Archive for month: May, 2015

Mounds Below: Stars Above

27 May
May 27, 2015
published by Ohio Archaeologist, Vol. 65, No. 1, Winter 2015

The great geometric earthworks of Ohio have fascinated students of the ancient past ever since their discovery by the American colonists in the late 1700’s. The use of different geometric forms in various combinations and the realization that they used a standard unit of length and that many were oriented to lunar rises and sets, as well as some solar events, bears witness to the level of astronomical knowledge of the ancient builders. A number of the earthworks used similar designs, and this attests to a common core of expressions and associated meanings. Read more →