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Exploring Ancient Skies

A Survey of Ancient and Cultural Astronomy

  • David H. Kelley
  • Eugene F. Milone
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. David H. Kelley, Eugene F. Milone
    Pages 1-6
  3. Astronomical Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. David H. Kelley, Eugene F. Milone
      Pages 9-47
    3. David H. Kelley, Eugene F. Milone
      Pages 49-83
    4. David H. Kelley, Eugene F. Milone
      Pages 85-107
    5. David H. Kelley, Eugene F. Milone
      Pages 109-153
  4. Astronomy in Cultures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. David H. Kelley, Eugene F. Milone
      Pages 157-209
    3. David H. Kelley, Eugene F. Milone
      Pages 211-257
    4. David H. Kelley, Eugene F. Milone
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    5. David H. Kelley, Eugene F. Milone
      Pages 279-311
    6. David H. Kelley, Eugene F. Milone
      Pages 313-335
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      Pages 337-352
    8. David H. Kelley, Eugene F. Milone
      Pages 353-410
    9. David H. Kelley, Eugene F. Milone
      Pages 411-430
    10. David H. Kelley, Eugene F. Milone
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    11. David H. Kelley, Eugene F. Milone
      Pages 473-502
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 503-614

About this book

Introduction

Exploring Ancient Skies brings together the methods of archaeology and the insights of modern astronomy to explore the science of astronomy as it was practiced in various cultures prior to the invention of the telescope. The book reviews an enormous and growing body of literature on the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, the Far East, and the New World (particularly Mesoamerica), putting the ancient astronomical materials into their archaeological and cultural contexts. The authors begin with an overview of the field and proceed to essential aspects of naked-eye astronomy, followed by an examination of specific cultures. The book concludes by taking into account the purposes of ancient astronomy: astrology, navigation, calendar regulation, and (not least) the understanding of our place and role in the universe. Skies are recreated to display critical events as they would have appeared to ancient observers—events such as the supernova of 1054 A.D., the "lion horoscope," and the Star of Bethlehem. Exploring Ancient Skies provides a comprehensive overview of the relationships between astronomy and other areas of human investigation. It will be useful as a reference for scholars and as a text for students in both astronomy and archaeology, and will be of compelling interest to readers who seek a broad understanding of our collective intellectual history.

Keywords

ancient astronomy ancient naked-eye astronomy archaeoastronomy reference astronomical calendars explained astronomy ancient cultures cultural astronomy kelley milone book pre-telescopic astronomy pyramid temples astronomy

Authors and affiliations

  • David H. Kelley
    • 1
  • Eugene F. Milone
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. ArchaeologyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Dept. Physics & AstronomyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-7624-6
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-7623-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-7624-6
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