Professor Clive Ruggles

Clive R in the Nazca desert, PeruEmeritus Professor of Archaeoastronomy

MA (Cantab.), D.Phil. (Oxon.), FRAS, FSA

Tel: 0116 252 3409



Clive's research interests centre upon people's interests in, perceptions of, and uses of the sky and celestial objects in various social contexts. These topics are encapsulated in the fields of study that have become known as archaeastronomy and ethnoastronomy. In 1999 Clive was appointed Professor of Archaeoastronomy within the School, apparently the first such post in the world. He has worked in many parts of the world and published numerous books, papers and articles on subjects ranging from prehistoric Europe and pre-Columbian America to indigenous astronomies in Africa and elsewhere. He is editor-in-chief of the 3-volume Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy, a definitive source on theory, method and practice over the entire field, published by Springer in 2014. He has ongoing fieldwork projects in Polynesia and Peru and co-ordinates, on behalf of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), a joint initiative by UNESCO and the IAU working to promote, preserve, and protect the world's most important astronomical heritage sites.



See Clive's exciting main research pages with access to loads of his images from across the globe and some of his papers too!



Selected Recent Publications

Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy (3 volumes), editor-in-chief (Springer, 2014)

Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy: Building Bridges between Cultures, editor (Cambridge UP, 2011)

Heritage Sites of Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy in the Context of the World Heritage Convention, principal author and editor with Michel Cotte (ICOMOS–IAU, 2010)

Skywatching in the Ancient World: New Perspectives in Cultural Astronomy, edited with Gary Urton (UP of Colorado, 2007)

Ancient Astronomy: An Encyclopedia of Cosmologies and Myth (ABC-CLIO, 2005)

Astronomy in Prehistoric Britain and Ireland (Yale UP, 1999)

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