Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Roosevelt Washington Columbia River Rock Inscriptions at Horsethief Lake State Park are a Marvelous Sky Map ca. 750 B.C. in the Shape of a Dog-like Animal's Head Reminiscent of Machu Picchu

A rock inscription found on the Columbia River at Roosevelt, Washington (State) is now housed at Horsethief Lake State Park because of the building of a dam on the river. See VirtualTourist.com in a writing by glabah for a nice history of the Horsethief Park Ancient Stone Carvings: petroglyphs.

Rock Art Oregon quotes ethnologist Herbert Krieger in 1927 during a Smithsonian survey that: "Rock inscriptions at Roosevelt, Washington, except for one maze-like inscription covering several square feet of rock surface, are nondescript and have apparently little value as an archeological key."

The rock inscription maze referred to there is one of the most spectacular sky maps of ancient Native America which we date to ca. 750 B.C. based on the positions of the Solstices and Equinoxes in that era.

The Roosevelt Washington maze-like inscription "maps" the full circle of the sky as a dog-like head shape with the eye at Draco's mid heaven. We have colored the cupmarks and line markings for easier understanding.

We decipher that petroglyph inscription below, relying on an image at Rock Art Oregon at http://rockartoregon.com/ with which we have no affiliation. 

The Roosevelt, Washington, Columbia River Petroglyph Inscription
Deciphered by Andis Kaulins as a Sky Map of the Stars ca. 750 B.C.

The above decipherment by Andis Kaulins, July, 2015, in Traben-Trarbach, is based on online materials, in particular a photograph at Rock Art Oregon, http://rockartoregon.com/to-become-visible/category/Motif.

As written at Rock Art Oregon (paragraphed by us into smaller paragraphs for easier reading):
"In the early 1920s an Oregon newspaper announced discovery of “Picture Writings” near Roosevelt, Washington, on the Columbia River. A popular 1921 volume, Oregon [1], provided drawings of petroglyphs from the site. The Oregon State Motor Association promoted the location as destination for vacationers, via ferry from Arlington, Oregon.

Thus began “Glyphland” and nine decades [of] speculation, promotion, displacement, and documentation. 

The John Day Dam project in the 1950s and 1960s sparked relocation of 27 of the riverside basalt boulders to a civic park near Roosevelt.

After forty years and visits by thousands, neglect motivated a 2003 move under the auspices of the Army Corps of Engineers, in consultation with tribal and park representatives, to [2].

In 2012 these 27 boulders joined other petroglyphs displaced by The Dalles Dam in the 1950s to become part of the Temani Pesh-wa Trail.

Today this display, along with the nearby Tsagiglalal [3] petroglyph, is a popular heritage attraction."
Read more there.

It is interesting to see how the dog-like head used as a shape to mark the starry sky here finds its later sky-marking corresponding animal head theme in our previously published decipherment of Machu Picchu.

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The Great Mound, Petroglyph and Painted Rock Art Journey of Native America

Roosevelt Washington Columbia River Rock Inscriptions at Horsethief Lake State Park are a Marvelous Sky Map ca. 750 B.C. in the Shape of a Dog-like Animal's Head Reminiscent of Machu Picchu

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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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