By Anne S. Dowd, Susan Milbrath

Cosmology, Calendars, and Horizon-Based Astronomy in old Mesoamerica is an interdisciplinary travel de strength that establishes the severe function astronomy performed within the non secular and civic lives of the traditional peoples of Mesoamerica. delivering notable examples of the way Precolumbian peoples merged rules in regards to the cosmos with these pertaining to calendar and astronomy, the amount showcases the worth of targeted examinations of astronomical information for realizing historic cultures.

the amount is split into 3 sections: investigations into Mesoamerican horizon-based astronomy, the cosmological rules expressed in Mesoamerican spiritual imagery and rituals relating to astronomy, and the features of Mesoamerican calendars regarding archaeoastronomy. It additionally offers state of the art study on various themes reminiscent of files of calendar and horizon-based astronomical commentary (like the Dresden and Borgia codices), iconography of burial assemblages, architectural alignment reports, city making plans, and counting or measuring devices.

Contributors—who are one of the most useful of their fields— discover new dimensions in Mesoamerican timekeeping and skywatching within the Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacano, Zapotec, and Aztec cultures. it is going to be of significant curiosity to scholars and students of anthropology, archaeology, paintings historical past, and astronomy.

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D. 0 8 Mak Aug. D. D. D. D. D. D. D. D. D. D. D. D. D. D. D. D. D. D. D. D. D. ). Records of past, present, and future events all incorporate a Mesoamerican calendar based on a repeating cycle of 260 days, employing a set of 20 named days as the basic blocks of time. These 20-day periods are also implicit in architectural alignments that reflect an interest in horizon-based astronomy and landscape features, such as sacred mountains. Some alignments anticipate important solar events at 20- or 40-day intervals, and others mark the position of the sun at 260-day intervals, dividing the year into two unequal parts.

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