Dr. Emília Pásztor

Scientific career

1994. Faculty of Science, Eötvös Loránd University, Department of Astronomy, PhD

1981. Faculty of Human Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University, Department of Archaeology (Prehistory and Migration Period)

1979. Faculty of Science, Eötvös Loránd University, Department of Physics and Astronomy


Research field

1. Bronze Age medieval archaeology of the Carpathian Basin, in a broader sense in Central Europe

2. Astronomical knowledge of the peoples of Europe (archaeoastronomic research)

Academic membership:

Society of Astronomy in Culture; International Society for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture (http://www.archeoastronomy.org)

The European Association of Archaeologists,

Hungarian Society of Archaeology and Art History

Association of Young Prehistoric Researchers

Founding member: Investigation of prehistoric earthworks in Zala county – interdisciplinary research group


Selected bibliography

1. Pasztor, E. (under publication) Representing the Universe: ancient visualization of the universe and its elements in Europe and adjacent areas. A. César González-García and Juan A. Belmonte (eds) Volume 1, the Cultural History of the Universe in Antiquity (c.3000 BCE‒500 CE). Bloomsbury’s The Cultural History of the Universe edited by Richard Dunn and Nicholas Campion. Bloomsbury Academic.

2. Pásztor, E. (under publication) Prehistoric interest in stations of the Sun and the Moon – fact or fiction? In: Fabio Silva and Liz Henty (eds) Solarizing the Moon: Essays in Honour of Lionel Sims. Oxford: BAR Publishing

3. Pasztor, E. 2021. A tájolás, mint a szimbolikus tájformálás egyik eszköze / Orientation as a means of symbolic landscape formation. „Környezet és Ember. MΩMOΣ XI. – Őskoros Kutatók XI. Összejövetele”

4. Pasztor, E. 2020. Visualisation of the sky in traditional cultures of Eurasia and its ancient representations. In: Henty L., Brown D. (eds) Visualising Skyscapes. Material Forms of Cultural Engagement with the Heavens. 177-199. Routledge, Oxon

5. Pasztor, E. 2019. The Relationship of Bronze Age Beliefs and Nature in the Carpathian Basin /A bronzkori hiedelmek és a természet kapcsolata a Kárpát-medencében. Emilia Pasztor (ed). Shamanism and Nature Worship – Past and Present / Sámánizmus és természethit – régen és ma. Baja: Türr István Museum. 101-128.

6. Pasztor, E. 2017. Comments on Bird Symbolism of The Bronze Age Carpathian Basin and its Possible Relationship with Shamanism. In: Edited by Dragoş Gheorghiu, Emilia Pásztor, Herman Bender and George Nash. Archaeological Approaches to Shamanism: Mind-Body, Nature, and Culture. Cambridge Scholar Publishing. 193-227.

7. Pasztor, E. 2017. Bronze Age Light Symbolism. In: Pasztor, E.(ed) The archaeology of light The role of natural light in the life of late prehistoric man. Bajai Dolgozatok 20. Baja.119-148.

8. Pasztor, E. 2017 (online) Prehistoric Light in the Air: Celestial Symbols of the Bronze Age. In: Costas Papadopoulos and Holley Moyes (eds). The Oxford Handbook of Light in Archaeology. Oxford University Press. Oxford

9. Pásztor E., Barna J.P., Zotti G. 2015. Neolithic Circular Ditch Systems (“Rondels”) in Central Europe. In: Ruggles C. (eds) Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy. Springer, New York, NY. 1317–1326.

10. Pásztor E. 2015. Celestial Symbolism of the Vučedol Culture. In: Ruggles C. (eds) Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy. Springer, New York, NY.

11. Pásztor, E. – P. Barna, J. 2013. Concepts of Space, Place and Time in Late Neolithic Carpathian Basin: The Geometry of rondels of the Lengyel complex, in: D. Gheorghiu and G. Nash (eds), Place Cambridge Scholars Publishing As Material Culture, Objects, Geographies and the Construction of Time.

12. Pásztor E. 2012. Magical Signs in Prehistory: Near Eastern Celestial Symbols in the Ancient Carpathian Basin. In: Rountree K., Morris C., Peatfield A. (eds) Archaeology of Spiritualities. One World Archaeology. Springer, New York, NY. 185-207.

13. Pásztor, E. 2011.Prehistoric sky lore and spirituality, In D. Gheorghiu (ed): Archaeology Experimenting Spirituality? Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 89-117.

14. Pásztor, E. 2011. The significance of the Sun, Moon and celestial bodies to societies in the Carpathian Basin during the Bronze Age in D. Valls-Gabaud & A. Boksenberg, (eds.) The Role of Astronomy in Society and Culture Proceedings IAU Symposium No. 260, 2010. 127-135. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press

15. Pásztor, E. 2009. The role of sacred finds in the study of the worldview of Bronze Age man In: Kaposvári, Gy. And Tárnoki, J. (eds). Csányi Marietta köszöntése, Tisicum. Szolnok. 197 – 208

16. Pásztor, E. –P. Barna, J. –Roslund, C. 2008. The orientation of rondels of the Neolithic Lengyel culture in Central Europe Antiquity Vol. 82. 910-924.

17. Pásztor, E. 2008. Notes on the orientation of rondels of the Neolithic Lengyel culture Archaeológiai Értesítő 133. 5-20. Volume 133: Issue 1

18. Pásztor, E. and Roslund, C. 2007. An interpretation of the Nebra Disc, Antiquity 81: 267-78.

The complete bibliography and independent references to each study can be viewed on the website of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, in the MTMT Database.

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