Friday, September 11, 2015

The Equator Megalith of Brazil Highway BR-174 North of Manaus near Rorainópolis, State of Roraima, Brazil : Is it Ancient? We Do Not Know But Suggest It Could Be, Even if its Use is Modern

Was the Earth's Equator recognized by the ancients through the Equinoxes? They might then have concluded that the Earth was a sphere. If they recognized the Equator, did they put up an ancient marker to mark its location? Well, they surely would have put up something significant if they had recognized it.

We note here for the record that when a straight line from Feniak Lake is drawn via Google Earth Pro not in sections but "ideally" from Feniak Lake in Alaska directly to Jabuticabeira in Brazil that line passes virtually through the Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville, West Virginia, sometimes claimed as the highest cone-shaped mound in the United States.

That could be pure chance, since there are always many possible locations that any line can pass through, or by, so we examined the course of that same line to see if we could find any other unusual things that might suggest that the ancients calculated such a line via the stars (as it was not directly measurable).

The distance from Feniak Lake to Jabuticabeira II is ca. 13700 km (nearly 9000 miles) and the line follows a bearing of 83.58 degrees i.e. ca. 84 degrees, so that this line deviates ca. 6 degrees from 90 degrees. That could be intended for survey purposes, as we noted for the Cahokia Birdman Tablet.

Can anything else of unusual significance be found on or near that line?

Indeed, near to that line in the Amazon Basin, there are virtually no through passages,  but there is in fact a giant megalith on the current Brazilian Highway BR-174 near Rorainópolis, State of Roraima, Brazil. Based on photos of people standing next to that standing stone (we presume it to be made of stone), that megalith must be 4 to 5 meters tall, and it modernly marks the Equator at ca. 0° 0' 0.00" N  60° 38' 58 W (plug that GPS location into Google Earth). The megalith also has a metal plank of some kind inserted as a marker.

There is only one passage road through the Amazon. As written at the Wikipedia, "BR-174 is a federal highway of Brazil. The 3,321 km (2,064 mi) road connects Cáceres to Pacaraima on the Venezuelan border. It is the only road connection of the state of Roraima with the rest of the country."

We have been unable to find any information online about the origin of the "Equator Megalith", nor even any indication of the material of which it is made. We presume it is natural stone found in the region. Striations can be seen on the sides. Traveling by Google's "Street View" on the BR-174 one sees some large megaliths and boulders along the road, one the size of a locomotive of similar color from which, indeed, the Equator Megalith could have been taken since the end of it seems to have been quarried. But when was that done? We do not know.

We are guessing that the Equator Megalith has been reappropriated for use as a modern marker of the Equator, but in ancient times could also have served to mark the Equator. The figure pair we see carved at the tip of the megalith -- this is very speculative ! since the figures are uncertain -- are similar to those at the Andromeda and Pisces Rock at Nazca (Nasca), as previously deciphered.

This megalith, in spite of a metal plank cut into it in the modern era, could be very ancient, as it appears to resemble a phallic symbol, something the ancients, based on our research, used in their megalithic exploits, e.g. the Stone of Manau at Clackmannan, Gaellic Clach Mhanain the "man's stone".

As we have previously deciphered in Stars, Stones and Scholars, the Stone of Manau marked the stars of Perseus, and the entire megalith taken as a whole here in Brazil also has the definite shape of Perseus, the stars of which marked the Vernal Equinox ca. 3000 B.C. Look at that stone carefully in the numerous online photographs and you will see it is not just a normal stone. Moderns would not have made a smooth "boulder" of that shape.

There also appear to be weathered figures carved onto the stone, and we have traced them from a clip of the Google Street View photographs as follows. As for whether this is a phallic symbol or not, we leave that for each reader to decide. Please note that this is science and not something else. Most of the photographs online of the Equator Megalith do not photograph the back, for good reason.

The Equator Megalith, Rorainopolis, Roraima, Brazil and its Figures
(Click the graphic to obtain a larger image)

The Equator Megalith at Linha do Equador can be seen online at:
  • Google Earth at the setting ca. 0° 0' 0.00" N  60° 38' 58 W. The longitude given at the actual megalith itself on the metal plank is divergent from the Google Earth GPS.
The Equator Megalith is located not far from from Manaus, the capital city of Amazonas, Brazil, where, by Brazilian definition, "the Solimões and Negro [the Rio Negro] rivers meet in Manaus and join to form the Amazon River".

Manaus was named Manaós before 1939, and known as "the heart of the Amazon". It is the, perhaps coincidental, namesake of the Stone of Manau in Scotland, which we identified years ago also as marking stars of Perseus.

We might note that the question arises as to how the ancients would get to this Amazon basin location. For seagoing navigators, they would have taken the Amazon River by boat to the present location of Manaus. How they then got to what is now the area of Rorainópolis is a good question. Reino in Spanish and Portuguese means "kingdom, realm" so that this was the center, i.e. "polis" of that realm, whatever it may have applied to when originated.

Near the location of the "Equator Megalith" there appear to be rock outcroppings viz. intaglios in anthropomorphic form and they could be interpreted to paint an active scene. On the other side of the road there seem to be earthworks which could also be anthropomorphically interpreted, but this is all very speculative. We have deciphered them, but, frankly, they are not the kind of thing that we can publish. After all, there are 7 billion humans on the planet now, and they all got here by known means. In 3000 B.C., the message would fit the megalith. Research this matter further there at your own risk. We have enough trouble getting people to read our megalithic materials seriously without adding controversial stuff.

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The Equator Megalith of Brazil Highway BR-174 North of Manaus near Rorainópolis, State of Roraima, Brazil : Is it Ancient? We Do Not Know But Suggest It Could Be, Even if its Use is Modern
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