Monday, May 04, 2015

The Rollins Shell Ring and "Ringlet" Mounds at Fort George Island Cultural State Park East of Jacksonville Florida and SW of the Grand Mounds Little Talbot Island State Park Mark Stars of Pisces at Alpha Piscium and Portray a Man of Native America

From the Circlet of Pisces, which marks the head of the lower fish in modern astronomy, we now go to the point where the tails of the fish meet at Alpha Piscium, a star also known as Alrescha

The Rollins Shell Ring near the mouth of the Florida St. Johns River, Florida's longest river, is a relatively little known site at Fort George Island Cultural State Park, which is east of Jacksonville, Florida and just a few miles southwest of the Grand Mounds at Little Talbot State Park, which we previously deciphered as marking stars of Pisces above the ends of the tails of the fish of Pisces.

Expectedly, Rollins Shell Ring marks primarily stars at the point where the tails of Pisces meet, but also upwards and to the right along the bodies of the fish. As we shall show, the entire figure was also designed to portray the head of a man in Native America. Click on the image below to obtain a larger image.


The darkly marked areas are our selection from a topographic map that we redrew of the Rollins Shell Ring as found on page 44 of Early Pottery: Technology, Function, Style and Interaction in the Lower Southeast, edited by Rebecca Saunders and Christopher T. Hays, University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 2004.

In spite of the fact that the Rollins Shell Ring is little known, it was the subject of Masters Thesis recently: see Julie Ann Doucet, Oysters and Catfish: Resource Exploitation at Rollins Shell Ring, Ft. George Island, Florida, Louisiana State University, Masters Thesis, May 2012, where the radiocarbon date of the Rollins Ring is given as 5000 to 3500 B.P. i.e. at the earliest ca. 3000 B.C.

That the Rollins Shell Ring was also designed as a whole to show the head of a man in Native America derives from an analysis of a 3D "wire contour" image of the Rollins Shell Ring at Figure 3 in Rebecca Saunders, The Stratigraphic Sequence at Rollins Shell ring: Implications for Ring Function, The Florida Anthropologist, Florida Anthropological Society, Inc., Volume 57, Number 4, December, 2004, p. 249, Figure 3.

We brightened that image by 150% and stretched it upwards and to the right to get a "squarer" 2D form which of course is somewhat skewed from the original dimensions, but it was useful for our purposes. We then traced the darkest lines and figures to see what we would get, and the result is shown below.

 We can clearly see from the image above that the Rollins Shell Ring not only marks stars of Pisces but shows the portrait of man in Native America, a conclusion we derived from an analysis of a "wire contour" image of the Rollins Shell Ring at Figure 3 in Rebecca Saunders, The Stratigraphic Sequence at Rollins Shell ring: Implications for Ring Function, The Florida Anthropologist, Florida Anthropological Society, Inc., Volume 57, Number 4, December, 2004., p. 249, figure 3, page 252. Please view that original image. We reproduce the above skewed images as research "fair use" and are not in any way affiliated with persons or institutions cited above.

As a matter of improved corroboration of the above decipherment, we see that Julie Ann Doucet in Oysters and Catfish: Resource Exploitation at Rollins Shell Ring, Ft. George Island, Florida, Louisiana State University, Masters Thesis, May 2012, refers to and also reproduces at page 4 of her thesis a new "map" of the many "ringlets" found in the topography at the Rollins Shell Ring.

That map of ring and ringlets was originally published by Rebecca Saunders in 2010 at Rollins Redux: Rings, Ringlets and Really Big Pits. Report to the Florida Department of Archives and History, Permit No. 0304.38.

Those "ringlets" can clearly be interpreted to mark the stars of Pisces, as above, and as representing the "hair" ringlets of the profiled head of the Native America figure, as discussed above.

THIS POSTING IS Posting Number 77 of
The Great Mound, Petroglyph and Painted Rock Art Journey of Native America 


The Rollins Shell Ring and "Ringlet" Mounds at Fort George Island Cultural State Park East of Jacksonville Florida and SW of the Grand Mounds Little Talbot Island State Park Mark Stars of Pisces at Alpha Piscium and Portray a Man of Native America

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