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Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings

The Light, The Stones and The Sacred

Proceedings of the XVth Italian Society of Archaeoastronomy Congress

Editors: Orlando, Andrea (Ed.)

  • Covers a variety of fascinating topics within the growing discipline of Archaeoastronomy
  • Focuses especially on Archaeoastronomy in Sicily and the Mediterranean and Cultural Astronomy
  • Includes discussion of the use of astronomical and statistical methods within the discipline
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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.

About the authors

Andrea Orlando is an astronomy researcher at the Catania Astrophysical Observatory in Sicily (INAF) and also undertakes research in association with the National Laboratories of the South (Laboratori Nazionali del Sud, INFN). Dr. Orlando graduated in Physics from the University of Catania (with a focus on astrophysics, including an experimental thesis on northern lights undertaken at the Institute of Interplanetary Space Physics in Rome). He then gained an international PhD in nuclear and particle astrophysics at the Graduate School of the University of Catania with a thesis on space weather. Dr. Orlando is a scholar of medieval history and ancient astronomy. He is a member of the Italian Society of Archaeoastronomy (SIA) and is currently the president of the Institute of Sicilian Archaeoastronomy.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Archaeoastronomy in Sicilian Prehistory

    Tusa, Sebastiano

    Pages 3-22

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  • The “Campanari”: Big Artificially Pierced and Astronomically Oriented Rocks in the South Territory of Monte Iato (Sicily)

    Maurici, Ferdinando (et al.)

    Pages 23-45

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  • The First Archaeoastronomical Study of the Maltese Temple of Borġ In-Nadur

    Orlando, Andrea (et al.)

    Pages 47-61

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  • 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)

    Lanciano, Nicoletta (et al.)

    Pages 63-77

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  • Archaeoastronomical Analysis of the Temple of Diana to Cefalù (Sicily)

    Orlando, Andrea (et al.)

    Pages 79-94

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eBook 190,39 €
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Hardcover 238,16 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-54486-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Light, The Stones and The Sacred
Book Subtitle
Proceedings of the XVth Italian Society of Archaeoastronomy Congress
Editors
  • Andrea Orlando
Series Title
Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings
Series Volume
48
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-54487-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-54487-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-54486-1
Series ISSN
1570-6591
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 245
Number of Illustrations and Tables
93 b/w illustrations, 41 illustrations in colour
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