Message #17:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:  "'z Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Cultural Aspects of Astronomy: An Intersection of Disciplines
Date: Sat, 30 Dec 95 12:16:00 MST
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Cultural Aspects of Astronomy: An Intersection of Disciplines, an
international meeting to study the importance of astronomical phenomena in
human culture, will be held at St. John's College in Santa Fe, N. M., August
3-9, 1996. This will be the fifth in a series of triennial "Oxford
Conferences in Archaeoastronomy" that have focused on the role that
astronomical phenomena have played in human societies, ranging from the
applied (such as the basis for calendrics and orientations) to the
ceremonial (the significance given the ritual landscape" of the sky).
"Oxford V" will serve as a meeting place for those working in a number of
disciplines who share a common interest in the reaction of traditional
societies of the past and present to these phenomena. We invite inquiries
from those studying specific societies who include aspects of astronomy in
their investigations, as well as those interested in comparative studies of
the response across societies to common astronomical phenomena. In all
cases, the emphasis will be on the reaction of human societies to these
astronomical phenomena as part of the worldview of each society. Most
attendees will present new results in the general area of the conference;
however, some who wish to attend the meeting without making formal
presentations can also be included. Further information at:,

or from Mike Zeilik, UNM [ or
(505) 983-4183]; Ray White, U of A [ or (520) 621-6528]; or Rolf Sinclair,
NSF [a> or (703) 306-1809].