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Medieval astronomy tool

The British Museum has recently purchased a medieval astronomy tool that used for several hundred years until they came up with something better. What I found especially interesting were the symbols involved with the tool that helped identify this object as what it was. For example: Archaeologists knew it was supposed to track the sun because it had an eagle stamped on it, a creature rumored at the time to be able to look directly at the sun. While I would never wish medieval Europe on anyone, I’ve always liked the intersection of art and science from that era (although I don’t really like the intersection of the church and science. Spanish Inquisition? I’ll pass).

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.

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