Saturday, March 28, 2015

Florida Crystal River Archaeological State Park Mounds Mark Stars at the Head of Cetus

The most significant site for reconstructing the land survey in the Florida Peninsula was the Crystal River Archaeological State Park with its well-known Crystal River Mounds, where it is written online that "The 14 acre six mound complex [actually, more, since some mounds appear conjoined] is one of the most imposing prehistoric ceremonial centers on Florida's west coast."

The Wikipedia writes at the entry for Crystal River Archaeological State Park that:
"Crystal River State Archaeological Site ...[u]nder the title of Crystal River Indian Mounds ... is ... a U.S. National Historic Landmark (designated as such on September 29, 1970)."
As written by Dale Cox at Explore Southern History in The Crystal River Archaeological State Park: Prehistory on the Crystal River:
"[T]he two great platform mounds ... appear to be part of a planned alignment ... a giant astronomical observatory. It is thought that the placement of the mounds could be used to track the seasons by the way they aligned with the sun and other stars at different times of the year.... [a] feature [that] can also be seen at a number of other prehistoric mound complexes....

Of particular interest at Crystal River are two mysterious stone stele or monuments. They align with the mounds and one even features a faded carving of a human face...."
That is one of the few observations we have seen anywhere, other than in our work, that the mounds have astronomical significance in the stars. Bravo!

The Crystal River site in the ancient land survey of Native America marks the star Gamma Ceti, but the site itself is marked by mounds which are deciphered by us below as marking the "head" stars of Cetus.

Cetus is a star group (asterism) with a similar heavenly form even in distant Chinese astronomy, where it is viewed as a circular celestial granary.

Of interest in that regard is that the somewhat distant "Temple" Mound represents the binary star Xi1 Ceti, as written at the Wikipedia:
"Xi1 Ceti1 Ceti), is a binary system located in the constellation Cetus, suspected as a ternary. In Chinese, 天囷 (Tiān Qūn), meaning Circular Celestial Granary, refers to an asterism consisting of α Ceti, κ1 Ceti, λ Ceti, μ Ceti, ξ1 Ceti, ξ2 Ceti, ν Ceti, γ Ceti, δ Ceti, 75 Ceti, 70 Ceti, 63 Ceti and 66 Ceti. Consequently, Xi1 Ceti itself is known as the Fifth Star of Circular Celestial Granary, Tiān Qūn Wu.[3]"
The binary nature of that star could account for the elongated shape of the mound as marking "two" stars as it were. The central mound is similar, marking a "triple star" and maps have shown sort of a multiple CDE mound there. We show the decipherment of the Crystal River Mounds below.



Our analysis indicates that the megaliths -- called stelas viz. steles in the literature -- marked the colure, i.e. line of the Equinoxes in ca. 1150 B.C., but the issue of dating is not critical here to the identification of the mounds as stars of in the head of Cetus. We will examine Stela #1 in the next posting.


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Florida Crystal River Archaeological State Park Mounds Mark Stars at the Head of Cetus

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 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.

As we have deciphered them here, the ancient mounds of what we today call Florida, including the former Horr's Island (now the "other" Key Marco as explained below) 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.

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.

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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

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Bottle Creek Mounds near Mobile, Alabama Mark the Stars of the Pleiades

We knew from our analysis and decipherment of the Shelton Stone Mound Complex near Jacksonville, Alabama that a mound group in southern Alabama was likely to mark the stars of the Pleiades, and so it is.

The Bottle Creek Indian Mounds were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1994, and, according to the Wikipedia entry, comprise "the largest site of the Mississippian culture on the central Gulf Coast". The site is currently somewhat remote to reach, but perhaps in the ancient period access was easier.

According to our analysis, the Bottle Creek Mounds in southern Alabama, north of Mobile, mark the stars of the Pleiades, as one can see from our following decipherment image.

The mound positions are based on an online map of Bottle Creek from the Center for Archaeological Studies, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama http://www.southalabama.edu/archaeology/bottle-creek-map.html. Star positions are based on the astronomy software program, Starry Night Pro.


We have set the star magnitude limit at 7.25 so that the stars shown in our decipherment image are the only stars visible in that clipped section of the starry sky when limited to that magnitude. The presentation of the Pleiades is not exact to scale at Bottle Creek, but the overlap of mounds and stars is of course fantastic, nevertheless. Some of the smaller stars are not "mounded" in part because they are so close to bright stars that they are probably blotted out to the naked eye. That leaves only one star at star magnitude 7.25 or brighter within the Pleiades cluster not accounted for by a mound, probably because of the nearby water, which already forced Mounds F and G to be constructed a bit nearer to the mounds of the brightest stars than those lesser stars actually are.

Looking at the stars at that magnitude also explains the inclusion of the stars HIP18508 and HIP18559 as the Mounds O and R, somewhat distant from the central Pleiades cluster, since they marked the line of the Ecliptic Meridian in 2500 B.C., a date to which we assign the initial layout of the site, even if it were occupied much later by the Pensacola culture, for whom Bottle Creek was the center of the culture. At a star limit magnitude limit of 7.25, there are no stars between those two stars and the main Pleiades cluster.

Please note that our dating of the mound layout is not critical for the actual identification of the stars represented by the mounds. We could err on the date, but in this case, never on the stars represented, which is a lock.

There is very little likelihood that this kind of a match of mounds and stars of the Pleiades could occur by chance, especially since it also involves nearly all the brightest stars of the Pleiades being marked by the larger mounds and the lesser stars being marked by lesser mounds, as one would expect, although that match is not always perfect, perhaps because star brightness can be variable.

Lastly, based upon all of our previous decipherments, the Pleiades properly occupy this location in the ancient continental Native America land survey by astronomy.

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The Bottle Creek Mounds near Mobile, Alabama Mark the Stars of the Pleiades

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Shelton Mound Wall and Boulder Complex Groups 1 2 3 Together as a Weaver & Vertical Warp-Weighted Backstrap-Type Loom Remind of Ancient Egypt

Perseus in the stars is magnificently shown by a weaving-related image from Beni Hasan in Ancient Egypt. The image is the frontspiece cover to Flinders Petrie, ed., Ancient Egypt, Part IV, Henry Ling Roth and Grace Mary (Molly) Crowfoot, Models of Egyptian Looms, MacMillan and Co., London & New York and Egyptian Research Account, Chicago, 1921, which we found online via Handweaving.net at http://www.handweaving.net/document-detail/3202:


Well, folks. That quite unusual raised-leg "spinning" figure with distaffs out of Ancient Egypt is the shape of Perseus. Indeed, why else raise that leg there, standing on a pedestal? The image speaks for itself for purposes of our discussion in this posting and those immediately previous. The Pharaonic Egyptian Goddess of Weaving was the all-important deity Neith:
"In pre-Dynastic Egypt, Neith [nt, nit] was already the goddess of weaving.... She protected the Red Crown of Lower Egypt before the two kingdoms were merged, and in Dynastic times she was known as the most ancient one, to whom the other gods went for wisdom. Neith is identifiable by her emblems: most often it is the loom's shuttle, with its two recognizable hooks at each end, upon her head. According to E. A. Wallis Budge (The Gods of the Egyptians) the root of the word for weaving and also for being are the same...."
Compare as an image the modern Merriam-Webster image of a distaff and spindle http://www.merriam-webster.com/art/dict/distaff.htm.

Let us now turn to the Shelton Complex. Taken as a whole, the ancient mounds, walls, boulders and stone circle of Groups 1, 2 and 3 of the Shelton Stone Mound Complex near Jacksonville, Alabama,
-- as deciphered individually in our previous postings --
indicate that the Shelton Complex not only marked the stars of Camelopardalis, Perseus, the Pleiades and Aries, but had a further function, which was to "immortalize" in the sky the figure "drawn" in those stars, a heavenly sky figure whose Perseus name is similar to Perchta, the Germanic goddess of Spinning and Weaving, about whom we will write a bit later.

As seen in our decipherment image below, we think that the 3 groups of mounds, boulders and walls at the Shelton Stone Mound Complex taken together represent a human figure seated at an ancient Neolithic ("Stone Age") vertical warp-weighted backstrap-type weaving loom:


Stone mound, wall and boulder locations above are based on maps at Harry O. Holstein, Ph.D., Preliminary Investigations at the Shelton Stone Mound Complex, 1CA637, Calhoun County, Alabama -- Jacksonville State University, Archaeological Resource Laboratory, Research Series No. 3, February 2007, Maps by Jacob Kohute, Graphic Design, Layout and Editing by Valerie Glesner and Rebecca Turley Ridley -- Made Possible by a Faculty Research Grant Provided by Dr. Rebecca Turner, Vice President of Academic Affairs.

In our image decipherment above we have a thumb of Figure 19, "A native loom whose design is common to many parts of the world, and which uses only those materials available in the neighbourhood", from Abbott Payson Usher, A History of Mechanical Inventions, Harvard University Press, 1954, as we found online at Doorway Papers by Arthur B. Custance.

Our image decipherment above also has a thumb of a Chinese silk spinner.

We have provisionally labeled the physical position of the weaver, head, torso, hip, arms and hands, and legs and feet, as also the weighted warp (with tension marks), the warp beam or equivalent, the warp tension or distribution mechanism (heddles ?), including also a rope from the weight to the movable hip area (similar to a backstrap loom), the stick shuttle, the beater viz. batten, the shed and weft insert location, the treadle and the swift viz. cloth take-up.

We emphasize that our detailed explanation is "provisional" because we are novices at the weaving and spinning crafts and have never ourselves used a loom or weaved a single cloth. We leave final analysis of the deciphered figure and the weaving details to experts in the weaving industry.

Needless to say, nevertheless, all the Sheldon Stone Mound Complex stone mounds, walls, and boulders -- as chosen by the ancients to represent certain stars -- even though many other star options were available in this part of the sky to them -- must have helped to fulfill representation of a particular loom viz. weaving function, of that we are sure. Hence, we assume e.g. that three lines in two instances mark three warps or wefts and that the "movable" sitting position and leg motion is marked by "wavy" lines. But that is speculative.

We did an immense amount of reading to become minimally familiar enough with ancient looms and weaving to venture the above graphic image explanation of the alleged loom representation in the stars.

For those similarly situated, below is some of what we learned.

Early in the course of the civilization -- perhaps while developing bast fibre basketry or working with animal hides -- humans in need of protective clothing discovered the principle of textile weaving.

Textiles were "woven" by taking one or more sets of "stringed" longitudinal viz. lengthwise material (yarns, threads, the so-called "warp" in weaving)
and "interweaving" them perpendicularly viz. transversely
with other yarns or threads (the so-called "weft", "fill" or "filling yarn")
thus creating in the process what we call "cloth" for "clothing".

That was basically the prehistoric birth of the textile industry, the largest industry in the world clear up to the modern 15th century.

There appears to be no agreement in the mainstream literature, however, as to when exactly that happened time-wise, although there is every indication that warp-weighted looms or similar basic looms go clear back into the Neolithic era, being possibly evidenced in the Starčevo culture ca. 7500 years ago, and also at Çatal Hüyük, though this is disputed.

Spinning and weaving apparatus are well known in Ancient Egypt. As written at Alfred Lucas and J.R. Harris in Ancient Egyptian Materials and Industries:
"Spinning and weaving were among the oldest of the crafts practised in Egypt, and woven fabrics from as early as the neolithic period have been found."
The authors cite to G. Caton Thompson and E.W. Gardner in Desert Fayum. We are therfore on very solid ground historically in alleging the existence of ancient weaving apparatus worldwide.

The figure at the beginning of this posting is from Beni Hasan, not far from Minya, Egypt, ca. 150 miles south of Cairo, and we have long held the opinion that the Minyans were the people who surveyed the Earth in ancient days, a task that came down to us over the millennia as Jason and the Argonauts.

Some of the "functions" that we have assigned in our image above we obtained from some of the sources cited below.

See an excellent and helpful schematic drawing of weaving at Uttu Textiles Design and Innovations. Turn that image 90 degrees and it will help you to better understand the decipherment image above.

Carolyn Priest-Dorman at Vassar has a page of Textile Resources as well as some sources on the Warp-Weighted Loom.

How a backstrap loom functions can be read at Backstrap Weaving.

Maya Bags writes at Rediscovering the back-strap loom:
"Like embroidery, back-strap looming to create textiles has been a highly valued skill since the Maya Classic period, over 2000 years ago. Back-strap looming is a unique form of weaving. One end of a loom is traditionally attached to a wall or a tree and the other end is strapped on the weaver’s back with a strap made of fibers from the agave plant. As the woman pushes her hips forward and back, she raises and lowers the heddle stick. This allows her to push another strand of yarn from right to left (the weft) through the yarns that make up the warp or vertical layout of yarns."
See photographs of ancient weaving techniques at "First People", A Navaho Woman Weaving at Loom.

See Pro-Ecuador.com for Ecuador Real Estate Tour Visits Peguche Weavers.

See a relatively modern weaver from Nürnberg, Germany, c. 1425 A.D.

See Lennie and Weaving the World of Ancient Mayan Women at  ancient-origins.net

See a schematic figure of a loom at Silk Mark India.

Now what about Pferchta? Was Perseus the same as Pferchta viz. Bertha in ancient days? The Wikipedia writes that Pferchta:
"[W]as known as a goddess who oversaw spinning and weaving, like myths of Holda in Continental German regions.... In many old descriptions, Bertha had one large foot, sometimes called a goose foot or swan foot. Grimm thought ... "It is apparently... the spinning-woman's splayfoot that worked the treadle"".
That describes the stars of Perseus well, which show a figure whose "legs" are of different lengths....

The Wikipedia relates regarding Weaving mythology that:
"In Germanic mythology, Holda (Frau Holle) and Perchta (Frau Perchta, Berchta, Bertha) were both known as goddesses who oversaw spinning and weaving. They had many names."
So what about those names? Let us look at the etymological origin of the term Pferchta, whose purported etymology as related at the Wikipedia article cited above can mostly be dismissed as completely unsupported folk etymology.

RATHER, being a German speaker, we can relate that the term pferchen in German means "to jam together", often said of people and animals, which "jamming" is the "end" product of weaving, whereby the warp and the weft are "beaten" together with a "batten", i.e. jammed together, to form the cloth.

The German term pferchen in turn is surely related to German (p)flechten, which means "to braid", i.e. "weaving" in this sense, to which we have English comparables plait and pleat, i.e. "fold" and thus Low German pletten "to iron clothes".

We might add -- speculatively -- in another case of etymology here, that the origin of the name of the State of Alabama is unknown and disputed, in spite of some clever folksy etymologies one can find online. 

We think that the name of Alabama comes from the brightest star in Perseus, Alpha Persei, normally called Mirfak or Algenib, whose name in ancient sources is also given as the ancient Alchemib -- which could easily have developed into Alabama through linguistic metathesis.

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Flinders Petrie and the Shelton Mound Wall and Boulder Complex Groups 1 2 3 Together as a Weaver & Vertical Warp-Weighted Backstrap-Type Loom

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Shelton Stone Mound Complex Group 3 Jacksonville Alabama Marks the Pleiades and Stars of Aries: Groups 1 2 and 3 Form ONE Figure

The Shelton Stone Mound Complex Group 3 near Jacksonville Alabama marks the Pleiades and stars of Aries, with the stone boulder marking the Pleiades and the half-curved wall around the boulder marking well the stars around them.


So what does it all mean?

Now try putting groups 1, 2 and 3 all together as ONE figure and figure out what that expanded figure is doing, which should not be a "backstrapping" task, now, should it?

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The Shelton Stone Mound Complex Group 3 near Jacksonville Alabama Marks the Pleiades and Stars of Aries

The Shelton Stone Mound Complex Group 1 near Jacksonville Alabama Marks Stars of Camelopardalis Above Perseus

If Group 2 of the the Shelton Stone Mound Complex near Jacksonville Alabama marks primarily stars of Perseus, then it was likely that Group 1 of stone mounds and walls in that same Complex to the north likely marked stars of what we today call Camelopardalis, and so it is.



We will get to what that "design" may mean in the posting after the next, which handles Group 3.

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The Shelton Stone Mound Complex Group 1 near Jacksonville Alabama Marks Primarily Stars of What We Today Call Camelopardalis Above Perseus

The Shelton Stone Mound Complex Group 2 Jacksonville Alabama Marks Stars of Perseus:

The Shelton Stone Mound Complex located at ca. 33°48'57"N 85°45'38"W consists of 3 groups of mounds, walls, boulders and a boulder circle, located east of Jacksonville, Alabama.

We present here our decipherment of Group 2 as marking stars of Perseus.

As a member of ResearchGate we downloaded and examined the major applicable publication by Harry O. Holstein, Ph.D., Preliminary Investigations at the Shelton Stone Mound Complex, 1CA637, Calhoun County, Alabama, Jacksonville State University ["JSU"], Archaeological Resource Laboratory ["ARL"], Research Series No. 3, February 2007, maps by Jacob Kohute, graphic design, layout and editing by Valerie Glesner and Rebecca Turley Ridley, a publication made possible by a faculty research grant provided by Dr. Rebecca Turner, Vice President of Academic Affairs. We have no affiliation with the above-named institutions or persons.

The map, graphic design and financing deserve the mention we give to them above. In our own illustrated decipherment image below, we rely on the mound, wall and other locations on those maps in Holstein's publication.

The Shelton Stone Mound Complex, located just east of Jacksonville, Alabama, is named for A.C. Shelton, property owner of most of the site, together with adjacent USFS property. As written in the Abstract to Holstein's publication:
"In February and August of 2006, the Jacksonville State University (JSU) Archaeological Resource Laboratory (ARL) conducted field investigations at the Shelton Stone Mound Complex, 1Ca637, which straddles the eastern slope of Choccolocco Mountain overlooking Whites Gap in eastern Calhoun County, Alabama. The majority of the stone mound complex is located on the property of  A.C. Shelton, with a portion extending into adjacent USFS property. The site, at present, consists of 79 conical stone mounds, one horseshoe-shaped mound, 31 linear stone walls, a serpent-like stone wall, one “Z” –shaped stone wall with natural boulder feature, one “V”- shaped stone wall, and an oval boulder configuration. JSU-ARL researchers, based on early historical records and comparative site information, believe these stone structures were constructed during the Woodland period, 1000 BC to AD 600."
Our decipherment is found in the image below:


Star positions above are shown via the software astronomy program Starry Night Pro, to which we have added many mostly colored lines and comments.

As one can see above, the image formed by the stars selected by the ancients in Native America seems to illustrate Perseus as a figure doing "something". What could it be?

We were particularly puzzled that some stars and groups of stars were marked somewhat unusually by walls rather than stone mounds. Why that? Also the role of the two isolated boulders and the boulder circle appeared completely mysterious, that is, until we deciphered also Groups 1 and 3 of the same Shelton Stone Mound Complex, which gave us an idea about the figure and the activity represented.

The next three postings cover the following related decipherments:
  • Shelton Stone Mound Complex Group 1 mounds and walls show stars upward from Perseus to stars in a constellation we today call Camelopardalis.
  • Shelton Stone Mound Complex Group 3 mounds and walls show stars under Perseus toward and including Aries.
  • And then we put all three groups together, with a spectacular and also for us, totally unexpected, result.
Contrary to the present provisional mainstream dating of the Complex to the Woodland period, i.e. at the earliest 1000 B.C., we provisionally date the Shelton Complex to ca. 2500 B.C. based on our interpretation of our own decipherment of the site, which appears to show marked astronomical parameters such as celestial meridian, ecliptic meridian, celestial equator and ecliptic. The dating issue is not, however, critical for our astronomical decipherment of the stars as marking Perseus, which is absolutely clear.

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The Shelton Stone Mound Complex Group 2 Jacksonville Alabama Marks Stars of Perseus: Astronomical Celestial & Ecliptic Parameters May Date the Complex to ca. 2500 B.C.

Moundville Alabama Earth Mounds near Tuscaloosa Mark Stars of Perseus

This posting is a decipherment showing that Moundville earth mounds near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, mark stars of what we today call Perseus.

If mounds in eastern Louisiana and western Mississippi mark the stars of Auriga in the ancient Native America land survey by astronomy, then mounds to the East in Mississippi and Alabama can only mark the stars of Perseus, and so it is.

Indeed, in our decipherments we have not one, but TWO comprehensive sites with many, many mounds that leave absolutely no doubt about that conclusion.

Let us first take a look at Moundville Archaeological Park near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and then in the subsequent posting we will examine the lesser known, and only relatively recently archaeologically examined, Shelton Stone Mound Complex in eastern Calhoun County to the east of Jacksonville, Alabama.

The Wikipedia recites about Tuscaloosa, Alabama history:
"Nearly 12,000 years ago, Native Americans or Paleo-Indians arrived in what today is referred to as the Deep South. Paleo-Indians in the South were hunter-gatherers who pursued the megafauna that became extinct following the end of the Pleistocene age. After thousands of years, the Paleo-Indians developed a rich and complex agricultural society. Archaeologists called these people the Mississippians of the Mississippian culture; they were Mound Builders. Their large earthworks, built for political and religious rituals and expressing their cosmology, still stand throughout the valleys of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, as well as their tributaries in the Southeast."
Moundville is an important mound site of Native America. As written in the Abstract to Archaeology of the Moundville Chiefdom, Smithsonian Series in Archaeological Inquiry, University of Alabama Press, 2006, Vernon J. Knight (Editor):
"At its height the Moundville ceremonial center was a densely occupied town of approximately 1,000 residents, with at least 29 earthen mounds surrounding a central plaza. Today, Moundville is not only one the largest and best-preserved Mississippian sites in the United States, but also one of the most intensively studied. This volume brings together nine Moundville specialists who trace the site’s evolution and eventual decline."
The Wikipedia writes at Moundville Archaeological Site:
"Moundville ... was the political and ceremonial center of a regionally organized Mississippian culture chiefdom polity between the 11th and 16th centuries. The archaeological park portion of the site is administered by the University of Alabama Museums and encompasses 185 acres (75 ha), consisting of 29 platform mounds around a rectangular plaza. The site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.
Moundville is the second-largest site in the United States of the classic Middle Mississippian era, after Cahokia in Illinois. The culture was expressed in villages and chiefdoms throughout the central Mississippi River Valley, the lower Ohio River Valley, and most of the Mid-South area, including Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi as the core of the classic Mississippian culture area. The park contains a museum and an archaeological laboratory."
Moundville Archaeological Park near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, opens its online presence by urging visitation, writing:
"Moundville Archaeological Park is just 14 miles south of Exit 71-A on Interstate 59/20."
There is also understanding expressed for the systematic nature of the location of the mounds:
"Of the two largest mounds in the group, Mound A occupies the center of the great plaza, and Mound B lies just to the north on the site’s central axis. The latter is a steep pyramid with two ramps, rising to a height of fifty-eight feet. The arrangement of the mounds and plaza gives the impression of symmetry and planning."
How right they are!

The entire complex, as shown in our simplified decipherment map below, which has no affiliation to any of the above or below named persons or institutions, marks the stars of Perseus.

The position of the mounds in our illustration relies on mound locations shown in Moundville online maps at the Research Laboratories of Archaeology at http://rla.unc.edu/mdvl/maps.html, while the corresponding star positions are given via the astronomy software program Starry Night Pro. See http://astronomy.starrynight.com.


The entire image suggests that the ancients viewed Perseus as a seated figure. This general representation is confirmed in what we view to be the much older Shelton Stone Mound Complex in eastern Calhoun County to the east of Jacksonville, Alabama, which we decipher in the next posting.

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Moundville Alabama Earth Mounds near Tuscaloosa Mark Stars of Perseus

Friday, March 20, 2015

Emerald Mound, Marksville and 46 Locations in Louisiana and Mississippi Mark Stars of Auriga: The Indian Trail Natchez Trace Thus Followed the Edge of the Milky Way

The Native America(n) "Indian" mounds of Louisiana and in part Mississippi below the Toltec Mounds of Arkansas mark primarily stars of Auriga, as shown in the graphic image below. The Natchez Trace, the most famed of the Indian Trails, is thus shown to have followed the edge of the Milky Way in the stars.

The mounds in the graphic image below for which there are corresponding stars in Auriga (with a few exceptions in Taurus) are the Winterville Mounds, which at the top of the map illustrations mark Theta Aurigae and nearby stars, Jaketown, Galloway Place Mound, Mott Mounds (presumably Hoedus I, II and nearby stars, but the mound locations are unclear), Hedgepeth Mounds, Scott Place Mounds, Venable Mound, Caney Bajou Mound, Watson Brake Mounds, Filhiol Mound, Landerneau Mounds, Poverty Point Earthworks [which is in Auriga for the continental system, but used locally for astronomical calculation in the Pleiades], Julice Mound, Transylvania Mound, Lower Jackson Mound, Marsden Mounds, Tendal Mound, Schicker Mound, Insley Mounds, Fitzhugh Mounds, Shackleford Church Mounds, Wade Landing Mound, Ghost Site Mounds, Balmoral Mounds, Mayflower Mound, Sundown Mounds, Flowery Mound, Mound Plantation, Magnum Mound, Boothe Landing Mound, Alexander Mound, Harrisonburg Mounds, McGuffee Mounds, Tew Lake Mounds, Routon Mounds, Troyville Earthworks, Peck Mounds, Lamarque Landing Mound, Cypress Grove Mound, Crooks Mound, Churupa Plantation Mound, Frogmore Mound, Emerald Mound (the right corner star of Auriga, Hassaleh, and nearby stars), Natchez Trace, Grand Village of the Natchez, Marksville (marking Elnath, the left corner star of Auriga, assigned incomprehensibly to Taurus by modern astronomers, and nearby stars), Boyd Mounds and LSU Campus Mounds (which are clearly in Taurus).



The Emerald Mound is described at the National Register of Historic Places. The Wikipedia writes:
"The Emerald Mound Site is a Plaquemine Mississippian period archaeological site located on the Natchez Trace Parkway near Stanton, Mississippi, United States. The site dates from the period between 1200 and 1730 CE. The platform mound is the second-largest Pre-Columbian earthwork in the country, after Monk's Mound at Cahokia, Illinois. The mound covers eight acres, measuring 770 by 435 feet at the base and 35 feet in height. Emerald Mound has a flat top with two smaller secondary mounds at each end. Travelers in the early 19th century noted a number of adjoining mounds and an encircling ditch that are no longer present. Emerald Mound was stabilized by the National Park Service in 1955. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989."
Mound locations in the illustrations rely in part on Google Earth and in part on the Megalithic Portal and Megalith Map at http://www.megalithic.co.uk with whom we have no affiliation. The astronomical decipherments here have been independently made by Andis Kaulins, March, 2015, Traben-Trarbach.

If you go down far enough on the map to the two mounds on LSU (Louisiana State University) Campus, then those mounds without doubt represent stars in Taurus, but without decipherment of surrounding mounds, the identification of the exact stars corresponding to the LSU mounds would be just a pure guess.

We are grateful to, and wish to note specifically:
  • all those who contribute and have contributed to the Megalithic Portal and Megalith Map at http://www.megalithic.co.uk, as also the image overlay at Google Earth, which helped us greatly to decipher these sites. Thank you! The work would be much tougher without that info
  • the three-mound photograph at the Boyd Mounds at http://www.natcheztracetravel.com/natchez-trace-mississippi/canton-jackson-ms/173-boyd-mounds.html, which helped us to identify those stars, even though we still have no ground plan of the site available
  • several online illustrations of the mounds of the Emerald Mound which helped to identify it as marking the right corner star of Auriga, Hassaleh, and the nearby stars
  • the map illustration of the Mott Mounds online, though the actual location of these mounds still remains unclear, whence also making very provisional their assignment to Hoedus I and II and nearby stars, and
  • of course, the astronomy software program, Starry Night Pro, which makes this analysis possible, and without which, it would be impossible, and,
  • the ever-present Wikipedia, which provides us with data in our unquenching thirst for information about the mounds, rock art, cave paintings and petroglyphs of Native America
THIS POSTING IS Posting Number 42 of
The Great Mound, Petroglyph and Painted Rock Art Journey of Native America

Marksville Emerald Mound and 46 Locations in Louisiana and Mississippi Mark Stars of Auriga: The Indian Trail Natchez Trace Thus Followed the Edge of the Milky Way

The Winterville Mississippi Mounds Mark Stars in Auriga Below the Upper Toltec Mounds Star Menkalinan

We have some spectacular Cahokia-related postings coming up, but we insert here another simple mound and star correspondence posting to keep people on their toes and in awareness that the correspondences of stars to earthly mounds, simply because of the size of the latter and their unmistakable presence, comprise principal pieces of probative evidence in this entire field.

Plus, we have to get some detail into the discussion, and this posting does that. Our modus operandi is the idea that the sheer brunt of the evidence is going to start taking its toll even on the greatest of skeptics out there.

We previously posted that the Toltec Mounds in Arkansas marked the stars of Auriga, with the entire star group seen as a boat viz. canoe.

In the Native North America land survey by astronomy, the Toltec Mounds site marks the upper stars of Auriga, whereas mound locations geographically lower than that mark lower stars of Auriga.

The Winterville Mounds in Mississippi are a good example of how the stars of Auriga are marked below the Toltec Mounds.

The Wikipedia writes:
"The Winterville ceremonial center originally contained at least twenty-three platform mounds surrounding several plazas. Some of the mounds located outside the park boundaries were leveled by highway construction and farming before the site became protected as Winterville State Park. Twelve of the site's largest mounds, including the 55 feet (17 m) high Temple Mound, are the focus in the early 21st century of a long-range preservation plan being developed by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the University of Mississippi's Center for Archaeological Research."
As one can see from our decipherment in the image below, the Winterville Mounds unmistakeably mark the star Theta Aurigae at the largest mound (Mound A) and mark nearby stars in Auriga at the other mounds, with Mound K corresponding to Upsilon Aurigae and Mounds G and H corresponding to Nu Aurigae and Tau Aurigae respectively.

Mound C marks 40 Aurigae, which has three stars to its right leading to Nu and Tau Aurigae. The entire group of mounds thus concentrates on stars at the edge of the Milky Way on the left Auriga side below the star Menkalinan ("Beta Aurigae"), which is marked at the Toltec Mounds in Arkansas together with Capella and Almaaz.

The map of mound locations was made according to a map at the Mississippi Department of Archives & History, Mississippi Archaeology Trails, online at http://trails.mdah.ms.gov/winterville_aclg.htm.

The corresponding stars are shown via a star map from the astronomy software Starry Night Pro at http://astronomy.starrynight.com.

All explanatory materials in red and blue in the image above, including texts, lines, squares, circles, etc. have been added by Andis Kaulins, who is independent and not affiliated in any way with the sources used and cited.

THIS POSTING IS Posting Number 41 of
The Great Mound, Petroglyph and Painted Rock Art Journey of Native America

The Winterville Mississippi Mounds Mark Stars in Auriga Below the Upper Toltec Mounds Star Menkalinan

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