Timelapse Photographic Documentation of Archaeoastronomical Sites

Author(s): David Purcell

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Horseshoe Mesa (WS834) in the Ancestral Puebloan Crack-in-Rock Community of Wupatki National Monument, Arizona, has three petroglyph panels that mark important solar events. Timelapse cameras documented the daily patterns of these interactions from September 2016 to March 2018 at two of the panels. Panel 39 uses carefully placed petroglyph elements to interact with a winter solstice shadow and a summer solstice sunray. Ethnographic sources, design layout, and association with other panels are considered in evaluating how the panel was created, the information that it would have conveyed to contemporary viewers, and its contribution to archaeoastronomical research in the Southwest.

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Timelapse Photographic Documentation of Archaeoastronomical Sites. David Purcell. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449777)

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min long: -124.365; min lat: 25.958 ; max long: -93.428; max lat: 41.902 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 23972