Archaeoastronomy Book and Media

Dr. Penprase has been teaching Archaeoastronomy and World Cosmology at Pomona College for over 20 years, both as a Freshman seminar and as a larger general education course. This topic always engages students, and enables them to explore the human connections to the sky in ways that celebrate the diverse cultural heritages across the globe. These explorations have resulted in a number of remarkable interdisciplinary field trips, as well as in student projects that draw from the artistic and humanities talents that many of the students bring to the class.
In 2010, Dr. Penprase wrote a version of this course into a book entitled “The Power of Stars” which is published by Springer, Inc. This book is a general introduction to the many ways that humans have celebrated the skies across the earth and across the centuries. It has also been used as a textbook at Yale University, Yale-NUS College in Singapore and in colleges and universities across the US and in Europe.  In 2014, this book has been accepted for a second edition, and Dr. Penprase is using some of the time in Singapore to visit temples and astronomical sites in India, China, Cambodia and across Asia. The second edition should be completed in mid 2016, and be published by 2017.
Here are some links to some of Dr. Penprase’s work on Archaeoastronomy and World Cosmology.

Upcoming projects:

 National Geographic – “Known Universe” – (this was part of a series that Dr. Penprase contributed to in 2010 on ancient astronomy):