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Archaeoastronomy

Archaeoastronomy is the study of how people have understood the mysteries of the sky and how they incorporated these mysteries into their cultures.  This lens of study provides a unique context in which to examine ancient American civilizations such as the Inca, Aztecs, and Maya.  Through a variety of practices including including archaeology, anthropology, astronomy, statistics and probability, and history, archeoastronomy illuminates how the past interconnects with the present. 

Lesson Plans

PDF Planetary Origins of the Names and Sequences of Days

CLAS Resources

PDF Archaeoastronomy: Reading List
PDF Calendar and Math
Magazine Mysteries of the Maya
PDF Planetary Origins of the Names and Sequences of Days
PDF Rise and Set Azimuths for Solstices, Equinoxes, etc

CLAS Workshop Presentations

PPT Maya Cosmology, Ritual and Religion
PPT Maya Hieroglyphs, Calendars, and Math
PPT Maya Math and the Calendar
PPT Optical Telescopes
PPT Orbital Dynamics of Venus
PPT Sundials: What Time Is It?