African Cultural Astronomy: Current Archaeoastronomy and by Jarita C. Holbrook (auth.), Jarita C. Holbrook, Johnson O.

By Jarita C. Holbrook (auth.), Jarita C. Holbrook, Johnson O. Urama, R. Thebe Medupe (eds.)

Astronomy is the technological know-how of learning the sky utilizing telescopes and light-weight creditors equivalent to photographic plates or CCD detectors. even though, humans have continually studied the sky and proceed to check the sky with out assistance from tools this is often the area of cultural astronomy. this is often the 1st scholarly number of articles occupied with the cultural astronomy of Africans. It weaves jointly astronomy, anthropology, and Africa. the amount contains African myths and legends concerning the sky, alignments to celestial our bodies chanced on at archaeological websites and at areas of worship, rock paintings with celestial imagery, and clinical pondering published in neighborhood astronomy traditions together with ethnomathematics and the construction of calendars. Authors comprise astronomers Kim Malville, Johnson Urama, and Thebe Medupe; archaeologist Felix Chami, and geographer Michael Bonine, and lots of new authors. As an rising subfield of cultural astronomy, African cultural astronomy researchers are involved in education scholars in particular for doing study in Africa. the 1st a part of the quantity includes classes and workouts to assist the start scholar of African cultural astronomy. integrated are routines in archaeoastronomy, cultural anthropology, and naked-eye astronomy penned through authors who use those usually use those equipment for his or her learn. This choice of classes and study papers offers a origin for the cultural astronomy researcher drawn to doing paintings in Africa.

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U. Eze their guide. They distinguished between Semitic and Kushitic groups of people – all found in the North East of Africa. There is a group that spoke the Khoisan language – these existed in southern part of Africa about 5000 years ago. The third group – the Niger-Congo stock are found west of lake Chad and are called West Sudanic people. g. the Bantu language are much more related than the others. Contact with Asia brought some migrants into Africa who settled along the shores of East Africa and Malagasy where they formed the ancestors of the present day Malagasy people (Indonesia).

However, one hopes that no matter how skeletal the presentation, a casual onlooker would have been familiarized to an extent with the continent – AFRICA. Bibliography 1. Abegunde, M. A; Adegoke, K. A; Onwumere G. and Dahiru A; (1990): Senior Secondary Geography 2. Longman, Nigeria. 2. Coysh A. W. and Tomlinson M. E (1974): Modern Geography Series: AFRICA. UTP, London 3. Eze, B. U. (2006) Lecture notes on Geography of African Development. Dept. of Geography and Meteorology, ESUT. 4. Murray Allan (1978): The Study Map Note Books; AFRICA, Collins, London.

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