Project Background: Archaeoastronomy


Several astronomical alignments have been discovered at Buena Vista, making it the oldest known observatory in the New World. More alignments will be sought in the 2007 field season at Buena Vista and at other sites.

The archaeoastronomy field school will visit and record the alignments of several sites in the first part of July and will participate in recording alignments at the Buena Vista site and participating in excavations there the last part of July.

Here are some great sources to find out more about archaeoastronomy and Buena Vista:

Buena Vista Archaeoastronomy manuscript

Urton, Gary. Astronomy and calendrics on the coast of Peru. In Ethnoastronomy and Archaeoastronomy in the American Tropics.

The Center for Archaeoastronomy and ISAAC

Archaeoastronomy Pages


Diagram of archaeoastronomically relevant features at Buena Vista, from the Los Angeles Times

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