Seana Elizabeth Fenner von Fenneberg

Author, Seana Elizabeth Fenner von Fenneberg on top of the Menkaure Pyramid, Giza, Egypt

Author, Seana Elizabeth Fenner von Fenneberg, Borore Sardinia


The History of "Archaeoastronomy through the Ages"

Seana Elizabeth Fenner von Fenneberg has recently authored the textbook Archaeoastronomy through the Ages, which will be published in the form of an academic textbook in 2013-2014. Her next project, already underway, is a science fiction novel. For further information email vonfenneberg@​

Fenner's career experience in astronomy includes having worked as an operating assistant for the NASA Infrared Telescope on top of Mauna Kea (the White Mountain) in Hawaii and as a lecturer for the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Hawai`i where she has created and taught two archaeoastronomy courses: Archaeoastronomy and Renaissance Astronomy and the Age of Exploration.

This book is in part the result of numerous archaeological fieldwork and research expeditions, mostly in Italy, Germany, Greece, Scandinavia, the U.K and Egypt, a number of which were funded by grants from the University of Oxford. In Hawaii, she has arranged archaeoastronomical field trips for her students featuring Polynesian celestial navigation in Hawaiian voyaging canoes, stargazing at the summit of Mauna Kea, and visits to ancient Hawaiian navigational heiaus (temples).

Fenner has served as an archaeoastronomy lecturer for the Harvard Museum of Natural History on a round-the-world archaeoastronomy expedition, exploring sites in Egypt, Cambodia, Rapanui (Easter Island), India, Papua New Guinea, the U.K., Dubai, Samoa, Guatemala and Peru. Her latest fieldwork project was a study of the ancient megalithic henge at Callanish in the Outer Hebrides where she studied the “capturing the Moon” effect created by ancient astronomers that occurs once every two decades.


Fenner is originally from Miami, Florida and was a marathon runner and managed a health club while in high school. She entered Barry University as part of an early admission program at the age of 16, and obtained a bachelors degree in history and English literature with a minor in religion. She did her graduate work in classical archaeology and ancient languages at Florida State University and the University of Oxford in England. At Oxford, Fenner did archaeological research on ancient art and iconography, Greek vases, the Oxyrhynchus papyri of Egypt, and archaic and classical sculpture and architecture, under the supervision of Sir John Boardman. While at Oxford, Fenner served as the aerobics instructor for the Oxford Rowing Team.

Currently, Fenner manages the Oxford Alumni Society for the Hawaiian Islands which has occasional social events on various islands. While in Hawai`i, Fenner has acted as choreographer for a group of Italian Renaissance Court dancers, the Dancers del Vulcano Impetuoso, who have performed at Kilauea Theatre and for the "Shakespeare in the Park" production of Much Ado about Nothing.. She has taught Renaissance dance at the University of Hawai`i and has given Middle Eastern Dance seminars for the Volcano Art Center and the Naniloa Resort. She also has sung for various choral groups such as the Chamber Singers and the ancient music group, Mirth and Merriment.

Due to her interest in botany and astronomy, Fenner has volunteered as a star gazing guide on Mauna Kea an as a rare plant specialist at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. She has been a guide for numerous natural history tours in Hawaii, including birding, botany and vulcanology forays at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, snorkeling excursions, and trips to the summit of Mauna Kea for stargazing, and has served as a lecturer for the Harvard Museum of Natural History expedition to the Hawaiian Islands. Fenner has also spent time living and traveling in South America and South East Asia, particularly in Borneo, collecting plants for a botanical garden. She was elected to membership in The Explorers Club in 2005.


Seana Fenner , also known as Odinia, is an Odinist priestess who gives Odinist redes and blots, and the founder of the native European religious organization, Odinia International. If you do not know what Odinism is, you may wish to look at the Odinia International website at Odinia is also the editor of the Odinist Journal Foxfire, and the writer and presenter of the Odinia International podcast redes.

Selected Works

Non-fiction: Archaeoastronomy