Friday, December 04, 2009

Heritage Key | Unlock the Wonders of the Ancient World

Heritage Key | Unlock the Wonders of the Ancient World

The ancient world on the web | Gadling.com

The ancient world on the web | Gadling.com

YouTube - Ancient Mesopotamia (clip)

YouTube - Ancient Mesopotamia (clip)

This is a very nice very simple summary of Sumer with some essential attention to the invention of agriculture, the wheel, and writing. Much of the political analysis is oversimplified and the speculations presented here about the disappearance of civilizations in this area are useless. Maybe the people responsible for the rise of civilization here moved elsewhere - e.g. Egypt.

YouTube - Civilisations- Mesopotamia [6/6]

YouTube - Civilisations- Mesopotamia [6/6]

YouTube - Civilisations- Mesopotamia [5/6]

YouTube - Civilisations- Mesopotamia [5/6]

YouTube - Civilisations- Mesopotamia [4/6]

YouTube - Civilisations- Mesopotamia [4/6]

YouTube - Civilisations- Mesopotamia [3/6]

YouTube - Civilisations- Mesopotamia [3/6]

YouTube - Civilisations- Mesopotamia [2/6]

YouTube - Civilisations- Mesopotamia [2/6]

YouTube - Civilisations- Mesopotamia [1/6]

YouTube - Civilisations- Mesopotamia [1/6] The narration is English, but in terms of the commentary, there is an asssumption here that the viewer not only speaks English, but also French, a regrettably arrogant lapse typical for archaeology, and not motivating for those seeking to understand the subject matter. Otherwise, the video is excellent.

Themester's 'Footprints in the Stars' blends astronomy, American Indian sky lore: IU News Room: Indiana University

Themester's 'Footprints in the Stars' blends astronomy, American Indian sky lore: IU News Room: Indiana University

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Culture of Old Europe Is Uncloaked in an Exhibit at N.Y.U. - NYTimes.com

Culture of Old Europe Is Uncloaked in an Exhibit at N.Y.U. - NYTimes.com:
"The little-known culture is being rescued from obscurity in an exhibition, “The Lost World of Old Europe: the Danube Valley, 5000-3500 B.C.,” which opened last month at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. More than 250 artifacts from museums in Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania are on display for the first time in the United States. The show will run through April 25."

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Sky Earth Native America


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

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    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."