The scientific study of the beliefs and practices concerning astronomy that existed in ancient and prehistoric civilizations
You can find some pretty strange stuff if you spend enough time in the woods and with the upcoming solstice and the all the talk of the Mayan calendar ending, I've been thinking of taking an early morning visit to a archaeoastronomic site I found a few years back while hiking in a local forest.
While it's on public land it has never be publicized due to potential vandalism. .
It's a prehistoric "dancing site" dating back to the early Archaic period and was first in use from six thousand to as much as ten thousand years ago for ceremonies and as a calendar to chart the solstices and the corn growing season.
Like I said, I first came upon this site while doing a little off-trail hiking and discovered a granite boulder covered with petroglyphs.
On the right in the picture you can see the image of a quartz toothed bear and on the left some sort of horned deer or moose along with other carvings
As you can imagine this peaked my curiosity and I found that while the site is known to state archaeologists and the local native tribes, for the general public it's kinda been hidden in plain sight.
After some research on the ceremonial significance I returned to discover one other carved rock, the head of a serpent, but never did figure out where all the other megaliths of the calender were.
Now, with the upcoming solstice and the Mayan connection, I figure that this is probably the very best time to figure this out.