STEVEN GULLBERG, PHD

Steven Gullberg, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma, where he serves as lead faculty for the OU Extended Campus School of Integrative and Cultural Studies. He is the university’s director for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture and serves as chair of the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group for Astronomy in Culture. He is also the Managing Director of the Journal of Astronomy in Culture. His work includes extensive field research into the astronomy of the Incas in the Peruvian Andes and significant analysis of the Babylonian Astronomical Diaries.

He regularly is invited to give presentations at a variety of international conferences in his endeavor to globally advance the field of archaeoastronomy. In addition to archaeoastronomy conferences, he frequently is asked to talk about archaeoastronomy at astrophysics conferences and speaks to other fields, as well. His goal is to expand awareness and research of cultural astronomy in fields such as archaeology, anthropology and Indigenous studies. He also enjoys giving outreach talks to the public.

Gullberg is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Division C and its Commissions C1, C2, C3 and C4. He has been elected to the Steering Committee for Division C. Additional IAU working group memberships include those for Astronomical Heritage in Danger, Ethnoastronomy and Intangible Heritage, Star Names, and Key Initiatives in Education, Outreach, and Development. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Skyscape Archaeology and Humans and has done peer-review for Academia, African Journal of History and Culture, British Archaeological Reports, Humans, Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, Journal of Skyscape Archaeology, Journal of Coastal Research, Journal of Cosmology, Journal of Ohio Archaeology, Latin American Antiquity, Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry, Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, and the The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Archaeology He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) and other organizational memberships include the American Astronomical Society (AAS), European Astronomical Society (EAS), International Society for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture (ISAAC), Société Européenne Pour L’Astronomie Dans La Culture (SEAC), Sociedad Interamericana de Astronomía en la Cultura (SIAC), Society for Cultural Astronomy in the American Southwest (SCAAS), Commission for the History of Ancient and Medieval Astronomy (CHAMA), Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), History of Science Society (HSS), Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), Society for American Archaeology (SAA), American Anthropological Association (AAA), and European Association of Archaeologists (EAA). Gullberg also has done work for UNESCO regarding its World Heritage List.

Recent publications/presentations:

Gullberg, S. R. (2021). Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy [Invited opening lecture]. XXI Meeting of Physics. Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco. Cusco, Peru. 

Gullberg, S. R. (2021). The Significance of Solstices in the Inca Empire [Paper presentation]. Astronomische Gesellschaft – German Astronomical Society. Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. Jena, Germany. 

Gullberg, J., Hoffmann, S. H., & Gullberg, S. R. (2021). Stellarium Sky Cultures: Painting Babylonian [Paper presentation]. Astronomische Gesellschaft – German Astronomical Society. Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. Jena, Germany. 

Gullberg, S. R., Gamarra, M. R., Estrazulas, M. Horvath, J., & Zen Vasconcellos, C. A. (2021). Complementary Duality of the Inca’s Cosmovision: An Astrophysics Perspective [Paper presentation]. European Society for Astronomy in Culture (SEAC). Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.  

Holbrook, J. A., Mejuto, J., Gullberg, S. R., Lee, A. S., Lopez, A. M. (2021). Cultural Astronomy and Modern Skywatching [Poster presentation]. European Society for Astronomy in Culture (SEAC). Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. 

Zotti, G., Malville, J. M., & Gullberg, S. R. (2021). Evaluation of Light and Shadow Interaction of an Inca Sanctuary in Stellarium [Paper presentation]. European Association of Archaeologists. Kiel, Germany. 

Gullberg, S. R. (2021, September/October). The Milky Way’s Dark Constellations. Australian Sky & Telescope18(5), 22-27. 

Gullberg, S. R. (2021). Education and Cultural Astronomy [Paper presentation]. Royal Astronomical Society, National Astronomy Meeting. Bath, United Kingdom. 

Miller, S., Gullberg, S. R., Holbrook, J. A., Argo, M. (2021). The New IAU-RAS Partnership Focused on Culturally Sensitive Astronomy Sites [Workshop presentation]. Royal Astronomical Society, National Astronomy Meeting. Bath, United Kingdom. 

Gullberg, S. R. (2021, August). The Milky Way’s Dark Constellations. Sky & Telescope142(2), 12-17. 

Gullberg, S. R., Frank, R., Munro, A. M., Mejuto, J., Lee, A. (2021). The Benefits of Interdisciplinary Comparative Approaches to Indigenous Ethnoastronomy [Paper presentation]. Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. Minneapolis, MN, USA. 

Lee, A. S., Holbrook, J. A., Mejuto, J., Gullberg, S. R., & Lopez, A. M. (2021). New Initiative: Working Group on Culturally Sensitive Sites [Paper presentation]. American Astronomical Society 238. Washington, DC, USA. 

Lopez, A. M., Mejuto, J., Lee, A. S., Holbrook, J. A., & Gullberg, S. R. (2021). Listening to Other Voices: Culturally Sensitive Sites Group [Paper presentation]. International Astronomical Union, Communicating Astronomy with the Public. Sydney, Australia. 

Gullberg, S. R. (2021). Cultural Astronomy for Inspiration. In R. Ros, B. Garcia, S. R. Gullberg, J. Moldon, & P. Rojo (Eds.), Education and Heritage in the Era of Big Data in Astronomy, (pp. 265-268). Cambridge University Press. 

Ros, R., Garcia, B., Gullberg, S. R., Moldon, J., & Rojo, P. (Eds.). (2021). Education and Heritage in the Era of Big Data in Astronomy. Cambridge University Press. 

Gullberg, S. R. (2021). Inca Solar Horizon Events [Paper presentation]. International Astronomical Union, Network for Astronomy School Education. Barcelona, Spain. 

Gullberg, S. R. (2021). Astronomy of the Inca Empire [Featured lecturer]. Skyscape Archaeology Keynote Lectures. Sophia Center, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, Wales, United Kingdom. 

Gullberg, S. R. (2021). Cultural astronomy. Bulgarian Journal of Physics, 48, 183-201.   

Gullberg, S. R. (2021). Review of the Skyscape Archaeology Keynote Lectures, Spring 2020. Journal of Skyscape Archaeology, 6(2), 287-291. 

Gullberg, S. R. (2021). Astronomy of the Inca Empire [Paper presentation]. American Astronomical Society 237. Washington, DC, USA. 

Gullberg, S. R. (2021). Astronomy of the Inca Empire. In G. Schultz, J. Barnes, A. Fraknoi, & L. Shore (Eds.), ASP2020: Embracing the Future – Astronomy Teaching and Public Engagement (pp. 250-260). Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, 531. Astronomical Society of the Pacific. 

Gullberg, S. R. & Layser, C. (2021). Astronomy at Teotihucan and Tenochtitlan. Astronomiche Nachrichten, 342(1-2), 39-44. 

Gamarra, M. R., Gullberg, S. R., Estrazulas, M., Horvath, J., & Zen Vasconcellos, C. A. (2021). Inka’s Cosmovision, space, time, and Cosmos: A Western perspective. Astronomiche Nachrichten, 342(1-2), 31-38. 

Zen Vasconcellos, C. A., Hess, P. O., Piccinelli, G., Vargas Magana, M., Urena-Lopez, L., Gonzalez Felipe, R., Boller, T., & Gullberg, S. R. (2021). Special Volume, Preface – 9th International Workshop on Astronomy and Relatavistic Astrophysics: from Quarks to Cosmos. Astronomiche Nachrichten, 342(1-2), 18-24

Gullberg, S. R. (2020). Cultural astronomy and educational opportunities. Astronomiche Nachrichten, 340(9-10), 810-816.

Gullberg, S. R. (2020). Astronomy of the Inca Empire: Useandsignificance of the night sky. New York, NY: Springer Nature.

Gullberg, S. R. (2020). The Importance for Education in Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture. Journal of Skyscape Archaeology, 6.1, 103-106.

Gullberg, S. R. (2020). Astronomy of the Inca Empire. Paper presented virtually for the Penn Museum at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Gullberg, S. R. (2020). Astronomy of the Inca Empire: Effects of Light and Shadow. Paper presented virtually for the XIX Meeting of Physics at the National University of Engineering, Lima, Peru.

Gullberg, S. R. (2020). Astronomy in Culture. Paper presented virtually for the conference of the International Association of Physics Students (IAPS) headquartered in Mulhouse, France.

Gullberg, S. R., Hamacher, D., Martin Lopez, A., Mejuto, J., Munro, A., and Orchiston, W. (2020). A cultural comparison of dark ‘constellations’ of the Milky Way. Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, 23(2), 390-404.

Gullberg, S. R. (2020). Survey of cultural astronomy and its educational opportunities.Paper presented at the BASIC 2020 conference in Stella Maris, Long Island, Bahamas.

Gullberg, S. R. (2020). Inca astronomy.High school presentation in conjunction with the BASIC 2020 conference in Stella Maris, Long Island, Bahamas.

Gullberg, S. R. (2020). Light and shadow effects of Inca astronomy.Public presentation in conjunction with the BASIC 2020 conference in Stella Maris, Long Island, Bahamas

Gamarra, M. R., Gullberg, S. R., Estrazulas, M., Horvath, J., Zen, C. (2020). Complementary duality of the Inca's cosmovision: An astrophysics perspective. Astronomische Nachrichten, 340(9-10), 817-827.

Gullberg, S. R. (2019). Inca constellations in the Milky Way.Public presentation at the 2019 Okie-Tex Star Party in Kenton, Oklahoma.

Gullberg, S. R. (2019). Astronomy of the Incas.Public presentation at the 2019 Okie-Tex Star Party in Kenton, Oklahoma.

Gullberg, S. R. (2019). Cosmology of the Incas: Effects of light and shadow. AstronomischeNachrichten, 340(1-3), 23-29.

Gullberg, S. R. (2019). Dark sky constellations.Paper presented at the 2019 Protolang 6 conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

Gullberg, S. R. (2019). Education for astronomy in culture.Paper presented at the joint 2019 European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) and European Society for Astronomy in Culture (SEAC) conference in Bern, Switzerland.

Gullberg, S. R. (2019). Archaeoastronomy education.Paper presented at the 2019 First International Congress for Astrophysics and Archaeoastronomy at UNSAAC in Cusco, Peru.

Gullberg, S. R. (2019). Educational strategies for exploring astronomy in culture.Paper presented at the 2019 SCAAS conference in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Gullberg, S. R. (2019). [Review of the book Archaeology and Ancient Religion in the American Midcontinent, by B. H. Koldehoff and T. R. Pauketat (Eds.). Journal of Skyscape Archaeology, 5(1), 101-103. 

Gullberg, S. R. (2018). Solstices in the Inca Empire.Paper presented at the 2018 International Astronomical Union in Vienna, Austria.

Gullberg, S. R., and Daniels, R. (2018). PACSAPAGuide. Norman, OK: College of Professional and Continuing Studies, University of Oklahoma.

Munro, A., and Gullberg, S. R. (2018). Skyscape archaeology as a road to cultural insight. MediterraneanArchaeologyand Archaeometry, 18(4), 491-498.

Gullberg, S. R., and Malville, J. M. (2017). Caves, liminality, and the sun in the Inca World. CultureandCosmos,21(1 amd 2), 193-214.

Gullberg, S. R. (2016). Astronomy and the ceques of Cusco. In F. Silva, J. M. Malville, T. Lomsdalen, and F. Ventura (Eds.), Thematerialityofthesky (pp. 255-266). Lampeter, United Kingdom: Sophia Center Press.

Gullberg, S. R. (2016). The Babylonian astronomical diaries: A graphical analysis of their implied reference system. MediterraneanArchaeologyandArchaeometry,16(4), 167-173.

Gullberg, S. R. (2015). Marking time in the Inca Empire. JournalofSkyscapeArchaeology,1(2), 217-241.

Recent conferences/lectures:

2021 – XXI Meeting of Physics, Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco, Cusco, Peru (organizing committee, invited speaker, and panelist) (virtual) 

2021 – Center for the Americas, Norman, OK, USA (featured lecturer) (virtual)

2021 – Astronomische Gesellschaft, Jena, Germany (two presentations) (virtual) 

2021 – Société Européenne Pour L’Astronomie Dans La Culture XXVIII, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria (two presentations) (virtual) 

2021 – European Association of Archaeologists, Kiel, Germany (presentation) (virtual) 

2021 – Sky & Telescope magazine video author interview for YouTube 

2021 – Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting, University of Bath, United Kingdom (two invited presentations) (virtual) 

2021 – Native American and Indigenous Studies Association 2021 (presentation) (virtual) 

2021 – American Astronomical Society 238, Washington, DC, USA (presentation) (virtual) 

2021 – International Astronomical Union Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2021 (leading plenary presentation) (virtual) 

2021 – Society for American Archaeology (virtual) 

2021 – Network for Astronomy School Education Workshop, Barcelona, Spain (invited presentation) (virtual)

2021 – Sophia Center and Journal of Skyscape Archaeology Lecture Series, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, Wales, United Kingdom (featured lecturer) (virtual) 

2021 – University of Oklahoma, College of Professional and Continuing Studies, Faculty Colloquium, Norman, Oklahoma, USA (featured speaker) (virtual) 

2021 – American Astronomical Society 237, Washington, DC, USA (presentation and session chair) (virtual) 

2020 – IAUS 367: Education and Heritage in the Era of Big Data in Astronomy, Bariloche, Argentina (presentation and proceedings editor) (virtual)

2020 – ASP2020: Embracing the Future – Astronomy Teaching and Public Engagement, San Francisco, California, USA (presentation) (virtual)

2020 – Cultural Astronomy Programs. National Autonomous University of Honduras, Tegucigalpa, Honduras (presentation and panelist) (virtual)

2020 – The Pre-Columbian Society, Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (lecture) (virtual)

2020 - History of Science Society Virtual Forum, Chicago, Illinois, USA (presentation) (virtual)

2020 - XIX Meeting of Physics, National University of Engineering, Lima, Peru (invited speaker and panelist) (virtual)

2020 - Scapecon 2020, The University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands (virtual)

2020 - International Workshop for Astronomy and Relatavistic Astrophysics, (IWARA) 2020, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico (opening speaker and co-host) (virtual)

2020 - International Conference of Physics Students (ICPS), International Association of Physics Students (IAPS), Mulhouse, France (invited speaker) (virtual)

2020 - Bahamas Advanced Study Institute and Conferences (BASIC) 2020, Stella Maris, Bahamas (3 presentations – conference, public, and high school)  

2019 - Protolang 6, Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal (invited speaker)

2019 - European Association of Archaeologists, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland (invited speaker)

2019 - First International Congress on Astrophysics and Archaeoastronomy, Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco, Cusco, Peru (invited speaker to open the conference)

2019 - Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

2019 - STARS2019, 5th Caribbean Symposium on Cosmology, Gravitation, Nuclear and Astroparticle Physics, Colegio Universitario San Geronimo de La Habana, Havana, Cuba (invited speaker to open the conference)

2019 - Society for Cultural Astronomy in the American Southwest, University of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA (presentation)

Professor Steve Gullberg

Professor Gullberg to Release Book on Incan Astronomy

A new book by Dr. Steven Gullberg will show how modern archaeoastronomy can interpret elements of Incan civilization.

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