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FYS: Ancient Skywatchers: The Astronomy of Lost Civilizations: Start Here

Information and resources for Stephen Marble's First Year Seminar

Macchu Picchu image courtesy of Stanford Solar CenterAncient peoples created enigmatic structures that defy simple explanations. For our ancestors, the sky acted as metaphor: it meant something. There was power in the sky. But, for most modern people, the sky above us remains obscure and unreadable.

The interdisciplinary study of ArcheoAstronomy has begun to unravel the power these structures conferred on those that built them, changing the way we understand our world and our history.

In this seminar we will explore specific cultures and astronomical traditions, investigate techniques for making field observations, and look carefully at the development of tools to predict religious celebrations and even wars.

 

Image courtesy of Stanford Solar Center.

Where to Find Scholarly Sources

The databases featured in this box can be particularly useful for this class; however, there are many more listed on the Databases A-Z page. You can learn more about databases on the Research Hub. Click the parrot. 

Books at SLC