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On Meeting Doctors John Hoopes, Anthony Aveni, John Carlson and more - The Wonders Expedition™ - @Archeoastronomy

May 29, 2020

On Meeting Doctors John Hoopes, Anthony Aveni, John Carlson and more

For the past seven months or so I’ve been on a pretty hefty diet of learning everything I can about the field of Archaeoastronomy–which includes the astronomic alignment in the development of wonders sites all around the world–and in my studies, I’ve read many a times the names of doctors John Hoopes, Anthony Aveni, John Carlson and a host of other scholars who have spent the past 40 or so years of their lives doing what I’ve only been doing for a half year.  Today, through meetings of the Society for American Archaeology here in Memphis, TN, I got to meet these guys and get on a first-name basis with them, not to mention to exchange findings and hear some of their incredible stories.

In the morning we are slated to interview Dr. Aveni, clearly one of the best-known archaeoastronomers in the world. He’s as friendly as he can be and when I called him, “Sir,’ today, he told me not to call him that!  My later-life upbringing in the Southeast gave me a habit I cannot break.  Plus Aveni deserves it.  He’s quite brilliant.

Dr. Mark Van Stone writes Maya glyphs on SAA name tags

As Dr. Mark Van Stone told me last night, Dr. Carlson and Dr. Aveni basically created the field of archeoastronomy. During a late-night meeting with Dr. Carlson last night I revealed to Dr. Carlson that we are using @Archeoastronomy (We left out the A behind the H because it wouldn’t all fit on Twitter) as our username on Twitter.  He smiled and said, “That’s okay.  I don’t use anything like Twitter.”  In about 1977 or 1978, Dr. Carlson launched Archaeoastronomy Magazine, which still is published today.

I also had the pleasure today of spending a lot of time talking to Dr. Hoopes from Kansas University.  Dr. Hoopes also has done considerable study in archaeoastronomy and we had several laughs tonight also talking about the Ancient Aliens TV show and the characters who are on it.  But the conversations with Dr. Hoopes also were quite detailed and amazing.  We talked at length about how each society throughout time has struggled to find and provide answers to the mysteries of life and how there’s always seemed to be some sort of shaman,  sorcerer, or fantastic story teller along the way to help use what most would describe as nonsense to provide answers.  We talked about how science is meant to be neutral, and where a myth goes on to help try to deal with some sort of moral story or application in a society.

More on that another time.

The night topped off with dinner with Dr. Van Stone, Dr. Hoopes, our photographer Jamaal Jackson, Ivan from Slavonia and Cheyenne, a special lady from northern California who builds medical clinics for the poor and only looks to archeology as a hobby.  During dinner, Dr. Van Stone started drawing Maya glyphs on each person’s name tag.  So tomorrow, we’ll have the only ones out of the 2,500 people here in Memphis who have name tags that even the Maya from 800 years ago could read.  Now how cool is that?

 

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