Sunday, April 12, 2015

The "Next" Great Google Earth Image Mystery for Archaeology, Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy Buffs : Where is the Location of this Image on Earth and in the Stars?

The "Next" Great Google Earth Image Mystery for Archaeology, Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy Buffs has started with this posting for the image found further below.

We ran our first Great Google Earth Image Mystery at the end of the year 2014 and no one solved it.

Then at the end of February we ran The Great Thunderbird Challenge for the World's Archaeologists, Astronomers and Archaeoastronomers : One Petroglyph and 60 Stars! No one solved that one either.

We now give the archaeological, astronomical and archaeoastronomical communities an opportunity to catch up a point with this "Next" Great Google Earth Image Mystery for Archaeology, Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy Buffs.

Below is the image from Google Earth for which of course we know the exact location both on Earth and in the Sky. Click on the image to get a larger view.

What we want to know in this mystery challenge are the answers to the following two questions: 
  1. Where is the above image located on Earth? It is nearly as large as a football field! We googled the image in Google Image Search and found ... nothing ...  only a bunch of junk images not even closely related. Even relevant .kmz files seem not to mark this location. But we are not infallible or all-seeing. Perhaps we have missed a reference?
  2. What stars could the clearly visible cupmark-like (viz. cupule-like) circular markings represent, and why? We will shortly post this same image with a star map from Starry Night Pro pasted over the image to show the general star correspondence. About that correspondence, there is little question.
unsheathe your trowels!
aim your telescopes!

We cite for the near origin of the above expressions to these sources:
  • D. James, The Patriarchal Religion of Britain, 1836, reprinted in London by Forgotten Books, 2013: "we must ... gape at [the Druids] ... unsheathed swords, and stars, and trowels.... ", and
  •, Your Sky: Virtual Telescope Control Panel, Aim Point (the site developer, John Walker, a genius in his own right, is the founder of Autodesk, Inc. and co-author of AutoCAD.) Even if you do not own an astronomy software program, you can use Aim Point .... Indeed, when we present our decipherment of the above image and reveal its location, we will give you the data to feed into Aim Point in order to find the stars.
The next posting will start a series of presentations concerning our 2015 revised decipherment of the Brickell Point Miami Circle in Miami, Florida.

At this point, we by chance take a look at Education World and The Great Gatsby revisited on the 90th birthday of the book, April 11:
"TIME’s original review, though noting Fitzgerald’s talent, gave little hint of the fame waiting for the book. "Still the brightest boy in the class, Scott Fitzgerald holds up his hand," the review said."
For good reason, still our favorite "modern" book. He reminds us of us.

 Good luck!

THIS POSTING IS Posting Number 52 of
The Great Mound, Petroglyph and Painted Rock Art Journey of Native America 

The "Next" Great Google Earth Image Mystery for Archaeology, Astronomy and Archaeoastronomy Buffs : Where is the Location of this Image on Earth and in the Stars?

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Sky Earth Native America 1:
American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
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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