Cosmology, Calendars and Horizon-Based Astronomy in Ancient Mesoamerica
Cosmology, Calendars, and Horizon-Based Astronomy in Ancient Mesoamerica is an interdisciplinary tour de force that establishes the critical role astronomy played in the religious and civic lives of the ancient peoples of Mesoamerica. Providing extraordinary examples of how Precolumbian peoples merged ideas about the cosmos with those concerning calendar and astronomy, the volume showcases the value of detailed examinations of astronomical data for understanding ancient cultures.
The volume is divided into three sections: investigations into Mesoamerican horizon-based astronomy, the cosmological principles expressed in Mesoamerican religious imagery and rituals related to astronomy, and the aspects of Mesoamerican calendars related to archaeoastronomy. It also provides cutting-edge research on diverse topics such as records of calendar and horizon-based astronomical observation (like the Dresden and Borgia codices), iconography of burial assemblages, architectural alignment studies, urban planning, and counting or measuring devices.
The contributors—who are among the most respected in their fields—explore new dimensions in Mesoamerican timekeeping and skywatching in the Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacano, Zapotec, and Aztec cultures. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of anthropology, archaeology, art history, and astronomy.
This resource is a sample of "Cosmology, Calendars and Horizon-Based Astronomy in Ancient Mesoamerica." Included is the title page, table of contents and first chapter. The publication in its entirety is available through the University Press of Colorado.
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Cosmology, Calendars and Horizon-Based Astronomy in Ancient Mesoamerica. Anne S. Dowd, Susan Milbrath. 5589 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite 206C Boulder, Colorado 80303: University Press of Colorado. 2015 ( tDAR id: 399128) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8183839
Architecture • Astro-Calendrics • Astronomical Alignments • Calculating Instruments • Calendars • Codex Borgia • Cosmology • Divining Board • Dresden Codex • Eclipse Periodicities • Eclipses • Eclipse Theory • Eternal Regeneration • Hierophanies • Horizon-Based Astronomy • Iconography • Las Bocas Mosaic • Maya Codices • Maya Deluge Myth • Maya Manuscripts • Metaphorical Expressions • Moon Calendar • North Celestial Pole • Pecked Circles • Pyramids • Seasonal Calendar • Site Organization
min long: -130.605; min lat: -1.406 ; max long: -49.746; max lat: 31.653 ;
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Contact(s): Beth Svinarich
Contributor(s): Anthony F. Aveni ; Harvey M. Bricker ; Victoria R. Bricker ; John B. Carlson ; Flora Simmons Clancy ; Clemency Chase Coggins ; Anne S. Dowd ; Ronald Faulseit ; David Freidel ; John Justeson ; E. C. Krupp ; Susan Milbrath ; Prudence Rice ; Michelle Rich ; Ivan Šprajc ; Gabrielle Vail
Permitting Agency(s): University Press of Colorado
Repository(s): University Press of Colorado
General Note: This resource is a sample of "Cosmology, Calendars and Horizon-Based Astronomy in Ancient Mesoamerica." Included is the title page, table of contents and first chapter. The publication in its entirety is available through the University Press of Colorado.
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