Inter-Commission C3-C4 WG Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture


The IAU Working Group for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture (WGAAC) is a discussion group for researchers in Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture, and for researchers in astronomy with an interest in this topic. Its primary motivation is to facilitate interactions (e.g. meetings, wiki, etc) between these researchers.. It  is the focal point within the IAU for the vigorous research field of "Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture". This field is already serviced by non-IAU organisations such as ISAAC, SEAC, and SIAC  but the IAU WGAAC builds focus on this area within mainstream astronomy, to:

•    Promote the research area, and facilitate interactions with other IAU members and groups
•    Facilitate interactions between researchers in this field and projects such as SKA, which is actively promoting Indigenous Astronomy in Australia and South Africa to engage the community in the SKA project  (see e.g. the Shared Sky exhibition)
•    Facilitate interactions between researchers in this field and IAU initiatives in Outreach and in Astronomy for the Developing World,
•    Facilitate interactions between researchers in this field, such as the proposed splinter meeting at the 2015 IAU GA,
•    Facilitate engagement in this research area by IAU members who are not currently members of ISAAC, SEAC, or SIAC

As well as facilitating interactions between research in this field and other IAU bodies and initiatives, we will also build strong links between the WG and ISAAC, SEAC, and SIAC. A focal point for the WG will be an actively maintained web site and wiki, to promote on-line discussions continuing from the IAU General Assembly meetings.


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Working Group Members (33)


Commission C3 History of Astronomy
Commission C4 World Heritage and Astronomy

Steven Gullberg

University of Oklahoma
College of Professional and Continuing Studies
17301 Thunder Spring Rd
Eureka 63025-2222
Missouri (MO)
United States

Email: srgullbergouedu

NCA adherence: United States

Last updated:
July 9, 2018

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