Thursday, March 6, 2014

Your Daily Giant 1/27/2013

When I wasn't falling asleep in class as a kid, I remember being told that Native Americans didn't really do any stonework in ancient times. Not that it was explicitly stated thusly but that was the obvious impression given by academia. In fact, Native American stonework started in Labrador 7500 years ago with the stone burial mound of L'Anse amour built by the Maritime Archaic civilization. The Maritime Archaic built stone burial mounds, stone walls, cairns and most likely the standing stones on uninhabited Coffin Island in Labrador. Their civilization went back at least 9000 years as they hunted for swordfish and cod in the brutal North Atlantic. They used toggling harpoons, had elaborate artifacts, with precise geometric designs and traveled thousands of nautical miles from Nulliak cove in Labrador, down to New Jersey. Their artifacts of Rama Chert were also found in the Lake Champlain region of Vermont. Of this civilization little is taught about in school because it's existence and level of sophistication has challenged traditional timelines.
The Mound Builders built many massive structures of stone over the eastern half of the country, stone mounds up to 55 feet high and wall complexes that covered hundreds of acres. The Puebloan cultures built incredible stone complexes in the western part of the country also. The picture is of the doorways of Pueblo Bonito at Chaco Canyon . Pueblo Bonito was the largest and best known Great House in northern New Mexico, it was built by ancestral Pueblo people and occupied between AD 828 and 1126. In 2009, it was reported that traces of cacao from, at the nearest, 1,200 miles (1,900 km) away in Mexico, were detected in pottery shards at Pueblo Bonito. Gary A. David has written a number of books describing the incredible astronomical knowledge of these cultures- The Orion Zone and his newest- Star Shrines and Earthworks of the Desert Southwest. Both highly recommended. This area had something else that you may have guessed, Giants. The accompanying newspaper account is about a 9 footer.

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