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May 29, 2020

Tweet a Pic of Our Buick Enclave in Memphis for the Society for American Archaeology Meeting

Tweet a pic of our 2012 Buick Enclave for a chance to win prizes!

Here’s an example of being in the right place at the right time with a smartphone that can tweet a photo of our 2012 Buick Enclave, courtesy of @GMTexas.  If you see us on the road between Dallas and Memphis, take a photo of the car and then tweet it with the hashtag #TWEChevy, you’ll have the chance to win some cool prizes for participating.

We are using the car as a loaner through the generosity of GM and the social media team who graciously support the work of bloggers and those active in social media.  So far, since December,  @GMTexas has provided us a Traverse, an Equinox and now and Enclave to visit Poverty Point, Louisiana for the December Solstice expedition, the visit by Allen Manning to Chaco Canyon in New Mexico to study the Anasazi Indians and other Native Americans in the area, and now, we’re headed to the Society for American Archaeology meeting in Memphis.

THE SAA MEETING

We are excited to be headed to Memphis courtesy of support from a couple of incredible sponsors who made the trip possible.  While in Memphis, we will be doing a series of interviews for our upcoming release of Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya interactive book for the iPad.  This book is going to be the only book like it on the market, complete with video interviews with Dr. Van Stone, one the world’s most renowned Mayanists.

While in Memphis, we also want to talk to as many archeologists as possible who are interested in converting their written works over to Interactive Books for the iPad.  If you want to talk while you’re also in town, please let us know by sending a Tweet to our Twitter account–@Archeoastronomy or by sending a contact inquiry through the site.

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Writings Of The Anasazi Mysteries Left Behind

By Allen Manning

One door’s between fallen floors.  Leaves of past pages turning quickly with few words of explanation. Each step gingerly taken to avoid awakening time’s dusty demons.

I find new questions with fewer answers.

Anasazi Ruins By Allen Manning

Yet onward into tumbling walls hearing ancient voices from the walls call.

“Come to now, see yesterday, help us resell what had till now been forgotten.  The stories laid between the stones.  The hopes wound around beams now on earth prone, there between the ruble where one people roamed, remain the dreams our ancestors once called home.

Not your ancestors you say!

Look in the faces of those who remain and tel me you cannot see someone you know or knew.

Look at the buildings and see what a thousand homes still carry, walls with images long ago captured, not unlike yours; black and white to colors etched.

Where do you go after building great cities of stone and mud?

From where did you come and in what language did you direct each wall’s construction?

Are you still listening, still asking or waiting for a new tongue your story to repeat.

From what navel came your civilization’s birth and into what abyss have you gone?

Civilization marches on.  What name will it carry in our children’s songs?

What name shall we call you brothers, sisters, long gone?

What name?

Setting up interviews with a noted expert in the Chaco people’s world, based right here in Dallas at SMU.  More soon….

@roadmonkeyone

 

 

Anasazi Ruins By Allen Manning

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History’s Cry–Questions about the Anasazi Indians in Chaco Canyon

By Allen Manning

Captured images of long gone hours working righteously in unison for a common goal now revealing only a structures heart. Bereft of souls upon which each stone was cast lay rubble and sand mixed clays.

Once where children played, animals grazed as people lived out their days, now lizards lounge above snake-infested grounds in empty homes no laughter there abounds.

Anasazi Ruins by Allen Manning

Come see where waters once flowed. Between hovel and home here now only dust clouds fill what once were window sills.

Why build the first Las Vegas of the west to leave these once golden cities of the past to times gamble? Perched between shallow cliffs each covered in golden splatter now only reverberate with tourist chatter. Come listen in dawns early rise the calls of civilizations first American fall. Destined for such are we who build cities of steel to follow those who marked the earth in stone.

Where did they go, when they roamed far a foot, wheeled upon great roads? Are in each who here gather some great part of them that still matters? Or, long gone from our present as from our tomorrow. Will we one day them follow? Or will we they recall and learn the secretes of the Anasazi Doom. @roadmonkeyone

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In Search of the Anasazi and the Cities of Cibola (Gold)

Studying the Anasazi with Allen Manning

North of the main settlements of Chaco Canyon Aztec National Ruins Park holds as many questions as answers. Here alongside cold, fast-flowing waters, Anasazi built a great Kiva and several smaller kivas situated about their five-story-high multi-room complex. Structures that for the most part have stood up to time’s ravages almost didn’t survive the looters.

These doors are taller and wider than most found throughout theses ruins. Looters cut through the three-foot-thick walls as they dug out rooms along the western side of the complex in search of treasures.

Pottery, tools and some artifacts long since taken by the looters rest in private collections and a few museums. As far as archeologist can tell no cache of gold passed out of these doors in the hands of looters.

Doorways of the Anasazi with Allen Manning

In 1542 when Spanish explorer Vasquez de Coronado set out through the region in search of the Seven Cities of Cibola (Gold) he returned without either gold or the cities’ locations.  By the time his men snaked their way through the Chocoan region the inhabitants of this and all the other Anasazi cites had been gone several hundred years.

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Aztec Ruins in the Four Corners Region

Aztec Ruins

Sifting through more material, hearing jaded reports on theories with little support. Yet still the reporter in me continues to dig for answers to a 1500 year old mystery buried in outlying ruins.

#TWEChevy March 14 2012 Near Aztec National Park

Where have they gone and why?  Seeing the faces plowing along numbered paths peering into collapsing rooms I see the ancients.  Small statuesque woman with deep brown complexion smiling as I look into her eyes. Yes they are here still, still in each of us. Why here, why did they leave are we soon to follow their fate?

Aztec ruins reflects similar building to Chaco Canyon, with like eras of rebuilding stretched over miles along the San Juan River.

Thirteen major pueblos criss cross the Chaco Canyon region while other areas hold one apartment development supported by hundreds of smaller remote homesteads.

Many theories fill visitors with confusion. Can one answer fill in every void? Look to our own communities and see if one answer fills in every question.

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Tour Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

Bouncing about along ridged dirt and gravel paths our trek into Chaco Canyon begins a few hours after sunrise. Occasional stops to capture images of the geology and history afford us moments to stretch for the walks ahead.

Pueblo Bonito By Allen Manning

Mungo Pavi ruin just the west of the main entrance is the first stop. Three other pueblos entertain modern visits. Videos and pictures highlighting a people’s life in a land less receptive to habitation now than a thousand years ago I stand astounded and surrounded by others equally as awed.

Circling through crumbling walls and rooms with dirt now filled, once bounding with laughter and cries of a people long from this valley a living here tried.

We stepped through halls long now paths for rabbits and mice, once echoed with leather and yucca fiber sandals.

Seeing the level of construction with each successive rebuilding by Chacoan residents reflects their desire to improve on their past and grow a future.

Wandering from rooms in Pueblo Bonito on the third level of a four story complex abandoned before the first Conquistadors tread through this land other’s voices of wonder recall ancient visitors first visit to the complex.

No warriors stands reflected in the construction rather security from the elements with walls three-feet-thick, many hollow rocks stands filled with sand. Great and small Kivas most round with chimneys and benches for day’s-long ceremonies. Questions of why, why here, why then and why did they leave remain unanswerable. But the answers are there in the faces of the pueblo residents who still inhabit this region. More to come on the next adventure.

RMO – Digging In

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Jemez Springs and Discoveries in Anasazi Country

Today in a small corner of New Mexico I found an archeologist who repeated my own thoughts on things pulled from these sacred grounds.

Jemez State Monument by Allen Manning

Twenty-two known Pueblo nations stand watch over hundreds of diggers rifling through shared histories, ruins and more. Many unwilling to share the paths to the present. But for a few, who are willing to explain, years of misunderstandings come crashing down instead of the walls raised from the ground. Each explanation of a simple artifacts as they are found sheds light and perceptions changed abound.

Sharing thoughts of a seasoned Chaco Canyon digger I heard of the needs shared by the Puebloeans as each grain from their past is swept away. Respect for the dead, understanding for the living and hopes for the future. More of this conversation and more to soon be introduced.

My time here in this pass is short, as the wealth holds out, the voices I need for learning busy seeking next year’s funding.

Oh and not every unknown artifact was some sort of religious piece. How many items in your own home are religious in nature….

In the morning my first visit to Chaco Canyon….

 

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Chevy Delivers 2012 Equinox to Allen Manning for Trip to Anasazi Country

Our own Allen Manning departs Dallas tomorrow headed to the Four Corners Region of the United States to begin work on our interactive book about Chaco Canyon and the Anasazi Indians.  Watch the video of Allen Manning in his 2012 Equinox, Courtesy of @GMTexas

He just took delivery of the car, which will be decked out with identification information about TheWondersExpedition.com and our sponsor, GM of Texas, with the hashtag of #TWEChevy.

Allen’s got some great prizes to give away, too, from those who might spy the car on the road between here and New Mexico.  If you see the car, take a photo of it and then tweet it with the #TWEChevy hashtag.  You might just win some very cool stuff from Chevy!

Again, we offer a special thanks to Vicki Cosgrove of GM Texas for helping make this even possible.

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TWE Teams With Renowned Mayanist Dr. Mark Van Stone To Publish ‘2012 Meme’ Interactive Book For The New iPad

TheWondersExpedition.com Turning ‘2012: Science and Prophecy of Ancient Maya’ Into First Of Its Kind Interactive Book For The New  iPad In iBooks Format

For Immediate Release                                               Contact: Donald J. Claxton

March. 7, 2012                                                                        972-863-8784

DALLAS:  Dallas-based, TheWondersExpedition.com, Wednesday announced that it is actively working to publish the works of world renowned Mayanist, Dr. Mark Van Stone, as one of the world’s first interactive books for the new iPad on the 2012 “world-ending prophecies” of the ancient Maya.

The book, “2012: The Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya,” is presently on the market in hardback, softcover, and e-Pub formats by Dr. Van Stone, a professor of Art History at Southwestern College, Chula Vista, California.  He recently was featured in the first two episodes of the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens and was the 2001 co-author of “Reading The Maya Glyphs” with noted professor, Dr. Michael D. Coe, who often is credited with beginning the 2012 meme in his 1966 book, The Maya.

The Wonders Expedition, founded by Donald J. Claxton of Dallas, says the new edition will expand the potential of the book through the technology of Apple’s iPad, and said that Wednesday’s announcement of the new iPad, will allow them to produce even more and incredible versions.

“Dr. Van Stone is a leader among Mayanists and has been able to decipher what the Maya were sharing in glyphs on their temples and monuments throughout MesoAmerica,” Claxton continued.  “What we’re working with him to produce is a virtual learning, travel and adventure, edutainment experience in your lap where anyone on an iPad can open up his book and interact with it in a way no one could have dreamed possible just a few months ago.”

Claxton said Van Stone’s book will help anyone who is concerned about the wild predictions of end of times coming on Dec. 21, 2012.

“The real Maya are much more interesting than mere prophets of doom.  I wrote this book to help ease concerns about what might happen on the December Solstice 2012 because there is a lot of inaccurate and false information about the subject out there,” said Dr. Van Stone.  “Taking the book into an interactive format means those of all ages will be able to take a closer look at the actual evidence and make informed decisions about what may or may not happen, on their own.”

Wednesday’s release of the new iPad by Apple also means that higher resolution graphics, animations and video will be possible for the 2012 book and others in the works.

“The release of the new iPad will expand the potential of taking scholarly works like Dr. Van Stone’s book on 2012 and adding interactive features to them like video, interactive charts and graphs, and audio so that the book can be used by anyone, anywhere, who has an iPad,” Claxton said.  “We see this as a fun, exciting new way to teach children of all ages about current event topics like 2012, and then to help take them on virtual tours around the world.”

The Wonders Expedition also is working with potential vendors to ensure that interactive books also will become available on other tablets on the market.

Claxton said his organization, made up of writers, editors, graphic artists, and Web designers from around the country, also are working to produce the first interactive tour books of Stonehenge, Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, The Colosseum in Rome, The Great Wall of China and Machu Picchu in Peru.

The Wonders Expedition seeks to have Dr. Van Stone’s book available for inclusion in the iTunes Store in mid-summer of 2012.

Copies of Dr. Van Stone’s books can be found for purchase on his Website, MarkVanStone.com

The Wonders Expedition™

Founded by Dallas public relations veteran, Donald Claxton, The Wonders Expedition™ is designed to explore and unlock the mysteries of the world via virtual and real-life experiences to the most historically significant places on Earth.  Through its Website and interactive books, the organization seeks to transport anyone at any age to historic sites they may never physically visit and give them such a vivid experience, they’ll feel like they were there, and hopefully, be inspired to go back in person.  Because of its focus as an early-adopter of technologies, TWE hopes to encourage students of all ages to study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Meet Allen Manning, aka, @RoadMonkeyOne

The Wonders Expedition™ begins with images from a past shared with the present. Looking for a road map in these images, this Road Monkey seeks answers to long standing riddles cut across the landscape.

Etched ages before Conquistadors crisscrossed the American Southwest when wetter weather graced now parched plains.  Each image is a story of passing.

Passing generations, carving lives from a hostile environment along the southern central plains of the Three Rivers Valley near the Sierra Blanca Basin in New Mexico.

It’s believed that for 10,000 years human feet cut paths through these black varnished rocky hills recording their world. These images, many recognizable as big horn sheep, thunder birds (vultures) and medicine wheels.  While some appear to be shamans or other-worldly figures cut in black varnished rocks most laid down some 30-million years ago. The black desert varnish, a combination of manganese oxide, iron oxide and clay deposited on the volcanic stones by a native bacteria growing on boulders and rock surfaces accepts and holds well the long ago graffiti of Anasazi and later Jornada Mogollon natives.

What are these pieces? Messages, a mixed metamorphosis of cultures long lost, their wants and thoughts or prayers offered to the four winds. The descendants of those early artists still roam these hills, albeit in Chevys and Tahoes, etching on the ageless landscape the hopes, dreams and prayers in various graffiti.

Journey with this Road Monkey seeking the points between knowledge (light) and superstition (darkness) in an Equinox of unparalleled understanding.  Follow the adventure on Twitter with @roadmonkeyone, @archeoastronomy and our unique hashtag, #TWEChevy

Travels in the #TWEChevy Equinox begin Friday March 9, 2012…  Join us…

 

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