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Astronomy of the Ancients

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ISBN-10: 0262520702

ISBN-13: 9780262520706

Edition: 1981

Authors: Kenneth Brecher, Michael Feirtag, Philip Morrison

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The eight articles and dozens of photographs and drawings in this book introduce the reader to the ancient astronomers -- their observatories, their instruments, and their explorations of the awesome regularities (and shocking irregularities) that appear in the sky. The authors draw upon a wide range of disciplines -- history, archaeology, technology, even mythology in discussing their subjects. This book is one endeavor toward a reconstruction of the past of the human mind, using all available evidence: text, myth, spade; yet, there is a difference. That difference is that in the world of the heavens there are real phenomena, striking or subtle, enduring or transient, which can be invoked…    
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 1981
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 6/15/1981
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Introduction
Medicine Wheels and Plains Indians Astronomy
Pictographs and Petroglyphs of the Southwest Indians
The First Scientific Instruments
Old and New World Naked-Eye Astronomy
Sirius Enigmas
The Basic Astronomy of Stonehenge
The Gorgon's Eye
The Language of Archaic Astronomy: A Clue to the Atlantis Myth?
Appendix: The Stonehenge Decoder
Contributors
Index