UWTSD Lecturer Awarded the SEAC 2016 Carlos Jaschek Memorial Award


Dr Fabio Silva from University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture was awarded the Carlos Jaschek Memorial Award at the 24th conference of the European Society for Astronomy in Culture (SEAC) in Bath on September 16, 2016. 

The award is the most prestigious prize in the emerging discipline of Cultural Astronomy and was presented to Dr Silva in recognition of his research developing connections between astronomy, archaeology and anthropology. His work on Neolithic monuments in Portugal which he argues were used as ‘telescopes’ for observing the stars was recently featured in the international media.

Dr Silva teaches the module on ‘Skyscapes, Cosmology and Archaeology’ on the University’s MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Skyscape Archaeology and his books include Skyscapes: The Role and Importance of the Sky in Archaeology (edited with Nicholas Campion, Oxbow Books 2015) and The Materiality of the Sky (edited with Kim Malville, Tore Lomsdalen and Frank Ventura, Sophia Centre Press 2016).

Dr Nicholas Campion, Director of the Sophia Centre at UWTSD’s Lampeter campus said:  “Dr Silva’s work is rigorous, meticulous and interdisciplinary, and has set a new standard in our understanding of prehistoric astronomy in particular, and the relationship between the sky and culture in general.”


For more information:


​SEAC 2016: ​www.seac2016.com

SEAC website including the Carls Jaschek Memorial Award: www.archeoastronomy.org/

Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture: www.uwtsd.ac.uk/sophia/

MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology: www.uwtsd.ac.uk/ma-cultural-astronomy-astrology/

Journal of Skyscape Archaeology (JSA): https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/JSA