Saturday, May 02, 2015

Fort Center Lakeport Florida Mounds and Earthworks Mark Stars of Cetus to the Left of Those Marked by the Big Circle Mounds

The Fort Center, Lakeport, Florida Mounds and Earthworks are located to the west of Lake Okeechobee. They were designed and constructed in the same essential "elongated" style as Big Mound City and the Big Circle Mounds, whereby stars were marked by elongations that are self-explanatory.

Here also, as is the case for Big Mound City and the Big Circle Mounds, the general "picture" formed by the mounds and earthworks appears to be one of a profile of the head of an "Indian" Native American with head feathers.

As one could predict from their location to the left of Big Mound City and the Big Circle Mounds, the Fort Center mounds and earthworks mark stars in Cetus to the left of those, i.e. in the left corner of the body "rectangle" of Cetus.

We have redrawn the mound and earthwork locations based upon diagrammed images of the reconstructed site found at pages 101-102 of William N. Morgan, Precolumbian Architecture in Eastern North America, Ripley P. Bullen Series, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida Press, Gainesville, FL, 1999, http://www.upf.com/.

Morgan writes that the Fort Center site "was built in several phases between 1000 B.C. and A.D. 1700 ".

We find that the larger scope of the site may date to ca. 1 A.D., when the celestial meridian could have been marked by the two openings at the large circle (but these openings could also berelated to solar or lunar calculations).

Moreover, it is easily possible that the large mound at the large circle marked Tau Ceti when that star marked the celestial meridian in ca. 215 B.C. Clear is that the "mortuary complex" came later in time and Morgan writes that its construction occurred between "A.D. 200 and 700 or so".

Star locations are based on the astronomy software Starry Night Pro, http://astronomy.starrynight.com/, to which we add thick colored lines and texts for purposes of explanation and better demonstration of the star correspondences to the mounds and earthworks.


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Fort Center Lakeport Florida Mounds and Earthworks Mark Stars of Cetus to the Left of Those Marked by the Big Circle Mounds

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