11 episodes

In the heart of America along the upper Arkansas River, in some of her most remote sandstone canyons, suspected consonantal Ogham inscriptions survive alongside constellation maps and precision sundials marking the equinoxes, the summer solstice and summertime cross quarters Beltane and Lughnasad. Native Americans knew their skies, too. But this rock art seems to have been left by Celtic sailors with a mission to explore far beyond the coastal regions of the New World a thousand years or more before Columbus. Most archaeologists consider such conjectures heresy, as it suggests a wider diffusion of trans-oceanic cultures in ancient times than they are prepared to accept. However, not all explorers colonized. Yet, it appears these forgotten Celtic sailors memorialized their inland excursions with sophisticated, captioned heliolithics for regulating calendars intrinsically to the planet's annual cycles.

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In the heart of America along the upper Arkansas River, in some of her most remote sandstone canyons, suspected consonantal Ogham inscriptions survive alongside constellation maps and precision sundials marking the equinoxes, the summer solstice and summertime cross quarters Beltane and Lughnasad. Native Americans knew their skies, too. But this rock art seems to have been left by Celtic sailors with a mission to explore far beyond the coastal regions of the New World a thousand years or more before Columbus. Most archaeologists consider such conjectures heresy, as it suggests a wider diffusion of trans-oceanic cultures in ancient times than they are prepared to accept. However, not all explorers colonized. Yet, it appears these forgotten Celtic sailors memorialized their inland excursions with sophisticated, captioned heliolithics for regulating calendars intrinsically to the planet's annual cycles.

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    Authentic Irish Flat Ogham

    Authentic Irish Flat Ogham

    Accompanied by researcher Kathleen Cain in 1986-1987 and wife Katie in 1988, I hit the trail to confirm the authenticity of flat ogham, which archaeology ignores, throughout the Irish countrysides and in the National Museum in Dublin. This is another indictment of the failures the institution of archaeology to play it straight with the public. How can we trust their peer review when dogma blinds authority?

    • 15 min
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    Pathfinder and the Obstructionists

    Pathfinder and the Obstructionists

    Accompanied by researcher Carl Lehrburger, Old News cameras capture the timelapse of a dramatic equinox sun dagger crossing a wall of Circle of Life petroglphs, some of which were apparently engraved precisely to honor, perhaps celebrate the equinox at noon. The event is highly suggestive of the Navajo legend of Changing Woman, a powerful force in the creation myths shared or modified to one degree or another by several native cultures in the American southwest.

    • 9 min
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    Politics of Archaeoastronomy, Part 1

    Politics of Archaeoastronomy, Part 1

    Pyramidology, an obsession in Great Britain in the 1860s, 1870s and 1880s, helped usher in the hybrid science of archaeoastronomy, though you won't read about this in the Wikipedia article. Judging past practices as pseudoscience using modern sensitivities, the collaborative authors have banished this, nonetheless, formative genesis reported here.

    • 3 min
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    1987 spring equinox expedition

    1987 spring equinox expedition

    Fair Use rationale: the closing 3 minutes of the March 23, 1987, CBS Evening News is reproduced free of charge in the context of a collection of associated video podcasts under provisions of the "Fair Use" doctrine in U.S. Copyright Law (copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html). This one is preserved for its historical value as an independent illustration of suspected ancient Celtic archaeoastronomical alignments and petroglyphic writing in southeastern Colorado and the Oklahoma Panhandle, a news story first enterprised two years earlier by this podcaster, Scott Monahan. CBS News' awareness of these finds apparently either derived directly from Monahan's one hour KRMA TV documentary "History on the Rocks" which premiered in Denver on May 7, 1985, or derived indirectly from subsequent print media stories (onter.net/scripts.html) which did not acknowledge Monahan's antecedent, copyrighted broadcast. Its neutral perspective on the status of research in 1987 justifies this archival record as "Fair Use" in a scholarly context. Otherwise publicly unpreserved, any repurposing of this video may infringe CBS' rights. See also: Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use, Center for Social Media (centerforsocialmedia.org/rock/backgrounddocs/bestpractices.pdf)

    • 3 min
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    Celts & Indians, more than cousins?

    Celts & Indians, more than cousins?

    Citing articles from The Atlantic Monthly in January 2000 and from the 1925 Kansas Historical Society Collections, anecdotal, archaeological and ethnographic accounts suggest Celtic sailors may have left genetic fingerprints in America before 1200 CE.

    • 3 min
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    Sun Temple: Beltaine 2007 dawn

    Sun Temple: Beltaine 2007 dawn

    Authors Martin Brennan and Chas Clifton visit a solar observation site in southeastern Colorado, marking an ancient Celtic cross quarter date, ending spring and beginning summer. A thin ledge in front of a large circle carved on the sandstone cliff is the only place to witness the peculiar May 5 sunrise within a 3-sided notch defined by the horizon and a dramatic rock overhang. This year, clouds obscured first light, but the sun does an encore appearance along the edge of the cliff face minutes later.

    • 3 min

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