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The Materiality of the Sky

PROCEEDINGS OF THE 22ND ANNUAL SEAC CONFERENCE 2014, MALTA

Edited by Fabio Silva, Kim Malville, Tore Lomsdalen & Frank Ventura

Series: Studies in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, Vol. 8

ISBN 13: 978-1-907767-09-8

Paperback: 362 pages

Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.7 inches

Description

From the earliest times, human beings have been driven by the basic needs to procure food and water, shelter and defence, and communication with other members of the group. The skyscape was different from these, as it was beyond the reach of people and could not be manipulated. Yet, the innate imagination of human beings could not be unmoved by the sun and the moon, which dominate the day and night and apparently move in a well-ordered fashion, and the stars, which provide a splendid canopy on clear dark nights. Although celestial objects could not be handled and exploited in a tangible manner, people’s creativity sought to understand them, to find some use for them in relation to one’s needs and activities and to generate ideas about their nature and their meaning for humanity. In addition, concepts, patterns, myths and other creations of this intangible culture could be transformed into material culture, including iconography, calendars, structural orientations and other human creations. These manifestations constitute the materiality of the sky and bear witness to human beings’ interest in the sky. The chapters in this volume illustrate the variety of research activity generated in this field of study across a broad spectrum of ages, cultures, and geographical regions.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables

Introduction: The Materiality of the Sky
Frank Ventura

Contributors

MALTESE ARCHAEOASTRONOMY

  • Reading Messages from the Past: Interpreting Symbols Possible Archaeoastronmical Significance in Malta
    Frank Ventura
  • The ‘Oracle Holes’ of the Maltese Prehistoric Temples: An Investigation of their Astronomical/Solar Alignments
    Tore Lomsdalen
  • Inclusion and Exclusion of Sunlight and Moonlight From Temples of the Ġgantija and Tarxien Phases
    John Cox

COSMOLOGY AND COSMOVISION

ASTRONOMICAL ORIENTATIONS

ASTRONOMY AND CULTURE IN HISTORICAL TIMES

NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA

EGYPT, THE MEDITERRANEAN AND ASIA

The Sophia Centre

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