STEVEN GULLBERG, PHD

Steve GullbergSteven 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 Archaeoastronomy and 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) Commissions C1, C3, and C4. Additional IAU working group memberships include those for Astronomical Heritage in Danger, Ethnoastronomy and Intangible Heritage, and Star Names. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Skyscape Archaeology. Other organizational memberships include the American Astronomical Society (AAS), 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. (2020). Astronomy of the Inca Empire: Use and significance of the night sky. New York, NY: Springer Nature,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent conferences:

2020 – BASIC 2020, Stella Maris, Long Island, Bahamas 

2019 – Protolang 6, Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal 

2019 – European Association of Archaeologists, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland 

2019 – First International Congress on Astrophysics and Archaeoastronomy, Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco, Cusco, Peru (opening speaker)

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 (opening speaker)

2019 – Society for Cultural Astronomy in the American Southwest, University of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA 

2018 – 8th International Workshop on Astronomy and Relativistic Astrophysics – Universidad Nacional de Ingeneria, Ollantaytambo, Peru (opening speaker)

2018 – Société Européenne Pour L’Astronomie Dans La Culture XXVI, Karl-Franzens-Universität, Graz, Austria 

2018 – International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly, including chairing the Meeting of the Working Group for Archaeoastronomy ad Astronomy in Culture – Universität Wein, Vienna, Austria

2018 – Native American and Indigenous Studies Association – University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA

2017 – INSAP X, Oxford XI, SEAC XXV – University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain 

2016 – Société Européenne Pour L’Astronomie Dans La Culture XXIV – Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Bath, United Kingdom 

2015 – Société Européenne Pour L’Astronomie Dans La Culture XXIII – University of Rome, Rome, Italy