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May 26, 2020

The Mysteries of Poverty Point, LA, USA–And The Beginnings of The Wonders Expedition™

We’ve been doing a lot of work lately to assemble the core team to launch The Wonders Expedition™ and our other  legacy products that are in development, but back on December 22, 2011, our Founder, Don Claxton and his daughters were at the historic site, Poverty Point/Lower Jackson Mound, near Monroe, Louisiana in the southeastern United States making some pretty curious findings.

The Lower Jackson Mound

The Lower Jackson Mound, which is about eight feet high and more than 130 feet at its widest point, is said to have been built almost 5,400 years ago.  If that is true, and Carbon Dating has suggested that to be the case, that means it was built here in the United States prior to Stonehenge/Woodhenge/Sillbury Hill/The Henge of Avebury in England, AND the Pyramids of Giza in Northern Egypt.

Stop and think about that for a second.  We normally refer to Native American Indians in the historic lore of the United States as “savages.”

Poverty Point, LA

Poverty Point itself was built about one-half mile from Lower Jackson Mound about 1,650 BC, which is about 3,660 years ago, and after Stonehenge and Giza.  It is fascinating nonetheless.

From accounts of local historians, its mounds, like Lower Jackson Mound, were all constructed out of dirt.  “There are no rocks in the area,” we were told.  Certainly no limestone.

But here in the Southeastern United States, just about 20 minutes north of Interstate 20 in Northern Louisiana, mankind once had made this a thriving area of life, civilization and trading.  There are utility rocks that have been found at Poverty Point that were used for spearheads, cooking, idols, etc.  And science has found those rocks came from all over the eastern United States and even as far away as the Great Lakes Region.

The Wonders Expedition™

We won’t argue that there may seemingly be many other more curious and interesting places around the country–Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon in New Mexico come to mind.  But it is important to not overlook places like Poverty Point as well.  It has tremendous historical value and possesses its own lore and mysteries.

What happened to the people who lived here?  Some suggest they migrated into Meso America and became what we know of as the Olmec.

Just like the Anastazi had a major site in Chaco Canyon and then abandoned their site, or like the people who built Stonehenge used it for many years and then stopped,  similar things seem to have happened here at Poverty Point.

We are in search for answers to many questions that make these places around the world so intriguing.  Thank you for reading.  We invite you to follow us on Twitter for additional updates and to LIKE us on Facebook.  Very soon we will be opening a subscription service so you can receive more frequent updates about the activities we have underway around the world.


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Poverty Point, Jackson Mound and The Pyramids–2 Degrees of Separation

We’re in the process of writing a position paper associated with our recent visit to Poverty Point, Louisiana, USA during the December Solstice.

Deutsch: Karte: Übersicht über die archäologis...

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During that trip in the Southeastern United States, we were amazed to learn there are more than 4,000 ancient mounds located within the state of Louisiana alone.  We were even told that when a new one is discovered today in Louisiana, carbon dating is done to ensure it’s not older than what’s previously been discovered, and then most likely, something is built on top of it to preserve the grounds but to prevent the need to create any more historical sites.

One of the most intriguing sites we also learned about was the Lower Jackson Mound which is within eyesight of the Bird Mound or main mound at Poverty Point.  Carbon dating shows that Jackson Mound was being constructed in Louisiana at the same time the pyramids were being built in Egypt.

That’s fascinating when juxtaposed to the teachings we’ve learned in schools for the past several hundred years and even modern-day jabs and jokes about the intelligence of Cajuns.  To boot, the Poverty Point site is just two degrees north of the pyramids, but thousands of miles away to west.

The whole premise of The Wonders Expedition™ is that it’s not a natural inclination to go out and build a pyramid/mound/dolmen/megalith etc. in one’s backyard.  And yet here are two examples of where mankind did just that at nearly similar latitudes, separated by dozens of degrees of longitude and oh yes, an ocean.

Why is it man did this? Such is what we seek to reveal…..

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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...

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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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