Sunday, August 28, 2011

Ancient Solar Calendar: Chankillo

Watch Video (02:53) -- Prof. Brian Cox visits Chankillo solar calendar in Peru

The Thirteen Towers of Chankillo course north to south along a ridge of a low hill and are regularly spaced, forming a "toothed" horizon with narrow gaps at regular intervals. To the east and west investigators found two observation points. From these vantages, the 300m long spread of the towers along the horizon corresponds very closely to the rising and setting positions of the Sun over the year. This suggests that some activities of the ancient civilization were regulated by a solar calendar.

'Archaeoastronomy' is the study of how people in the past have understood the phenomena in the sky how they used phenomena in the sky and what role the sky played in their cultures. Imagine what it was like for ancients to try and make better sense of the world. Something we're still on track with.

This is a list of sites where claims for the use of "archaeoastronomy" have been made, sorted by country:

Adieu Austin American

Austin American is trying to lead the way in getting people to subscribe to their online newspaper version. This had caused them to bump their Readers Blogs section which I'd been a part of. The following is my final two blogs there. If I don't post them here, I'll lose them and I need them as a reference point:
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 Farewell "As I See It" Readers

I've enjoyed the past five years of blogging here. By researching what I found interesting and/or pertinent and then posting it, I've learned a lot that I wouldn't have otherwise. The first two years were the best, because the Reader Blog format then encouraged a wide range of bloggers (shared learning) -- 50+ whose posting titles you viewed all on one page. This was made possible because any time one posted a new entry, it'd "replace" one's previous titled entry and bump your blog to the top of the listing [a blog left unattended would gradually be bumped further and further down the line, but the line was so long it'd remain visible long enough that you wouldn't miss it if you were too busy to check in for several days]. And it meant that no one blogger could dominate the board. A blogger never had more than just his newest posting showing on the entry page.

Note: Each blogger had a 'hits counter' which provided encouragement -- which was the only steady source of "positive" feedback. I was consistently averaging 1500+ hits daily before the current "comments friendly" format was installed.

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Uncle Larry wrote:
I wasn’t blogging during the “happy time”, but it sure sounded nice! Anyway, enjoyed your posts and take care. You can follow the continuing exploits of the rest of us on
8/26/2011 10:45 PM CDT
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AsISeeIt wrote:
I've transferred my blogging to

My new blog spot:

"Yes, Dorothy, there is justice in the Universe".