November 20, 2017

About

The Wonders Expedition™ project began innocently enough.  One day, Dallas-area dad and public relations veteran Donny Claxton was sitting in his living room, ill from a bout with diverticulitis when he found himself asking aloud to no one: “What the hell is Stonehenge doing up there all by itself?!”

English: Stonehenge Stonehenge, Wiltshire. Sto...

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With that, Mr. Claxton began a search over the Internet of what began as a handful of ancient, medieval and modern “wonders of the world,” and comparing their locations based on their global positioning coordinates, otherwise known as GPS locations.

A pattern quickly began to emerge.  There was and is a correlation between the location of many similar historic sites around the globe and as more and more sites’ locations were checked and recorded, the pattern and theory began to emerge even more clearly.

Not to mention the fact that Stonehenge is anything but unto itself.

ARCHEOASTRONOMY

What Mr. Claxton found himself researching was a new aspect to the newer scientific field called Archeoastronomy, that really got its start with the 1894 publication of “Dawn of Astronomy” by J.N. Lockyear.  After the passage of almost 50 years, more work was done by father and son team, Alexander and Archibald S. Thom of England, and in the 1960s by Dr. Gerald Hawkins.  In October 1973, the field of study was formally named by fellow North Texan Elizabeth Chesley Baity.  Additional, and more recent, influential studies have been led by David H. Kelley and Eugene F. Milone of Canada.

Many have sought to describe Archeoastronomy.  Clive Ruggles describes it as “is the study of beliefs and practices relating to the sky in the past, especially in prehistory, and the uses to which people’s know- ledge of the skies was put.”  Baity wrote “Archeoastronomy is a form of information recovery with time- and space-specific aspects which, when further refined and systematized, may provide not only a new theoretical framework for explicating certain problems of prehistory, but also a method of producing, ordering, analyzing and expressing data with regard to the socioeconomic systems of particular cultures.” 

Whew.  That sounds complicated.

What each of these early archeoastonomists largely focused on was the actual positioning of historic wonders sites, like pyramids, temples, dolmens, tombs, mounds, earthworks, rock circles and henges and how their location matched or mirrored the movements of the moon or the sun, and how it affected the culture, religion and architecture of each historic population.

Mr. Claxton’s work goes further and establishes correlations between the sites and their positioning in bands of latitudes running east to west around the globe.  In other instances, Mr. Claxton has documented how certain sites line up with others on complimentary longitudes as they begin on one side of the globe and their imaginary lines go over the North Pole and descend along a line which makes the total degrees equal that of 180.

Plan of Stonehenge in 2004. After Cleal et al....

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THE WONDERS EXPEDITION™

The Wonders Expedition™ has been established as an off-shoot project of Claxton Creative, LLC of the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas in the United States.  Additional details about the project and its theories and scope soon will be published.  If you are interested in joining the organization, contributing information, or supporting the expansion of the project, we look forward to talking with you.  You may contact us at 972-863-8784.

 

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