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By Clive L.N. Ruggles

An authoritative creation to the attention-grabbing subject of archaeoastronomy―ancient peoples' realizing and use of the skies.

• Over two hundred A–Z entries overlaying extensive definitions and ideas, case reports from 5 continents, topics and matters, gadgets within the sky because the concentration of delusion, easy suggestions, and influential people

• vivid illustrations together with the stone circles at Avebury, comets, novae, and meteors

• uncomplicated, jargon-free causes of simple astronomical concepts

• Over forty photos together with the Stonehenge Heelstone at sunrise; the Cosmic Axis on the Forbidden urban, Beijing; the Temple of the sunlight at Teotihuacan; Ahu Huri at Urenga, Easter Island; the Aboriginal stone configuration at Lake Bolac, Victoria, Australia; and more

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Investigaciones Arqueológicas en el Volcán Llullaillaco. Salta, Argentina: Ediciones Universidad Catolica de Salta, 2000. ] Andean Mountain Shrines 13 Saunders, Nicholas, ed. Ancient America: Contributions to New World Archaeology, 145–172. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 1992. Angkor The ancient Khmer civilization flowered in southeastern Asia for over five centuries. , and both the Buddhist and Hindu religions had been widely adopted. E. 802, several of these kingdoms joined together to form a powerful state.

Aboriginal peoples identified strongly with the landscape. Some of the places charged with sacred power were natural, such as distinctive rocks, termite mounds, or water-holes. Others were created, such as “ringed” eucalyptus trees (branches growing apart were trained together again until they rejoined, forming a ring in the trunk). In some locations, “stone configurations”—constructed arrangements of rocks and boulders—also appear to mark sacred places in the landscape, especially in regions devoid of other prominent natural landmarks.

The Dreamtime is sometimes portrayed as a sort of parallel, more fundamental reality in which ancestor spirits created the world and continue to exist within it. Certain places and paths through the landscape have deep significance within the Dreamtime. The actions of ancestors are re-enacted in many aspects of life, and oftentimes these re-enactments involve being at certain places and following certain paths. Aboriginal peoples identified strongly with the landscape. Some of the places charged with sacred power were natural, such as distinctive rocks, termite mounds, or water-holes.

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