: Temples in the Sky" by architect and photographer KenneithTreister is a superbly reproduced, 240 page compendium descriptively showcasing Mayan temple constructions and how those distinctive buildings incorporated form, function, sculpture and art that inspired a roster of American architects that includes the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright.
When tourists went, it was to contemplate the glories of postclassical Maya architecture
at Palenque's well-manicured grounds or to brave the Lacandon rainforest's steaming heat and buzzing insects for a glimpse of mysteriously beautiful archeological sites of Yaxchilan or Bonampak.
As might be expected, the topics addressed are diverse, with the 71 contributions examining such subjects as the properties of nearby galaxy structures, the conceptual and cultural history of gravitational lensing, sociology of modern technology, African cosmology, medieval books on locating the Qiblah (the Islamic direction of prayer) astronomically, the astronomy of Maimonides and its Arabic sources, the iconography of the Milky Way, astronomical objects in Brazilian rock art, astronomical and cosmological aspects of Maya architecture
and urbanism, first solar and stellar paintings in the Neolithic and Epipaleolithic rock art of Iberia, solar orientations of Bronze Age shrines in Crete, and human cognition in the light of astronomical categories.