We will, we will, pile of rocks you!
What a random pile of rocks.
They don't really look like they just....fell into place like that, do they? Well, they didn't. This is a prime example of why I yell at the kids to get off my lawn!
That's not actually true. If some kids were able to make this arrangement on my lawn, I'd be impressed. Impressed as hell, in fact.
These rocks aren't all that different from other standing rock formations found elsewhere, primarily where the Celts used to dwell. The most famous of those standing rock formations would be Stonehenge.
For literally centuries, people have been trying to figure out exactly what Stonehenge was used for. It's pretty much agreed on these days that it was used as a solar calendar and a ritual site by druids.
The pictured pile of rocks? not so much. After it was built, not too many people would have gone there. Only certain select men would go there.
Those rocks are located at Fajada Butte in New Mexico. And behind the rocks, on the face of the cliff, is an etching that many archeologists believe is hundreds of years old. Dating back to the time of the Anasazi.
The Anasazi are probably most well known for building the cliff dwellings located in Chaco Canyon. If you don't know about Chaco Canyon, Google it. You won't regret it.
But, the etching behind the rocks is what I'm talking about today. It was found, by accident, in 1977 by an artist who was part of a group of volunteers that were recording Native American rock art.
The artist noticed that the sun would shine through the slits made by the standing stone onto the spiral shaped petroglyphs behind them. And, as it turned out, The light that shone through created daggers of light on the petroglyphs in precise locations during the solstices and the equinoxes.
Not only that, they discovered the moon also cast shadows in the middle of the petroglyphs during the Lunar Minor Standstill, and aligned with the edge of it during the Lunar Major Standstill.
So, like many other ancient cultures, ones that would be considered primitive by modern standards, had very precise methods of marking solar and lunar events.
How did they know where to place the stones in relation to the spiral they carved on the rock? And, without the rocks and spiral to tell them when the solstices were, how did they know?
There are some who think it was aliens. Others who think it was the Chinese. (what? seriously Otter? Yup.) Or, it could be that, unlike modern people, the ancients were aware of their surroundings. They had to know when the solstices were for religious ceremonies. And, knowing when the equinoxes were helped with planting and harvesting.
It wasn't a convenience for them to know, it was a necessity.
These days we have gadgets, gizmos and other people to tell us this information. Back then, if they didn't figure it out, there was no other way for them to find out.
It's amazing what people can do when they think.
I find it amazing that, using nothing but rocks and the sun, can make a highly accurate calendar, and yet, with all the technology we have today we still can't make a kleenex that will stand up to a good nose toot. (you know what I'm talking about......)
Also, If you make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but then grill it like you would a cheese sandwich, you will instantly revert to being 6 and wishing for nothing more than cartoons. And not the lame ones they have today. I mean the good ones from the 70's and 80's on Saturday mornings. (yeah... I like to watch cartoons. So? They are a valid form of entertainment. And, I don't give you crap for reading the Twilight books, do I?)