View Full Version : Ep. 183: History of Astronomy, Part 1: The Ancient Astronomers

2010-May-10, 04:30 PM
We know you love a good series. This time we're going to walk you through the history of astronomy, starting with the ancient astronomers and leading right up to the most recent discoveries. Today we're going to start at the beginning, with the astronomers who first tried to understand the true nature of the Earth, the planets and our place in the cosmos.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/astronomycast/~4/ZEWCrpsYFaY

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2010-May-11, 05:41 PM
Hi...love the show, long time listener. A few comments on Ep. 183. I'm a archaeology professor working at SUNY Albany, and since this issue was archaeology heavy, I have a few comments.

One: Neandertals didn't make any known cave paintings. In fact the produced very little that we'd call "art" at all, which has been a big issue in deciding just how "human" their behavior was.

Two: My understanding is that the Nile doesn't flood as much today, not because of environmental change (the environment wasn't all that much different during Ancient Egyptian times), but because of massive flood control projects during the 1950 and 1960s, the Dam at Aswan being a major example.

Three: Stonehenge has "Aubry" holes, not "Emory" holes. Also, current interpretations have theorized that the site had a much more significant role in local burial processions, than it did as an astronomical observatory (look up stuff published by Mike Parker Pearson).

All picky points, none of which are really relevant to the overall podcast, but figured I'd weigh in cuz you so seldom deal with issues within my professional expertise.


Sean M. Rafferty, Ph.D.