By Clive L.N. Ruggles
An authoritative advent to the interesting subject of archaeoastronomy―ancient peoples' figuring out and use of the skies.
• Over two hundred A–Z entries masking extensive definitions and ideas, case reports from 5 continents, issues and concerns, items within the sky because the concentration of fable, simple suggestions, and influential people
• vivid illustrations together with the stone circles at Avebury, comets, novae, and meteors
• easy, jargon-free factors of simple astronomical concepts
• Over forty photographs together with the Stonehenge Heelstone at sunrise; the Cosmic Axis on the Forbidden urban, Beijing; the Temple of the sunlight at Teotihuacan; Ahu Huri at Urenga, Easter Island; the Aboriginal stone configuration at Lake Bolac, Victoria, Australia; and more
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Extra info for Ancient Astronomy: An Encyclopedia of Cosmologies and Myth
Thus the Bakheng temple, with seven levels to represent the layers of heaven, takes the form of a stepped pyramid supporting 108 towers, symmetrically arranged. The visitor mounting the central staircase on any side, however, can only see thirtythree of the towers—the number of principal gods in the Hindu pantheon. The design of Angkor Wat incorporated alignments upon solstitial and equinoctial sunrise, and it has even been suggested that the dimensions of the central structure encoded, in Khmer units of measurement, the number of days in the year.
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Ancient Astronomy: An Encyclopedia of Cosmologies and Myth by Clive L.N. Ruggles