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July 23, 2019

Archaeoastronomy or Cultural Astronomy? Which Term Do You Use?

By Donny Claxton

It’s my second full day at the Society for American Archaeology meeting here in Memphis and wow, did I ever learn a lot today. Regrettably, I wasn’t able to attend a single session or paper reading.  The day was spent filming video interviews of Dr. Anthony Aveni, Dr. John Carlson, Dr. Susan Milbrath and a host of other scholars from around the country who specialize in Maya studies. It is because of their studies, each knows a fascinating amount of information about the Maya and any doomsday predictions for Dec. 21, 2012.

Dr. Anothony Aveni SAA meeting 2011

Today, there also were discussions with Dr. Aveni and Dr. Carlson about using the term “Cultural Astronomy” as opposed to “Archaeoastronomy.”

(I want to straighten one thing up here while I can.  We use the Twitter name @Archeoastronomy–without the A behind the H, in part because Twitter would only allow enough characters to spell it that way.  I also realized today that I’ve been spelling Archeology without the A behind the H, too, which apparently is accepted by the dictionary, but AP Style book says to include the A, so from hence forward on the site, so shall be the policy.)

The discussion with Dr. Aveni went along the lines that the term “Archaeoastronmy” has been tarnished by crack pots who have come along and jumped on the term and taken it in weird directions.  This is me saying this, not Dr. Aveni, but the people from the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens show come to mind.

Dr. Aveni did say that even though that even the likes of Eric Van Daniken haven’t been entirely bad for the field because even with his wild psuedo-scientific claims, he’s generated an interest in the field that has brought actual scholars into its arena of study.  His point was that there are many scholars in the world today who would never have studied  archaeoastronomy if they hadn’t seen the wild claims of Lord Pakal’s sarcophagus cover allegedly being a depiction of him sitting in a space capsule and then went in search for the actual facts surrounding it.

Dr. John Carlson

I had really been looking forward to getting to know Dr. Carlson.  He reminds me of my maternal grandfather and is one of the kindest and smartest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of having a deep, and informative conversation with.

Dr. Tony Aveni

In meeting Carlson and Aveni, today really became a fascinating and incredible day to me personally.  I bought Dr. Aveni’s 2012 book, The End of Time–The Maya Mystery of 2012 and got it autographed.

I had some great one-on-one conversations wtih Dr. Carlson and if I could spend the next several years in conversations learning from these two geniuses, I’d still be starving for more knowledge. As Dr. Aveni talked on camera today, he would rattle off a citation of someone’s work from a 1978 paper and the reference being on page X, and it saying ABC and then he’d go right on to another, almost like a Sunday morning preacher citing chapters in the Bible.  It was truly amazing and inspiring.

Dr. John Carlson

Dr. Mark Van Stone

We made a lot of progress today on the development of Dr. Mark Van Stone’s first interactive book for the iPad on the 2012 meme.

I really cannot wait for this iBook to hit the market because with the interviews we’ve conducted over the past 24 hours to include in this first-of-its kind book, there literally will be no other resource like it available as we draw closer to Dec. 21, 2012.

And as I now call it a day, I’m going to bed with some incredible new knowledge, perspectives and comfort in having made some wonderful new friends.

It’s a rare occasion to have the chance to sit down with an expert in a field of study.  Today I’ve had the chance to interview two men who created their own field of study–Archaeoastronomy.  When was the last time you did that?  I bet the chances are slim it ever happens again in my life.

Archaeoastronomy v. Cultural Astronomy

So, which term do you use?  Have the likes of Van Daniken, David Childress and Giorgio Tsoukalos  tainted the word Archaeastronomy too much for your own tastes?

 

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For Parents; An Egyptologist’s Favorite Bedtime Story–The Shipwrecked Sailor


A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of interviewing Egyptologist and Archeologist Hannah Pethen Barrett before she headed to Egypt for a month of adventure and studiesand in the course of our conversation, asked her,

العربية: Deutsch: Alle Pyramiden von Gizeh auf...

العربية: Deutsch: Alle Pyramiden von Gizeh auf einem Bild. English: All Giza Pyramids in one shot. Русский: Все пирамиды Гизы на изображении. Español: Las Pirámides de Guiza (Egipto). Français : Les Pyramides de Gizeh (Egypte). Català: Les Piràmides de Giza, a Egipte. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

based on what she’s learned, what her favorite bed time story would be if she had kids.  The young archeologist said she’s not a “mum” yet, but when they do come along, a definite Egyptian bedtime story she looks forward to telling is the story of The Shipwrecked Sailor.

According to Pethen, who you can follow on Twitter @HannahPethen, this story didn’t originate as a bedtime story in Egypt, but it’s been around a long time and in our studies we found it’s even been illustrated and marketed as such over time.

We won’t spoil it here, but rather let Hannah share it with you.

Don’t forget to bookmark the Gurob site to keep up with their latest adventures!

 

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Join Our Kickstarter.com Campaign For An Interactive Book for the iPad on Machu Picchu

We are going to build one of the first, coolest and most advanced Interactive Books for the iPad on Machu Picchu and we are asking for your help to do it through a campaign we’ve just launched on Kickstarter.com.

Machu Picchu in Peru, by David Hart

The details of the campaign are on Kickstarter.com but it’s on these pages of The Wonders Expedition where even the process of raising funds for the expedition are going to come alive and be interactive.

WE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP!

Please, jump over to Kickstarter.com after reading this short post and find out the particulars about the campaign, like how much we’re trying to raise ($57,766) and why (to create the coolest Interactive Book for the iPad yet!) and then help support our effort.  Once you’ve done that, please come back and stay engaged in the process.  Let us know you’ve made the contribution!

Send @Archeoastronomy on Twitter a message saying you’re part of the team!

Add a status update to your Facebook wallsaying you’re in and you don’t want your friends to be left behind!

Are you a TWE Backer on Kickstarter? Here's your chance!

And write your friends, family, colleagues, fellow students, etc. and tell them that you’re a part of something global and you want them to be, too.

Kickstarter.com is a crowd source fund-raising sites for startups and for cool projects like putting an expedition together 100 years after the site was first “re-discovered” and telling the story about it 100 years later with the advancement of technology that the Incas never could have imagined in 1438 when they started building it high in the Andes in Peru.

Oh, and don’t forget you can also add a badge to your Facebook wall, your emails and even your own blog site.

Interactive Question

If you were going to Machu Picchu, what would you want to know or see the most? Have you already been there and want to share photos?  Let us know!  This is what’s going to make this an incredibly fun and interactive project for everyone interested no matter where they are in the world.  And that’s what The Wonders Expedition is all about!

Once again, here’s the link! 

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@RoadMonkeyOne All Set For The Road

This morning we got Allen Manning’s 2012 Equinox from @GMTexas all decked out with official markings from The Wonders Expedition.  He’s headed out west in about an hour.

Here’s the car to be looking for along the way.  He has Chevy prizes to hand out and we’ve got some here in Dallas, too.

If you see the car, take a photo of it and text it with the hashtag of #TWEChevy.  You very well may win a prize for your hard work!

 

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TWE Pinterest Site

We’ve been working on our photo collection of Wonders sites around the world and finally have launched a Pinterest page we are excited to share with you.

Already people are beginning to pin some of the curious points we’ve included, and literally, we are just get started.

English: Red Pinterest logo

Image via Wikipedia

But we can’t help but noticing the way that all these photos combined on one long scrolling screen just further points out the incredible similarities we’re trying to emphasize via The Wonders Expedition.  And to us, that makes what’s happening with Pinterest, pretty cool and amazing.

Do you have photos you’d like to add to our collection?  Send us the links and we’ll be happy to add them if they’re in the scope of TWE.

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Thank you, @ChevyTexan for the support

We are proud to announce that Vicki Cosgrove of Chevy here in North Texas called us about an hour ago to notify us we will have the use of a 2012 Chevy Traverse for the first road trip of The Wonders Expedition™ to Poverty Point, Louisiana.

On Twitter we will be using the hashtag #TWEChevy for the trip.  Make sure you follow us.

You can also check out updates from Facebook.

Details on the trip to follow.  Most importantly, we wanted to say thank you to Vicki Cosgrove.  We only made the request late Friday.

There still are Christmas Miracles…..

 

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