The twilight realm of Archaeoastronomy is a Gradualist belief system that makes an extraordinary claim: Current Performance Guarantees Past Performance.
Archaeoastronomy can be applied to all cultures and all time periods.
The modern cult of Archaeoastronomy is not a Natural Philosophy because it believes dynamic systems [like the Solar System] are constant across “all time periods”.
“All the world’s a stage” is the phrase that begins a monologue from William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, spoken by the melancholy Jaques in Act II Scene VII.
The speech compares the world to a stage and life to a play, and catalogues the seven stages of a man’s life, sometimes referred to as the seven ages of man: infant, schoolboy, lover, soldier, justice, Pantalone and old age, facing imminent death.
The term archaeoastronomy was first used by Elizabeth Chesley Baity (at the suggestion of Euan MacKie) in 1973, but as a topic of study it may be much older, depending on how archaeoastronomy is defined.
Clive Ruggles says that Heinrich Nissen, working in the mid-nineteenth century was arguably the first archaeoastronomer.
Professional Archaeoastronomers don’t explicitly qualify their extraordinary claims with the statement: Current performance does not guarantee past results.
Natural philosophy or philosophy of nature (from Latin philosophia naturalis) was the philosophical study of nature and the physical universe that was dominant before the development of modern science.
Professional Archaeoastronomers don’t adhere to the maxim: People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
It is perhaps the need to balance the social and scientific aspects of archaeoastronomy which led Clive Ruggles to describe it as:
“…[A] field with academic work of high quality at one end but uncontrolled speculation bordering on lunacy at the other.”
Clive L. N. Ruggles (born 1952) is a British astronomer, archaeologist and academic, regarded as one of the leading figures in the field of archaeoastronomy and the author of numerous academic and popular works on the subject.
As of 2009 Ruggles is Emeritus Professor of Archaeoastronomy at the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester.
Ruggles has held the post since it was created in 1999, when it is believed to have been the only appointed Chair for archaeoastronomy among the world’s universities.
He concurrently also holds the posts of President of the Prehistoric Society, President of the IAU Commission for the History of Astronomy, and is the Chair for the IAU World Heritage and Astronomy Working Group, and was formerly the President of the International Society for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture.
Archaeoastronomers don’t accept the Earth is part of a dynamic system.
Archaeoastronomers don’t recognise the Earth-Moon system experienced “a ‘square wave’ in the accelerations that lasted from about 700–1300”.
Empirico-Statistical Analysis of Narrative Material and its Applications to Historical Dating – Volume 1 – The Development of the Statistical Tools
A T Fomenko – Translated by O Efimov
Kluwer Academic Publishers – 1994 – The Netherlands
Archaeoastronomers don’t recognise Earth experienced a Phase Change around 1560.
The Council of Trent approved a plan in 1563 for correcting the calendrical errors, requiring that the date of the vernal equinox be restored to that which it held at the time of the First Council of Nicaea in 325 and that an alteration to the calendar be designed to prevent future drift.
In 1577, a Compendium was sent to expert mathematicians outside the reform commission for comments.
The Gregorian calendar was a reform of the Julian calendar instituted in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII, after whom the calendar was named, by papal bull Inter gravissimas dated 24 February 1582.
St. Peter’s Square is a large plaza located directly in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City, the papal enclave inside Rome, directly west of the neighbourhood or rione of Borgo.
At the centre of the square is an Egyptian obelisk, erected at the current site in 1586.
Archaeoastronomers don’t recognise this natural oscillation [with an original period of about 54 years] was established at the Heinsohn Horizon.
This natural oscillation currently reflects a Triple Resonance Point in the hypotrochoid [flower-petal] planetary orbits in the Solar System.
1) Twice the orbital period of Saturn: 2 x 29.4571 = 58.9142 years
2) The double Synodic Precession period of the Saturn-Earth System as they travel twice around the Sun in [2 x 29.46 =] 58.92 years.
The synodic period is the temporal interval that it takes for an object to reappear at the same point in relation to two or more other objects, e.g. when the Moon relative to the Sun as observed from Earth returns to the same illumination phase.
The synodic period is the time that elapses between two successive conjunctions with the Sun–Earth line in the same linear order.
3) Three times the conjunction period of Saturn-Jupiter: 19.66 x 3 = 58.98 years.
Orbital period 11.8618 yr
In climate terms this natural oscillation isn’t a rigid Swiss Railway Timetable because climate reflects other events such as large volcanic eruptions and incoming cometary debris.
Skilled meteorologists, like Joe Bastardi, recognise this natural oscillation which currently displays [something like] a 58 year periodicity.
Astronomers, meteorologists, historians and archaeoastronomers should always remember:
Current performance doesn’t guarantee past results.
Current performance doesn’t guarantee future results.
And Anaemic Academics should remember Forrest Gump’s Natural Philosophy: