Astronomy in Prehistoric Britain and Ireland Hardcover – 5 May 1999
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Ruggles is senior lecturer in archaeological studies at Leicester University.
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Back to the main text, (getting sidelined like this happens when reading as well; the difficulty of staying on track is as a disadvantage of the approach taken, and anyway my concentration is addled from being able to follow hyperlinks in hypertext documents from the computer publisher O'Reilly. Oh for a copy of the text on disk to accompany the book!). Anyway, the first chapter is a frank appraisal of how British archaeoastronomy languished on the fringe with the ley hunters, buried in argument for much of the 1970s. Then lo!, along came Dr Ruggles and contemporaries to sweep away the legacy of Hawkins and look again at Thom's precision alignment. Chapter Two re-appraises the latter's work, questioning his methodology, but not his integrity. Ruggles' cumulative plots agree that certain directions show up as significant, with a bunching of alignments, but only at low precision.
To cut a long story short, Ruggles and colleagues decided that the only way to get to the bottom of the problem was to conduct a large-scale survey of sites and their possible alignments.Read more ›
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