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Medicine wheel

Ancient stone circles and their connection to cosmic cycles will be the topic of a talk at the Draper Natural History Museum's free Lunchtime Expedition lecture on April 4 at 12:15 p.m. in Cody, Wyoming.

Archaeoastronomy is the investigation of the astronomical knowledge of prehistoric cultures. Ivy Merriot, an archaeoastronomy researcher and writer, will discuss the topic.

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Her first book is a copy of her dissertation which studied the cultural and scientific history of the Bighorn Medicine Wheel, examining the wheel's use as an indigenous pedagogical instrument for learning about the sky. Her second book, "Star Circle," is written for the general public, based on her dissertation research with added sections on "how to see the Sky at the Wheel" plus personal stories.

Merriot is currently researching stone wheels around the world for their astronomical commonalities due to latitude, elevation, and sky conditions. Her next book will include a global perspective on stone wheels created circa 3,000 BC.

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