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"With its stunning array of diverse approaches, from the Maya Dresden Codex to Hawaiian astronomy to the alignment of Medieval English churches . . . this volume presents a series of important articles written by eminent scholars in the field of cultural astronomy. In terms of edited volumes, it is the most important contribution to the field in recent memory."—Grant Aylesworth, University of New Brunswick

Compiled in honor of Anthony F. Aveni, America's leading archaeoastronomer, Skywatching in the Ancient World offers state-of-the-art work in cultural astronomy by well-known experts in Mayan glyphic studies, cultural history, ethnohistory, and the history of science and of religions. This collection's wide range of outstanding scholarship reveals that cultural astronomy has come into its own. The diverse topics addressed by the contributors include the correlation between Colonial Northern Zapotec and Gregorian calendars, the period of use of the Dresden Codex Venus table and the significance of the Lunar Almanacs that precede it, a new interpretation of an Inka tapestry mantle as a commemorative calendar, temple orientations in Hawai'i and church orientations in Medieval England, and the connection in cultural imagery between astronomers (science) and wizards (magic).

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword: Anthony Aveni: A Pivot of Many Quarters
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Preface [Including A Partner's Perspective by Lorraine Aveni]
  2. pp. xiii-xix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. Editors’ Note
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. 1: The Correlation between the Colonial Northern Zapotec and Gregorian Calendars
  2. pp. 17-81
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  1. 2: Kirchhoff’s Correlations and the Third Part of the Codex Borbonicus
  2. pp. 83-94
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  1. 3: When Was the Dresden Codex Venus Table Efficacious?
  2. pp. 95-119
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  1. 4: Moon Woman Meets the Stars
  2. pp. 121-156
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  1. 5: Astronomical Cycles in the Imagery of Codex Borgia 29–46
  2. pp. 157-207
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  1. 6: The Measure of Man
  2. pp. 209-244
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  1. 7: A Multi-Year Tukapu Calendar
  2. pp. 245-268
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  1. 8: Solar and Lunar Observations in the Inca Calendar
  2. pp. 269-285
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  1. 9: Cosmology, Calendar, and Temple Orientations in Ancient Hawai‘i
  2. pp. 287-329
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  1. 10: Calendrical Cycles, the Eighth Day of the World, and the Orientation of English Churches
  2. pp. 331-353
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  1. 11: High Fashion
  2. pp. 355-374
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780870819803
Related ISBN
9781607320777
MARC Record
OCLC
475646077
Pages
432
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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