Project Members:

SARAH SYMONS is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada whose research interests include ancient Egyptian astronomy. She is also Director of the William J. McCallion Planetarium in Hamilton, Ontario.

ROBERT COCKCROFT is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Western University, Ontario, Canada.  His first postdoc was on ancient Egyptian astronomy, a field in which he enjoys continuing to work. He was also the Manager of the William J. McCallion Planetarium (2008-2016).

HIMANSHI KHURANA is an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Science at McMaster University. One of her passions is astronomy and the connection it has with ancient civilizations. She explored ancient Egyptian astronomy through a summer research project and has since become involved with the project.

JESSE BETTENCOURT is an MSc student in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His interest in ancient Egyptian astronomy and his involvement with this project began through a summer research assistantship during his undergraduate studies in the Integrated Science program at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada.

CODY KOYKKA is a PhD student in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the Western University. His graduate research focuses on modelling the evolution of cooperative breeding.

BRENAN DEW is a PhD student in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. After completing concurrent undergraduate degrees in ancient history and astronomy, his graduate research now focuses on Egyptian astronomy. Brenan also works as an astronomy guide at Sydney Observatory.


Where does the information on this website come from?

Information on this website comes from peer-reviewed publications and from original research and observation of the primary sources by Project members which has also been published in peer-reviewed journals. Information about objects comes from museum catalogues and databases. Citations are used to credit authors' work and to point to useful sources. Hover over any citation to bring up the key details identifying it. You can access the full bibliography here.  The major work in this subject area is Egyptian Astronomical Texts volume 1, volume 2, and volume 3 which scholars should consult in conjunction with the information in this database.  Please contact us if you wish to report an error or omission, or would like to comment on the website.


Citing this website

If you would like to cite information from this resource, please use the following information:

Symons, S.L., Cockcroft, R., Bettencourt, J. and Koykka, C., 2013. Ancient Egyptian Astronomy. [Online database] Available at: <>.


Funding acknowledgements

This research was funded by the Arts Research Board, McMaster University and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  This site is supported by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, McMaster University.






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