From Giza to Easter Island

Guilio Magli

MYSTERIES AND DISCOVERIES OF ARCHAEOASTRONOMY This complete, authoritative study of the growing discipline of archaeoastronomy examines the role of astronomy in antiquity. Professor Giulio 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. Was it an attempt to reproduce the sky on Earth? To put at the foundation of power the ability to predict and control the cycles of the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars? Magli uses archaeoastronomy as a key to understanding our ancestors’ way of thinking. It is a challenge which could be called 'predicting the past'.

The motives of the ancients have often been misconstrued, maligned, or even dismissed. Magli shows the limitations of orthodox archaeology in relation to astronomically based artifacts and tries to understand what led the ancients to construct such magnificent structures as the city of Teotihuacan in the Mexico Valley, the Ceremonial Center of Chaco Canyon in the United States, Stonehenge in Great Britain, and the great pyramids in Egypt.

In this book, the reader is taken on a 'world tour' of many wonderful and enigmatic places on almost every continent, in search of traces of astronomical knowledge and lore of the sky. Then, the author discusses the fundamental ideas that he believes led to the construction of the giant monuments. Finally, Magli revisits one place in greater detail - Giza - in an attempt to provide proof for his ideas on the mindset of ancient cultures.

This fascinating book will take you to places and times far removed from our own, and stimulate your imagination in regard to other people and other cultures. The result will be a better understanding of who we are and where we come from.

Table of Contents


  1.  Thirty thousand years of silence
  2.  Forests of stones, rings of giants
  3.  The island of the goddess
  4.  A civilization entitled to no place
  5.  When the method is lacking
  6.  Wheels, octagons and golf courses
  7.  Straight roads, circular buildings and a supernova
  8.  The land where the Gods were born
  9.  The Tree of the World
  10. The four parts of the Earth
  11. The people of the lines
  12. The last of the lands
  13. A picnic on the side of the road
  14. Predicting the past
  15. Power and replica
  16. The Age of the Pyramids
  17. Gateways to the Stars
  18. On the paths of the Ancient Stars
  19. The Sacred landscape in the Age of the Pyramids

1. The sky with the naked eye
2. Moving large stone blocks in ancient times

Extent: 448 pages, 32-page colour section
Binding: Casebound & Jacketed
Published: 2009
ISBN: 978-0-387-76564-8

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