Professor’s Travels Rally Support for Proposed Archaeoastronomy Degree

Steve Gullberg, archaeoastronomer

PACS instructor and renowned archaeoastronomer Dr. Steven Gullberg traveled to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, earlier this Fall, where he presented a paper at a European Society for Astronomy in Culture conference. While there, he drummed up support for a new archaeoastronomy and Native American astronomy program he hopes to launch at OU.

Gullberg said Clive Ruggles, emeritus professor of archaeoastronomy at the University of Leicester and one of the foremost archaeoastronomers in the world, spoke at the conference about the need for an online master’s program in archaeoastronomy.

“There are no others, and he was very enthused when I told him about our plans,” Gullberg said. “The program would have worldwide significance and value, and excitement for it abounds.”

Gullberg also was able to visit with about 30 scholars from around the world, many of whom agreed to contribute to his curriculum development or serve as guest lecturers and adjunct professors.

“With the help of these scholars, we can offer a truly global program,” he said.

Gullberg’s paper “Caves, Liminality, and the Sun in the Inca World” was recently published in the journal Culture and Cosmos. He will share his research on the astronomy of the Inca Empire during an astrophysics conference in Ollantaytambo, Peru, next year.

Gullberg will speak here on campus during a Brown Bag Presentation hosted by the History of Science Department from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Nov. 29 in room 402 of the Physical Science Center. Gullberg will discuss “Archaeoastronomy and Ancient Cultures.” For more information on the luncheon, call 325-2213 or email

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