Blog post #2 – Erasure, Law, Resistance

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This will be a common burial-place where all shall meet on terms of common fellowship and brotherhood. Every dear relation in life, severed by death, shall be found restored again in these grounds— husband and wife, parent and child, brother and sister, shall be reunited here. Friend shall meet friend here; and enemies, too, shall meet, there enmities all forgotten. Yonder city, where, as every where in life, the harmonies of society are apt to be broken by petty feuds, by ungentle rivalries, by disturbing jealousies, by party animosities, by religious dissensions, shall, one after another, as death singles them out, send up her multitudinous population to these grounds, and here they shall take their respective places, in amiable proximity to each other, peaceful, harmonious, undisturbed and undisturbing, the same shadows deepening on them, the same sun-light over them, resting in the same hope…

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Final Poster

As initially stated in my project goals, I made a poster to represent key facts about African and Australian Archaeoastronomy to a person with no knowledge of the subject. I have provided a link to my final poster, which I will be presenting at the Charles Center Summer Research Symposium on Thursday, October 3, 2013. Thank you very much for reading about my project!

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African Archaeoastronomy

There is an overall lack of information on cultural astronomy and archaeoastronomy in Sub-Saharan Africa. This having been said, it was rather difficult for me to gain access to scholarly works on the subject, resulting in my eventual purchase of African Cultural Astronomy, a collection of articles pertinent to “current archaeoastronomy and ethnoastronomy research in Africa.” Within this book, many articles were not relevant to my project as they either dealt with Northern Africa or initiatives to increase astronomy research and education in Africa.

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Archaeoastronomy in Oceania

I spent the past few days reading articles on archaeoastronomy in Oceania and will present some interesting finds in this blog post. I have never studied Aboriginal Australians or other Pacific island cultures in the past and found it worthwhile to explore new views on ancient astronomy. Australia was first inhabited at least 40,000 years ago. These peoples then traveled outward from Australia and moved toward the many islands of the Pacific. Fiji was populated in 1800 BCE, and Easter Island, the last of the Pacific islands to be populated, was colonized in 1000 CE.

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