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Monumental Architecture Arising from an Early Astronomical-Religious Complex in Perú, 2200–1750 <span class="smallCaps">bc</span>

Robert A. Benfer Jr

in Early New World Monumentality

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780813038087
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813038087.003.0012
Monumental Architecture Arising from an Early Astronomical-Religious Complex in Perú, 2200–1750 bc

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Recent findings of a calendric temple complex dating to 2,100 bc, at the middle Chillón valley site of Buena Vista, Chillón, raise the question as to the importance of astronomical orientations in construction of early platform mounds. Buena Vista alignments from a Mito-style offering chamber and also from the gaze of a personified disk each mark critical dates by solar and Andean constellation events. When corrections are made for latitude and declination, other sites such as El Paráiso, Aspero, Las Aldas, and Chupacigarro/Caral show a similar summer solsticial orientation.

Keywords: Monumental architecture; early platform mounds; Astronomical-Religious Complex

Chapter.  17970 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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