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Corp Author Società italiana di archeoastronomia. Convegno nazionale (15th : 2015 : Monastero dei benedettini, Universita di Catania), creator.
Title The light, the stones and the sacred : proceedings of the XVth Italian Society of Archaeoastronomy Congress / Andrea Orlando, editor.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2017.

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Corp Author Società italiana di archeoastronomia. Convegno nazionale (15th : 2015 : Monastero dei benedettini, Universita di Catania), creator.
Series Astrophysics and space science proceedings ; volume 48
Astrophysics and space science proceedings ; v. 48.
Subject Archaeoastronomy -- Congresses.
Astronomy, Ancient -- Congresses.
Astronomy -- History -- Congresses.
Alt Name Orlando, Andrea,
Description 1 online resource.
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Foreword; Preface; Contents; Archaeoastronomy in Sicily and in the Mediterranean; 1 Archaeoastronomy in Sicilian Prehistory; Abstract; 1 Introduction; 2 Copper Age Rock-Cut Tombs in Sicily (4th-3rd Millennium BC); 3 Pseudo-megalithic Funerary Epigeic Structures (End of 3rd-Beginning of 2nd Millennium BC); 4 Pseudo-dolmen (Final III-Beginning II Millennium BC); 5 The Alignments of Serraglio (Pantelleria) and the "Sesi"; 6 Conclusions; References; 2 The "Campanari": Big Artificially Pierced and Astronomically Oriented Rocks in the South Territory of Monte Iato (Sicily); Abstract; 1 Introduction.
2 The "Campanaru" of Monte Arcivocalotto3 The Relationship Between the "Campanaru" and Pizzo Pietralunga; 4 The Cozzo Perciata Megalith; 5 The "King's Pulpit"; 6 Conclusions; References; 3 The First Archaeoastronomical Study of the Maltese Temple of Borg In-Nadur; Abstract; 1 Introduction; 2 The Temple of Borg in-Nadur; 3 Archaeoastronomy in Malta; 4 Archaeoastronomy at Borg in-Nadur: Preliminary Analysis; 5 Conclusions; References.
4 The Criticisms of Claudius Ptolemy to Marinus of Tyre in the Geographia and the Geographical Data of the Meridian Line of St. Nicholas in Arenis, Catania (Sicily)Abstract; 1 Notes on the Geographia of Ptolemy and on the Used Versions; 2 Agreements and Differences Between Ptolemy and Marinus of Tyre; 3 Problems of Latitude; 4 Problems of Longitude; 5 The Great Meridian Line of St. Nicholas in the Benedictine Monastery in Arenis, Catania; 6 Black Inscriptions in Latin on Carrara Marble Along the Whole Line; 7 The Other Internal Meridian Lines in Sicily; References.
5 Archaeoastronomical Analysis of the Temple of Diana to Cefalu (Sicily)Abstract; 1 The Rock of Cefalu: Tectonic and Geological Framework; 2 Temple of Diana: Description; 2.1 The Dolmenic Cistern; 2.2 The First Archaeological Excavations; 3 The Cult of Water; 3.1 The Archaeoastronomical Analysis; 3.2 Diana's Temple 3D Model; 4 Conclusions; References; 6 New Insights on the Akragas' Complex of Demeter and Persephone: The Role of the Moon; Abstract; 1 Introduction; 2 The Temple of Demeter and Persephone and the Archaic Fountain at Akragas.
3 Archaeoastronomical Analysis of the Temple of Demeter and Persephone4 Discussion and Conclusions; Acknowledgements; References; 7 A Study on the Orientation of Greek Theatres; Abstract; 1 Introduction; 2 Methodological Approach; 2.1 Greek Theatres of Magna Grecia and Sicily; 2.2 Theatres of Mainland Greece; 2.3 Greek Theatres Elsewhere; 3 Discussion; 4 The Southern Orientation: A Focus on the Theatre of Catina; 5 Conclusions; References; 8 Argimusco: Cartography, Archaeology and Astronomy; Abstract; 1 Geological Framework; 1.1 Plateau's Description; 1.2 Toponym, Cartography and History.
Summary This book addresses a variety of topics within the growing discipline of Archaeoastronomy, focusing especially on Archaeoastronomy in Sicily and the Mediterranean and Cultural Astronomy. A further priority is discussion of the astronomical and statistical methods used today to ascertain the degree of reliability of the chronological and cultural definition of sites and artifacts of archaeoastronomical interest. The contributions were all delivered at the XVth Congress of the Italian Society of Archaeoastronomy (SIA), held under the rubric "The Light, the Stones and the Sacred"--A theme inspired by the International Year of Light 2015, organized by UNESCO. The full meaning of many ancient monuments can only be understood by examining their relation to light, given the effects that light radiation produces in "interacting" with lithic structures. Moreover, in addition to manifestations of the sacred through the medium of light (hierophanies), there are many ties between temples, tombs, megalithic structures, and the architecture of almost all ages and cultures and our star, the Sun. Readers will find the book to be a source of fascinating insights based on synergies between the disciplines of archaeology and astronomy.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed June 8, 2017).
ISBN 9783319544878 (electronic bk.)
331954487X (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-319-54487-8
OCLC # 988396634
Additional Format Printed edition: 9783319544861

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