Foundations of New World Cultural Astronomy
A Reader with Commentary
Cultural astronomy, first called archaeoastronomy, has evolved at ferocious speed since its genesis in the 1960s, with seminal essays and powerful rebuttals published in far-flung, specialized journals. Until now, only the most closely involved scholars could follow the intellectual fireworks. In Foundations of New World Cultural Astronomy, Anthony Aveni, one of cultural astronomy's founders and top scholars, offers a selection of the essays that built the field, from foundational works to contemporary scholarship.
Including four decades of research throughout the Americas by linguists, archaeologists, historians, ethnologists, astronomers, and engineers, this reader highlights the evolution of the field through thematic organization and point-counterpoint articles. Aveni - an award-winning author and former National Professor of the Year - serves up incisive commentary, background for the uninitiated, and suggested reading, questions, and essay topics. Students, readers, and scholars will relish this collection and its tour of a new field in which discoveries about ancient ways of looking at the skies cast light on our contemporary views.
10 out of 10 for the idea of bringing together difficult-to-access seminal articles and carefully selected newer material to provide an introductory reader.'
From one of the preeminent scholars in this field, Aveni's introductory essays to each section will of themselves be invaluable resources.'
A superlative supplementary reader for courses in both astronomy and archeaology.'
—George Eberhart, College and Research Libraries News
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