Saturday, March 28, 2015

Ancient Mounds of the Florida Peninsula Mark the Stars of Cetus -- Crystal River Mounds, Horr's Island (now the "other" Key Marco), Miami Circle and More

The ancient mounds of what we today call Florida mark the stars of Cetus, being, however, limited to the Peninsula. The (apparently younger) mounds in what today is the Florida Panhandle are not included in this representation.

Our last decipherments covered Perseus, the Pleiades and Aries and since Florida is below Alabama by latitude, the only stars that would have come into question for Florida in the ancient land survey would have been Cetus and Pisces, and so it is in fact, with the emphasis fully on Cetus, which permits a more vertical southward presentation of the Florida Peninsula, something which would be difficult using the relatively faint and mainly horizontal stars of Pisces.

As can be seen, the Crystal River Mounds mark the star Gamma Ceti,
a triple star,
thus perhaps explaining the thus far unresolved "triple" nature of its mound at the Crystal River Mounds
-- which, all taken together, mark stars at the head of Cetus.
We decipher the Crystal River Mounds in the next posting so as not to overburden this posting with another large graphic image.

The Horr's Island archaeological site has only four mounds, but they were important for placing Horr's Island properly in the full Florida decipherment above, thus revealing to a greater degree which stars were marked by the other Florida sites. We have placed the four-mound pattern in the map above and do not decipher these mounds separately, because it is otherwise very clear.

As we have deciphered it, the four mounds of Horr's Island (the newer "Key Marco") mark Tau Ceti and three additional prominent nearby stars at 46, 47 and 50 Ceti, which are all of star magnitude 5.50 of brighter, the only such stars in the entire interior of Cetus.

Horr's Island mound location is based on a map in William N. Morgan, Precolumbian Architecture in Eastern North America, (Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen Series), University Press of Florida, 1999, ISBN 0-8130-1659-2. The decipherment of the stars marked by the mounds is of course, as always, by Andis Kaulins, who is not affiliated with any of the named persons or organizations.

The ancients were able to recognize top real estate locations. The former Horr's Island archaeological site is just a stone's throw away from Naples, Florida, one of the most expensive residential communities in the modern United States.

Horr's Island, home of Horr's Island archaeological site, was modernly and perhaps understandably renamed some year ago, but the new name of "Key Marco" created a confusion with a different Key Marco archaeological site

The Wikipedia writes about the name confusion:
"The Horr's Island archaeological site is a significant Archaic period archaeological site located on an island in Southwest Florida formerly known as Horr's Island. Horr's Island (now called Key Marco, not to be confused with the archaeological site Key Marco) is on the south side of Marco Island in Collier County, Florida. The site includes four mounds and a shell ring. It has one of the oldest known mound burials in the eastern United States, dating to about 3400 radiocarbon years Before Present (BP). One of the mounds has been dated to as early as 6700 BP. It was the largest known community in the southeastern United States to have been permanently occupied during the Archaic period (8000 BCE-1000 BCE)."
The Wikipedia writes about the "other" Key Marco:
"The island of Key Marco was composed of shell mounds and other shell works and separate from Marco Island in the 19th century. A late 19th century settlement on the island was called Marco Village.... By late in the 20th century Key Marco had been attached to Marco Island and all of the mounds on Key Marco had been leveled and built on. The area is now known as Old Marco Village. One source of confusion ...  arises from the fact that in the 1980s a development company renamed the former Horr's Island as "Key Marco". Horr's Island was the location of an independently significant archaeological site. It has one of the oldest indigenous burial mounds of the eastern United States, dating to about 1450 BCE; and it was the site of the largest, permanently occupied community of the Archaic period (8000 BCE- 1000 BCE) in the southeastern part of the nation."
Note in the map above that the Miami Circle marks Beta Ceti, Deneb Kaitos, also known as Diphda, the brightest star in Cetus, known in Chinese astronomy as the "superintendent of earthworks" (Star Names, Richard Hinckley Allen) viz. "master of constructions", and such it may have been in Miami, as a possibly circular triangulation fulcrum for the ancient land survey of Native America by astronomy. Diphda marks the lowest point that the celestial equator can reach in this part of the heavens, which happens only once every ca. 26,000 years.

We will return to the Miami Circle in a later posting. The next posting is on our Crystal River Mounds decipherment, mounds which are shown to mark the stars at the head of Cetus.

THIS POSTING IS Posting Number 49 of
The Great Mound, Petroglyph and Painted Rock Art Journey of Native America

Ancient Mounds of the Florida Peninsula Mark the Stars of Cetus -- Crystal River Mounds, Horr's Island (now the "other" Key Marco), Miami Circle and More

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