Time: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 19:00
Speaker: Prof. Sarah Symons, McMaster University
Location: Room 142, 5 Bancroft Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Astronomical ceilings are ancient representations of the night sky, showing stars, planets, and calendrical elements, which occur in temples and tombs. This talk describes components of astronomical ceilings and explains what we can learn from them about the ancient Egyptians’ view of the sky.
About the Speaker:
Sarah Symons received her PhD for a thesis on the History of Astronomy at the University of Leicester. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Mcmaster University in Hamilton.She helped to make the model of the world's earliest known clepsydra (water-clock) from the reign of Amenhotep III. Her recent publications includ ‘A Star’s Year: The Annual Cycle in the Ancient Egyptian Sky’ in J M Steele (ed.) Calendars and Years: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient World (Oxbow Books, Oxford, 2007).
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