Conference on Archaeoastronomy of the American Southwest

“Charting a Formal Methodology for Cultural Astronomy Research”

June 6 – 8, 2014

Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration
Marston Exploration Theater, Tempe, Arizona

The School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, in Tempe Campus, will host the 2014 conference and pre-conference workshop.   The new headquarters for this School includes the Marston Exploration Theater: a Definiti-SkySkan facility with incomparable visualization technologies sure to unravel the most mind-bending of astronomic orientations.   

Conference Hotel Group rate available until May 8, 2014. Subject to Availability.

June 6, 2014

Pre-Conference Workshop -- 9:00 am to 5:00 pm  
Click HERE for an outline of the Workshop.

Fundamental to the identification of astronomically important prehistoric sites is the underlying understanding of movement, motions and observational positions of celestial objects any time and any place in the archaic past.  The science attached to this body of knowledge is astrometry – the branch of astronomy that deals with the measurement of the position and motion of celestial bodies.

Today, resources abound to help archaeoastronomers predict (and retrodict) the motions of celestial objects. It is our intent to deliver a daylong meaningful, educational, preconference opportunity to explore the basic formulas, the common pitfalls and the wealth of computer-based resources that are available to the contemporary cultural astronomy researcher.

Workshop Session I  - Practical Astrometric Terms and Tools for Archaeoastronomy
  • Direct Sight Observation, e.g., horizon events
  • Projection Systems, e.g., light/shadow effects
  • Representational Phenomenon, e.g., cultural symbols and oral traditions

Workshop Session II  - Review and Evaluation of Astronomy Software for Precession Analysis

Various software packages, both free and for-fee, will be examined in the laboratory

Post-Workshop Reception -- 6:00 pm

June 7, 2014

Presentation of Papers - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

The theme of the third Conference on Archaeoastronomy of the American Southwest is Charting a Formal Methodology for Cultural Astronomy Research.  Contributed Papers discuss the results of fieldwork or lab research. Papers can include site descriptions, but they should consist of a compilation of information, newly formulated ideas, conclusions, or overview (no more than 20 minutes). Papers will be incorporated into the Proceedings publication following the conference. Posters can be either descriptive or comparative. They are set up as a display with illustrations and text that describes and discusses the topic and/or the results of the research. Poster presenters may submit a written paper for consideration after the conference for inclusion in the Proceedings publication.

Student Posters

Applications for student poster presentations will be accepted through May 15, 2014. Click HERE to download the application.

SCAAS Membership

Members receive a discount for the Conference and the Workshop. Click HERE to join SCAAS.

Conference Registration


Award Dinner - Guest Speaker -- 6:00 pm
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June 8, 2014

Tours – A variety of tours will be arranged for interested attendees.

Conference Hotel Group rate available until May 8, 2014. Subject to Availability.

The official hotel for this conference is the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Tempe.  A special rate of $70 (single/double) with hot breakfast has been negotiated. Click the Sheraton logo or link above to go to the special registration rate website.

The Conference is in walking distance from the hotel, but parking for the Conference will be available in the covered garage next to the School for $8 per day.

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