Publications of the Center for Archaeoastronomy

The Center publishes its own journal with quarterly newsletter, plus specialized books. The Center is also the site of Lost Codex Books, a perpetual used book sale with titles relating to archaeology, astronomy, archaeoastronomy, etc.
Included on this site is also a printable order form for making purchases.


Archaeoastronomy, the Journal of the Center, is the only publication devoted exclusively to such research. It is a unique medium of exchange for professionals and amateurs alike, providing:

  • NEWS and NOTICES
  • EXPEDITION REPORTS with the latest breakthroughs
  • ARTICLES by scholars around the globe
  • CONFERENCE REPORTS
  • BOOK and FILM REVIEWS
  • A complete REFERENCE LIST and REVIEW of what has appeared in the Current Literature
  • A READER'S FORUM for idea exchange and discussion

    The annual subscription rates for next year for our publication package: (1) the journal Archaeoastronomy (published currently as an annual volume, prior to 1983 as a quarterly Bulletin) and (2) our quarterly newsletter, Archaeoastronomy & Ethnoastronomy News, are as follows:

    LIBRARIES AND INSTITUTIONS:	FOR INDIVIDUALS:
    
    ONE YEAR: $60.00		ONE YEAR: $36.00
    
    TWO YEARS: $120.00		TWO YEARS: $72.00
    

    All subscriptions outside the U.S.A. must add an additional $6.00 per volume

    The annual Archaeoastronomy Journal and the quarterly Archaeoastronomy & Ethnoastronomy News cannot be subscribed to separately. The two form one annual subscription package.

    Prepayment is required and must be made in U.S. Dollars. Checks or Money Orders should be made payable to "Archaeoastronomy" or the "Center for Archaeoastronomy." There are no discounts. We do accept two-year subscriptions in advance. [International Money Orders or Bank Checks must have routing numbers for transactions within the U.S. banking system.]

    The above price schedule applies to Archaeoastronomy Volume X and subsequent volumes. All subscriptions are by volume and new subscriptions begin with our current volume, whichever that may be.


    All back volumes of Archaeoastronomy are available from us. Volumes I - V were produced as a quarterly; Volumes VI through XI are annual volumes averaging 200 pages in length. The prices are as follows:

    				Individuals:	Libraries & Institutions:
    Volume I (1978)		$20			$30
    Volume II (1979)		$20			$30
    Volume III (1980)		$20			$30
    Volume IV (1981)		$20			$30
    Volume V (1982)		$20			$30
    Volume VI (1983)		$24			$36
    Volume VII (1984)		$24			$36
    Volume VIII (1985)	$24			$36
    Volume IX (1986)		$24			$36
    Volume X (1987-88)*	$36			$60
    Volume XI (1989-93)*	$36			$60
    
    * [Volume X was published in 1992. For the September Equinox, 1991, we launched a separate quarterly 4-page newsletter called the Archaeoastronomy & Ethnoastronomy News which is published on the Solstices and Equinoxes. This A&E News is part of a regular subscription to Archaeoastronomy journal and cannot be obtained separately. We have collected the newsletter online for your perusal. The purchase of Volume X and subsequent volumes includes at least four issues of A&E News. Volume XI, our catch-up issue, was published in 1994. We anticipate maintaining an annual schedule for subsequent volumes.]


    PUBLICATIONS of the Center for Archaeoastronomy

    Archaeoastronomy in the Americas edited by Ray A. Williamson.........$26

    This 404-page volume contains the edited proceedings of the pioneering Santa Fe Conference on Native American astronomy. The 28 papers on archaeoastronomy and ethnoastronomy cover a broad geographical range: from California solstice sites to Vermont stone chambers and standing stones; from the mounds of Cahokia to the ceque "calendrical" lines of the Inca of Peru. They integrate elements of archaeology, anthropology, art history, geography and astronomy in an effort to understand the ideas that prehistoric and early historic Americans developed about the cosmos. [ISBN 0-87919-094-9]

    When Stars Came Down to Earth: Cosmology of the Skidi Pawnee Indians of North America by Von Del Chamberlain...........$20

    Chamberlain's acclaimed monograph is the first major study of the ethnoastronomy of a Native American people. The Pawnee possessed the most elaborate celestial religion yet recorded for a North American culture. Special sections describe the Pawnee Earth Lodge as a model of Skidi cosmology—an observatory as well as a shelter—and the uniquely beautiful map of the heavens inscribed on buckskin, now located in the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. [272 pages, typeset, illustrations, index, color plate: ISBN 0-87919-098-1]

    The Origins of Ptolemy's Astronomical Parameters by Robert R. Newton.......$16

    Newton's 228-page typeset monograph is an outgrowth and amplification of a previous study entitled The Crime of Claudius Ptolemy. It addresses the paradox that, while the parameters that Ptolemy claimed to have derived from his astronomical observations are apparently accurate and, in Newton's view "bear some resemblance to reality," his purported observations appear to be, for the most part, fabrications. Rather than attempting to uncover the sources of Ptolemy's values in specific historical observations prior to his time, Newton attempts to explain Ptolemy's rationale in dealing with his astronomical parameters and calculations on the basis of an analysis of the mental processes involved. [ISBN 0-912025-02-6]

    The Origins of Ptolemy's Astronomical Tables by Robert R. Newton...........$16

    In this 264-page typeset companion volume to The Origins of Ptolemy's Astronomical Parameters, Dr. Newton analyzes the tables that Ptolemy states he calculated from these "fabricated" observations and concludes that they were in large part copied from now-lost tables of the ancient Greek astronomers rather than having been calculated from observations made in Ptolemy's time. Of special interest is the chronological sequencing of the original tables based on the level of mathematics involved in their calculation. [ISBN 0-912025-03-4]


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