Welcome to the Ancient-Skies featured blog

Learn more about certain stellar constellations, about cultures and their astronomy, about names for stars, planets, sun, moon and other celestial objects - and the stories and mythologies behind these names.

And of course this is the place to learn more about the project and the work behind the curtain.


Restarting work on Maori of New Zealand
Written by Rüdiger Schultz   
Saturday, 20 November 2010 13:58

We are very happy, that Haritina Mogosanu from New Zealand decided to take over the role of culture co-ordinator for the Maori culture of New Zealand. Rüdiger started working on this culture from the very beginning of the project, but his role as project co-ordinator consumed most of the time he can invest in this project.


Haritina is currently establishing the culture team, so if you are interested in joining the team, please contact her.

CAP Journal issue about Cultural Astronomy
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 19 November 2010 13:54

The latest issue (issue 9, october 2010) of the CAP journal focusses on Cultural Astronomy and some of respective  events that took place during the IYA2009. You can view this issue online or order a printed copy of it.

CAPjournal issue 9, october 2010

The Fante People of western africa - and how we came to know them
Written by Rüdiger Schultz   
Friday, 09 July 2010 17:14
We were very pleased, when John Dunn contacted us in october 2009 and told us about the short monography his uncle wrote 1934 about the star lore of the Fante fishermen in the Ghana coastal region.

Once we received a copy of the article, we started to transform the information into our knowledgebase.

In fact, this was exactly the situation we had in mind, when we first thought about and created our infrastructure: Someone somewhere on this planet has access to information about the astronomical knowledge of a certain human culture. He or she contacts us, and tells us about it. To preserve this part of the heritage of this human culture, the information is transformed into our knowledgebase, verified by another project member against the original source, and finally published globally.
Written by Doris Vickers   
Saturday, 17 October 2009 19:28
Andromeda is subject of our first blog entry.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the story, here's the short version:
Andromeda was the beautiful daughter of King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia of Ethiopia. Cassiopeia foolishly claimed that she was more beautiful than the Nereids. Such arrogance rarely goes unpunished in Greek mythology and lo and behold!  Poseidon sent the sea-monster Cetus to devastate the coastal regions of Ethiopia. The deperate king consulted the oracle in Delphi and was told to sacrifice his daughter to the monster and the problem would be solved. So Andromeda gets chained naked to the cliffs. No Greek myth without the obligatory hero either: Perseus, who was just returning home from slaying the Gorgo Medusa, flies over Ethiopia and saw the young woman's life threatened and rescues her by slaying the sea-monster. Of course, in return for such heroic intervention, he gets to marry Andromeda!