ANDREW MUNRO, PHD

Andrew Munro, PhD, is an adjunct professor at the OU Extended Campus School of Integrative and Cultural Studies, where he has led development of Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture curriculum. He also serves as a graduate astronomy project supervisor for the Swinburne University of Technology. 

His professional interests focus on archaeoastronomy and astronomy in culture, including the role of visual astronomy in the development of science, ritual, religion and social power. In addition to his graduate and undergraduate teaching, he also supports public outreach presentations. 

Munro has conducted fieldwork-based archaeoastronomy research at Chaco Culture National Historic Park and outlying Chacoan “Great House” sites since 2007. He has served as the principal investigator, field director and permit administrator for multiple National Park Service permits during this period. His PhD dissertation and published work support the idea that groups of people with varied cultural traditions collaborated at Chaco Canyon, and they reinforce the magnitude of cultural change at Chaco after 1100 CE.

Munro is the chief strategy officer and principal consultant of Munro Enterprises, LLC, and he also serves as an adjunct project supervisor, Swinburne University Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne Astronomy Online, Melbourne, VIC Australia. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and its Working Group for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture (WGAAC). Other 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), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Society for American Archaeology (SAA).

Recent publications/presentations: 

Munro, A. M. (2019). The archeological pertinence of archaeoastronomy: Lessons-learned from collaboration.Paper presented at the joint 2019 European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) and European Society for Astronomy in Culture (SEAC) conference in Bern, Switzerland. 

Munro, A. M. (2018). [Review of the book An archaeology of the cosmos: Rethinking agency and religion in ancient America, by T. R. Pauketat]. Journal of Skyscape Archaeology, 4(2), 252-256. 

Gullberg, S. R., Hamacher, D. W., Martín-Lopez, A., Mejuto, J., Munro, A. M., and Orchiston, W. (2020, August). A comparison of dark constellations of the Milky Way. Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage

Munro, A. M., and Gullberg, S. R. (2018). Skyscape archaeology as a road to cultural insight. Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry, 18(4), 491-497. 

Munro, A. M., Hull, T., Malville, J. M., Mathien, F. J., and Morrow, C. (2017). Investigation of solstice horizon interactions at Chacoan monumental architecture. Culture and Cosmos, Papers from the 2016 SEAC Conference, 21(1), 151-171. 

Malville, J. M., and Munro, A. M. (2016). Houses of the sun and the collapse of Chacoan culture.In F. Silva, J. M. Malville, T. Lomsdalen, and F. Ventura (Eds.), The materiality of the sky: Proceedings of the 22nd annual SEAC conference 2014, Malta (pp. 245-253).Ceredigion, Wales, United Kingdom: Sophia Centre Press.

Recent conferences:

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

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

Andy Munro