The Moon and Stonehenge with Professor Clive Ruggles

DATE

Wed 18 Sep 

TIME

7pm

LOCATION

Stonehenge 

SUITABLE FOR

Adults

Stonehenge is famously aligned upon the sun but was it also associated with the moon? The suggestion goes back to the 1960s, when astronomers Gerald Hawkins and Fred Hoyle proposed that Stonehenge was an astronomical observatory or computation device for predicting eclipses. This generated huge public interest but also complete scepticism amongst archaeologists. Archaeoastronomer Clive Ruggles will explore some more recent ideas and present the prevailing opinions today in the light of what we know about Stonehenge archaeologically.

Clive Ruggles is Emeritus Professor of Archaeoastronomy in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester. His books and articles range from prehistoric Europe to Peru and Polynesia, reflecting decades of fieldwork in many parts of the world, and he was editor-in-chief of the 3-volume Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy published by Springer in 2014. Clive’s latest book Heiau, ‘Āina, Lani (written together with archaeologist Pat Kirch) is about temple sites on the Hawaiian island of Maui and their connection to the sun, stars, calendars and navigation. It was published in June by the University of Hawai‘i Press. 

Since 2008 Clive has been working on behalf of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to co-ordinate their joint Thematic Initiative with UNESCO on Astronomy and World Heritage, which has helped generate a number of recent astronomically related World Heritage inscriptions and nominations.

This lecture, the third in our Celestial Stonehenge programme, is free to attend but tickets must be reserved in advance. Details can be found below.

How to book

This lecture is free to attend but places are limited and must be reserved by calling the Bookings Team (Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5.30pm, Sat 9am - 5pm) on 0370 333 1183. Telephone bookings will close at 3pm the day before the event.

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