Astronomy of Central American (Maya and Aztec) Cultures
Anthony "Emissaries to the Stars: The Astronomers of Ancient
Maya" in Mercury, Jan/Feb. 1995, p. 15. (See the
books by Aveni in the first section.)
Edwin "Reconstructing the Heavens: Archaeoastronomy and
the Ancient Maya World" in Mercury, Jan/Feb. 2004,
p. 20. The Mayan calendar, sky observations, and monuments.
P. "An Astronomer Reads Archeology's Message" in Astronomy, Oct. 2002, p. 48. Profile of Anthony Aveni, with
a focus on his work on Mayan structures.
Susan Star Gods of the Maya: Astronomy in Art, Folklore, and
Calendars. 2000, University of Texas Press. Scholarly monograph.
from NOVA to figure out your birthday in the Maya calendar (if
you were born 1980 or after): http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/activities/pdf/2804_maya.pdf
Astronomy Page (Leslie Welser): http://www.starteachastronomy.com/mayan.html
Maya Astronomy Page (Dawn Jenkins): http://www.michielb.nl/maya/astronom.html
Exploration Center (Dr. Edwin Barnhart):
http://www.mayaexploration.org/ Includes tours of sites, resources,
Archaeoastronomy (James Jacobs): http://www.jqjacobs.net/mesoamerica/meso_astro.html
and the Maya (David Rosenthal): http://www.ridgenet.net/~n6tst/maya/default.html
Astronomy of South American Cultures (Inca, Nasca, etc.)
Anthony Between the Lines: The Mystery of the Giant Ground
Drawings of Ancient Nasca, Peru. 2000, U. of Texas Press.
Anthony Nasca: Eighth Wonder of the World? 2000, British
Museum. (Available on line from several sources).
many of the books in section A above
Astronomy of African Cultures
Dan "Teaching Across Cultures" in Mercury, Jul/Aug.
2005, p. 12. A physicist recounts his experience teaching science
Doyle, Laurence and Frank, Edward "Astronomy of Africa" in Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Edited by H. Selin (2008, Springer)
Jarita, et al., eds. African Cultural Astronomy. 2008,
Springer. A variety of papers with much useful information.
G. "The Star-Pyramid Connection" in Mercury, Jul/Aug. 2001, p. 28. On the Egyptian pyramids and their astronomical
Keith "Ikhwezi is the Morning Star" in Mercury,
Nov/Dec. 1997, p. 12. On African myths related to the sky.
Dogon Tribe and the so-called "Sirius Mystery":
http://www.ramtops.co.uk/dogon.html and http://chandra.harvard.edu/chronicle/0400/sirius_part2.html
Jarita "African Astronomy":
http://www.wam.umd.edu/~tlaloc/archastro/ae28.html A brief overview
of astronomical ideas in African tradition. (Jarita Holbrook specializes
in this area and keeps the field updated at: http://www.u.arizona.edu/~holbrook/ )
Astronomy of India
Andreas Cosmic Architecture in India. 2001, Prestel.
On the astronomical and ceremonial observatories built by Jai Singh
in the 17th & 18th centuries.
of India (Leslie Welser): http://www.starteachastronomy.com/indian.html
Astronomy of Ancient European Cultures
Aubrey The Stone Circles of Britain, Ireland, and Brittany. 2000, Yale University Press. Detailed guide to Stonehenge and
other ancient stone monuments.
Clifford "The Scottish Moon" in Mercury,
Jul/Aug. 2006, p. 10. On the Callanish stones off the coast of Scotland
their alignments with the motion of the Moon in the sky.
Owen "The Basic Astronomy of Stonehenge" in The
Great Copernicus Chase. 1992, Cambridge U. Press. Uses a wonderful
Coca-Cola can model to explain how the builders thought of the sky.
E.C. "Inner Glow" in Sky & Telescope, Dec.
2004, p. 50. About the underground shrine at Newgrange, Ireland.
G. "Stonehenge: Can It Be Saved?" in Discover, Dec. 1985, p. 60. On what tourism is doing to the ancient monument.
L. "Heads and Tales of Celestial Coins" in Sky
& Telescope, Mar. 1995, p. 28. On astronomical events depicted
on Roman coins.
art historian examines Stonehenge from many perspectives, including
http://www.stonepages.com/ (Mammoth web catalog about European
stone circles and monuments, including Stonehenge and others with