Egyptian “Star Clocks”

Reference work entry


Diagonal, transit, and Ramesside star clocks are tables of astronomical information occasionally found in ancient Egyptian temples, tombs, and papyri. The tables represent the motions of selected stars (decans and hour stars) throughout the Egyptian civil year. Analysis of star clocks leads to greater understanding of ancient Egyptian constellations, ritual astronomical activities, observational practices, and pharaonic chronology.


List Composition Star Pattern Middle Kingdom Atmospheric Viewing Specific Star 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.McMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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