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Space Archaeology

2017.03.14  - Celebrating a decade doing space archaeology continues with more resource and results uploads. Current versions of my applet and global placemarks collection reflect recent research activities:

Archaeogeodesy Placemarks, Ancient Monuments in Google Earth v2017  
Spanning the globe, more than 15,000 placemarks of ancient monuments and anthropogenic features visible in satellite imagery, created during a decade of space archaeology applied to ancient monument research. This file includes most of the 4,500+ monuments with coordinates in the Excel applet. The placemarks embed 4,600+ Panoramio photos selected for archaeological value. To view site relationships study results, see the archaeogeodesy study results links further down page.
Download - 4.5 MB Google Earth file: archaeogeodesy.kml

ArchaeoGeodesy Applet v2017
Updated Excel application includes new sites from Amazon surveys and other recent research.
Download - 2.3 MB Excel file: archaeogeodesy.xls

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Tumichucua, Newark, and Pi

Happy Pi Day 2017 - Newark Earthworks is monumental as well as outstanding in my study results. Newark Archaeogeodesy introduces early reseach results in a chronological presentation. Given the importance of the complex, I check the geodetic relationshisp of Newark with any other large circular works anywhere on the globe. Reading academic literature related to the Monumental Mounds culture in the Bolivian Amazon and surveying the region in Google Earth led to an immense, excavated earthen circle and the discovery of several of the largest earthen circles in the world, the zanjas and causeway/canal circles surrounding monumental mounds in the Llanos de Mojos region of Amazonian Bolivia. I placemarked these and much more in a just updated document.

Space Archaeology in the Amazon, Beni, Bolivia
Space Archaeology in the Amazon, Beni, Bolivia
Updated Google Earth KML file - http://www.jqjacobs.net/amazon/bolivia.kml - v2017 1.03 MB

I followed an article reference to Field Reports: Aboriginal Earthworks near the Mouth of the Beni, Bolivia by Dean E. Arnold and Kenneth A. Prettol. Their map pinpoints the location of the Tumi Chucua Zanja (also spelled Tumichucua). The elliptical ditch and bank is reported to measure 820m x 760m, immense compared to Newark's Great Circle's 358m mean diameter. Naturally, I wanted to know where Tumi Chucua was located in relation to Newark's circles. To say I was surprised pi appeared in the results would be wrong; pi appears frequently in relation to my great circle results. I was certainly delighted because pi appeared redundantly in this one relationship. View in Google Earth:

Tumichucua, Newark, and Pi
Download the KML file - Tumichucua, Newark, and Pi - tumichucua.kml - 16 KB


Archaeogeodesy Study Results:

Archaeogeodesy is defined as an area of study encompassing prehistoric and ancient place determination, point positioning, astronomy, geodynamic phenomena, measure and representation of the earth, surveying, and navigation on land or water. These files display a few of the study results:

The Heart of Neolithic Orkney

Hundreds of Geoglyphs Discovered in the Amazon

Currently, 440 geoglyphs are documented in both a data file and a placemarks file:

 

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