Skywatchers: A Revised and Updated Version of Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico

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University of Texas Press, 2001 M08 15 - 411 páginas

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:

The study of Mesoamerican time and calendrical systems and their unprecedented continuity in contemporary Mesoamerican culture The connections between Precolumbian religion, astrology, and scientific, quantitative astronomy The relationship between Highland Mexico and the world of the Maya and the state of Pan-American scientific practices 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.

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Contenido

The Historical Ethnographic and Ethnological Background
12
Aztec Constellations
29
Contents
38
Additional Selected Readings
47
The Moon Eclipses and Eclipse Cycles
67
Cycles of the Planets
80
Miscellaneous Observable Sky Phenomena
95
Heliacal Rise and Set Phenomena
110
Cosmic Order in the Aztec Capital
235
Architecture and Sacred Landscape
245
Specialized Architectural Assemblages
262
Archaeoastronomy in North America
301
Archaeoastronomy in the Andean World
308
Astronomy in Ancient American Cultures
321
Appendix A An Analysis of the Pecked Cross Petroglyphs
329
Postscript
339

Additional Selected Readings Electronic Resources
124
Appendices
207
Additional Selected Readings
214
Urban Planning in Highland Mexico
222
Bibliography
365
Index
395
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Anthony F. Aveni is the Russell B. Colgate Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology at Colgate University in New York.

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