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Celestial Geometry: Understanding the Astronomical Meanings of Ancient Sites
     

Celestial Geometry: Understanding the Astronomical Meanings of Ancient Sites

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by Ken Taylor
 

This book travels the world to explore over 60 archaeological sites that enshrine the remarkable achievements of ancient astronomers. In many cultures, an early understanding of the cosmos is expressed through architecture—stone circles that act as giant computers for the timing of eclipses or connections with the rising or setting of planets. The

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This book travels the world to explore over 60 archaeological sites that enshrine the remarkable achievements of ancient astronomers. In many cultures, an early understanding of the cosmos is expressed through architecture—stone circles that act as giant computers for the timing of eclipses or connections with the rising or setting of planets. The author’s focus ranges broadly—from the great stone circles of Europe to the pyramids of Egypt and the pyramid-temples of Central America, from the medicine wheels of North America to the carved monoliths of Easter Island. In part, however, the book’s value lies in its revelation of astronomical alignments in lesser-known structures, such as the vast sun clock of Goseck in Germany and the ancient rock art of Australia. The book is organized by key celestial events including lunar and solar eclipses, and features original artwork showing key alignments and the movements of the planets and stars. The book offers beautiful and fascinating insights into the mysteries of the ancient world—and a vision of mankind’s efforts to integrate our sense of spiritual belonging with the mysteries of space and time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780283869
Publisher:
Watkins Media
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
463,253
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Ken Taylor has an established reputation for carefully researched and lucid writing exploring ancient traditions with contemporary applications. He has worked as an archaeologist and has written extensively on Palaeolithic alignments, celestial events, earth energies, astronomy and mythology.

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Celestial Geometry: Understanding the Astronomical Meanings of Ancient Sites 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Sunflower_galaxy More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book I've found on the topic of cultural astronomy and archaeoastronomy! It is great for anyone interested in ancient sites, such as Chaco Canyon, Stonehenge and more as well as those interested in astronomy. The full color pictures and illustrations make it very understandable and approachable. The variety of sites included from around the world is also very impressive. A great reference and coffee table book!