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Re: BBC: Prehistoric Moon Map Unearthed

From: Larry Hatch <larryhat@jps.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 03:35:51 -0700
Fwd Date: Sun, 25 Apr 1999 00:47:07 -0400
Subject: Re: BBC: Prehistoric Moon Map Unearthed

>From: Bob Young <YoungBob2@aol.com>
>Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 23:25:45 EDT
>Subject: Re: BBC: Prehistoric Moon Map Unearthed
>To: updates@globalserve.net

>Ladies and Gents:

>>From: Steven J. Dunn <SDunn@logicon.com>
>>Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 10:06:28 -0700
>>Fwd Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 17:37:41 -0400
>>Subject: BBC: Prehistoric Moon Map Unearthed

>>Source: <http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_325000/325290.stm>

>>Original Publication Date 1999/04/22 04:07:21

>>By BBC News Online Science Editor Dr David Whitehouse

>>A map of the Moon 10 times older than anything known before has
>>been found carved into stone at one of Ireland's most ancient
>>and mysterious Neolithic sites.

>>It has been identified by Dr Philip Stooke of the University of
>>Western Ontario in Canada.


>>"It's all there in the carving. You can see the overall pattern
>>of the lunar features from features such as Mare Humorun through
>>to Mare Crisium."

>I invite any interested list members to observe the Full Moon,
>even within a day or two of Full, with the unaided eye and
>compare your view with the arcs and spots proposed in this
>theory.  Coming Full Moons will be May 15, June 13, July 13 and
>August 11.

>One of the most prominent features is the "left eye" of the "Man
>in the Moon", composed of the Sea of Serenity and Sea of
>Tranquility, with the Seas of Fertility and Nectars and their
>connecting plains forming two elongated prominent "fingers".  In
>fact, in some American Indian folklore these form either the
>head or a rabit when coming up in the East, with the fingers
>being the ears, or to others are a frog, when setting in the
>West, with the fingers representing the legs.

>The proposed map would depict these prominent "fingers" only as
>small dark spots.  To the naked eye, the Seas of Fertility and
>Nectars do not appear as round small spots.  The upper arc might
>match the appearance of Mare Frigoris, the "forehead" of the
>Man, but the three arcs are not obvious to me.


>>The circular limb of the moon is not included in the carving. Dr
>>Stooke believes that it may have been drawn on the rock with
>>chalk or with coloured paint.

>In other words, all other possible features, dots, arcs, etc.,
>beyond those shown were not included.  I would think that a
>circle to indicate the shape and boundary of the Moon would be
>necessary.  Seems weak to me.  Take a look yourselves and judge.

>Clear skies,

>Bob Young

Dear Bob:

I just visited the URL ( link ) provided above.

Stop me if I'm wrong, but I take it the figure on the left is a
simplified diagram of the dark parts of the Moon's face; the one
on the right are the cave drawings; the center piece is one
superimposed on the other.

Out of context, the figure on the right (some concentric
arcs and a dot) would not remind me of the Moon at all.

It looks more like a doodle made by a cave man waiting for
dinner; perhaps it was a design for a radical new shelter made
of animal hides.

It could have ceremonial significance, but that's cheap and
easy.   Future archeologists might say that about today's
parking meters.    " A definite totem! "

(Has anyone looked for coin slots in the Easter Island
  "god - statues"?)

Maybe some ancient man was trying to invent the wheel, and just
could not hook the arc segments together properly.

The very very last thing  it reminds of is the Moon.

This sounds like some Hoaglandesque "face on Mars"
sort of wishful thinking to me.    I am reminded of the
Blessed Virgin appearing in stained wall plaster, when
Elvis is unavailable.

Best wishes

- Larry Hatch

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