University of Texas Press, 2001 - 411 páginas
From reviews of the first edition: ". . . a clear, well-written introduction to archaeoastronomy [that] should be on the shelf of anyone interested in the subject." -Archaeology ". . . a splendid book, interesting both as science and as history." -Sky and Telescope ". . . a well-written, stimulating, and excellently illustrated book. Buy it or borrow it!" -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: 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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Skywatchers: A Revised and Updated Version of Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico
Anthony F. Aveni
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177 Eclipse Ahau alignments almanacs altitude American ancient appear Archaeoastronomy archaeologist architecture astronomical astronomical orientations Aveni axis azimuth Aztec baktun Bricker building Calendar Round Caracol celestial equator celestial pole ceque ceremonial Cerro Chapter Chichen Itza codices constellation Copan cosmic Cross cultures Cuzco cycle diagram direction discussion Dresden Codex Dunham earth east Eclipse 177 eclipse table example glyphs haab Hartung heliacal rising horizon Inca inscriptions interval katun Lamat latitude located Long Count date lunar eclipse Mars Maya Mesoamerican Mexico moon motion node observations observatory occur orbit Palenque petroglyphs planet Pleiades position precisely Pyramid record ritual scheme seasonal sidereal Skywatchers solar eclipses solstice star Stela structure sunrise sunset symbols synodic months synodic period Temple Templo Mayor Teotihuacan tion Tlaloc tropical tzolkin Uaxactun uinal Venus table vernal equinox visible western Yucatan zenith passage zodiac