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People and the Sky: Our Ancestors and the Cosmos Hardcover – 10 Mar 2008

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'A lavish exposition of the extraordinary sophistication of skywatchers...Beautiful photographs, diagrams and illustrations complement Aveni's lucid and immediate prose'
-- The Guardian

About the Author

Anthony Aveni is Russell Colgate Distinguished Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology and Native American Studies at Colgate University. He is the author of numerous books, including Skywatchers and Book of the Year: A Brief History to our Seasonal Holidays.

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HASH(0x9d85b6e4) out of 5 stars People and the Sky 14 April 2010
By Richard T. Jennings - Published on Amazon.com
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"As it is in heaven so shall it be on earth." This is the guiding principle in the gathering together of architectural features of older cultures that reveal their preoccupation with the sky, particularly the night sky. Anthony Aveni is an acknowlwdged expert in the growing field of Archeoastronomy, a field that is throwing more and more light on the forms of houses, public buildings, temples, of many ancinet cultures. These peoples built to duplicate in their buildings what they saw in the night sky and from this draw knowledge that made their culture more succesful. Anthony Aveni is well worth the reading for those who want to understand the peoples and culture they came from.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b97bc78) out of 5 stars Far-reaching, yet easily digested. 18 Sept. 2009
By T. GOOLEY - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The breadth of this book is impressive and despite Prof Aveni's academic background it is all easy to read and very enjoyable. It is recommended reading on my courses.
HASH(0x9bee5180) out of 5 stars Mind bending! 27 Jun. 2016
By Mara Rivera - Published on Amazon.com
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Will change your whole perspective on the importance of the stars to humankind and the scientific genius of peoples in all cultures to uncover the realities of the cosmos.
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HASH(0x9bcb4cf0) out of 5 stars Disappointing 1 Feb. 2011
By Ronald A. Zincone - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was disappointing. I expected much more information on topics such as the mayans, incas, aztecs, etc...the book drags on...2-stars only.
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