Sunday, August 20, 2006

Decipherment of Cahokia as a hermetic Sky Map (planisphere) of the Heavens - LexiLine Journal 427

Cahokia Mounds (see photo gallery) in Collinsville, Illinois comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site and as written there:
" Cahokia Mounds, some 13 km north-east of St. Louis, Missouri,
is the largest pre-Columbian settlement north of Mexico.
To our LexiLine Files at in the file North America - USA Canada (Megalithic Sites Rock Art Earthworks)
under the heading
Cahokia Decipherment as the Heavens by Andis Kaulins
I have added my just-made decipherment of the Cahokia Mounds as
(the graphic below)

This decipherment was made possible through the map recently sent to me by Steve Burdic as
Cahokia12Circles.pdf, which was presented in the previous LexiLine posting and is also found in our LexiLine files.

My alleged decipherment shows that the Cahokia Mounds were intended as hermetic representations of the stars of the heavens, including stars from the following modern constellations: those marking the four seasons in the heaven of stars - Aquila (Winter), Scorpio (Autumn), Perseus (Spring) and Leo (Summer).

In addition, Cahokia shows the Pole Star position as well as the position of the North Ecliptic Pole.

Lastly, stars of Ursa Major, Draco, Cepheus, Cassiopeia, Cygnus, Ophiuchus, Bootes, Virgo, Coma Berenices, and Leo Minor are shown.

There may be solar lines here, but that is not my interest at the moment. The major "architectural" features are intended to represent the starry constellations at night.

The correspondences are not always perfect, but the relationship is clear when one views the whole. The Ursa Major equivalence, e.g. is very well represented. Cepheus and Cassiopeia are both excellently reproduced. Scorpio on the other hand is missing one star at the head, the left one - although this was the first group of stars identified nevertheless due to Antares - do we have traces of a mound there? Some of the other alleged star positions show too few stars to be certain. Nevertheless, that the mounds represent the stellar heavens is clear, and the principle used is the same as we previously have found throughout the world, also e.g. at Tikal (see

Using the positions of the stars as obtained, the original plan of Cahokia must be substantially older than currently dated by the scholars - or - their builders relied on long outdated stellar parameters.

[The above decipherment has been amended here.]

Some other sites of interest in this regard are:

Cahokia Mounds Topography - Maps of Cahokia -
Cahokia Site Map and Virtual Tour -
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency -
Archaeological Sites - Cahokia -
Cahokia Mound 72 -
National Park Service - Cahokia -
Mississippian Civilization -
Mississippi Artifacts -
Gottschall Site -
Indian Mounds of Mississippi -

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