archeoastronomy

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

noun


Nearby words

  1. archemorus,
  2. archencephalon,
  3. archenemy,
  4. archenteron,
  5. archeo-,
  6. archeocyte,
  7. archeokinetic,
  8. archeological,
  9. archeologist,
  10. archeology

Related formsar·che·o·as·tron·o·mer, nounar·che·o·as·tro·nom·i·cal [ahr-kee-oh-as-truh nom-i-kuh l] /ˌɑr ki oʊˌæsˈtrənɒm ɪ kəl/, adjective

archaeoastronomy

or ar·che·o·as·tron·o·my

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

noun

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

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British Dictionary definitions for archeoastronomy

archaeoastronomy

archeoastronomy

/ (ˌɑːkɪəʊəˈstrɒnəmɪ) /

noun

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 archeoastronomy

archaeoastronomy

n.

1971, from archaeo- + astronomy.

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