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Skywatchers

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Combining as it does the romance of space with the mystery of the past, the study of pre-Columbian skywatchers of the New World has drawn increasing scientific and popular attention in recent years. Aveni, one of the pioneers in this new interdisciplinary field, couples basic astronomy with archaeological and ethnological data to present a readable and entertaining synthes ...more
Paperback, 411 pages
Published August 15th 2001 by University of Texas Press (first published June 1981)
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Adam K
Mar 22, 2009 Adam K added it
This book is GREAT! It assumes going into the book you have some sorta knowledge of constellations, planet locations, and things of that nature, but if you don't, I don't think it'll leave you at much of a loss.

I need to own this book and read it a thousand times over. Or read a thousand books like it once. Either way, archeoastronomy/astrology rules.


Also, if I could go on a little rant here, I've been EXTREMELY bugged that pretty much every place I've lived recently has not provided a decent vi
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Vivian
Solid data on orientations for astronomical observations and architectural sighting marks and targets for dates and correlation to mesoamerican calendars. Not rudimentary, but not impossible for those without knowledge of astronomy to follow along.
Kevin
sometimes impenetrable, he still hasn't figured out the orientation of monte alban's temple j. still, this book is vastly intriguing, and offers up a heady continual portal to sky-knowledge encryption
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