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We still don't know who built it.
Originally posted by Hanslune
One can compare the the L'anse aux meadows site to this one. As Sky suggests and I always recommend. Find signs of habitation...We do know/suspect that LAUM wasn't the only site. The Norse may have built more and they probably can be found, but they are most probably underneath a existing Canadian or US habitation.
Inigo Jones, who surveyed Stonehenge in 1655, was so impressed by the skill of its builders that he assumed they were Romans and a century later John Wood, who shared Jones's assumption, based his great neo-Classical Circus in Bath on Jones's plan of Stonehenge.
60. Petition of Sir John Lawrence, Sir Edmund Plowden, Sir Boyer Worsley, John Trusler, Roger Pack, Will. Inwood, Thos. Ryebread, Chas. Barret, and George Noble, adventurers, to the King. Are willing at their own cost, to plant at a remote place, called Manati or Long Isle, 150 miles to the north of James City, and settle three hundred inhabitants there for the making of wine, salt, iron, &c. Pray for a patent of the said isle and thirty square miles of the adjoining coast, to be erected into a county palatine called Syon, and to be held of His Majesty's Crown of Ireland, with the like title and privileges to Sir Ed. Plowden, as was granted to Sir Geo. Calvert in Newfoundland by King James. [In Stafford's letters and despatches Vol. I., pp. 72, 73, will be found a petition from Sir Ed. Plowden, &c., praying for a grant of Isle-Plowden, otherwise Long Isle, where the petitioners are willing to settle five hundred inhabitants, and also for forty leagues square of the adjoining continent, to be erected into a county palatine by the name of New Albion. This petition is inclosed in a warrant from the King to the Lords Justices, dated July 24th, 1632, directing them to cause the grant forthwith to be passed with the customary privileges for government.]
And there's the problem with the Newport Tower claim. The petition says that this 'county palatine' is to include the island in question and some of the adjoining continent, and is at 39 degrees latitude and 150 miles north of James City. Newport is at 41.27 degrees latitude and much more than 150 miles north of James City. The area in the petition is the area of the Delaware/Maryland peninsula, and the tower in the ‘commodities’ document, whether proposed or existing, is not in Rhode Island.
Shortly after this Plowden revised his petition, renaming the island ‘Isle Plowden’, increasing the number of prospective settlers, changing the name of the colony to New Albion and asking for a grant 120 miles to a side to include all other small islands between 39 and 40 degrees latitude. A patent was issued on July 24, 1632, although the charter was not forthcoming until 1634. This was a feudal charter held by Plowden by knight service of Charles I’s Irish crown (which meant the king could profit from it), allowing Plowden to grant titles, etc. which he liberally did (creating one of his sons ‘High Admiral and Baron of Roymount’.
However, nothing came of it. Plowden did not leave for New Albion until 1642, spending his time in lawsuits with tenants, creditors, debtors and his wife while Swedes were busy colonising along the Delaware River. Rather than go to New Albion, in fact, he went to Virginia. An attempt to go to New Albion was then met with mutiny, and that was the end of Plowden’s only known attempt to settle the land he had been granted. He spent the rest of his life (he died in 1859) in lawsuits and conflict with his family.
Originally posted by ravenshadow13...the Newport one may be the only one built by the colonial people. Does that sound right?
Once the Tower’s location is established by the orientation to north and the Summer Solstice, the Tower’s windows, by their location in the walls and their shapes, are no longer a mystery. From inside the Tower, on its first wooden floor, a person of about five feet five inches tall, standing in front of a point marked in the sill of the south window, could see the summit of Miantonomi Hill through the very small north window. Above the hill, in the sky in the same direction, is the North Star - Polaris.
So I guess it may not have ever been built, that "Long Isle" tower. Which would mean that the Newport one may be the only one built by the colonial people.
Originally posted by Hanslune
Sorry no, the alignments are too forced. All known "calendars" have the person in the center with the sun RISE thru the east observation point.
Originally posted by HansluneOne of fads and fashions that ran thru archaeology was finding archaeo-astronomical connections, that has fortunately run its course, well almost.