By D. C. Heggie
This quantity summarises the court cases of a convention which came about on the collage of Oxford in September 1981. Held lower than the auspices of the foreign Astronomical Union and the overseas Union for the background and Philosophy of technology, the assembly reviewed examine in previous international Archaeoastronomy. The writer acquired the ultimate typescript for construction in March 1982. The papers during this publication are fascinated with laying off gentle on a debatable point of eu prehistory, in particular that of north-west Europe: was once astronomy practised the following within the overdue Neolithic and bronze a long time, and if this is the case, what used to be its objective? those questions are of seen curiosity to prehistorians, yet clean curiosity in them has been encouraged principally by way of these whose expert heritage is within the natural and technologies, whereas they increase technical matters that have aroused the curiosity of statisticians and astronomers.
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In ancient Britain Thus if to the present writer a not proven verdict remains over the question of detailed astronomical observation in prehistoric times, this does nothing to diminish Alexander Thorn's contribution to our approach to past societies. Ritchie: An Archaeological View 41 Acknowledgements and copyright of illustrations The writer is indebted to the following for assistance during the preparation of this paper: Anna Ritchie, John Barber, D. C. Heggie, Linda Louden, Stuart Piggott, A.
Much time has to be spent thinking about all the other lines which might have been chosen but weren't because they didn't indicate anything interesting. Equally, all workers should report the accuracy to which their measurements were made, and the discrepancies between indicated alignments and theoretical ones. As a statistician I believe in error (indeed, I make my living from it) and am distinctly unimpressed by phrases like "exactly in line with", "spot on". Often a bald statement implying exact indications turns out to cover up discrepancies of several degrees.
They then surveyed very accurately the horizon profile for azimuths between 195^° and 199^° only, and after their usual precise calculations conclude that the site was used for observing moonset in a small "notch" at major standstill. This work is, of course, useless as evidence until someone else visits the site and surveys the whole horizon profile so that the "random pointer" concept can be applied. Notice here also how the actual megalithic hardware plays virtually no part in the archaeoastronomical superstructure.