Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Another Mystery

Recent news reports online of the discovery, via satellite pictures, of ancient earthworks, fully visible only from space set my little heart a-racing that bit faster. Memories of Erich von Däniken's book, Chariots of the Gods and old stories of the Nazca Lines bubbled to the surface once again.
High in the skies over Kazakhstan, space-age technology has revealed an ancient mystery on the ground.

Satellite pictures of a remote and treeless northern steppe reveal colossal earthworks — geometric figures of squares, crosses, lines and rings the size of several football fields, recognizable only from the air and the oldest estimated at 8,000 years old.
NASA Adds to Evidence of Mysterious Ancient Earthworks............

Click on images for enlarged versions. The earthworks are from 300 to 1,300 feet across, so they can only be fully appreciated from a distant satellite's perspective.

What was their purpose? Some suggestions I've read so far include: a way to corral cattle(that doesn't seem at all likely to me); used in religious ceremony or relating to religion - but why so huge? Some kind of calendrical guide - this sounds most likely, if we discount any alien-related fantasy (or is it fantasy?) I suppose someone standing at certain points in the square or circle, during the year (or the year as we now count it) might note the pattern the stars and planets were forming - that kind of thing. It must have taken much effort and time to construct these things, they were obviously of great importance.

Any ideas? Wilder the better!


mike said...

New archaeological discoveries around the globe are being discovered, many due to satellite imagery. Always something old newly-found under the Sun. The inclusion of the Turgai Swastika in this cluster would indicate to me that this site held spiritual significance of some sort, though mundane, daily existence for most ancient cultures was part of a greater spiritual, all-encompassing whole...life itself was sacred. There's some question whether these sites will be allowed preservation...the article states a highway has already been constructed through a portion AFTER the sites were revealed. We can only hope that archaeologists are rapidly excavating right now.

There's little agreement on the construction and purpose of sites-structures that have long been revealed and explored, so I'm sure these newer finds will be met with the same confusion, varied hypotheses, and over-all banterings. Whatever their purpose, these structures were obviously very important to the cultures that created them.

mike (again) said...

Might have been the original, reptilian invasion of McDonalds and Starbucks.

Sonny G said...

I'll add those images to the many Mysteries , the truth of which, I will likely never know..

seems a shame to disturb them though.

Twilight said...

mike ~ Yes, life would be sacred then - not to mention uncertain. That there should be any thought of destroying any part of these structures is depressing - especially as someone recently paid $170.4 million dollars for a flippin' reclining nude painting by Modigliani - I wouldn't give the thing house room! Yet these fascinating earthworks are thought of as not worth saving? DANG!!

Reptilian invasion...yep - and still they come!

How about these earthworks having a link to that other mystery I love to think about - "and there were giants in those days". (Biblical quote - maybe not exact but as I recall it) Giants would build huge things like this! :-)

Twilight said...

Sonny ~ It does seem a damn shame, Sonny, and disrespectful of our ancestors.

mike (again) said...

"Mysterious pentagram etched into remote Kazakhstan field explained"

But, wait! The circle's radius is 666 feet and the site is 666 ft above sea level.

Twilight said...

mike (again) ~ GROAN! So that was 2 years ago? They don't have much to say about the latest images though. Kazakhstan must have been on a roll at one time or another! ;-)