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September 25, 2007 Astronomy section of the book “Blacks in Science: Ancient and Modern” edited by Ivan Van Sertima Chapter Summary: Van Sertima opens Part 1: African Science with a section on Astronomy and subsequent case studies. Considered a prime example, the Dogon of Mali have been embroiled in controversy over the validity of their vast ancient astronomical knowledge. Superficially their knowledge, passed down generation after generation, seems impossible for these West African people, but thorough investigation has yielded a different finding. Sertima makes mention of the researchers, including the twenty-five year research conducted by anthropologists Griaule and Dieterlen, who have revealed that the Dogon have plotted and disclosed much information on the stars circling Sirius. Most importantly, they were able to discern the unprecedented nature of the star Sirius B and also know Saturn’s rings, which are supposed to be invisible to the naked eye. Nevertheless, as Sertima points out,
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