Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Earth Science News .




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



ABOUT US
Study: Pueblo architects understand advanced geometry
by Brooks Hays
Tempe, Ariz. (UPI) Jan 23, 2017


disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

The ancient Pueblo people of the Southwestern United States had no written language or numerical system, but the complexities of their architectural feats suggest they understood advanced geometry.

In a new study, published this week in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, scientists at Arizona State University detailed the proof of the Pueblo people's geometric sophistication.

Their abilities are exemplified at the Sun Temple archaeological site in Mesa Verde National Park, in Montezuma County, Colo.

"I noticed in my site survey that the same measurements kept popping up over and over again," Sherry Towers, a professor at Arizona State, said in a news release. "When I saw that the layout of the site's key features also involved many geometrical shapes, I decided to take a closer look."

While surveying the expansive layout, Towers and her colleagues found equilateral triangles, squares, 45-degree right triangles, Pythagorean triangles and the "golden rectangle."

The golden rectangle and its eye-pleasing proportions is often employed in the arrangement of pieces of Western art -- the positioning of figures and shapes within a painting, drawing or print. Mathematicians in ancient Greece and Egypt described the unique shape and its aesthetic qualities. Evidence of the golden rectangle has also been found among Mayan art and architecture.

But unlike the Egyptians, Greeks and Mayans, the Pueblos had no written words or numbers with which to make notes -- no guides for building perfectly proportioned multi-room houses and multi-building complexes.

"This is what I find especially amazing," Towers said. "The genius of the site's architects cannot be underestimated. If you asked someone today to try to reconstruct this site and achieve the same precision that they had using just a stick and a piece of cord, it's highly unlikely they'd be able to do it, especially if they couldn't write anything down as they were working."


Comment on this article using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.


Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

.


Related Links
All About Human Beings and How We Got To Be Here






Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
ABOUT US
Discovery adds rock collecting to Neanderthal's repertoire
Lawrence KS (SPX) Jan 18, 2017
Maybe this Neanderthal was a rock hound? An international group that includes a University of Kansas researcher has discovered a brownish piece of split limestone in a site in Croatia that suggests Neanderthals 130,000 years ago collected the rock that stands out among all other items in the cave. "If we were walking and picked up this rock, we would have taken it home," said David Frayer, ... read more


ABOUT US
Rescuers seek trapped miners in Peru

Nigeria botched air strike may have killed up to 236 people

Nigeria plans inquiry into botched air strike

Lice, lung troubles plague migrants in freezing Serbia

ABOUT US
Spanish scientists create a 3-D bioprinter to print human skin

Glass's off-kilter harmonies

ChemChina 'to file for anti-trust approval in US' for takeover

Breaking the optical bandwidth record of stable pulsed lasers

ABOUT US
Regional sea-level scenarios will help Northeast plan for faster-than-global rise

Mighty river, mighty filter

Ex-leader of Maldives plans return to save sinking nation

U.S., Cuba sign maritime border treaty

ABOUT US
ACE ship completes first leg of journey around Antarctica

Massive Antarctic ice shelf ready to break apart

Arctic melt ponds form when meltwater clogs ice pores

Sea-surface temps during last interglacial period like modern temps

ABOUT US
Common crop chemical leaves bees susceptible to deadly viruses

Harvests in the US to suffer from climate change

Wheat virus crosses over, harms native grasses

Tiny plants with huge potential

ABOUT US
7.9 quake shakes PNG, tsunami alert rescinded

40 dead in Mozambique rainy season

Breaking point nears for Italy's quake survivors

Deadly quake nightmare returns to haunt Italy

ABOUT US
The 5 previous West African military interventions

14 members of pro-govt militia killed in Mali attack

New Gambia president demands army loyalty

Gambia army chief says troops will not fight intervention

ABOUT US
Study: Pueblo architects understand advanced geometry

Survival of many of the world's nonhuman primates is in doubt, experts report

What humans and primates both know when it comes to numbers

Discovery adds rock collecting to Neanderthal's repertoire




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement