Originally posted by Max_TO
Good question and I am no expert but my guess would be no , the snake mound would not be much help for predicting an eclipse .
I tend to agree. 4 to 5 solar eclipses over the lifespan of the whole culture is not enough data to use to predict anything (unless you know a lot
about the solar system and the planetary orbits.) Lunar eclipses run on 18 year cycles, but that would mean they'd have to have more than a few
cycles worth of data and some pretty good record keeping.
So we'd see cultural artifacts with these kinds of markings and observatories of some sort set up. I'm not familiar with the cultures mentioned in
the article (though I'm generally familiar with some of the Native American cultures), and without further reading about the villages and so forth of
these people, I don't have enough information to comment further.
As for marking the moon , if I am not mistaken there was a time when the world calendar was based on the cycle of the moon .
Most, but not all, ancient cultures did this.
it could have been built to commemorate ONE eclipse. That's not out of the realm of possibility, if it was the only one they'd
ever seen and they felt they were "saved" by some act or another.
The mounds fascinate me, but I'm more familiar with the Caddo mounds (which were used for burial and were associated with the "fire temple" and
with the houses of chiefs.)
Most of the recent material has been about the impact crater. I'm not seeing a lot of scholarly papers on the culture or artifacts in the past 15
years, indicating that they don't want to disturb it further and that they've done enough research for now.
So... some questions to ask:
1) are there other "star artifacts", particularly those showing patterns of stars? (note: the star patterns they associate with things are probably
NOT going to be the same constellations we identify.)
2) what do we know about the religion of this particular culture (did they have "fire temples", which Europeans first met the people and what did
they write about them)?
3) which cultures took their place, and do these cultures have some "common" stories (myths)? If so, they may be derived (in the distant past) from
favorite or important stories of this group.
4) Who did they trade with?
5) what theories have been published by archaeologists/anthropologists/historians about this? (I'm limiting it to historians and archaeologists and
anthropologists because they have a standard method of deciding what's reliable information and what isn't. If we go on "Uncle Joe told me this"
or "This newspaper had a story about..." we can end up in a mess of bad information -- particularly given the quality of news reporting in the
(I'll think of more, but those would be interesting as a start to exploring the idea of the mound)