Archaeoastronomy
The Earth Chronicles Expeditions
The Earth Chronicles Expeditions
Paperback      ISBN: 1591430763

Reveals the course of archaeological adventures and insights that resulted in The Earth Chronicles series

- Explores links between the Old world and the New in search of evidence of extraterrestrial gods in the artifacts and murals of ancient civilizations

- Reveals archaeological cover-ups concerning Olmec origins in Mexico and ancient UFO artifacts in Turkey

In this autobiographical book, the internationally acclaimed author Zecharia Sitchin reveals the foundational research and the adventurous expeditions that resulted in his writing the bestselling The Earth Chronicles series. Ranging from Mayan temples in Mexico to hidden artifacts in Istanbul, Turkey, from biblical tunnels in Jerusalem to the mysteries of Mt. Sinai, from the abode of a Sumerian goddess to Greek islands, the Expeditions' destinations and amazing discoveries unmasked established fallacies, detected the fate of mysterious artifacts, and revealed ancient connections to modern space facilities.

For the first time, Sitchin shares with the reader not only his encompassing knowledge of antiquity and his field experiences, but also the concrete evidence for his conclusions that ancient myths were recollections of factual events, that the gods of ancient peoples were visitors to Earth from another planet, and that we are not alone in our own solar system. Accompanied by photographs from his personal archive, here is Sitchin's own story and his inner feelings about the cord that binds him to his ancestral past.
Secrets of the Stones: New Revelations of Astro-Archaeology and the Mystical Sciences of Antiquity
Secrets of the Stones
New Revelations of Astro-Archaeology and the Mystical Sciences of Antiquity
Paperback      ISBN: 0892813377

Discusses the astronomical influences on archaeological sites, looks at ruins in Europe and the Americas, and describes lines and standing stones thought to mark astronomical positions

The Book of the Year: A Brief History of Our Seasonal Holidays
The Book of the Year
A Brief History of Our Seasonal Holidays
Hardcover      ISBN: 0195150244

What is the connection between May Day and the Statue of Liberty? Between ancient solstice fires and Fourth of July fireworks? Between St. Valentine, the Groundhog, and the Virgin Mary? Why do people behave so bawdily during Mardi Gras? How has the significance and celebration of Christmas changed over the centuries?
In The Book of the Year, Anthony Aveni offers fascinating answers to these questions and explains the many ways humans throughout time have tried to order and give meaning to time's passing. Aveni traces the origins of modern customs tied to seasonal holidays, exploring what we eat (the egg at Easter, chocolate on St. Valentine's Day), the games we play (bobbing for apples on Halloween, football on Thanksgiving), the rituals we perform (dancing around the Maypole, making New Year's resolutions), and the colorful cast of characters we invent to dramatize holidays (Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the witches and goblins of Halloween). Along the way, Aveni illuminates everything from the Jack 'O Lantern and our faith in the predictive power of animals to the ways in which Labor Day reflects the great medieval "time wars," when the newly invented clock first pitted labor against management. The calendar and its holidays, Aveni writes, function as "a kind of metronome that keeps the beat of human activity tuned to the manifold overlapping cycles of life," to the ebb and flow of birth, growth, decay, and death
Vividly written, filled with facts both curious and astonishing, this engrossing book allows us to hear that beat more clearly and to understand more fully the rhythms we all dance to throughout the year.

At the Crossroads of the Earth and the Sky: An Andean Cosmology
At the Crossroads of the Earth and the Sky
An Andean Cosmology
Paperback      ISBN: 0292704046

This is the first study that provides a description and analysis of the astronomical and cosmological system in a contemporary community in the Americas.



"SKY. 8vo, 248pgs. Full bound in paper wraps. No markings. Some rubbing and wear on wraps.

The Book of the Year: A Brief History of Our Seasonal Holidays
The Book of the Year
A Brief History of Our Seasonal Holidays
Paperback      ISBN: 0195171543

What is the connection between May Day and the Statue of Liberty? Between ancient solstice fires and Fourth of July fireworks? Between St. Valentine, the Groundhog, and the Virgin Mary? Why do people behave so bawdily during Mardi Gras? How has the significance and celebration of Christmas changed over the centuries?
In The Book of the Year, Anthony Aveni offers fascinating answers to these questions and explains the many ways humans throughout time have tried to order and give meaning to time's passing. Aveni traces the origins of modern customs tied to seasonal holidays, exploring what we eat (the egg at Easter, chocolate on St. Valentine's Day), the games we play (bobbing for apples on Halloween, football on Thanksgiving), the rituals we perform (dancing around the Maypole, making New Year's resolutions), and the colorful cast of characters we invent to dramatize holidays (Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the witches and goblins of Halloween). Along the way, Aveni illuminates everything from the Jack 'O Lantern and our faith in the predictive power of animals to the ways in which Labor Day reflects the great medieval "time wars," when the newly invented clock first pitted labor against management. The calendar and its holidays, Aveni writes, function as "a kind of metronome that keeps the beat of human activity tuned to the manifold overlapping cycles of life," to the ebb and flow of birth, growth, decay, and death
Vividly written, filled with facts both curious and astonishing, this engrossing book allows us to hear that beat more clearly and to understand more fully the rhythms we all dance to throughout the year.

Celestial Geometry: Understanding the Astronomical Meanings of Ancient Sites
Celestial Geometry
Understanding the Astronomical Meanings of Ancient Sites
Paperback      ISBN: 1786782707

This book travels the world to explore over 60 archaeological sites that enshrine the remarkable achievements of ancient astronomers. In many cultures, an early understanding of the cosmos is expressed through architecture--stone circles that act as giant computers for the timing of eclipses or connections with the rising or setting of planets. The author's focus ranges broadly--from the great stone circles of Europe to the pyramids of Egypt and the pyramid-temples of Central America, from the medicine wheels of North America to the carved monoliths of Easter Island. In part, however, the book's value lies in its revelation of astronomical alignments in lesser-known structures, such as the vast sun clock of Goseck in Germany and the ancient rock art of Australia. The book is organized by key celestial events including lunar and solar eclipses, and features original artwork showing key alignments and the movements of the planets and stars. The book offers beautiful and fascinating insights into the mysteries of the ancient world--and a vision of mankind's efforts to integrate our sense of spiritual belonging with the mysteries of space and time.

Living Life's Circle: Mescalero Apache Cosmovision
Living Life's Circle
Mescalero Apache Cosmovision
Paperback      ISBN: 0826315607

The product of more than fifteen years contact and life with the Mescalero people in southern New Mexico, Living Life's Circle is one of the first works devoted to the emergent new interdiscipline of ethnoastronomy, the study of how the sky and its movements form "templates" for life in particular cultures. Urged by her friend and mentor, the remarkable singer and medicine man Bernard Second, to "Pay attention," Farrer began to recognize a powerful primary metaphor based on acute astronomical observation and its direct relevance to all aspects of Mescalero life.


"Should be read by every student of culture."--M. Jane Young

Living the Sky: The Cosmos of the American Indian
Living the Sky
The Cosmos of the American Indian
Paperback      ISBN: 0806120347

Imagine the North American Indians as astronomers carefully watching the heavens, charting the sun through the seasons, or counting the sunrises between successive lumar phases. Then imagine them establishing observational sites and codified systems to pass their knowledge down through the centuries and continually refine it. A few years ago such images would have been abruptly dismissed. Today we are wiser.

Living the Sky describes the exciting archaeoastronomical discoveries in the United States in recent decades. Using history, science, and direct observation, Ray A. Williamson transports the reader into the sky world of the Indians. We visit the Bighorn Medicine Wheel, sit with a Zuni sun priest on the winter solstice, join explorers at the rites of the Hopis and the Navajos, and trek to Chaco Canyon to make direct on-site observations of celestial events.

Maya E Groups: Calendars, Astronomy, and Urbanism in the Early Lowlands
Maya E Groups
Calendars, Astronomy, and Urbanism in the Early Lowlands
Hardcover      ISBN: 0813054354

As complex societies emerged in the Maya lowlands during the first millen-nium BCE, so did stable communities focused around public squares and the worship of a divine ruler tied to a Maize God cult. "E Groups," central to many of these settle-ments, are architectural complexes: typically, a long platform supporting three struc-tures and facing a western pyramid across a formal plaza. Aligned with the movements of the sun, E Groups have long been interpreted as giant calendrical devices crucial to the rise of Maya civilization. This volume presents new archaeological data to reveal that E Groups were constructed earlier than previously thought. In fact, they are the earliest identifiable architectural plan at many Maya settlements. More than just astronomical observatories or calendars, E Groups were a key ele-ment of community organization, urbanism, and identity in the heart of the Maya lowlands. They served as gathering places for emerging communities and centers of ritual; they were the very first civic-religious public architecture in the Maya lowlands. Investigating a wide variety of E Group sites--including some of the most famous like the Mundo Perdido in Tikal and the hitherto little known complex at Chan, as well as others in Ceibal, El Palmar, Cival, Calakmul, Caracol, Xunantunich, Yaxnohcah, Yaxun , and San Bartolo--this volume pieces together the development of social and political complexity in ancient Maya civilization.  David A. Freidel is professor of anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. Arlen F. Chase is professor of anthropology at Pomona College, Claremont. Anne S. Dowd, archaeologist with the National Park Service, is coeditor of Cosmology, Calendars, and Horizon-Based Astronomy in Ancient Mesoamerica. Jerry Murdock is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Santa Fe Institute and the Aspen Institute.  Contributors: JAMES AIMERS - ANTHONY F. AVENI - JAMIE J. AWE - BORIS BELTRAN - M. KATHRYN BROWN - ARLEN F. CHASE - DIANE Z. CHASE - ANNE S. DOWD - JAMES DOYLE - FRANCISCO ESTRADA-BELLI - DAVID A. FREIDEL - JULIE A. HOGGARTH - TAKESHI INOMATA - PATRICIA A. McANANY - SUSAN MILBRATH - JERRY MURDOCK - KATHRYN REESE-TAYLOR - PRUDENCE M. RICE - CYNTHIA ROBIN - FRANCO D. ROSSI - JEREMY A. SABLOFF - WILLIAM A. SATURNO - TRAVIS W. STANTON  A volume in the series Maya Studies, edited by Diane Z. Chase and Arlen F. Chase

The Mystery of the Serpent Mound
The Mystery of the Serpent Mound
Paperback      ISBN: 1583940030

The mysterious Serpent Mound in the Ohio Valley is a masterpiece of prehistoric architecture. Its enormous size alone inspires awe and reverence. Even deeper meanings may be hidden in the dimensions and lost functions of this ancient religious structure. Researcher Ross Hamilton has uncovered multiple layers of secrets hidden within the earthworks of the Serpent Mound, and his discoveries contribute to a new understanding of prehistoric spiritual science and engineering.