By Clive L.N. Ruggles
An authoritative creation to the interesting subject of archaeoastronomy―ancient peoples' knowing and use of the skies.
• Over 2 hundred A–Z entries protecting wide definitions and ideas, case reports from 5 continents, subject matters and matters, gadgets within the sky because the concentration of fantasy, easy options, and influential people
• bright illustrations together with the stone circles at Avebury, comets, novae, and meteors
• easy, jargon-free motives of uncomplicated astronomical concepts
• Over forty photos together with the Stonehenge Heelstone at sunrise; the Cosmic Axis on the Forbidden urban, Beijing; the Temple of the solar at Teotihuacan; Ahu Huri at Urenga, Easter Island; the Aboriginal stone configuration at Lake Bolac, Victoria, Australia; and more
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