Friday, March 13, 2015

Cahokia at the Heart of Ancient Native America! What Does Monks Mound at Cahokia Represent, if not the Archer's Heart?

So, dear reader, what more can we learn about Cahokia Monks Mound simply by LOOKing? Does the Monks Mound represent THE HEART? Of course it does.

By the way, we finally found the source for the heart image in reduced form that we equated with the heart of the Birdman in the previous posting -- see

How, are your powers of observation? Well honed? Or have they fallen into relative disuse and neglect in the modern era of digital gadgets?

We ourselves try to LOOK at everything and leave no stone unturned, as it were. Even so, even we miss obvious things, so perhaps we can not blame the laxity of others. So we check and recheck. That is the motto of science.

We observed in the course of our decipherment of the Cahokia mounds and other earthworks that Monks Mound, the largest mound at Cahokia, had an unusual shape, so that the ancients were obviously trying to portray something of great importance to them, through a gigantic mound.

The way that modern archaeologists have reconstructed and reshaped Monks Mound indicates that they may see it as an Indian head profile, like the old U.S. mint 5-cent piece, except that here the Indian's eye is impossibly far to right -- literally on the ground. We think the ancients would never have made a head profile marked that way -- and if so, for what reason? -- nor do early photographs of Monks Mound that we have found, dating to the year 1933 (links below), support such a reconstruction, which, if anything could be interpreted to show an Indian head facing in the opposite direction.

There is another, "more obvious" and surely more correct explanation.

In our previous posting, we identified the Cahokia mounds and other earthworks as marking the stars of Ursa Major as a "galactic" bow-and-arrow wielding archer, hunter or warrior with his feet solidly planted on the galactic meridian. But we also noted that the astronomical portrayal had a "human" element. Just how far did that "human" portrayal go?

Consider this question:
Where on the torso of the archer is Monks Mound located in our previous decipherment of the Cahokia mounds?

Well, obviously, it is located right at the heart position. Take a look at our previous posting of the decipherment of the Cahokia mounds and earthworks.

Monks Mound is "the Heart" of the Archer
(viz. Hunter or Warrior).

Monks Mound as the Heart Shown in Image Form Below

We show in the image above the confluence of Monks Mound features and features of the human heart, with the aorta (which carries blood from the heart to the body) at the top, going clockwise to the pulmonary artery, the left atrium, the pulmonary veins, the left ventricle, the descending aorta, the inferior vena cava (which carries blood back to the heart), the right ventricle, the right atrium, and the superior vena cava (which carries blood back to the heart)

In our composite image above we show at the lower right a modern heart image from at, to which we have added the labels.

In addition, we have looked at year 1933 photographs from the Illinois State Museum, where we have clipped and enlarged photo sections that show Monks Mound, which clips we have then reduced to the darkest elements in the graphic image using Paint Shop Pro's threshold menu option, thus showing clearly the three prongs at the top of Monks Mound, just as in the human heart, as well as the mound paths (marked in red in the images above) showing, so we interpret the photos, the aorta and vena cava.

Monks Mound was surely a gigantic representation of the human heart, the heart of the figure we identified in our previous decipherment as an archer, hunter or warrior, where Monks Mound indeed marks the heart position.

In our opinion, the archaeological community in their assessment of the ancients in Native North America, has greatly underestimated their skills, creativity and intelligence.

Useful photos of Monks Mound -- among many -- that we consulted are found at
The 1933 photo images from which we clipped Monks Mound views are found at Heart images and materials that we consulted for the heart are found at
THIS POSTING IS Posting Number 39 of
The Great Mound, Petroglyph and Painted Rock Art Journey of Native America

Cahokia at the Heart of Ancient Native America! What Does Monks Mound at Cahokia Represent, if not the Archer's Heart? Now that is "real" Heartland!

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