Anthony Aveni

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Anthony Francis Aveni (born 1938) is an American academic anthropologist, astronomer, and author, noted in particular for his extensive publications and leading contributions to the field of archaeoastronomy. With an academic career spanning over four decades, Aveni is recognized for his influence on the development of archaeoastronomy as a discipline in the latter 20th century. He has specialized in the study of ancient astronomical practices in the Americas, and is one of the founders of research into the historical astronomy of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures. As of 2009 Aveni holds an endowed chair as the Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology and Native American Studies at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. With his artist wife Lorraine, he currently resides in Hamilton, New York.[1][2]


  • Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico (University of Texas Press, 1980) (translations in German, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese)
  • World Archaeoastronomy (editor) (Cambridge University Press, 1988)
  • Empires of Time (Basic Books, 1989)
  • The Lines of Nazca (editor) (American Philosophical Society, 1990)
  • Ancient Astronomers (Smithsonian, 1992)
  • Conversing With the Planets (Times, Random House, 1992)
  • Behind the Crystal Ball (Times, 1996)
  • Stairways to the Stars (Wiley, 1997)
  • Skywatchers : A Revised and Updated Version of Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico (University of Texas Press, 2001)
  • The Book of the Year: A Brief History of Our Seasonal Holidays (Oxford University Press, 2002)
  • The Madrid Codex: New Approaches to Understanding an Ancient Maya Manuscript (edited with Gabrielle Vail) (University Press of Colorado, 2004)
  • Foundations of New World Cultural Astronomy (Scholastic, 2005)
  • The First Americans: Where They Came From and Who They Became (Scholastic, 2005)
  • People and the Sky: Our Ancestors and the Cosmos (Thames & Hudson, 2008)
  • Foundations of New World Cultural Astronomy: A Reader With Commentary (editor) (University Press of Colorado, 2008)
  • Buried Beneath Us: Discovering the Ancient Cities of the Americas (Roaring Brook Press, 2013)
  • The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012 (University Press of Colorado, 2009)


  1. ^ "Anthony Aveni Biography". Retrieved 2015-12-19. 
  2. ^ "Dr. Anthony F. Aveni: Mesoamerican Archaeoastronomy Astronomy Anthropology Physics". 2012-12-21. Retrieved 2015-12-19. 

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