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.

Archaeoastronomy resources


Reference books



The Springer Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy is aimed at academic readers and researchers regardless of their disciplinary expertise, but is also accessible to students and serious general readers. It provides a definitive picture of the state of art of research in this field, and is a reliable and wide-ranging source regarding theory, method, interpretation, and best practice.

See here for a full list of contents



Ancient Astronomy: an Encyclopaedia of Cosmologies and Myth
is intended for a wider general readership. With over 200 entries it includes a broad selection of case studies worldwide, critical assessments of a range of facts and theories, and jargon-free explanations of basic concepts.

See here for a list of the topics covered


Talks and interviews available on-line


Cultural value of the night sky


Clive speaks on-line to the Australasian Dark Sky Alliance on the Cultural Value of the Night Sky (Sep 2021)


Stonehenge and the moon


A piece recorded for the BBC’s Sky at Night programme, Solstice episode from Stonehenge shown on BBC1, BBC2 and BBC4 in July 2013





Radio Nacional de España in association with the British Council, 9 Oct 2012 (in English)





Radio New Zealand National, 13 June 2012


Archival course materials

An undergraduate-level learning resource: course materials from the AR3015 Introduction to Archaeoastronomy course that ran at Leicester until 2003

These archival resources were held on a back-up server at Leicester University and are no longer available. However, a transcript (text part only) put together by Richard Bartosz can be seen here.


Archaeoastronomy: the Journal of Astronomy in Culture


This was one of the main journals in the discipline between 1977 and 2015. For information on other journals see the side-panel.

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