About the Book
Mardith Schuetz-Miller, an anthropologist and award-winning historian, has written extensively on the archaeology and ethno-history of Spanish sites in Texas and Guam, Spanish military history in Texas, and Spanish Colonial architecture. Among her many publications are San Antonio in the Eighteenth Century (co-author), The Practice of Architecture in Mexico City, Building and Builders in Hispanic California, 1769-1850, Guide to the Pimería Alta. Missions and More (co-editor and author), and Pre-Euclidean Geometry in the Design of Mission Churches of the Spanish Borderlands.
Abodes for the Gods. The Symbolism of Ancient Sacred Architecture in Eurasia interprets the diverse forms of sacred architecture by examining the world-views, religious beliefs, and rituals of the cultures that built them. The study employs a multi-disciplinary approach: historical records, religious texts, archaeological findings, linguistic data, works of art, archaeo-astronomy, mathematical development, biology, and ancient sailing records. Perhaps most important is the demonstration that the pre-Euclidean geometry, traced in Pre-Euclidean Geometry in the Design of Mission Churches of the Spanish Borderlands, was in use by the Neolithic period, as shown in megalithic sites of England and the Mediterranean, Egyptian pyramids and rock-cut tombs, and the temples and temple complexes of Mesopotamia, Persia, India, and Southeast Asia.