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eBook The Ancient Solar Observatories of Rapanui: The Archaeoastronomy of Easter Island (The Easter Island Series) download ISBN: 1880636018
Author: William Liller
Publisher: Cloud Mountain Pub; 1st edition (August 1, 1993)
Language: English
Pages: 62
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Keywords: archaeoastronomy, writing, Rapanui, Rapa Nui, Easter Island . Here we continue the study of the archaeoastronomy of this ancient society.

Keywords: archaeoastronomy, writing, Rapanui, Rapa Nui, Easter Island, Polynesia. The great civilisation of Easter Island is famous in different aspects (magnificent statues and platforms, secret rites, and some objects covered with mysterious signs lastly). On the Astronomical Observations at Tongariki in the Past. In conformity with Mulloy, the ceremonial platform (ahu) Tongariki was a real solar observatory (Liller 1991: 270). It is no doubt that the peculiar information about this is retained in the local folklore. Barthel (1978: 82) has found a passage in Manuscript E about this ahu

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Hetu " u Rapanui: The Archaeoastronomy of Easter Island Asteroids to Quasars: A Symposium Honouring William Liller. Asteroids to Quasars: A Symposium Honouring William Liller.

A remnant of Easter Island astronomy of a rather different nature may have been bequeathed to us in the form of Rongorongo script, a. .The Ancient Solar Observatories of Rapanui: The Archaeoas. tronomy of Easter Island. Old Bridge, NJ: Cloud Mountain Press, 1993.

A remnant of Easter Island astronomy of a rather different nature may have been bequeathed to us in the form of Rongorongo script, a system of symbols used on Easter Island that seems to have provided a series of triggers for the reader rather than actual words or syllables. One fragment of Rongorongo has been interpreted as a lunar calendar. Mulloy, William T. A Solstice-Oriented Ahu on Easter Island. and Physical Anthropology in Oceania 10 (1975), 1–39.

Ancient Solar Observatories of Rapanui: The Archaeoastronomy of Easter Island

Ancient Solar Observatories of Rapanui: The Archaeoastronomy of Easter Island. Martinsson-Wallin, Helene. Ahu: The Ceremonial Stone Structures of Easter Island. Uppsala: Societas Archaeologica Upsaliensis, 1993. Stevenson, Christopher, Georgia Lee, and Frank Morin, eds. Easter Island in Pacific Context: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Easter Island and East Polynesia. Los Osos, California: Bearsville and Cloud Mountain Presses, 1998.

Named Easter Island by the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen, who first spied it on Easter Day 1722, this tiny spit of.

Named Easter Island by the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen, who first spied it on Easter Day 1722, this tiny spit of volcanic rock in the vast South Seas is, even today, the most remote inhabited place on earth. Its nearly 1,000 statues, some almost 30 feet tall and weighing as much as 80 tons, are still an enigma, but the statue builders are far from vanished. We could hardly conceive how these islanders, wholly unacquainted with any mechanical power, could raise such stupendous figures, the British mariner Capt. James Cook wrote in 1774.

Echoes of the Ancient Skies: The Astronomy of Lost Civilizations (Dover Books on Astronomy) by E. C. Krupp . This complete, authoritative study of the growing discipline of archaeoastronomy examines the role of astronomy in antiquity.

Only 18 left in stock (more on the way). Professor Guilio Magli provides a clear, up-to-date survey of current thinking on the motives of the ancients for building fabulous and mysterious monuments all over our planet.

Geologically one of the youngest inhabited territories on Earth, Easter Island, located in the mid-Pacific Ocean, was, for most of its history, one of the most isolated. Its inhabitants, the Rapa Nui, have endured famines, epidemics of disease and cannibalism, civil war, environmental collapse, slave raids, various colonial contacts, and have seen their population crash on more than one occasion

Discover the Mysteries of Easter Island Either way, loss of the trees exposed the island’s rich volcanic soils to.

Discover the Mysteries of Easter Island. The isolated Rapa Nui developed a distinct architectural and artistic culture that weathered the centuries. Learn the mysteries of the moai. Either way, loss of the trees exposed the island’s rich volcanic soils to serious erosion. Rapa Nui’s ancient inhabitants left the quarry in a fascinating condition-it is home to some 400 statues, which appear in all stages of completion.

Comments: (2)
Kamuro
This book is a rather academic-paper type publication, but quite interesting in its own right. There are some good observations and proof of the use of solar astronomy in the orientation of many Ahu (Easter Island ceremonial sites), demonstrating clearly that the ancient Islanders knew something about astronomy. There are not, however, any wild and crazy theories, nor does the author elaborate or speculate at any length on the significance of these findings. In this sense the book is relatively dry.
One final important remark: This book is published by EI Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting the conservation of Easter Island and its amazing archeological heritage. It is also relatively old in layout and style, since the Foundation seems to me focused more of scholarly issues than in the area of marketing, which seems to me fair enough.
Braendo
This A4-sized slim book is disappointing.
Thirty illustrations occupy 19 of its 76 pages, covers included.
Twenty-three of those illustrations are small, low-quality,
black-and-photographs, typically 60x90mm or 70mmx110mm, which is roughly
2.5x3.5 and 3x4.5 inches. The only colour photograph, on the front
cover, of a moai, has nothing to do with astronomy. Lavish use of white
space reduces the textual contents to perhaps two dozen full pages.

Rather disappointed and quickly glancing through the text for
information I immediately noticed two disturbing inaccuracies. Figure 30, p.50 has
this caption: "The Trilithon on the main island of the Republic of
Tonga". Tonga is a kingdom, not a republic. The author knows it too, as
he writes on page 48: "In 1967 the current monarch, King Taufa'a hau
Tupou IV, took interest in the Trilithon".
Page 36: "The markings
consisted of a series of straight lines emanating from a point, as shown
in Figure 24." Figure 24, overleaf, is a photograph showing markings on
a rock, consisting of straight lines connected into a tree-shaped graph, which do
not emanate from a single point at all. The photograph is so poor
that identifying branches and nodes is difficult, nevertheless I see
sixteen branches and eight nodes. The whole thing looks like a quipu,
and not at all like lines radiating from a point.
Such discrepancies
cast a shadow over the reliability of the rest, which is not presented
in an organized fashion easily amenable to scrutiny. Much is second
hand, some is vacuous. Thus p.36: "Modern astronomers know that an
extremely rare astronomical event took place over the Pacific Ocean in
the morning skies of September 13, 1170 A.D. Mars, at the time not far
from the Pleiades, passed directly in front of Jupiter. Just as the
first light of dawn was appearing, these two big planets [...]
appeared to the naked eye as one. This event surely must have galvanized
the Islanders. If only someone had recorded what the astronomer-priests
had to say about that."
What is the point? Further, was that an exact
conjunction and did Mars and Jupiter really did appear as one? Carl
Friedrich Gauss reported his surprise at discovering that his mother
had such acute eyesight that she saw the phases of Venus. May we not
reasonably expect ancient astronomers to have been selected for their
eyesight?

Low-quality photographs, inaccurate commentaries, a bare two dozen pages
of text presented in disorganized fashion. I feel cheated.