By Clive L.N. Ruggles
An authoritative creation to the interesting subject of archaeoastronomy―ancient peoples' realizing and use of the skies.
• Over 2 hundred A–Z entries overlaying huge definitions and ideas, case reports from 5 continents, subject matters and concerns, gadgets within the sky because the concentration of fable, easy options, and influential people
• vivid illustrations together with the stone circles at Avebury, comets, novae, and meteors
• easy, jargon-free factors of easy astronomical concepts
• Over forty pictures 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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Once the calendar was set up, it was defined indefinitely; there was no need to regulate it by observations of nature. It was so fit for its purpose that it survived well beyond the end of ancient Egypt itself and was still being used by astronomers in medieval times. It may seem surprising to suggest that the lunar calendar did not die out when the civil calendar was introduced. Yet this is precisely what has generally been believed for many years, following the work of the great Egyptian scholar R.
See also: Compass and Clinometer Surveys; Field Survey; Theodolite Surveys. Azimuth. References and further reading Ridpath, Ian, ed. ), 4. New York: Pi Press, 2004. Ruggles, Clive. Astronomy in Prehistoric Britain and Ireland, ix, 22. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999. Ancient Egyptian Calendars The kingdom of Ancient Egypt existed for over three millennia and for much of this time was remarkable in having two different calendars in simultaneous operation. Each arose in response to different social needs and developed a distinct function.
Ancient Astronomy: An Encyclopedia of Cosmologies and Myth by Clive L.N. Ruggles