of working observatory sites, pp. 463–472


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Portal to the Heritage of Astronomy

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ICOMOS–IAU Thematic Studies on Astronomical Heritage

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Astronomical World Heritage


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Stonehenge and Ancient Astronomy


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