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Do you believe the Caracol at Chichen Itza was an astronomical observatory?



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Interesting question for NEWTON! As it happens, I have been there and have read about it: Caracol, like many ancient observatories, has features that line up with certain celestial bodies at the equinoxes and solstices which were very important to ancient agrarian societies. The Maya also placed unusual emphasis on the planet Venus and timed certain rituals by its orbit, although I do not know if it is been demonstrated that Caracol was used for keeping track of Venus.

Hawley


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