The “Oxford” International Symposia on Archaeoastronomy

The “Oxford” conferences bring together researchers from around the world and from a variety of academic disciplines, working in all areas of archaeoastronomy and cultural astronomy. The original Oxford conference (“Oxford I”) took place in 1981 and they have been held at roughly four-yearly intervals ever since, with ISAAC taking over responsibility for the conferences following Oxford VII.

Upcoming: Oxford XI / INSAP X / SEAC 25

The Road to the Stars

"Oxford XI" will be held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain from 18-23 September 2017.

This will be a joint meeting between ISAAC, SEAC, and INSAP.

Click here for details.


Past "Oxford" Meetings


Oxford X

Cape Town, South Africa, 2014

  Theme: Astronomy, Indigenous Knowledge and Interpretation. Publication: to be announced in due course

Oxford IX

Lima, Peru, 2011

  Publication: Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy: Building Bridges between Cultures, edited by Clive Ruggles (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

Oxford VIII

Klaipėda, Lithuania, 2007

  Publication: Astronomy and Cosmology in Folk Traditions and Cultural Heritage, edited by Jonas Vaiškūnas (Archaeologia Baltica 10, Klaipėda University Press, 2009). A PDF version is available from Scribd.

Oxford VII

Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, 2004

  Publication: Viewing the Sky Through Past and Present Cultures, edited by Todd W. Bostwick and Bryan Bates (Pueblo Grande Museum Anthropological Papers No. 15, 2006)

Oxford VI

La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain, 1999

  Publication: Astronomy and Cultural Diversity, edited by César Esteban and Juan Belmonte (Organismo Autónomo de Museos de Cabildo de Tenerife, 2000). A searchable PDF (c. 144 Mb) is freely downloadable courtesy of SEAC. Keynote papers were published separately as vol. 15 of Archaeoastronomy: The Journal of Astronomy in Culture.

Oxford V

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 1996

  Publication: Current Studies in Archaeoastronomy: Conversations Across Time and Space, edited by John W. Fountain and Rolf M. Sinclair (Carolina Academic Press, 2005)

Oxford IV

Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, 1993

  Several conference papers were published in the proceedings of the parallel SEAC meeting, Astronomical Traditions in Past Cultures, edited by Vesselina Koleva and Dimiter Kolev (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences/Ocarina Books, 1996)

Oxford III

St Andrews, Scotland, 1990

  Publications: Astronomies and Cultures, edited by Clive Ruggles and Nicholas Saunders (University Press of Colorado, 1993) and Archaeoastronomy in the 1990s, edited by Clive Ruggles (e-reprint 2014 available from Ocarina Books)

Oxford II

Mérida, Mexico, 1986

  Publication: World Archaeoastronomy, edited by Anthony F. Aveni (Cambridge University Press, 1989) [out of print]

Oxford I

Oxford, England, 1981


Publications: Archaeoastronomy in the Old World, edited by Douglas C. Heggie, and Archaeoastronomy in the New World, edited by Anthony F. Aveni (Cambridge University Press, 1982)


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