or ar·che·o·as·tron·o·my

[ ahr-kee-oh-uh-stron-uh-mee ]
/ ˌɑr ki oʊ əˈstrɒn ə mi /


the branch of archaeology that deals with the apparent use by prehistoric civilizations of astronomical techniques to establish the seasons or the cycle of the year, especially as evidenced in the construction of megaliths and other ritual structures.

Origin of archaeoastronomy

First recorded in 1970–75; archaeo- + astronomy
Also called astroarchaeology, megalithic astronomy.
Related formsar·chae·o·as·tron·o·mer, nounar·chae·o·as·tro·nom·i·cal [ahr-kee-oh-as-truh-nom-i-kuh l] /ˌɑr ki oʊˌæs trəˈnɒm ɪ kəl/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for archaeoastronomy



/ (ˌɑːkɪəʊəˈstrɒnəmɪ) /


the scientific study of the beliefs and practices concerning astronomy that existed in ancient and prehistoric civilizations
Derived Formsarchaeoastronomer or archeoastronomer, noun
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Word Origin and History for archaeoastronomy



1971, from archaeo- + astronomy.

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