Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico helped establish the
field of archaeoastronomy, and it remains the standard introduction to this subject.
Combining basic astronomy with archaeological and ethnological data, it presented a
readable and entertaining synthesis of all that was known of ancient astronomy in the
western hemisphere as of 1980. In this revised edition, Anthony Aveni draws on his own and
others' discoveries of the past twenty years to bring the Skywatchers story up to the
present. He offers new data and interpretations in many areas, including:
- The study of Mesoamerican time and calendrical systems and their unprecedented
continuity in contemporary Mesoamerican culture
- The connections between Precolumbian religion, astrology, and scientific, quantitative
- The relationship between Highland Mexico and the world of the Maya and the state of
Pan-American scientific practices
- The use of personal computer software for computing astronomical data
With this updated information, Skywatchers will serve a new generation of general and
scholarly readers and will be useful in courses on archaeoastronomy, astronomy, history of
astronomy, history of science, anthropology, archaeology, and world religions.
Winner of several teaching awards, including National Professor of the Year from the
Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Anthony F. Aveni is the Russell B.
Colgate Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology at Colgate University in upstate New York.