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The archaeology of measurement : comprehending Heaven, Earth and time in ancient societies

Author: Iain Morley; Colin Renfrew; McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This volume explores the archaeological evidence for the development of measuring activities in numerous ancient societies. It analyses the relationship between measurement, economy, architecture, symbolism, time, cosmology, ritual, and religion among prehistoric and early historic societies throughout the world.
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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
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Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Iain Morley; Colin Renfrew; McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
ISBN: 9780521119900 0521119901 9780521135887 0521135885
OCLC Number: 501396677
Notes: Papers originally presented at a symposium held at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Cambridge.
Description: xv, 267 pages : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm
Contents: Number : counting, mathematics and measure --
Conceptualising quantification before settlement : activities and issues underlying the conception and use of measurement / Iain Morley --
Measurement in navigation : conceiving distance and time in the Neolithic / Helen Farr --
The token system of the ancient Near East : it's role in counting, writing, the economy and cognition / Denise Schmandt-Besserat --
Grasping the concept of number : how did the sapient mind move beyond approximation? / Lambros Malafouris --
Numerical cognition and the development of 'zero' in Mesoamerica / John Justeson --
Recording measure(ment)s in the Inka khipu / Gary Urton --
Materialising the economy --
Measuring by weight in the late Bronze Age Aegean : the people behind the measuring tools / Anna Michailidou --
The concept of weighing during the Bronze Age in the Aegean, the Near East and Europe / Lorenz Rahmstorf --
Measuring the Harappan world : insights into the Indus order and cosmology / J. Mark Kenoyer --
Dimension and belief --
Architectural measurements in the Indus cities : the case study of Mohenjo-Daro / Michael Jansen --dtTeotihuacan city layout as a cosmogram : preliminary results of the 2007 Measurement Unit Study / Saburo Sagiyama --
Aztec dimensions of holiness / John E. Clark --
Establishing direction in early Egyptian burials and monumental architecture : measurement and the spatial link with the 'other' / Kate Spence --
Calendar and cosmology --
The measurement of time and distance in the heavens above Mesopotamia, with brief reference made to other ancient astral sciences / David Brown --
Evolution of the calendar in Shang China / Mark Edward Lewis --
The measure of time in Mesoamerica : from Teotihuacan to the Maya / Anthony F. Aveni --
Measuring time, sacred space, and social place in the Inca Empire / Charles Stanish --
Measuring time in the European Neolithic? The function and meaning of central European circular enclosures / Peter F. Biehl --
The spirituality of measure --
The roots of spirituality and the limits of human mensuration / F. LeRon Shultz --
Worldview, measurement and 'the roots of spirituality' / Jeremy S. Bagbie.
Other Titles: Comprehending Heaven, Earth and time in ancient societies
Responsibility: edited by Iain Morley, Colin Renfrew.

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