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Mysteries and Discoveries of Archaeoastronomy

From Pre-history to Easter Island

Mysteries and Discoveries of Archaeoastronomy
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This complete, authoritative study of the growing discipline of Archaeoastronomy examines the role of astronomy in antiquity. Professor Giulio Magli provides a clear, up-to-date survey of current thinking on the motives of the ancients for building fabulous and mysterious monuments all over our planet. Was it an attempt to reproduce the sky on Earth, to bring down the power of the stars to where they could see it, worship it and use it? The connecting thread is astronomy: Giulio Magli uses astronomy as a key to understanding our ancestors' way of thinking. It is a challenge he likes to call 'predicting the past' - archeology as a science is able to make predictions, like any other science, and to check them. All of the astronomical achievements of the past are considered as a whole, in a comprehensive way that shows the depth and breadth of the thought behind them. In the past, the motives of the ancients - and particularly their scientific thought - have often been misconstrued, maligned or even dismissed.
Springer; April 2009
475 pages; ISBN 9780387765662
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