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December Solstice Expedition to Poverty Point, LA, USA - The Wonders Expedition™ - @Archeoastronomy

May 25, 2019

December Solstice Expedition to Poverty Point, LA, USA

Greetings. Today begins the first of what hopes to be many adventures via our archeoastronomical project called The Wonders Expedition.™

At the moment I’m writing from the lobby of a hotel in Monroe, Louisiana, in the Southeastern United States.

My daughters, Chandler, 15, and Reagan and Haley, 12, and I left our home in Dallas, Texas about mid-day and drove here in a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse that was provided to us courtesy of Vicki Cosgrove of GM in Dallas. (You can follow our trip on Twitter here and with the hashtag #TWEChevy. We’re on Facebook, too!)

We are on our way to Poverty Point Park near Epps, La, to explore a site built by native Americans more than 3,600 years ago.

English: Mound A at the Poverty Point site, Lo...

Image via Wikipedia

Our interest in Poverty Point is focused on it’s archeoastronomic ties–in simple terms, it’s said that at sunset tomorrow, there should be some sort of visible correlations between the site and the angle of the setting sun.

The Formation of TWE

I’ve been working on The Wonders Expedition™ since mid-July 2011 when I began to wonder one day “what Stonehenge was doing up there all by itself.”

I began to pull the GPS coordinates of the original ancient, medieval and modern Wonders of the World and surprisingly began to see that many similar sites of spectacular engineering throughout history lined up in bands going east-to-west around the globe.  

We now have a list of more than 250 sites as you can see on the map on the front page of the site.  It’s pretty amazing stuff. Fascinating stuff.

In the past five months, I’ve done a lot of comparative analysis and it continues to this day.  Those findings will be presented formally in the coming weeks and months as we continue to build out the site and of course, expand the map on the front page–most notably moving beyond Flash.

Poverty Point

So why are we headed to Poverty Point?

Did I mention that some estimates say it took 30 MILLION 50 pound bags of dirt to build this site?

Tomorrow evening also marks the 2012 December Solstice.  (We’d considered a trip to Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, but I think we’re going to save that for the Summer Solstice.) Tomorrow officially is the shortest period of daylight and the longest period of night time darkness in the Northern Hemisphere of 2012.

I find it amazing that 3,600 years ago, nearly 2,100 years before Christopher Columbus “discovered” America, and just a few hundred years after they had finished building the Great Pyramid of Giza, there had to be thousands of Native Americans with enough savvy to decide how to build these six-concentric half-rings and also align part of it with the sunset in late December.

Girogio Tsoukalos and his colleagues on the History Channel TV show “Ancient Aliens”  will tell you they had to have had the help of aliens, but given there’s not one shred of evidence to support such, it really comes down to the fact that our forefathers were a lot smarter than history’s ethnocentric prejudices and references have led us to believe about our nation’s early “savages.”

Indeed, in the David H. Kelley & Eugene F. Milone archeoastronomy text book, Exploring Ancient Skies, (2011) they site a private communication from Archeologist Boma Johnson who has established three essential elements about sites like Poverty Point and those throughout the Southwestern United States:

  1. They were sacred areas to which pilgrimages were made and where people from different groups could meet safely even if they were normally enemies
  2. They acted as junction points for trails … which often extend for great distances
  3. The symbol system used as such sites was comparable and interpreted in similar ways among people who were widely separated, often with different languages and substantially different cultures.

It’s point three that I’m focused on with TWE’s initial research as it seems to have application beyond the Southwestern United States.

But more about that tomorrow. There’s a great chance of rain in Louisiana Thursday.  I hope it’s not enough to dampen our spirits and exploration of Poverty Point.

Time to get the girls nestled up and off to sleep–ha, with them being teens I’ll probably be asleep before any of them.

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