SEAC 2012

Final Programme



The conference sessions will take place in the City Museum, Gosposka 15, while the lunches and Sunday registration desk will be in the atrium of the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU), Novi trg 2. Public lectures will be given in Kosovel auditorium of Cankarjev dom Culture Centre, Prešernova 10.

For the location of the SEAC 2012 events and accomodation facilities see SEAC 2012 map.


Sunday, September 23

17:00 - 20:30      Registration (atrium of ZRC SAZU, Novi trg 2)


Monday, September 24

8:30      Registration (City Museum of Ljubljana, Gosposka 15)
9:30      Welcome address by Dr. Oto Luthar, director of ZRC SAZU, opening of the conference by Dr. Michael A. Rappenglück, President of SEAC
10:30    Coffee break

Poster session (chairman: Peter Blomberg)   
11:00    - Marea Atkinson - Voyage into Eternity: Ancient Constellations of the Central Asia
              - Nyssanbay Bekbassar - An Attempt to Interpretation of Petroglyphic Subjects        
              - Leonard Dorogostaisky - An Archaeoastronomic Case Study: The Site at Corneşti Iarcuri, Timiş County, Romania        
              - Rosa María Herrera - Ancient Geocentrism vs. Actual Geocentrism        
              - Xenophon Moussas - The Antikythera Mechanism
              - B. Lukács, I. Szűcs-Csillik, and A. Szabó - Sulgi's eclipse

Morning session: Enigma of time (chairman: Peter Blomberg)
11:40    Invited talk: Nicholas Campion -The 2012 Phenomenon in Context as Cultural Astronomy
12:10    Vito F. Polcaro - “Great Year”, Hamlet's Mill and the “2012 Maya Prophecy”: The Charm of Cyclical Time
12:30    Discussion    

13:00    Lunch    

Afternoon session: Theory and methodology (chairman: Stanisław Iwaniszewski)    
15:00    Invited talk: Barbara Rappenglück - Myths, Symbols and Prehistoric Catastrophes of Extraterrestrial Origin - Close Encounters at the Rim of Science
15:30    Invited talk: Michael A. Rappenglück - Palaeolithic Stargazers and Today´s Astro Maniacs - Methodological Concepts of Cultural Astronomy focused on Case
              Studies of Earlier Prehistory
16:00    Elio Antonello - On the Possibility of an "Astronomical Perspective" in the Study of Human Evolution
16:20    Coffee break    
16:40    Invited talk: Fernando Pimenta and Andrew Smith - Overview of Some Methodological Issues in Archaeoastronomy
17:10    Invited talk: A. César González-García - Profiting from Models of Astronomical Alignments to Unveil Ancient Cosmologies in Europe and the Mediterranean        
17:40    Discussion            
18:00    Slovene popular music with welcome drinks and snacks (atrium of ZRC SAZU)

18:00    Public lecture: Michael A. Rappenglück - Signs in the Heavens – Cycles of Time, Disasters, and Last Days: Imagining, Coping, and Shifting World Periods and
              Doomsday scenarios


Tuesday, September 25

Morning session:  European prehistory and folklore (chairman: Clive Ruggles)  
9:00      Invited talk: Frank Prendergast - Prehistoric Art, Architecture and Symbolism – Recent Developments and Advances in Re-Assessing Irish Passage Tomb Motifs    
9:30      David Fisher - Re-Structuring the World of Scottish Megalithic Sites and Animating Astronomical Phenomena Through 3D Computerisation….. Part II
9:50      Thomas Gough - New Evidence for Precise Lunar Alignments in Argyll, Scotland in  the Early Bronze Age   
10:10    Marianna Ridderstad - Placement and Orientations of Cairns around the Middle  Neolithic Giant’s Churches
10:30    Tomislav Bilić - Solar Symbolism of Central European Horns of Consecration   
10:50    Coffee break
11:15    Andrej Pleterski - Astronomy in Krak(a)'s Legend

11:35    Dimiter Kolev, Stefanka Ivanova, Ana Raduncheva, and Vesselina Koleva - Possible Astronomical Observations on Prehistoric Rock Sanctuaries in the Eastern
              Rhodopes (Bulgaria)
11:55    A. Scuderi, F. Mercadante, P. Lo Cascio, and V. F. Polcaro - The Astronomically Oriented Megalith of Monte Arcivocalotto
12:15    Fabio Silva and Roslyn M. Frank - Deconstructing the Neolithic myth: The  Implications of Continuity for European Late Prehistory
12:35    Discussion

13:15    Lunch 

Afternoon session: European prehistory and folklore (chairman: Barbara Rappenglück)  
15:00    Invited talk: Lionel Sims - Monuments as Myth or Myths of Monuments?        
15:30    Peter E. Blomberg - Malady or Vanity: A Minoan Peak Sanctuary Figurine
15:50    Tore Lomsdalen - Mnajdra Was Not Built in a Day
16:10    Göran Henriksson and Mary Blomberg - Results of the Archaeoastronomical Study of Important Bronze Age Buildings at Agia Triada, Crete
16:30    Ma. Pilar Burillo-Cuadrado - A Representation of the Celtiberian Cosmos        
16:50    Coffee break    
17:10    Francisco Burillo-Mozota and Manuel Pérez-Gutiérrez - The Celtic Festivity of Beltaine, the Celtiberian Cosmology and the Astronomical Sanctuary of Segeda    
17:30    César Esteban and José Luis Escacena - Astronomical Orientations of Protohistoric Sacred Buildings of the South Iberian Peninsula
17:50    Manuel Pérez Gutiérrez, Arturo Ruiz Rodríguez, and Manuel Molinos Molinos - Spring and Fecundity in an Iberian Oppidum of the Guadalquivir Valley       

18:10    Discussion              

18:00    Public lecture: Clive Ruggles - Megaliths, mysteries and madmen: archaeoastronomy’s legacy of lunacy and its more serious implications 


Wednesday, September 26

8:00      Half-day excursion to Bled (see below; meeting point: Trg francoske revolucije plaza, c. 100 m from the City Museum)

Afternoon session: Europe in historical times (chairman: Nicholas Campion)
16:00    George Beke Latura - Plato's Cosmic X: Heavenly Gates at the Celestial Crossroads        
16:20    Darrelyn Gunzburg - Celestial Orientations of Secular Buildings    
16:40    Xenophon Moussas - Recent Results from the Study of Antikythera Mechanism: A Complex Astronomical Clock of the 2nd Century BC, Lunar Motion, Planetary Gear
              and Archimedes Signature
17:00    Coffee break
17:30    Sepp Rothwangl - The Last Day Calculation of Anno Domini
17:50    Andrea Martocchia and Serena Marchionni - Djordje Nikolić' "Yugoslavs in Astronomy"
18:10    Discussion

19:00    Welcome reception by Mr. Zoran Janković, Mayor of Ljubljana, in the Town Hall, Mestni trg 1

18:00    Public lecture: Ivan Šprajc – What did the Maya write about December 21, 2012? (in Slovene) 


Thursday, September 27

Morning session:  Mesoamerica (chairman: César González García)
9:00       Invited talk: Stanisław Iwaniszewski - The Length of the Year in Mayan Calendric and Astronomy    
9:30      Richard Zito - Possible Mesoamerican Naked-Eye Observation of Sunspots – III: Evidence from the Hauberg Stela
9:50      Richard Zito - Possible Mesoamerican Naked-Eye Observation of Sunspots – IV: Evidence from Tikal Stela 31
10:10    N. Louanna Furbee - Example of Ethnographic Findings Supportive of Ethnohistorical and Archaeoastronomical Investigation:  Tojolab’al Maya
10:30    Coffee break
11:00    Jaroslav Klokočník and Jan Kostelecký - Palenque - Astronomical-Solar Orientation of Pakal Tomb
11:20    Silvia Motta and Adriano Gaspani - The Astronomical Significance of the Clockwise Misalignment from Cardinal Directions in the Maya Lowlands
11:40    Ivan Šprajc and Pedro Francisco Sánchez Nava - Equinoxes in Mesoamerican Architectural Alignments: Prehispanic Reality or Modern Myth?

12:00    Discussion

13:00    Lunch

Afternoon session: North and South America (chairman: Lionel Sims)
15:00    Mariusz Ziołkowski, Fernando Astete V., and Jacek Kosciuk - The Moon of the Incas: a possible lunar observations in two Inca ceremonial shrines
15:20    Jaroslav Klokočník, Jan Kostelecký, and Karolína Hanzalová - Astronomical-Solar Orientation of Inca Features in Yurac Rumi, Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo,
15:40    Arnold Lebeuf - A Native Solar and Lunar Observatory in the Region of Bahia de los Angeles, Baja California, Mexico
16:00    Robert Benfer - Giant Animal Effigy Mounds with Astronomical Orientations from Coastal Valleys of Perú
16:20    Discussion
16:35    Coffee break

Afternoon session: Oceania and Asia (chairman: Lionel Sims)
17:00    Invited talk: Clive Ruggles - Temples, Priests and Stars: Pre-Contact Religion and Astronomy in Kahikinui, Maui, Hawaiian Islands, and Modern Ideas
17:30    Invited talk: David W. Pankenier - The Cause of the Global Climatic Event of 535-545 as Seen Through Chinese Sources.
18:00    Steven L. Renshaw - Use of Astronomical Phenomena in the Development of Political Hegemony in Early Japan: An Interdisciplinary Study in Cultural Astronomy
18:20    Discussion

18:00    Public lecture: Juan Antonio Belmonte - Sky tales: it is all about pyramids! 


Friday, September 28

Morning session: Africa and Near East (chairman: Jarita Holbrook)
9:00      Invited talk: Juan Antonio Belmonte - DNA, wine & eclipses: the Dahamunzu affaire
9:30      Danielle Adams - Whence the “Golden Age”: Contact Zones and Multivalency in the Historiography of Near Eastern Astronomy
9:50      Reza Assasi - Swastika, the Forgotten Constellation
10:10    Bernardette Brady - Three Kings, an Angel and Shepherds: Other Parts of the Mythology of the Star of Bethlehem
10:30    Coffee break
11:00    Göran Henriksson - A solar eclipse in 700 BC observed in Jerusalem and southern Sweden
11:20    Sara Pizzimenti - Stars and Heaven Perception in II Millennium BC Mesopotamian Glyptic

11:40    A. Polcaro, A. C. González García, and J. A. Belmonte - Study on the Orientation of the Bronze Age Temple of Pella, Jordan: The Dying God Baal and the Rituals
              of the Summer Solstice
12:00    Discussion

12:30    Lunch    

Afternoon session: Research history and current issues (chairman: Michael A. Rappenglück)
14:15    Jarita Holbrook - How odd is odd? Studying Astronomers
14:35    Clive Ruggles, Alun Salt, and Rüdiger Schultz - Astronomical Heritage, OUV, and the New UNESCO Web Portal
14:55    Elio Antonello - Cultural Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy: an Italian Experience
15:15    Daniel Brown, Fabio Silva, and Rosa Doran - Archaeo-Astronomy and Education
15:35    Discussion

15:55    Coffee break

16:20    SEAC General Assembly

19:00    Closing dinner at the Livada restaurant (if weather allows, transport in a boat along the Ljubljanica river will be arranged)

18:00    Public lecture: Nicholas Campion - Myths of Salvation and Destruction from the Stars 


Saturday, September 29

8:00      Full-day excursion to Hrušica archaeological site and Postojna Cave (see below; meeting point: Trg francoske revolucije plaza, c. 100 m from the City Museum)



Half-day Excursion to Bled, September 26, 2012

On Wednesday we shall visit Bled in northwestern Slovenia. With a lake dominated by the mountainous Alpine landscape, its charming island topped by a medieval church, and an ancient castle perched on a rocky outcrop overseeing the lake, Bled is Slovenia’s most attractive and popular tourist destination. The costs of the excursion are included in the conference fee. For details see excursion programme.


Full-Day Excursion, September 29, 2012

The optional Saturday excursion will include guided visits to the archaeological park of Hrušica – Ad Pirum, where specialists of the National Museum of Slovenia will explain the significance of this architectural complex within the ancient Roman defensive system Claustra Alpium Juliarum, the world famous Postojna Cave and the nearby medieval Predjama Castle, as well as wine tasting with snack at Modrijan’s mill.

8:00      Departure from Ljubljana
9:15      Guided tour of the Late Roman fortress at Lanišče
10:00    Guided tour of the Late Roman fortress and defensive wall at Hrušica – Ad Pirum, including museum rooms with Roman military equipment.
11:30    Coffee break
12:00    Departure
13:00    Lunch based on medieval recipes in the Postojna Cave Mansion restaurant
15:00    Guided visit to the Postojna Cave, one of the largest and most beautiful karstic cave systems in the world
17:00    Guided visit to the medieval Predjama Castle
18:30    Wine tasting with snack at Modrijan’s house with an old mill.


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