By D. C. Heggie
This quantity summarises the lawsuits of a convention which came about on the college of Oxford in September 1981. Held lower than the auspices of the overseas Astronomical Union and the overseas Union for the historical past and Philosophy of technological know-how, the assembly reviewed study in previous global Archaeoastronomy. The writer acquired the ultimate typescript for construction in March 1982. The papers during this ebook are keen on laying off mild on a arguable point of ecu prehistory, specifically that of north-west Europe: was once astronomy practised right here within the past due Neolithic and bronze a while, and if that is so, what was once its function? those questions are of noticeable curiosity to prehistorians, yet clean curiosity in them has been motivated principally through these whose specialist heritage is within the natural and technologies, whereas they elevate technical concerns that have aroused the curiosity of statisticians and astronomers.
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Freeman Department of Mathematics, University of Leicester, LEI 7RH, England Abstract. A brief summary is given of the need for a statistical approach to assessing most archaeoastronomical data and theories. The various ways in which selection biasses can lead to misleading conclusions, or at least seriously diminish the value of observed data, are described and a few possible techniques for making allowances for them are suggested. A set of three idealistic rules is stated in the hope of improving future observational work.
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Archaeoastronomy in the Old World by D. C. Heggie