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Ancient Solar Design & Astronomy Resources

Publications and Online Resources

Guide to Prehistoric Astronomy in the Southwest, by J. McKim Malville.

A Golden Thread: 2,500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology, by Ken Butti and John Perlin. Cheshire Books, 1980. Fascinating history; solar design has been around a very long time.

Online Resources
Features great information and photos of sun calendars, petroglyphs in Arizona and New Mexico. In particular check out their virtual tours of various ancient sites and how the sun interacts with them.
Great info on solar and lunar orientation of buildings and petroglyphs such as the sun dagger at Chaco canyon.
Paul Mirocha’s documentation of sun arrows on petroglyphs atop Tumamoc Hill in Tucson, Arizona.

Sun and Shade Harvesting