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

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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: 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.


A brief history


This journal began life in 1977 as the Archaeoastronomy Bulletin, published by the Center for Archaeoastronomy at the University of Maryland, USA. It was renamed from vol. 2 part 3 as Archaeoastronomy: the Bulletin of the Center for Archaeoastronomy. This continued up to vol. 5 part 4 (1982). Starting with vol. 6 (1983) it became known as Archaeoastronomy: the Journal of the Center for Archaeoastronomy and this continued until vol. 11, published in 1993.

See here for a full list of contents



After a long hiatus, vols. 12 and 13 were eventually published in 2005 in the form of a book, Songs from the Sky: Indigenous Astronomical and Cosmological Traditions of the World, jointly by the Center and Ocarina Books in the UK.

See here for more information including a full list of contents



Vols. 14 to 25 were published between 1999 and 2015 by the University of Texas Press. At this time the journal was renamed Archaeoastronomy: the Journal of Astronomy in Culture. During this period it also became the official journal of the International Society for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture (ISAAC).

See here for a full list of contents up to vol. 24.



The journal has now ceased publication and has been replaced by the Journal of Astronomy in Culture (JAC).



Songs from the Sky is now out of print although an e-book edition is planned. Earlier and later issues were formerly available from the University of Texas Press, but the Press has now removed all mention of the journal from its web pages. Copies may still be obtained from libraries.


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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