African Cultural Astronomy: Current Archaeoastronomy and by Jarita Holbrook, R. Thebe Medupe, Johnson O. Urama

By Jarita Holbrook, R. Thebe Medupe, Johnson O. Urama

This can be the 1st scholarly choice of articles concerned with the cultural astronomy of the African continent. It weaves jointly astronomy, anthropology, and Africa and it contains African myths and legends in regards to 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 production of calendars.

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As regards shape, compactness is the principal character of Africa. The continent is much more compact than Europe, for example, the coastline is relatively straight with very few indentations (in the form of capes, bays etc). The continental shelf of Africa is also very short. In the same way on the land, one finds sudden rises to high elevations within a short distance. ” In the case of Africa, the sole prolongation of the coast is the Somaliland Peninsula. Large tracts of Africa lie far distant from the ocean, and in the northern part of the continent; for example, much of the interior lies about 1,200 km from the seaboard.

These arguments have encouraged some Anthropologists to evolve a combination of the qualitative and quantitative approach in their research (Bernard, 1988; Fielding and Fielding, 1987; Pelto and Pelto, 1979). It is necessary to add that even those engrossed in quantitative method in social sciences are also turning to the ethnographic tools of field work and personal interview as relevant tools for their study. Ethnographic Methods In this segment of the paper, the various ethnographic methods that Anthropologists use in their research will be discussed especially as it relates to Cultural Astronomy.

A combined represent only about three-fifths of the total area of Africa. It contains about one-fourth of all the land in the world. As regards shape, compactness is the principal character of Africa. The continent is much more compact than Europe, for example, the coastline is relatively straight with very few indentations (in the form of capes, bays etc). The continental shelf of Africa is also very short. In the same way on the land, one finds sudden rises to high elevations within a short distance.

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