Caracol at Chichen Itza
Name: Steven P. Ross
Do you believe the Caracol at Chichen Itza was an astronomical observatory?
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.
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