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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The general and the specific: dealing with cultural diversity. Archaeoastronomy: The Journal of Astronomy in Culture, 15 (2001 [dated 2000]), 151–177.


(With Joshua Pollard) Shifting perceptions: spatial order, cosmology, and patterns of deposition at Stonehenge. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 11(1) (2001), 69–90.


Astronomy, oral literature, and landscape in ancient Hawai‘i. Archaeoastronomy: The Journal of Astronomy in Culture, 14(2) (2000 [dated 1999]), 33-86.


Ancient astronomies—ancient worlds. Archaeoastronomy (JHA) no. 25 (2000), S65–76.



(With Gordon Barclay) Cosmology, calendars and society in Neolithic Orkney: a rejoinder to Euan MacKie. Antiquity, 74 (2000), 62-74. Reprinted in Timothy Darvill and Caroline Malone (eds), Megaliths from Antiquity (Antiquity Papers, 3), Antiquity Publications, York, 2003, 339–354.



Ritual astronomy in the Neolithic and Bronze Age British Isles: patterns of continuity and change. In Alex Gibson and Derek Simpson (eds.), Prehistoric Ritual and Religion: Essays in Honour of Aubrey Burl, Sutton Publishing, Stroud, 1998, 203-208.



Whose equinox? Archaeoastronomy (JHA) no. 22 (1997), S45–50.



Astronomy and Stonehenge. In Barry Cunliffe and Colin Renfrew (eds.), Science and Stonehenge, British Academy/Oxford University Press, 1997, pp. 203–229.


(With Michael Hoskin) Astronomy before history. In Michael Hoskin (ed.), The Cambridge Illustrated History of Astronomy, Cambridge University Press, 1997, 2–21 and The Cambridge Concise History of Astronomy, Cambridge University Press, 1999, 1–17.



(With Roger Martlew). Ritual and landscape on the west coast of Scotland: an investigation of the stone rows of northern Mull. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 62 (1996), 117–131.


Archaeoastronomy in Europe. In Christopher Walker (ed.), Astronomy Before the Telescope, British Museum Press, London, 1996, 15–27.



(With Frank Prendergast) A new archaeoastronomical investigation of the Irish axial-stone circles. In Wolfhard Schlosser (ed.), Proceedings of the Second SEAC Conference, Bochum, August 29th-31st, 1994, Bochum, 1996, 5–13.



(With Aubrey Burl) Astronomical influences on prehistoric ritual architecture in north-western Europe: the case of the stone rows. Vistas in Astronomy 39 (1995), 517–28.



The stone rows of south-west Ireland [in two parts]. Archaeoastronomy (JHA) no. 19 (1994), S1–20 and no. 21 (1996), S55–71.


The meeting of the methodological worlds? Towards the integration of different discipline-based approaches to the study of cultural astronomy. In Stanisław Iwaniszewski, Arnold Lebeuf, Andrzej Wierciński and Mariusz Ziółkowski (eds.), Time and Astronomy at the Meeting of Two Worlds, Warsaw, 1994, 497–515.



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ICOMOS–IAU Thematic Studies on Astronomical Heritage

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