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Stairways to the Stars : Skywatching in Three Great Ancient Cultures

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Stairways to the Stars serves as an introduction to archaeoastronomy, or the study of astronomy practiced by ancient cultures. It explores how the art of skywatching developed in the popular cultures and includes new revelations about three of the most popular and mysterious clues in ancient astronomy: What was the meaning of Stonehenge? What was the Mayan Code? Why was th ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 230 pages
Published April 29th 1997 by John Wiley & Sons
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Kevin Leung
Aveni describes how the Mayans, Incans, and people of Stonehenge managed to develop their calendars using basic structures and astronomy without the tools and math that we have today. He makes some very interesting observations about these cultures and how they relate to modern society. Particularly, he takes some initially confusing aspects and draws parallels to how we behave. For example, Mayans counted in base 20 but switched when discussing time. This seems arbitrary until we remember that ...more
impulse buy, caught my eye, happens a lot. great introduction on how the ancients viewed the sky with the naked eye. introduces the reader to heavens message from three different cultures at three different latitudes, thus observing three different heavens.
A nice book about how ancient cultures were a bit more aware of their place in the cosmos than we are. How things line up is interesting and improves one's understanding of ancient and prehistoric astronomy as a way of life.
In every way, much better than the Krupp! Much more readable, so far, rather more accurate too!
Interesting book - a lot of information and great concept.

Puts your mind at work :)
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Great, especially the first bit on basic background info in astronomy.
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