Oxford IX archive

“Oxford IX”, entitled “Archeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy: Building Bridges between Cultures”, was held in Lima, Peru, on 5-14 January 2011. It was also IAU Symposium 278, the first IAU Symposium to be devoted specifically to archaeoastronomy, and also brought the Oxford series to South America for the first time. One and a half days of the 4½-day Main Conference (Jan 5–9) were devoted to South American topics, while the three-day Regional Meeting (12–14 January)—an innovation for the Oxford series—was devoted exclusively to Latin America.

Among the various highlights at Oxford IX were Gary Urton's keynote on “The Role of Khipu Cord-Keeping in Inka Astronomy: Calendrics and State Administration”. Gary also provided an expert commentary on the khipus held in the museum at the Inca site of Puruchuco, visited on a half-day excursion.

Another highlight was a vigorous exchange of views about the interpretation of the thirteen towers of Chankillo as a solar observation device, which provided a curtain-raiser for a two-day excursion to the Casma area and Chankillo between the Main Conference and the Regional Meeting.

The Cultural Centre of the Asociación Cultural Peruano Británica offered a congenial venue for the Main Conference and faultless logistical support, while the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú provided an ideal location and facilities for the Regional Meeting.

Proceedings (Cambridge University Press)

Final programme ( Main conference | Regional meeting )

List of participants, and statistics


Sponsors / Patrocinadores


Asociación Cultural Peruano Británica

  Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
  International Astronomical Union   IUHPS, Division of the History of Science and Technology
  Asociación Ancash   Instituto de Investigaciones Arqueológicas


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