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Stairway to the Stars: Skywatching in Three Great Ancient Cultures (edition 1997)
Stairways to the Stars: Skywatching in Three Great Ancient Cultures by Anthony Aveni
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0471159425, Hardcover)What is the meaning of Stonehenge? Why was the elaborate Incan city of Cuzco built? What is the significance of the Great Pyramid at the ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itz´? These ancient structures have spellbound natives and tourists alike. This mysterious architecture points to a centuries-old search for celestial order. Anthony Aveni, a professor of astronomy and anthropology, takes us on a stimulating virtual tour of these legendary constructions. He describes how they were built and straightforwardly and often humorously critiques diverse theories attempting to explain their origin and function. For example, Aveni breathes life into the mysteries of the Great Pyramid and its use as a sacred temple, sacrificial altar, and celestial calendar. Wonderfully written, the book's primary focus is the prominent role of astrology in the design and construction of ancient structures, and even entire cities.
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Reveals the astonishing skills in astronomical observation of the Inca. Maya, and the people of Stonehenge.
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