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Cosmology, calendars, and horizon-based astronomy in ancient Mesoamerica

Author: Susan Milbrath; Anne S Dowd
Publisher: Boulder, Colorado : University Press of Colorado, 2015.
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""This book is an interdisciplinary tour-de-force that establishes the critical role astronomy played in the religious and civic lives of the ancient peoples of Mesoamerica. Providing examples of how pre-Columbian peoples merged ideas about the cosmos with those concerning calendar and astronomy, and showcases the value of detailed examinations of astronomical data for understanding ancient cultures."--Provided by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Cosmology, calendars, and horizon-based astronomy in ancient Mesoamerica.
Boulder, Colorado : University Press of Colorado, 2015
(DLC) 2014032435
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Milbrath; Anne S Dowd
ISBN: 9781607323792 1607323796
OCLC Number: 905949452
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: List of figures --
List of tables --
Foreword: Astronomy, anthropology, and Anthony Aveni / E.C. Krupp --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction. An interdisciplinary approach to cosmology, calendars, and horizon-based astronomy / Susan Milbrath and Anne S. Dowd --
Horizon-based astronomy. Pyramids marking time : Anthony F. Aveni's contribution to the study of astronomical alignments in Mesoamerican architecture / Ivan Šprajc ; Maya architectural hierophanies / Anne S. Dowd ; Mountain of sustenance : site organization at Dainzú-Macuilxóchitl and Mesoamerican concepts of space and time / Ronald K. Faulseit --
Cosmological principles. The North Celestial Pole in ancient Mesoamerica / Clemency Coggins ; A seasonal calendar in the Codex Borgia / Susan Milbrath ; Iconography and metaphorical expressions pertaining to eclipses : a perspective from postclassic and colonial Maya manuscripts / Gabrielle Vail ; The Maya deluge myth and Dresden Codex page 74 : not the end but the eternal regeneration of the world / John B. Carlson --
Calendar records. The ancient Maya moon : calendar and character / Flora Simmons Clancy ; Pecked circles and divining boards : calculating instruments in ancient Mesoamerica / David A. Freidel and Michelle Rich ; The "Las Bocas mosaic" and Mesoamerican astro-calendrics : "calculator" or hoax? / Prudence M. Rice ; Some alternative eclipse periodicities in Maya codices / Victoria R. Bricker and Harvey M. Bricker ; Modeling indigenous Mesoamerican eclipse theory / John Justeson --
Conclusion. Maya books and buildings at baktun's end / Anthony F. Aveni --
List of contributors --
Index.
Responsibility: edited by Anne S. Dowd, Susan Milbrath.

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""This book is an interdisciplinary tour-de-force that establishes the critical role astronomy played in the religious and civic lives of the ancient peoples of Mesoamerica. Providing examples of how pre-Columbian peoples merged ideas about the cosmos with those concerning calendar and astronomy, and showcases the value of detailed examinations of astronomical data for understanding ancient cultures."--Provided by publisher"--

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