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Tombs,Temples and Their Orientations
     

Tombs,Temples and Their Orientations

by Michael Hoskin
 
This study of archaeo-astronomy looks at more than 2,500 communal tombs and sanctuaries from around the Mediterranean. After a brief discussion of Hoskin's aims and the methodology for his fieldwork, individual chapters focus on evidence from particular regions: Malta, Gozo, the Balearics, Iberia, southern France, Corsica and Sardinia, Sicily and Pantelleria,

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This study of archaeo-astronomy looks at more than 2,500 communal tombs and sanctuaries from around the Mediterranean. After a brief discussion of Hoskin's aims and the methodology for his fieldwork, individual chapters focus on evidence from particular regions: Malta, Gozo, the Balearics, Iberia, southern France, Corsica and Sardinia, Sicily and Pantelleria, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Although there is no over-riding explanation that ties these sites and their orientations together, tentative interpretations are made throughout.

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Anthony F. Aveni
This much-anticipated synthesis of Michael Hoskin's extended study of Mediterranean temple and tomb orientations delivers new insights into the study of the evolution of prehistoric calendars and timekeeping, and sets the stage for comprehending later developments due to literate peoples of the Preclassic and Classical world. If exhaustive fieldwork is the foundation, statistical rigour is the mortar that will render Dr. Hoskin's merging of the archaeological record and the principles of positional astronomy a landmark contribution to archaeoastronomy.
Juan Antonio Belmonte
...adorned with dozens of beautiful photographs, technical diagrams, and an extraordinary Corpus Mensurarum... a living masterpiece in the field of archaeoastronomy.
Bryn Mawr Classical Review
This book is a valuable addition to the archaeoastronomical research and critical for the growth of the field in the Mediterranean. It is an impressive account of a career spent searching for sites, taking careful measurements, and then publishing the results in an easy-to-understand format that allows the data to by used by specialists and non-specialists alike. The book is accessible to those who are interested in the archaeology of a particular area or those just interested in archaeoastronomy in general. I would also recommend the book to archaeologists who have never had an interest in archaeoastronomy or who consider the field to be peripheral to important archaeological research. This book might just change your mind.
—Marie Goodwin, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2002.06.04

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780954086718
Publisher:
Ocarina Books
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.76(w) x 9.68(h) x 0.60(d)

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