October 20, 2017

The Wonders Logo

All good logos incorporate the significance to the organization their designed to represent.  The Wonders Expedition™ logo is no exception and it encompasses the essence of Archeoastronomy and the designs of historic sites around the world.

The Wonders Expedition™ Logo

Brown Archeoastronomy v. Green Archeoastronomy

In and of itself, Archeoastronomy is a mixture of scientific disciplines–including archeology, astronomy, history, math–geometry, trigonometry, statistics, and anthropology just to name a few.

To give honor and recognition to the two primary schools of thought surrounding Archeoastronomy, we felt it was important to recognize them by color and positioning in our logos hemispheric representations of the real world.

Green Archeoastronomy most commonly is defined as  being “based primarily on statistics and is particularly apt for prehistoric sites where the social evidence is relatively scant compared to the historic period.”  Much of the study of Green Archeoastronomy has been done in the United Kingdom and “Old World.”

Loosely defined, Brown Archeoastronomy largely pertains to the study of sites in the Americas.  According to references on Wikipedia, Brown Archeoastronomy “draws on historical and ethnographic records to enrich its understanding of early astronomies and their relations to calendars and ritual.”  Much of the work is based on the documentation provided by the Spanish in their conquest of Meso- and South America and therefore ties such study to the West.

Three-Concentric-Ringed Circles

Throughout many historic Megalithic sites around the world historians have found the prominent use of a three-ringed concentric circle in sites built more than 4,500 to 5,000 years ago.   Just look at the layout of Stonehenge and Woodhenge at N 51° in England.  It’s used again in the design of Maes Howe on Orkney in Scotland at N 58°, at Newgrange in Ireland at N 53°, but it is also used in Plato’s description of the long lost city of Atlantis, as well as at an alleged memorial for Atlantis at Cancho Roano in southern Spain, located at N 38°.   There also occurrences of similar art/creations at Vijanagara, Hampi, India, located at N 15°.

December and July Solstices

Our logo also incorporates a 90° angled entrance/exit way into the logo that’s also reflected in use at many of the sites mentioned above, in addition to the Gosek Circle in Saxony-Anholt, Germany.

Entrance stone with megalithic art.

Note the panel above the door at Newgrange. From this portal, light is visible on a back wall of the chamber during the December solstice.

The study of Archeoastronomy has found correlations to these pathways and the position of the sun at dawn on the December solstice on the right and the July solstice on the left.  In the case of Maes Howe and Newgrange, the light of the sun illuminates the back wall of an entrance corridor at each site for as much as 17 minutes each year on the morning of the December solstice.  Such construction and design was done as much as 5,500 years ago.

The Center Square

With almost no variance at all, the Egyptian Pyramids at Giza were located in correlation with true north.  It has a variance of 3″ minutes off of due north that some attribute to either movement of the poles over the past 4,500 years or movement of the African continent itself.

Sarsen Stones and BlueStones

No study of Archeoastronomy can not give recognition to the configuration of the center stones of Stonehenge.  Their purpose and design has been debated now for centuries.

WoNdErS

American schoolchildren in Texas sometimes are taught to remember the cardinal directions with the pneumonic device of “Never Eat Sour Wienies.”  But in the case of our study, we have found glee in the notion that the word Wonders an be spelled out going around the compass going clockwise from West.

The R With The Long Leg

From the study of a stele at Concho Roano in Spain, a site Dr. Richard Freund contends is a “memorial site” to the lost city of Atlantis, comes our R in the Wonders logo.  At Concho Roano it looks like a P with a very long sword extending from it to make an R.  Given the potential that it might actually represent the loss of Atlantis, we felt strongly that it deserved inclusion in The Wonders Expedition™ logo.

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