Astronomy and Feng Shui in the projects of the Tang, Ming and Qing royal mausoleums: A satellite imagery approach

  title={Astronomy and Feng Shui in the projects of the Tang, Ming and Qing royal mausoleums: A satellite imagery approach},
  author={Giulio Magli},
  journal={Archaeological Research in Asia},
  • G. Magli
  • Published 1 April 2018
  • Physics
  • Archaeological Research in Asia

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