Current Events at the Gap

Most of what we have been discussing in this web-page has been pertaining to the Zipper Glyph and the solar calendar. This is as it should be because the solar calendar and solar motion of the gap narrows is central to all that happens at the gap. However it follows that if these ancient people created a solar calendar at this level of skill, there should also be other calendar events recorded there and this is most likely to be lunar or of the moon. So when the lunar panel was identified with day counts for the month, lunations for one traverse of the sun between solstices (a half year) and for a full 12 month year, it was gratifying but not too surprising. However what was surprising was the level and scope of knowledge contained in the lunar panel because the panel also contains a nineteen (19 years) count which indicated that these people understood extended cycles of the moon. Was this possible? The moon goes through three long cycle dependent on the regression of the lunar nodes:

The problem with isomophic numbers is that a fractional part can't be represented. Which of the three cycles of the moon is meant by this 19 count. There was no way for these ancient peoples to understand and observe directly the regression of the lunar nodes ( 2. above) as such because it is only detectable by the eclipses or the extreme swing of the moon along the horizon. But we know that they were horizon watchers from the solar calendar. We could recognize the solar wedge embedded in the lunar panel, which hinted to us that horizon observation was also being applied to lunar motion. While we have no doubt that they would observe eclipses with great interest but is difficult to even notice an eclipse unless an eclipse unless is is total or near total. This tended to through the focus of the investigation on to another horizonal alignment. What does this mean? Was it time to look for another cairn to mark the moon set at a northern or southern most extreme? However it was quickly noticed that right adjacent to the 19-count glyph was a narrow slot. Sighting through this slot pointed to a place on the eastern horizon where the sun could never rise. Things moved rapidly then because that peice of the horizon had already been profiled in the computer. A a few minutes in the trailer and one access of SHAMOS told us that the slot between the rocks pointed to the southernmost rise of the moon. From here it was needed to piece together a possible rational for the ancients ones to created the sight alignment. It was found that because of the regression of the lunar nodes it was was possible to identify series of exteme southern moonrises that reoccur very precisely on the summer solstices over 19 year intervals. This was settled on as the most likely link to the rest of the calendar function at the Gap.

On the 21st of June this year (2005) 16 years after the discovery the day of the 19-year finally came around. We had a fairly well attended evening of observation of the summer solstice sunset, the Metonic rise of the moon through the slot, and three planets in the gap narrows, Mercury, Venus and Saturn.

With this last event, it is high time to let be said that Parowan Gap is exactly what it presents itself to be, an astonishing well working and sophisticated Native American astronomical observatory and calendar. With the observation of the nineteen year metonic rise of the moon in the notch immedietly adjacent the 19-year count and all the other solar and lunar counts and alignments this site deserves to be recognized as to its true rank and significance. It deserves respect, preservation, and protection. See the Peer Review above for more information.

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