From Black Land to Fifth Sun

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  • Copyright: 1999-04-08
  • Publisher: Basic Books

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Until recently, archaeology was concerned mainly with piecing together the material lives of our ancestors. In this groundbreaking book, master storyteller and respected archaeologist Brian Fagan explains how cutting-edge science can now take us beyond the artifactsinto the mystical realm of shamans and spirit mediums, ancestor worship, and ritual sacrifice. From the Nile's black land to the Aztec's world of the Fifth Sun, from Stonehenge to Jericho, Fagan describes how Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, Geographic Information Systems, Computer Automated Design-mapping and other sophisticated scientific methods are helping us to decode the religious and spiritual beliefs of our forebears. This new "archaeology of the mind" blends a wealth of scientific disciplinesfrom botany, zoology, and geology to neuropsychology, palynology, and nuclear physics. With vivid imagery and a transporting voice, Fagan revolutionizes our understanding of the inner lives of ancient people.

Author Biography

Brian Fagan is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. A former Guggenheim Fellow, he has written many internationally acclaimed popular books about archaeology, including The Little Ice Age, Floods, Famines, and Emperors, and The Long Summer. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
The Archaeology of the Intangiblep. 1
Dark Caves, Obscure Visionsp. 23
San Artists in Southern Africap. 51
Fertility and Deathp. 70
Power and the Ancestorsp. 100
Avebury: Landscapes of the Ancestorsp. 115
Stonehenge and the Idea of Timep. 143
Two Livings: Agriculture and Religionp. 166
The Moundbuilders of Eastern North Americap. 184
The Bull beneath the Earthp. 220
A Shrine at Phylakopip. 251
Divine Kings along the Nilep. 270
Xunantunich: "The Maiden of the Rock"p. 302
The World of the Fifth Sunp. 332
Epiloguep. 367
Guide to Further Readingp. 374
Referencesp. 383
Indexp. 386
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