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The Astronomers2009: Mayan Astronomy (Fiero)
2009: Mayan Astronomy (Fiero)
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The Mayan culture spread across a vast area, including South-East Mexico and part of Central America. Their society was governed by the demands of seasonal rains and slave-labour, since they had no draft or pack animals. Therefore, they needed a precise and empirical calendar to organise many aspects of their lives, including agriculture, commerce and the siting of buildings. Dr Julieta Fierro holds a research position at the Astronomy Institute of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She is dedicated to outreach, and has written 40 popular science books, two of which include topics on Mayan astronomy. She appears every week on television and radio and writes articles on the importance of informal public education. She has received dozens of awards, including the Kalinga Prize for the Popularisation of Science at UNESCO in Paris. This video presentation, part of the Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 held in UNESCO, Paris is featured on the IAF channel courtesy of the International Astronomical Union and UNESCO. The event was co-ordinated by the Observatoire de Paris. Video production by University of Strasbourg/Canalc2 (
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