Monday, September 08, 2008

Observing the rising and setting of celestial bodies

Click on some of the pictures of text in Tim's post below and you can see one of them includes a discussion of the affect of dis-continuing the yearly burn offs:

"The tradition of observing ritually the rising and setting of celestial bodies on the horizon became increasingly difficuly to practice after contact...."

That seems like a pretty significant quote; especially for Mavor and Dix's readers.

1 comment :

Tim MacSweeney said...

And think of all the stone rows and rock piles that would be more visible in New England if all the underbrush were removed. (Thousands of Indian sites were discovered after wildfires in CA - and elsewhere). After those 1500's epidemics that wiped out up to 90% of the Indian population, I think people assumed- and still do- that Indian stone rows were colonial stone fences (walls).