In collaboration with the
International Astronomical Union
latest news
  • The printed edition of the second ICOMOS-IAU Thematic Study on astronomical heritage will be available from 30 November. The e-book version is already available.
  • Join our community project "Places connected to the Sky" and submit your favorite place...

Find Astronomical Heritage
Locate astronomical heritage geographically and/or temporally
Locate astronomical heritage by word tags

Thematic study - second publication

The second ICOMOS–IAU Thematic Study on astronomical heritage was published on 30 June 2017. The e-book version (PDF) is available for free download: standard version (19 Mb) or high-resolution version (214 Mb). For further information see the Ocarina Books website. A limited printed version will be available at the end of November.

The full title is

Heritage Sites of Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy in the context of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention: Thematic Study no. 2

This, the second ICOMOS–IAU Thematic Study on astronomical heritage, follows on from the first which was published in 2010. It explores a range of sites from prehistoric monuments to modern observatories, and covers traditional practices using star observations for water management through to technological developments for space exploration. There is particular emphasis on the recognition and preservation of the value of dark skies at both cultural and natural sites and landscapes.

This is a joint publication between Ocarina Books and the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).