Megalithic Lunar Observatories

Megalithic Lunar Observatories

By: Alexander Thom (author)Hardback

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Description

This unique text discusses the mathematical principles behind Megalithic stone circles, and how these were used for observing lunar cycles in prehistoric times. The author, A. Thom, shows that stone circles were precisely planned and laid out in accordance with certain geometric figures in the classic Pythagorean tradition. Containing some mathematical and astronomical details, along with notes on site survey and location, this book is ideal for amateur enthusiasts and academicians of archaeology, astronomy, and mathematics.

Contents

Introduction ; Astronomical Background ; Refraction and Parallax ; Solstitial Sites ; The Lunar Observatories ; An Analysis of the Observed Declinations ; Extrapolation Theory ; The Stone Rows and their Use ; The Work at the Observatories ; Conclusions ; Appendix A: Some Astronomical Definitions ; Appendix B: Surveying a Site ; Appendix C: Profiles from the Ordnance Survey Maps ; List of Districts ; Bibliography ; Author Index ; Subject Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780198581321
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 128
  • ID: 9780198581321
  • weight: 321
  • ISBN10: 0198581327

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