reply to post by mbkennel
The Mayan calendrical system contained more than one calendar, such as calendars that ran parallel to the human gestational cycle and one for planting
and farming. In fact, their calendars were so accurate and had such precision, that they did not need to even account for leap days, everything was
figured so perfectly. Some of their most famous monuments were built to perfectly coincide with planetary alignments and eclipses. For them to
understand planetary alignments and to perfectly predict eclipses and build monuments to honor such events, it's ridiculous to think they had no idea
about what was going on in space, let alone believe they had no clue about astrophysics. Yes, they were limited to things they could not see without
high-powered telescopes or satellites, but they were limited by resources, not intellect.
How are you so sure, so confident, that the ancient world is not in some way responsible for providing the basis for learning that later peoples would
add to? Did the Spanish not show up in the Americas in the 1500s? Are we to believe that every codex was destroyed and no knowledge spared? No,
obviously, as some texts did survive, ones that give an understanding to their knowledge. This is the case all over the Americas, hundreds of years
before you claim people started gaining knowledge, people were already utilizing that knowledge. Yes, the world was a much bigger place then, not
connected as now, but even then, separate civilizations without contact were figuring out the same things. Ancient peoples were not stupid, just
maybe a little superstitious and did not have the equipment we have today. Considering, I believe their efforts and advances to be remarkable.
However, some of what you said is correct; yet, it's ludicrous to believe all of what you said about the ancient world not having a clue about
astronomy. Here's part of a research paper I did for my college astronomy class a year-and-a-half ago:
Around the 4th century B.C., ancient Peruvian peoples built a solar observatory at Chankillo. It tracked the entire solar year, using thirteen sun
pillars or towers, which marked “[…] the sun’s position throughout the year […]. According to researchers, the practice of using the sun’s
position in the sky in such a way is called "solar horizon astronomy".
Historical records which coincide with practices at Chankillo describe the astronomical and social importance of such endeavors. Later, during the
time of the Inca in the 16th century, only those who had social status and power could control the monuments, with such control being equated to
one’s ability to control the sun and the heavens. Astronomical practices were so vital to the beliefs and society of the Inca people that daily sun
worship was mandated by rulers.
Although Mayan sites are easily the most identifiable and oft-conjured images of astronomical sites in the Americas, the site at Chankillo predates
similar Mayan sites by at least 500 years. These new discoveries have caused researchers to rethink their understanding of the origins of
civilization in the Americas, as well as the origins of astronomy.
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