- Sep 9th
Vanessa Smer-Barreto, Royal Observatory Edinburgh
Astronomy in pre-Columbian civilizations
The architectural characteristics of Mayan, Inca and Aztec buildings are part of the legacy these cultures left from their astronomical studies. The movements of the Sun, the Moon, Venus, the eclipses and the Milky Way all held an important place in decision making and politics of these societies. Of important consideration are their two calendars, one of them of striking similarity to our current one, the other, mysterious and linked to the cycle of agriculture. The acoustic phenomena in some of the pyramids and the written records related to their cosmogony still standing will also be mentioned.