A systematics for interpreting past structures with possible cosmic references in Sub-Saharan Africa
Author(s)Wade, Richard Peter
Technologies and applied sciences
Indigenous knowledge systems
Culture and identity
Indigenous material culture
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AbstractDissertation (MSc(Applied Science))--University of Pretoria, 2009.
This thesis presents a method of identifying astronomical expressionsinherent within the spatial geography, cultural landscapes, and layouts of structures with a view to implementing the systematics in an African context. In determining astronomical codes of the southern African pre - early farmer and metalworking archaeological sites - this review deals with oral tradition, rituals, formative calendars, fertility, meteorites, eclipses, bio-diversity, sustainable agriculture, rainmaking and the general star lore. Conclusions are drawn from the hypothesis that certain structures functioned as astronomical expressions by use of monoliths and other configurations, with specific examples of how these possibilities were drawn from aspects within the Mapungubwe/Zimbabwe Cultural Complex and the preceding riverine cultural formations.
Wade, R 2009, A systematics for interpreting past structures with possible cosmic references in Sub-Saharan Africa, MSc(Applied Science) dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://hdl.handle.net/2263/24351 >
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