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Autore: Anthony F Aveni
Editore: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2001.
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Archaeoastronomy Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico helped establish the field of archaeoastronomy, and it remains the standard introduction to this subject. Combining basic astronomy with archaeological and ethnological data, it presented a readable and entertaining synthesis of all that was known of ancient astronomy in the western hemisphere as of 1980. In this revised edition, Anthony Aveni draws on his own and  Per saperne di più…
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Informazioni aggiuntive sul formato: Online version:
Aveni, Anthony F.
Skywatchers.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2001
(OCoLC)603760618
Tipo materiale: Government publication, State or province government publication, Risorsa internet
Tipo documento: Book, Internet Resource
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Anthony F Aveni
ISBN: 0292705042 9780292705043 0292705026 9780292705029
Numero OCLC: 45195586
Note: Rev. and updated ed. of: Skywatchers of ancient Mexico, 1980.
Descrizione: viii, 411 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Contenuti: I. Introduction: Archaeoastronomy and Its Components --
Archaeoastronomy: Twenty Years of Hindsight --
Additional Selected Readings --
II. The Historical, Ethnographic, and Ethnological Background for Native American Astronomy --
The Civilizations of Ancient Mesoamerica --
Chroniclers and Codices --
Aztec Constellations --
Astronomy and the Ethnological Record: The Importance of the Solar Zenith Passage --
III. Astronomy with the Naked Eye --
The Celestial Sphere: Coordinate Reference Frames --
Charting the Sun's Movement --
The Moon, Eclipses, and Eclipse Cycles --
Cycles of the Planets --
Miscellaneous Observable Sky Phenomena --
App. A. Glossary of Astronomical Terms of Importance in Archaeoastronomy --
App. B. Factors Affecting the Precise Determination of Astronomical Orientations --
App. C. Heliacal Rise and Set Phenomena --
App. D. Determining the Approximate Date of Sunrise or Sunset for a Given Azimuth --
App. E. Change of Direction of the Magnetic Compass with Time in Mesoamerica --
App. F. Some Basic Formulas Useful for Fieldwork in Archaeoastronomy --
App. G. How to Determine Alignments with the Surveyor's Transit --
IV. The Mathematical and Astronomical Content of the Mesoamerican Inscriptions --
A Brief History of Calendrical Decipherment --
The Mesoamerican Philosophy of Numbers --
The Long Count --
The Calendar Round --
The Union of Time and Space in Mesoamerican Cosmology --
How the Calendar Works --
The Supplementary Series and the Lunar Synodic Month --
Tropical Year Calculations --
Planetary Events in the Monumental Inscriptions --
Astronomy in the Maya Codices, I: General Content of the Codices --
Astronomy in the Maya Codices, II: Eclipses and Eclipse Tables --
Astronomy in the Maya Codices, III: Venus --
Astronomy in the Maya Codices, IV: Mars Tables --
Was There a Mesoamerican Zodiac? --
App. A. The Problem of the Correlation of Maya and Christian Dates --
App. B.A Scheme for the Conversion of Maya Dates --
V. Astronomy and Architecture in the Ancient Americas and Mediterranean Basin --
The Orientation Motive --
City and Cosmos: Urban Planning in Highland Mexico --
Cosmic Order in the Aztec Capital --
Maya Cities: Architecture and Sacred Landscape --
Specialized Architectural Assemblages --
Archaeoastronomy in North America --
Archaeoastronomy in the Andean World --
Summary: Astronomy in Ancient American Cultures --
Circum-Mediterranean Archaeoastronomy --
App. A. An Analysis of the Pecked Cross Petroglyphs.
Responsabilità: by Anthony F. Aveni.
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Archaeoastronomy Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico helped establish the field of archaeoastronomy, and it remains the standard introduction to this subject. Combining basic astronomy with archaeological and ethnological data, it presented a readable and entertaining synthesis of all that was known of ancient astronomy in the western hemisphere as of 1980. In this revised edition, Anthony Aveni draws on his own and others' discoveries of the past twenty years to bring the Skywatchers story up to the present. He offers new data and interpretations in many areas, including: o The study of Mesoamerican time and calendrical systems and their unprecedented continuity in contemporary Mesoamerican culture o The connections between Precolumbian religion, astrology, and scientific, quantitative astronomy o The relationship between Highland Mexico and the world of the Maya and the state of Pan-American scientific practices o The use of personal computer software for computing astronomical data With this updated information, Skywatchers will serve a new generation of general and scholarly readers and will be useful in courses on archaeoastronomy, astronomy, history of astronomy, history of science, anthropology, archaeology, and world religions. ... Publisher description.

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