Monday, January 26, 2015

The Center of the Mound System of Native America: Great Serpent Mound, Newark, Chillicothe, Miamisburg

The Grave Creek Mound and appurtenant locations of Moundsville discussed in the previous posting, are, as we shall see, located within a larger astronomical system of land survey viz. geographic orientation in Native America.

As an example of the "trail" principle involved, going virtually straight North from the Great Serpent Mound, which we discuss subsequently, there is an old Indian trail which was later dubbed the "Mound Road". As written at by nain rouge:
"Hickory Corners [Warren] became a way station or carriage stop for anyone travelling north from Detroit. At the time [perhaps 1830s or '40s], the area was scarcely more than dense forest of virgin timber traversed by an old Indian trail. Running north and south (now part of Mound Road), this Indian trail was once call 'Prairie Mound' Road for the dirt hills which resembled Indian burial mounds. Over the years, parts of it have been known as the 'State' Road, the 'Plank' Road, and recently as Mound and Sherwood."
That example supports our conviction that many old Indian trails were located by mounds, petroglyphs and painted or carved rock art placed according to stargazing, i.e. ancient astronomy, with the known heavens providing a ready heavenly map for earthly travel. This system arguably covered Native America.

Coming next are various components of the CENTER of that system:
Our results are thought-provoking. Here is a "teaser" for coming postings (star magnitude set at a maximum of 8.0):

Let us add in advance our answers to the main objection that could be raised by possible critics: if it is all so simple, why has no one else seen this before?

1. First of all, the "simple" results were not so simple to achieve. You are talking about many months of 18-hour days putting the details together so that they work. A major advance came, for example, by accepting the archaeologists' date of ca. 300 - 200 B.C. for the Grave Creek Mound or even a bit later for Chillicothe (see The History Blog), whereas we had tried to work with much older dates (which may nevertheless apply to many petroglyphs, painted and/or carved rocks and cupmarked megaliths or stones with cupules. We shall see.)

2. Archaeologists have their heads earthwards. Nothing wrong with that. That is their profession. We are thankful for the digs that they make and the maps that they and others (e.g. surveyors, and amateurs) have drawn. However, archaeologists seem to show little interest in astronomy.

3. Astronomers have their heads skywards. Nothing wrong with that. That is their profession. We are thankful for precise observations of the stellar heavens they provide, especially the astronomy software Starry Night Pro which allows us to see the sky in previous eras at any geographic location. However, astronomers seem to show little interest in archaeology.

4. Archaeoastronomers, the few of them, appear to focus mostly on solar and lunar alignments and appear to have no time for the stars. Nothing wrong with that. Solar and lunar observations can be reduced to mathematics. Stars less so. We are thankful for some of the pioneer work that emanates from this field.

5. Many "esoterically oriented people" are out in the field with dowsing rods, health equipment, audio and magnetic measuring devices, with little interest in either astronomy or archaeology. Nothing wrong with that. They are following their interests -- which we do not share. Nevertheless, we have received some of our best materials from such "esoterics" out in the field, even if we differ greatly in our interpretations of what has been found and what it all means.

6. There is a rare group, usually generalists and multi-professionals, who urge that one has to look both down, up and indeed, also simply straight ahead at what lies ON the ground before us in terms of ancient earthworks and related technology left to us by the ancients. Only then can one truly understand mounds, petroglyphs, megaliths, and painted or carved rock art from prehistory.

THIS POSTING IS Posting Number 3 of
The Great Mound, Petroglyph and Painted Rock Art Journey of Native America

The Center of the Mound System of Native America: Great Serpent Mound, Newark, Chillicothe, Miamisburg

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Volume 1, Edition 2, 266 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Sky Earth Native America 2:
    American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
    Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
    Volume 2, Edition 2, 262 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Both volumes have the same cover except for the labels "Volume 1" viz. "Volume 2".
    The image on the cover was created using public domain space photos of Earth from NASA.


    Both book volumes contain the following basic book description:
    "Alice Cunningham Fletcher observed in her 1902 publication in the American Anthropologist
    that there is ample evidence that some ancient cultures in Native America, e.g. the Pawnee in Nebraska,
    geographically located their villages according to patterns seen in stars of the heavens.
    See Alice C. Fletcher, Star Cult Among the Pawnee--A Preliminary Report,
    American Anthropologist, 4, 730-736, 1902.
    Ralph N. Buckstaff wrote:
    "These Indians recognized the constellations as we do, also the important stars,
    drawing them according to their magnitude.
    The groups were placed with a great deal of thought and care and show long study.
    ... They were keen observers....
    The Pawnee Indians must have had a knowledge of astronomy comparable to that of the early white men."
    See Ralph N. Buckstaff, Stars and Constellations of a Pawnee Sky Map,
    American Anthropologist, Vol. 29, Nr. 2, April-June 1927, pp. 279-285, 1927.
    In our book, we take these observations one level further
    and show that megalithic sites and petroglyphic rock carving and pictographic rock art in Native America,
    together with mounds and earthworks, were made to represent territorial geographic landmarks
    placed according to the stars of the sky using the ready map of the starry sky
    in the hermetic tradition, "as above, so below".
    That mirror image of the heavens on terrestrial land is the "Sky Earth" of Native America,
    whose "rock stars" are the real stars of the heavens, "immortalized" by rock art petroglyphs, pictographs,
    cave paintings, earthworks and mounds of various kinds (stone, earth, shells) on our Earth.
    These landmarks were placed systematically in North America, Central America (Meso-America) and South America
    and can to a large degree be reconstructed as the Sky Earth of Native America."

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