The traditional cultures of Aboriginal Australians include a significant astronomical component, perpetuated through oral tradition, ceremony, and art. This astronomical component includes a deep understanding of the motion of objects in the sky, and this knowledge was used for practical purposes such as constructing calendars. There is also evidence that traditional Aboriginal Australians made careful records and measurements of cyclical phenomena, paid careful attention to unexpected phenomena such as eclipses and meteorite impacts, and could determine the cardinal points to an accuracy of a few degrees.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy|
|Publisher||Springer, Springer Nature|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2015|