Looking through a telescope with an obsidian mirror. Could specialists of ancient cultures have been able to view the night sky using such an instrument?

Part of : Mediterranean archaeology & archaeometry : international journal ; Vol.16, No.4, 2016, pages 7-15

Convex cut mirrors manufactured from the volcanic glass obsidian had been known since Neolithic time (7400/7100 to about 6200 BCE) in Çatalhöyük, Turkey. A Herschelian type telescope made with an obsidian mirror ( 12 cm) allowed to see the Moon‟s craters sharp and distinct, the phases of Venus as well as the of the used obsidian mirror. A specimen with a much better reflection or a bigger one would result in improved views of celestial objects. The paper reports on the making of the telescope and its potential application. Moreover, as a general basis, the study addresses the prehistory and symbolism of mirrors, with special focus on a possible assignment for skywatching.
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Obsidian mirrors, prehistory of reflecting telescopes, symbolism of mirrors, Çatalhöyük, Neolithic optics
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