Foundations of New World Cultural Astronomy: A Reader with Commentary (BOK)

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Gazing into the black skies from the Anasazi observatory at Chimney Rock or the Castillo Pyramid in the Maya ruins of Chichen Itza, a modern visitor might wonder what ancient stargazers looked for in the skies and what they saw. Once considered unresearchable, these questions now drive cultural astronomers who draw on written and unwritten records and a constellation of disciplines to reveal the wonders of ancient and contemporary astronomies. Cultural astronomy, first called archaeoastronomy, has evolved at ferocious speed since its genesis in the 1960s, with seminal essays and powerful rebuttals published in far-flung, specialised journals. Until now, only the most closely involved scholars could follow the intellectual fireworks. In this book, Anthony Aveni, one of cultural astronomys founders and top scholars, offers a selection of the essays that built the field, from foundational works to contemporary scholarship. Including four decades of research throughout the Americas by linguists, archaeologists, historians, ethnologists, astronomers, and engineers, this reader highlights the evolution of the field through thematic organisation and point-counterpoint articles. Aveni -- an award-winning author and former National Professor of the Year -- serves up incisive commentary, background for the uninitiated, and suggested reading, questions, and essay topics. Students, readers, and scholars will relish this collection and its tour of a new field in which discoveries about ancient ways of looking at the skies cast light on our contemporary views.

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Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2008 Forlag
BERTRAMS
ISBN 9780870819001 Antall sider 826
Dimensjoner 23cm x 15,5cm x 4,1cm Vekt 1110 gram
Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd Andre medvirkende Anthony Aveni
Emner og form Popular astronomy & space, Astronomical observation: observatories, equipment & methods

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