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Public Lecture

"Advances in Archeoastronomy"

By Terence Meaden of Oxford University

November 13th 2017
Physics Building Trinity College Dublin

About the Lecture

A new approach to the science of archaeoastronomy is presented and a practical prehistoric calendar has been rediscovered.

Some astronomers and archaeologists spent decades over-analyzing stone circles and their plans, and failed to find acceptable solar or lunar solutions or stellar solutions.

One may mention Professors Norman Lockyer (early 20 th century), Alexander Thom (1960s to 1980s), Clive Ruggles (1980s to 2000s), and John North (1990s, 2000s)—but the simple pragmatism of the non-scientific Neolithic and Bronze Age builders beat them all.

None of the researchers saw that the solution lay in watching the position of the rising sun on key dates of the calendar while also observing shadow-casting by positioned male-principle stones that make union with a waiting stone classifiable as female.

The ancients did this for calendrical farming purposes and probably too for reasons linked to their eternal quest for fertility success aided by reassuring ritual.


About the Lecturer


Terence Meaden was born in Wiltshire near Stonehenge and Avebury. He wanted to study archaeology at Oxford University but too late was told that the entrance examination required classical Greek and Latin and his school was not teaching Greek. So he took the physics entrance examination and had a university career becoming an associate professor of physics by age 31.

Later he retired early and returned to Oxford and got undergraduate and master's degrees in archaeology. He has specialized in the Neolithic and Bronze Age for 30 years. Profile details are HERE


After the lecture there will be a social reception in The Lombard and we encourage all of you to come along for a chat.
All are welcome to attend and free food will be kindly provided by The Lombard.

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A prize draw will be held after the lecture.


Booking Information

Date Monday 13th November
Subject to change - please check back later
Time 8:00p.m.

Physics Bldg, Physics Department , Fitzgerald Building, Trinity College Dublin.
There is an entrance on Lincoln Place (not far from the Merrion Square end of TCD). If you get the DART or bus to Pearse St, or drive. Use the Science Gallery entrance on Pearse Street (near the corner with Westland Row) There are maps here:  Here

Parking: Mark Street , Marks Lane , Lombard St. East .

Free Parking on the above streets after 7pm
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Admission €10 (€5 Astronomy Ireland members and concessions)
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Acknowledgment: Astronomy Ireland would like to thank the TCD Astrophysics Research Group for hosting AI public lectures in Trinity College Dublin.

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