Sunday, May 03, 2015

Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park, Monticello, Florida's Largest Pre-Columbian Earthworks, Mark(s) Stars of Aries Near the Ecliptic

According to our decipherment, Letchworth mounds, near Monticello, Florida's largest "Pre-Columbian earthworks, mark stars of Aries on or near the ecliptic above the stars previously shown as belonging to the Lake Jackson mounds.

"Pre-Columbian" taken strictly means "prior to Christopher Columbus in 1492" but it is generally applied to the eras preceding the European geographic discoverers in the New World.

The Wikipedia entry to the Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park writes: "Letchworth Mounds Archaeological State Park is a 188.2 acre[1] Florida State Park that preserves the state's tallest prehistoric, Native American ceremonial earthwork mound, which is 46 feet (14 m) high."

Our decipherment bases its Letchworth-Love earthwork locations on an image of reconstruction at page 107 in 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,

The Letchworth-Love "style" is the same as that employed at the more northerly located Kolomoki Mounds, Blakely, Georgia, which, as we show in the next decipherment posting, also marked stars of Aries, indeed, the brighter stars, such as we are familiar with for Aries in our modern day.

The Letchworth stars of Aries seem to be based on an ecliptic orientation, and, indeed, the large Letchworth pyramid appears from above to be the figure of a man, who -- in the context of our decipherment -- is standing directly on the Ecliptic.

The main axis of the complex, according to Morgan, as cited above, is 12° East of North.

The main star in this complex according to our decipherment is Delta Arietis, also called Botein, which shows an approximate 12° position angle when a perpendicular line is drawn from it to the Ecliptic. Hence, one might suspect that the Ecliptic was the baseline for this site, at right angles to the Ecliptic Meridian.

Some of the other stars of Aries represented either singly or by the shape of the earthwork constructions are Nu Arietes, Mu Arietis, Epsilon Arietis, Zeta Arietis, Sigma Arietis, Omicron Arietis, Tau Arietis, Rho Arieits, Pi Arietis, and 29 Arietis, the latter virtually right on the Ecliptic.

The face in the earthworks at the bottom left would appear to mark stars including HIP17058 and 5 Tauri, which we previously assigned to the Lake Jackson mounds, so that this profile presumably "looks" to them.

Based on the lower earthwork shapes and the stars apparently marked there, which seem to be along the Celestial Equator in the building era, we assign a construction date of ca. 200 B.C. to Letchworth, which is seen as having been built in perhaps three stages, some perhaps older than that date.

THIS POSTING IS Posting Number 74 of
The Great Mound, Petroglyph and Painted Rock Art Journey of Native America 

Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park, Monticello, Florida's Largest Pre-Columbian Earthworks, Mark(s) Stars of Aries Near the Ecliptic

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