This very special project aims to collect stories and cultural knowledge of the stars from all over the world and preserve them in a global database for all to see. If you can contribute stories or knowledge (especially from Maori or Polynesian cultures), then please read the following from the Ancient Skies Project...
"The relationship between humankind and the sky is as old as humankind itself. Human beings started to recognize and interpret the objects and events in the sky, as soon as they had fulfilled their basic needs.
The sky, our common and universal heritage, forms an integral part of all human cultures around the world.
The central theme of our project is, that all human beings live on one single planet and share the same sky. Knowing this, we created an infrastructure to preserve this global heritage in a web accessible knowledgebase.
The whole of these thoughts led us straight towards our overall vision:
Ancient-Skies is a scientific project, which aims to collect, verify and publish available information about various human cultures and their astronomical knowledge in a single web accessible knowledgebase, celebrating not only 400 years, but 4000 years of Astronomy as a science.
Our aim is to rely on primary sources and verify them scientifically, so that the published information is valueable to the general public and scientists all over the world. Currently we are establishing a global network of specialists for various human cultures. This is critical to the project, as our general vision One planet – One Humankind – One Sky – One Knowledgebase is achievable only in a global network.
So if you feel that you might contribute to our project, you are very welcome to share your knowledge!"
NOTE: To share your knowledge (link above), you must be a registered user - simply follow the link above to create an account. To find out how else you can contribute to the project, you can visit this page for more information.
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