Tuesday, February 1, 2000

Modern Astronomer Illuminates Ancient Meanings of Stars

Chestertown, MD — How Venus, love goddess in the West, regulated warfare and ritual sacrifice in Mayan Central America will be among the discoveries illuminated by John B. Carlson, Director of the Center for Archaeoastronomy, on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Casey Academic Center Forum on the campus of Washington College.
In his talk "America’s Ancient Skywatchers," Carlson will draw on his extensive studies of astronomical practices, celestial lore, religions and world-views of ancient North and Central American civilizations. A noted public speaker, Carlson specializes in studies of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, especially Mayan and Highland Mexican civilizations. His work has appeared in National Geographic and Archaeology magazines. He has also appeared in seven archaeological documentaries on Arts & Entertainment, The Learning Channel, and the Discovery Channel.
The talk, sponsored by the Anthropology Department, is free and open to the public.

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