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- DescriptionThis book presents and analyzes the measurements of temples and communal tombs of the Neolithic, Chalcolithic and Bronze Age, carried out during a dozen years of fieldwork in Portugal, Spain, the Balearics, southern France, Corsica, Sardinia, Malta, Sicily, Pantelleria, North Africa and Crete. The evidence is summarized at the end of the book, giving the orientations of some three thousand tombs and temples, a number of which have since been destroyed by mechanized land-clearance. The author concludes that in most regions the monuments faced sunrise, or more generally the sun when it was rising or climbing in the sky. Along the Mediterranean coast of France, however, a reverse sunset custom developed, while in North Africa at least some of the tombs faced downhill. The book concludes with a study of a Mian cemetery on Crete where all tombs faced moonrise and look towards a mountain on whose peak was a sanctuary probably sacred to a lunar god.
- Author BiographyMichael Hoskin is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and before his retirement was Head of Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University. He is the editor of The General History of Astronomy, The Cambridge Illustrated History of Astronomy and The Cambridge Concise History of Astronomy.
- Author(s)Michael Hoskin
- PublisherOcarina Books Ltd
- Date of Publication01/11/2001
- Place of PublicationLeicester
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOcarina Books Ltd
- Content Noteb/w illus
- Weight680 g
- Width170 mm
- Height242 mm
- Spine15 mm
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