Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Stone Lion Shrine of Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

 Peter Faris, of the very interesting RockArtBlog, writes: "Perhaps the most remarkable example of rock art I know of is the Stone Lion Shrine of Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico. Carved from the volcanic tuff so prevalent in that region, there are two recumbent mountain lions, approximately life sized, lying side by side, surrounded by a circle of boulders..."

Sunday, January 23, 2011

April 1946

Eva Butler's article is in this one, but there's also one by C.C. Coffin with a couple illustrations: 
(Somewhere in "1491" by Charles Mann, reference is made to mounds in the Amazon, once thought to be hills, but upon investigation proved to be actually large human formed mounds containing soil with a binder of charcoal and broken pottery planted with fruit bearing trees, suggesting that the "rain forest" was actually a sort of orchard. Were these CT middens planted with something?)

1,415 fire pits!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Great Turtle

Figure 6 : In this rendering of the Newark Mounds, openings in the abutting angles have been sealed in order to present the earthworks' pure geometry, thereby confirming the accuracy of their incorporated astronomy, and to lend greater appreciation of the unbroken geometry involved. They demonstrate a possible fusion of scientific disciplines (astronomy, geometry, metrology, iconography and mythology). (Hamilton 1999, after Thomas, Marshall, Hively and Horn) Graphic imagery ©, by Patricia Mason.

nother story, this time preserved by the Cheyenne, demonstrates a possible connection between the High Bank earthwork and accounts of a great turtle...associated with that of a celestial turtle representing the general dome of the sky..."

" Sheegan" Rock 1892


Monday, January 03, 2011

New Year's Day 2011

Walking out of the back door of the garage, looking toward a stone mound covered by last week's blizzard...

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Niche in Serpents Tail

Found the "niche' photos, taken Jan. 15, 2008.

Another interesting wedge farther down toward the head; thought it was a piece of wood but I think it is a stone (maybe)...

The niche is here at the tail end of the Serpent, first terrace above the flood plain, once a glacial lake...