Echoes of the Ancient Skies: The Astronomy of Lost Civilizations

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Oxford University Press, 1994 - Fiction - 386 pages
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"All over the world, through countless centuries, people have looked skyward for inspiration and guidance in their lives and activities. How vast this heavenly influence was, and how awesome the human achievements it engendered were, are illuminated in this extraordinary work of investigation and discovery. With hundreds of illustrations and photographs, Echoes of the Ancient Skies is a sweeping look at the world of archaeoastronomy from the prehistoric megaliths of Stonehenge, to the medicine wheels of North America, to the Aztec "Calendar Stone."" "The intriguing field of archaeoastronomy - the study of ancient peoples' observation of the skies and its role in their cultural evolution - seeks to explore the "universal evidence that people have used astronomy as the model for injecting order and predictability on their behavior and on life." Examining this phenomenon, Dr. E.C. Krupp takes the reader to sites throughout the world (most of which he has personally visited) - from Egypt, China, Babylonia, and Greece, to Turkey, Scotland, Wyoming, and Mexico. He interprets the significance of celestial observation and its relation to the earthly experiences of our ancestors, from practical applications of farming and the measurement of time to philosophical queries into our particular place within the universe. He goes on to cover such fascinating topics as how we see the seasons in the sun and stars, possible ancient and prehistoric observatories such as the megalithic monument at Kintraw in Scotland, and sky gods and myths around the world and throughout history - from the Egyptian goddess Nut to the myth of Phaethon and the golden chariot of his father Helios. This edition also includes a new introduction that brings the research completely up to date." "A fascinating and authoritative exploration, this around-the-world survey shows how the sky was woven into virtually every aspect of civilization and opens our eyes to the powers that shaped the human past and continue to influence us still."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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The Lights We See I
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The Skies We Watch
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The Gods We Worship
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