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Archeoastronomy

Archeoastronomy is the study of how ancient civilizations understood astronomy. It examines past people’s cultures, religions, and lore and observes how it affected their art and architecture. There are many examples of this throughout history and through archeoastronomy, we can learn about the development of astronomical thought around the world. (Source) Archeoastronomy was developed through … Continue reading Archeoastronomy Continue reading

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Crop Circles: A Brief History

Crop circles have long captivated the attention of conspiracists. Their theories suggest that they appear within hours and during daytime without forewarning or even observation of their creators. Modern-day conspiracists have often pointed to them as evidence of the supernatural or more recently, extraterrestrial communication. The idea is that aliens have used beams from their spaceships … Continue reading Crop Circles: A Brief History Continue reading

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Stonehenge: Change the How!

We all know Stonehenge as a Wonder of the World, in which there are multiple sets of 3 massive rocks stacked together. The major question revolving around Stonehenge (to the lay person) is how they got the rocks up there, since the technology of the time would have made this incredibly difficult. While this is […] Continue reading

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The Center of the Universe

While reading the textbook, I found it very disappointing just how close the Greeks were to figuring out that Earth was not the center of the universe. Had they not been fooled by looking for parallax, they would have been led to the right conclusion that the Earth orbits the sun, rather than that everything […] Continue reading

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The Archeoastronomy of Teotihuacán

Teotihuacán was a prominent ancient Mesoamerican city located in the Mexican highlands. Its legacy inspires civilians and scholars alike. Its stunning architecture, well-preserved art, and obvious influence over a greater area have made it one of the most studied archeological sites in Mexico. Another thing that interests many about Teotihuacán is the layout and construction … Continue reading The Archeoastronomy of Teotihuacán Continue reading

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Archeology plus astronomy equals archeoastronomy

Archeoastronomy is the combination of archeology, the study of human activity in the past, and astronomy, the study of celestial objects. Archeoastronomy is the study of how people of the past have interpreted the skies above. This type of study also looked at how ancient people adopted the phenomenon of the sky into their cultures. […] Continue reading

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The Mystery of Chaco Canyon

Chaco Canyon in New Mexico is one of the largest archeoastronmical sites in the world. The site is an artifact of the Pueblo peoples of north america and is now a protected national heritage site. Archeologists estimate that the main architectual landmark, the great Kiva of Chetro Keti, was constructed between 900 and 1150 AD. […] Continue reading

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Archeoastronomy and Stonehenge

Archeoastronomy is not as the name at first implies a study of ancient astronomy, but rather the study of how astronomy affected early civilizations. In a sense, it is a combination of astronomy, anthropology, and history with respect to ancient cultures. Archeoastronomers look at a variety of types of evidence in their efforts to determine […] Continue reading

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Archeoastronomy

Over the summer I was in Mexico and visited some Mayan ruins in Tulum and Chichen Itza. It was incredible to hear all about how the cities were built with regard to the sun’s movement in the sky. In Chichen Itza, there is an observatory where they had 20 sight lines each marking a different […] Continue reading

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