|Belize, Cayo, Belmopan — Harriot W. Topsey|
| Here fell Harriot W. Topsey Anthropologist 22nd May 1953 - 9th October 1995 Rescate en pacem Sursum corda — Map (db m94395) HM|
|Belize, Cayo, San Ignacio — Altar 21 at Caracol — (A Group Ballcourt; Structures A11 & A12)|
| This altar is a ballcourt marker erected in A.D. 633 by Lord Kan II. The text explains that Kan II's father, Lord Water, engaged in two war events with Tikal in A.D. 556 and A.D. 562. The unstated purpose of the monument is to compare Kan II's first defeat of Naranjo in A.D. 631 with his father's defeat of Tikal. — Map (db m94539) HM WM|
|British Columbia (Capital Regional District), Victoria — Hosaqami|
a replica of the original pole carved in 1960
by Chief Mungo Martin
Carved by Chief Tony Hunt
Raised on 8 September 2012
in the presence of
The Honourable Steven L. Point, OBC
Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
in honour of
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s
and dedicated to all Aboriginal Veterans
This pole was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Government House Foundation and in cooperation with the Esquimalt and Songhees First . . . — Map (db m75002) HM WM|
|British Columbia (Capital Regional District), Victoria — Sahsima|
Sahsima, meaning "harpoon", was the original name identified by Songhees elder James Fraser for the point where the Chinese Cemetery is located. Hayls the Transformer, with spirit companions Raven and Mink, came by in his canoe, frightening away the seal the harpooner had been stalking. The harpooner rebuked them. Hayls turned him to stone as he stood there poised to throw the harpoon, saying, "You'll be boss for seals...from Sooke to Namaimo."
Artwork by Charles Elliott, Temoseng
BC 150 Years, 2008 — Map (db m75313) HM|
|British Columbia (Capital Regional District), Victoria — Spewhung|
Turkey Head was known by the indigenous people as Spewhung.
A large shell-midden along this shoreline indicates that this was an ancient village site to which first peoples brought many fish, bird, mammal and plant resources. Food was gathered from Chatham and Discovery Islands (Stsnaang and Tlchess) in the distance and from Jimmy Chicken-Mary Tod Island (Kohweechella island, "where there are many fish"), nearer shore.
Artwork by Charles Elliott, Temoseng
BC 150 Years, 2008 — Map (db m75329) HM|
|British Columbia (Capital Regional District), Victoria — Tlikwaynung|
This small islet and the adjacent shore were once an indigenous encampment connected with the village at McNeill Bay, Chikawich, to the west. The people living here ate over 20 species of fish and 15 species of birds, as well as deer, sea mammals, raccoon and marten. Across the water lies Trial Island, Tlikwaynung, a place where there were lots of seals.
Artwork by Charles Elliott, Temoseng
BC 150 Years — Map (db m75340) HM|
|Newfoundland and Labrador (Division No. 10, Newfoundland and Labrador (Labrad), L'Anse-au-Loup — L’Anse Amour Burial — Site funéraire de l’anse Amour|
This mound of rocks is the earliest known funeral monument in the new world and marks the burial place of an Indian child who died about 7500 years ago. The Maritime Archaic people, to whom the child belonged, occupied this area between 9000 and 3500 years ago. The body was covered with red ochre, wrapped in skins or birch bark, and placed in a large pit 1.5 metres deep. Fires were lit on either side of the body, and several spearheads of stone and bone placed beside the . . . — Map (db m79551) HM|
|Newfoundland and Labrador (Division No. 9 (North Peninsula)), St Lunaire-Griquet — The End of a Quest: L’aboutissement d’une quête — Fishing for the Past: À la recherche du passé|
Following clues in the ancient Icelandic sagas, and the writings of Viking scholars and enthusiasts, Norwegian writer and explorer Helge Ingstad arrived at L’Anse aux Meadows in 1960. When he asked whether there were any unusual mounds or low turf wall nearby, community elder and fisherman George Decker led him to the site that local people called “the Old Indian Camp”.
Here the long search for the Norse foothold in North America ended, and the painstaking . . . — Map (db m79650) HM|
|Ontario, Ottawa — Silent Messengers of the Arctic — Inuksuk created by Kananginak Pootoogook, 1997|
|For generations, the Inuit have been creating impressive stone markers on the Arctic landscape. Inuksuk means "acting in the capacity of a human." They serve many functions, including guiding travellers, warning of danger, assisting hunters and marking places of reverence. — Map (db m39750) HM|
|Ontario (Niagara Region), Niagara Falls — The Inukshuk|
The inukshuk (pronounced IN-OOK-SHOOK) means “in the image of man.” These magnificent lifelike figures of stone erected by the Inuit people are unique to the Canadian Arctic.
The traditional purpose of an Inukshuk was to act as a guide for a safe journey through the wilderness. An Inukshuk on land with two arms and legs means there is a valley, and at the end of the valley you will be able to go in two directions.
What is true about the Inukshuk . . . — Map (db m79021) HM
|Ontario (Toronto, Municipality of Metropolitan), Toronto — Charles Trick Currelly 1876-1957|
|Born in Exeter, Huron County, this renowned archaeologist, teacher and administrator was educated locally and in Toronto. Completing his studies at Victoria College, he received his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1898 and his M.A. in 1901. While in London, England, he met the famous Egyptologist, Flinders Petrie, and accompanied him to Egypt. His work in various parts of the Mediterranean world inspired him with the idea of establishing an archaeological museum in Ontario. With the aid . . . — Map (db m83666) HM|
|Quebec (Côte-Nord), Blanc-Sablon — Blanc-Sablon — Naishipinut|
For nearly nine thousand years, Aboriginal peoples have been drawn to Blanc-Sablon's abundant shoreline resources. Research conducted on more than sixty archaeological sites along the western bank of the Blanc-Sablon River reveals settlement and subsistence patterns that gradually changed over time. The quantity and diversity of the wildlife remains found here testify to the importance of coastal resources, particularly seals, to the diet of the area's inhabitants. A rich . . . — Map (db m79604) HM|
|Quebec (Côte-Nord), Blanc-Sablon — Blanc-Sablon National Historic Site — Lieu historique national de Blanc-Sablon — Naishipiunt utenau shashish aitashtakanit|
The Blanc-Sablon National Historic Site of Canada, also recognised as Cultural Property in Québec, holds a signifiant place in the history of the Quebec- Labrador coast. Artefacts found at this site represent 9,000 years of Aboriginal history up until the first contact with Europeans in the early 16th century. The high concentration of archaeological sites attests to the fact that the Blanc-Sablon region, and especially the mouth of the Blanc-Sablon River, was an important . . . — Map (db m79605) HM|
|Czech Republic, Hlavní město Praha, Prague — Vojta Náprstek|
V tomto domĕ žil a zemřel
Bojovník za kulturní
a společenský pokrok
R 1862 položil základy
Translated, the marker reads:
In this house lived and died Vojta Náprstek (1826-1894). A champion of cultural and social progress. In the year 1862 he laid the foundations for the Náprstokova Museum. — Map (db m23067) HM|
|El Salvador, Cuscatlán, Suchitoto — Church Platform — Plataforma de Iglesia|
| La iglesia de la Trinidad era la que funcionaba dentro de la villa de San Salvador y en 1539 ó 1540 se llevó a cabo el primer matrimonio religioso documentado en el territorio. Este fue entre Francisco Castellón y Catalina Gutiérrez, mujer mestiza, hija del artillero Diego de Usagre y una mujer Mixteca (grupo indígena étnico proveniente de México) conocida como Magdalena. Francisco Castellón y Catalina Gutiérrez tuvieron cinco hijos: Lucas, Marcos, Juan, Leonor y Francisca Castellón y . . . — Map (db m93954) HM|
|El Salvador, Cuscatlán, Suchitoto — Ciudad Vieja Archaeological Site — Sitio Arqueológico Ciudad Vieja de El Salvador|
| El proceso de la conquista española de América generó diversos paisajes culturales en los cuales se plasmó la huella, tanto de los conquistadores como de los conquistados. La prístina Villa de San Salvador fue fundada en 1525 por orden de Pedro de Alvarado y abandonada en 1526 debido a una rebelión indígena. Posteriormente, el primero de abril de 1528 se funda la primera Villa permanente de San Salvador en el valle de La Bermuda por orden de Jorge de Alvarado. El sitio arqueológico histórico . . . — Map (db m93975) HM|
|El Salvador, Cuscatlán, Suchitoto — 2 — Streets of Ciudad Vieja — Calles de Ciudad Vieja|
| Esta forma urbana tiene como elemento de orígen la Plaza Mayor, de la cual se desprende una serie de calles que permiten, por la simplicidad de su diseño, acoplarse a las necesidades de división y parcelación en solares, además de proporcionar un mejor control de acceso, comunicicación y defensa. La cuadrícula, también permitió la planificación de calles suficientemente amplias para una buena circulación de sus habitantes. Las calles que se encuentran en el sitio Ciudad Vieja corresponden a . . . — Map (db m93968) HM|
|El Salvador, Cuscatlán, Suchitoto — 6 — Structure 1D1 or Southern Surveillance Point — Estructura 1D1 o Puesto de Vigilancia Sur|
| El puesto de vigilancia sur, ubicado a las afueras del trazo urbano tenía como objetivo controlar toda actividad que pusiera en peligro la vida de los habitantes de la villa, especialmente de los ataques de las poblaciones indígenas locales. Este lugar también tiene una magnífica vista hacia el lado oeste y este del sitio. En dicha estructura se encontraron restos de carbón, cerámica, objetos de metal y una punta de proyectil así como restos de obsidiana, lo que sugiere que este espacio fue de . . . — Map (db m93963) HM|
|El Salvador, Cuscatlán, Suchitoto — 5 — Structure 4D1 — Estructura 4D1|
| Esta estructura fue de las últimas investigadas y restauradas en el sitio en el año 2011. Debido a los materiales arqueológicos encontrados, como escoria de hierro, carbón, clavos y tachuelas, esta estructura posiblemente fue un lugar para comercio como una tienda; además, se encontró en una de sus esquinas un cimiento de adobe donde posiblemente estaba colocado un poste de madera. Los cimientos de la estructura, como todas las demás del sitio, estaban compuestos de piedras y tierra . . . — Map (db m93929) HM|
|El Salvador, La Libertad, Antiguo Cuscatlán — Quetzalcoat's Stone — Piedra Tacitas|
| Los monolitos de las piedras tacitas son parte de nuestra cultura ancestral. Fueron encontrados en lo que fue la ribera sur de la antigua laguna en 1971. Según el arqueólogo Tomas Fideas Jimenez, en la tradición religiosa pipil, estos monolitos representaban un recuerdo de las lagrimas que derramo Quetzalcoat, cuando fue expulsado por los Aztecas. Similares hallazgos se reportaron en 1957 en San Diego La Libertad, El Salvador, Guatemala y Chile.
English translation: The . . . — Map (db m88383) HM|
|El Salvador, La Libertad, Ciudad Arce — Abandonment of the San Andrés Archaeological Site|
| El sitio fue abandonado antes de la erupción de El Boquerón, esto puede coincidir con el llamado colapso maya Desde 2011 se realizan trabajos de investigación en este montículo ubicado sobre una plataforma aun no excavada. Los trabajos han permitido conocer las 3 últimas etapas de construcción constituidas de adobes y repellos de argamasa compactada, materiales constructivos característicos de éste sitio y la zona arqueológica de Chalchuapa. Pie de dibujo: Excavaciones realizadas . . . — Map (db m92662) HM|
|El Salvador, La Libertad, Ciudad Arce — Indigo Production at San Andrés|
| En San Andrés funcionó una hacienda añilera durante la época colonial De acuerdo a algunas fuentes, en las haciendas añileras de la época colonial se conjugaba la producción de añil, el cultivo de granos básicos y la ganadería. La primera actividad orientada a la exportación y las otras dos al consumo propio y comercio local, la hacienda que funcionó en los terrenos que ahora ocupa San Andrés no fue la excepción. Durante la erupción del Playón en noviembre de 1658, Opico y sus alrededores . . . — Map (db m92676) HM|
|El Salvador, La Libertad, Ciudad Arce — San Andrés Archaeological Site — Sitio Arqueológico San Andrés|
En el valle de Zapotitán, municipio de Ciudad de Arce, departamento de La Libertad.
Coordenadas (al centro de la Acrópolis):
N 13º 48’ 3.7” latitud, W 89º 23’ 21.7” longitud
UTM 24168mE/1527010mN 16P (WGS84)
El lugar donde usted se encuentra es uno de los principales sitios arqueológicos del país y tiene evidencia de actividad humana que se remonta a casi 3,000 años (al menos que se indica lo contrario, las fechas que se dan a continuación son . . . — Map (db m92654) HM|
|El Salvador, La Libertad, Ciudad Arce — San Andrés was an extensive prehispanic settlement — San Andrés fue un extenso asentamiento prehispánico|
| De acuerdo a las investigaciones, durante esa época San Andrés estaba formado por un centro monumental y una extensa zona residencial alrededor. El primero estaba constituido por dos sectores: La Gran Acrópolis y un espacio amplio llamado la “Gran Plaza”. El área residencial de San Andrés ha sido poco explorada, pero se considera que el sistema constructivo de las viviendas era muy similar al empleado en Joya de Cerén: paredes de bahareque sobre una base de plataforma. Pie de . . . — Map (db m92673) HM|
|El Salvador, La Libertad, Ciudad Arce — Structure 7 at San Andrés Archaeological Site|
| Un importante ofrenda fue encontrada en esta edificación Este edificio es único, construido con un núcleo de tlalpetate y adobe y revestido con piedra volcánica cortada, la escalinata corresponde a la fachada de la estructura, donde se encontró una ofrenda compuesta por un pedernal excéntrico, siete conchas marinas, una espina de mantarraya y una cuenta de jadeíta. La ofrenda tiene una importante característica maya: el pedernal excéntrico es de estricto uso en las ofrendas de la elite de . . . — Map (db m92659) HM|
|El Salvador, San Salvador, Aguilares — Cihuatan Conservation Project — Proyecto de Conservación Cihuatán|
Fondo del Embajador para la Conservación Cultural
En 1929, Antonio Sol realizó las primeras excavaciones arqueológicas en la historia de El Salvador aquí, en la pirámide principal de la antigua ciudad de Cihuatán.
Ahora, 85 años después, se están realizando trabajos para conservar las tres escalinatas descubiertas por Sol, para que puedan ser apreciadas por los visitantes y para que perduren al futuro. Este proyecto es apoyado por una donación del Fondo del Embajador para la . . . — Map (db m87668) HM|
|El Salvador, San Salvador — The American Hippopotamus — El Hipopótamo Americano|
| Toxodonte o Hipopotamo americano Mixotoxodon larensis Se originaron en Sur America y logran llegar hasta el sur de Mexico cuando se consolida el puente centroamericano, que origino el gran intercambio biótico centroamericano, hace unos tres millones de años. Estos herbívoros son conocidos en la actualidad solamente por sus fosiles, ya que todo el grupo al cual pertenecian se extinguio completamente sin dejar descendencia alguna en el planeta, hace ya 10 mil años. Se movían en manadas y . . . — Map (db m93000) HM|
|El Salvador, Santa Ana, Chalchuapa — Dr. Stanley Boggs|
| El Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y el Arte
Museo del Parque Arqueológico Tazumal:
“Doctor Stanley H. Boggs”
Como reconocimiento por su valioso aporte en la investigación
arqueológica del pais y especialmente en la
reconstrucción del parque arqueológico Tazumal.
Dado en la ciudad de Chalchuapa, a los nueve dias del mes de octubre de dos mil cinco
Luis Federico Hernandez Aguilar
The . . . — Map (db m86195) HM|
|France, Aquitaine (Dordogne Département), Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reil — Les Gravures et Peintures Prehistoirques de Rouffignac — [Prehistoric Engravings and Paintings of Rouffignac]|
|furent scientifiquement découvertes le 29 juin 1956 par le professeur Louis-René Nougier, directeur de l’Institut d’Art Préhistorique de l’Université de Toulouse
Romain Robert, Président – Fondateur de la Société Préhistoirque de l’Ariège avec la collaboration de Charles et Louis Plassard, Propriétaires de Cro de Granville
L’Abbé Henri Breuil, Professseur Honoraire au College de France – Membre de l’Institue confirma le 11 juillet 1956 la hauté valeur scientifique de la . . . — Map (db m60391) HM|
|France, Aquitaine (Dordogne Département), Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère — Georges Grant MacCurdy|
|A la gloire du Professeur American Georges Grant MacCurdy 1865-1947 fondateur de la chaire de prehistoire française de l’Universite de Harvard et de la mission scientifique us des Eyzies et du prehistorien Louis Didon 1865-1927 de Perigueux pour leurs sensationnelles decouvertes dans cette region|
[English translation by Google Translate (with modifications):
In honor of Professor George Grant MacCurdy 1865-1947 American founder of the chair of French prehistory of Harvard University and . . . — Map (db m60389) HM
|Germany, Bavaria, Nuremberg — Leopold Einstein|
| [Marker text in German:]
Geb. 1833 — Gest. 1890
[Marker text translated into English:]
Here lived Leopold Einstein, born 1833 and died 1890, Nuremberg pioneer of the international language of Esperanto. — Map (db m58002) HM|
|Guatemala, Guatemala, Guatemala City — Assassination of Myrna Mack|
| En este lugar, el 11 de septiembre de 1990 fue asesinada la antropologa Myrna Mack Su familia, colegas y amigos rendimos homenaje a su memoria. Ella dio su vida para que otros tengan vida. (Juan 10:10) Guatemala, Septiembre 11, 1991 English translation: In this location on September 11, 1990, the anthropologist Myrna Mack was assassinated. Her family, colleagues and friends give tribute to her memory. She gave her life so that others could live. (John 10:10) Guatemala, . . . — Map (db m91768) HM|
|Guatemala, Guatemala, Guatemala City — Ceremonial Area|
| Área de Ceremonias Kaminaljuyú es un Lugar Sagrado donde se realizan rituales para comunicarse con el Ajaw Creador y Formador. Aquí se realizan ceremonias de agradecimiento, petición, para curar enfermedades, propiciatorias de eventos, celebraciones y conmemoración en los días especiales del calendario Maya. En la zona Maya estas celebraciones se observan en estelas, escenas pintadas en murales y objetos de cerámicas, códices y entierros encontrados en excavaciones arqueológicas. La . . . — Map (db m94046) HM|
|Guatemala, Guatemala, Guatemala City — La Palangana Building Complex|
| Edificio La Palangana Esta área se divide en dos plazas, una interior y una superior. Al centro de la Plaza interior se observa una estructura de estilo talud-tablero que contenía un entierro. Este edificio se construyó en el año 500 DC con materiales de barro, pómez y piedra molida; tuvo varias estapas constructivas y cuando dejó de ser utilizado también cubrió con un relleno de barro. Leyenda del gráfico: Fases constructivas en "La Palangana" · Primer Edificio Construido · . . . — Map (db m94044) HM|
|Guatemala, Guatemala, Guatemala City — Monuments in La Palangana|
| Monumentos en La Palangana Estos con monumentos ó estelas lisas que se usaron a partir del año 800 AC. Son de formación natural y alisados por el hombre. Se colocaban orientadas en una línea aunque estos ejemplos se encontraron adentro de la Palangana, utilizadas como parte de una tumba de época posterior descubierta allí en la década de 1920. La Estela 26 al final de la línea también se encontró allí. En este sector también se encontraron cuatro monumentos tallados que ahora están en el . . . — Map (db m94045) HM|
|Guatemala, Guatemala, Guatemala City — The Acropolis at Kaminaljuyú|
| La Acrópolis
Aquí se construyeron plataformas sencillas en el Preclásico Tardío (100 AC) que se modificaron en 500 DC, cuando se estableció el centro político y administrativo de Kaminaljuyu en este lugar. Se usaron bloques de piedra pómez y mezcla de barro para construir los edificios que tenían fachadas de talud/tablero, a veces pintados de rojo. Encima de los edificios habían ranchos de postes y palma. Cuando se abandonaban los edificios, se cubrían con barro y se construía otro . . . — Map (db m94080) HM|
|Guatemala, Guatemala, Guatemala City — The Mirador Canal|
| Spanish: Reproducción a escala del "Canal Mirador" que corría, en dirección SE, muy cerca de donde usted se encuentra. Llevaba agua del Lago Miraflores hacia comunidades y campos de cultivo aledaños. Este canal contaba con compuertas de madera para controlar la velocidad y el volumen del líquido. Los antiguos mayas desarrollaron un complejo sistema hidráulico que les perimitía llevar agua a largas distancias, almacenarla y redistribuirla. English: Scale Model of "Canal Mirador", . . . — Map (db m93434) HM|
|Guatemala, Retalhuleu, El Asintal — Guacalitos Station — Estación Guacalitos|
| Monumento 11 Contiene cinco glifos de figura de cabeza completa, en el lateral derecho una anotación correspondiente al número 11, y bajo éste el simbolo de un posible kin. Éstos signos pueden representar el inicio de la evolucón de la escritura maya en Tak'alik Ab'aj. Escultura de Preclásico Medio - fase Nil - 700-400 a.C. Altar 48 Tema mitológico de un cocodrilo con las fauces abiertas y la cola arqueada, el cuerpo lo forma un simbol cautrifoliar y dentro de éste hay un personaje sentado . . . — Map (db m92120) HM|
|Guatemala, Retalhuleu, El Asintal — Piecitos Station|
| Altar 46 - "Piecitos" Roca colocada en la fila este de monumentos sobre la superficie de la gran Estructura 7. Tiene un par de huellas de pies genialmente esculpidos en su superficie. Estas huellas estan orientadas 115°NE, exactamente donde aparece el sol en el solsticio de invierno el 21 de diciembre. Esto nos indica que los antiguos mayas estaban observando el trayecto del sol para poder contar los dias del año y con lo cual de desarolla el sistema de cuenta larga. Las masivas ofrendas . . . — Map (db m92168) HM|
|Guatemala, Retalhuleu, El Asintal — Plaza Tukur Balam|
| Los mayas como grandes arquitectos y escultores, construyeron en esta plaza cinco estructuras en forma ordenada en los extremos este y oeste, creando así un espacio con función ceremonial en su recorrido, como una singular característica el visitante podrá apreciar los 4 estilos escultóricos presentes en Tak´alik Ab´aj. Pie de dibjuos: Jaguar Frag. de Altar 9 Altar 8 Estela 5 Búho English translation: As skilled architects and sculptors, the Maya constructed five structures in . . . — Map (db m92093) HM|
|Guatemala, Retalhuleu, El Asintal — Stela 18 Station — Estación Stela 18|
| Estela 18 Esta fué tallada en roca metamórfica tipo gneis y no proviene de la región. Esto hace pensar en el extraordinario esfuerzo que implicó el transporte de la roca desde su lugar de orígen, hecho que refleja el poder y la riqueza de Tak'alik Ab'aj. Esta estela por sus dimensiones 4.02 mt. de alto x 1.20 mt. de ancho y 0.65 mt. de grosor se cataloga como una de las mas altas de la Ciudad. English translation: Stela 18 This stela was carved from gneiss, a metamorphic type of rock, . . . — Map (db m92169) HM|
|Guatemala, Retalhuleu, El Asintal — Structure 11 — Tak'alik Ab'aj National Archaeological Park|
| Estructura 11 Al igual que la Estructura 5, esta estructura fue construida totalmente con barro. A través del tiempo se le realizaron cinco remodelaciones y en la última, se construye al centro de la fachada oeste una escalinata con 13 gradas de piedra con un descanso. Pie de dibujo: Etapas constructivas de la Estructura 11 English translation: Structure 11 Similiarly to Structure 5, this structure was constructed completely out of clay. Through the years five different . . . — Map (db m92090) HM|
|Guatemala, Retalhuleu, El Asintal — Sweat Lodge — Estación Chuj|
| Fué una costumbre maya y estaba ligada a su vida ceremonial, con énfasis en la purificación y lo terapéutico. En las tierras bajas mayas, el chuj se encuentra asociado a estructuras importantes como palacios, juego de pelota y casas de élite. Componentes: Muros de piedra, paredes de bajareque, techo de zacatón o pajón, hornilla, desague y puerta de acceso. English translation: The sweat lodge was a Mayan custom and was associated with ceremonial customs, with emphasis on purification . . . — Map (db m92118) HM|
|Guatemala, Retalhuleu, El Asintal — Tanmi Tnam Plaza — Estación Plaza Tanmi Tnam|
| Esta plaza es componente del patrón de asentamiento de la ciudad Tak'alik Ab'aj, donde se construyeron edificaciones tipo plataforma. Al recorrer esta plaza, los visitantes harán un paseo por un antiguo museo creado por los pobladores de esta ciudad, quienes supieron resguardar y valorar los adelantos científicos y religiosos de épocas anteriores. English translation: This plaza is an example of the settlement pattern of the city of Tak'alik Ab'aj, based on the construction of . . . — Map (db m92170) HM|
|Ireland, Connacht (County Mayo), Althore — Srahwee or Altóir Megalithic Wedge Tomb — Clew Bay Archaeological Trail site 13 — Slí Seandálaíochta Chuan Módh|
| Sraith Bhuí – The Yellow River Land
This is one of the finest megalithic tombs in Ireland. This particular example is a wedge tomb, so-called because of its shape, wider and higher at the entrance and gradually tapering towards the rear. This type of tomb dates to the beginning of the Bronze Age (about 2,000 BC), when there was a final flourish of tomb building in Ireland.
The flat roof stone was used as an altar during Penal times, giving the tomb its local name, . . . — Map (db m28063) HM|
|Ireland, Connacht (County Roscommon), Ballyconboy — 988:1272 — Cruachan / Cruachain (Rathmore)|
| Cruachan is traditionally said to be the inauguration place of the Kings of Connacht. There are a number of monuments spread over an area of about two square miles. These include a large mound, a number of differently-shaped enclosures and some ring-forts. One of these contains a standing stone alleged to mark the resting place of the last pagan king of Ireland.
De réir an tseanchais is ag Cruachain a dhéantaí Ríthe Chonnacht a ghairm. Tá roinnt séadchomharthaí scaipthe ar fud achar dhá . . . — Map (db m28192) HM|
|Ireland, Leinster (County Meath), Newgrange — Knowth / Cnogbha|
| Within the great mound of Knowth there are two passage-tombs and around it, eighteen satellite tombs. The site remained a focal point for over 4,000 years. There is evidence of occupation from 3,000 B.C. to 1,200 A.D.
This project has been part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund — Map (db m27219) HM|
|Ireland, Ulster (County Donegal), Burt — Grianan Ailligh / Grianán Ailigh|
This large stone-walled fort, located on a hilltop commanding views over Loughs Foyle and Swilly and counties Donegal, Derry and Tyrone, was the royal citadel of the northern Uí Néill from the 5th to the 12th century. It was probably built some time around the birth of Christ. Its builders may have been attracted to this hilltop site by the presence here of a sacred monument - a prehistoric burial mound or tumulus, possibly from the Neolithich period (about 3000 BC).
A lintelled . . . — Map (db m71458) HM|
|Israel, Central District, Rosh Ha'ayin — Tel Afeq - Antipatris|
|Archaeological excavations at Tel Afeq have exposed layers of occupation dating from the Chalcolithic period (the fourth millennium B.C.E.) until the 20th century C.E. Strategically situated on the "Afeq Pass", a bottleneck between the headwaters of the Yarqon Stream and the range of hills in the east, Afeq controlled the international route that ran from Egypt to the north. Already in the third millennium B.C.E. the city that stood here was encircled by a fortification wall. In the time of the . . . — Map (db m64309) HM|
|Israel, Central District, Rosh Ha'ayin — The Egyptian Governor's Residence|
|This is the most complete of the six Late Bronze Age (Canaanite), 1550-1200 B.C.E. palaces excavated at Afeq. The ground floor is preserved in its entirety, while the stairway testifies to the existence of the now-destroyed upper storeys.
Inscriptions in Sumerian, Akkadian and Canaanite languages found in the palace be a witness to the importance of Afeq in the Egyptian government network in Canaan. A letter from Ugarit (in northern Syria) is evidence of the trade between the Egyptian and . . . — Map (db m64406) HM|
|Israel, Central District, Rosh Ha'ayin — The Roman Cardo — הקארדו הרומי|
|A remnant of the main street of the Roman city of Antipatris. "Cardo" is the name for the main north-south street of a Roman-era city. Shops lined the Cardo, and at its center it was connected to the Forum, the city's central square. Grooves can be seen in the paving stones, carved over the years by the wheels of vehicles rolling along the street. The lookout tower on the Cardo was constructed during the Ottoman period, long after the street had fallen into complete disuse. — Map (db m64445) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Acre — The Crusader Fortress of the Knights of the Hospital and the Ottoman-Turkish Citadel of Akko|
|On this site, in the 12th-13th century, towered the fortress of the Order of the Knights of the Hospital of Saint John (the "Hospitallers") who were based in Akko (Acre) until the Muslim conquest of the city in 1291. Over the ruins of the fortress, which was reconstructed by the Ottoman Turks in the 17th and 18th centuries, was built the Citadel and Palace of the Governors Akko. In the mid-19th century the Ottoman authorities added here a large prison.
Under the British Administration . . . — Map (db m65456) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Caesarea — A Collection of Architectural Artifacts|
|This garden presents a collection of architectural artifacts discovered during the excavation of Caesarea, or found by chance.
The source of much of present day knowledge of the styles and building methods of the classical world of Greece and Rome is the work of the Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius, who wrote his major text, De Architectura, some two thousand years ago.
The architecture of this region combines Hellenistic and Roman traditions with local and . . . — Map (db m64466) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Caesarea — Architectural Elements|
|The gable, cornice, frieze and architrave are some of the architectural elements that were typical of the facades and other monumental structures. The ornamentation of these buildings changed according to the adopted style.
In the Roman world, pedestals were not only used as columns supports but also as stands for statues and representative elements. — Map (db m65175) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Caesarea — Column Capitals|
|In the Classical World, Planning and Aesthetics principles were clear and unambiguous. The Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders were elaborated by the Greeks and later, adopted by the Romans, with some variations. Each order bears its own rules and particular ornamental elements. Columns capitals express these different orders. — Map (db m64499) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Caesarea — Dedicatory Inscription — כתובת הקדשה|
|"(Po)ntius Pilatus, the prefect of Judaea, (erected) a (building dedicated) to (the emperor) Tiberius".
Replica. The original inscription, found in secondary use during the excavations of the theater, is on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Pontius Pilatus was the Roman prefect who presided over the trial of Jesus of Nazareth (Matt. 27: 11-26). The content of the inscription and the use of the Latin language hint at the level of Romanization . . . — Map (db m65173) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Caesarea — King Herod's Hippodrome|
|"Herod built (...) on the south quarter, behind the port, an amphitheater also capable of holding a vast number of men and conveniently situated for a prospect to the sea" Josephus
This edifice, whose location perfectly matches Flavius Josephus's description, was built for the inauguration of the city in 10/9 B.C. This hippodrome (circus, in Latin), was the venue for the Actian Games instituted by King Herod in honor of the Roman emperor Augustus. . . . — Map (db m65176) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Caesarea — Sarcophagi|
|Sarcophagi (coffins in Greek) made of stone (granite, marble, limestone) lead or wood were widely used among different people including Jews, throughout he Greco-Roman world. Sarcophagus means "flesh eater".
Stone coffins were made out of two huge blocks - a cavity in which the corpse was placed and a double-slopped roof lid on which a Greek inscription was engraved: "the grave of Prokopios the Deacon". The coffins were decorated with flora, hunting mythological scenes or with geometric . . . — Map (db m64501) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Caesarea — The Chariot-Races — The Meta Prima|
|The chariot races thrilled the crowds. The counterclockwise seven-lap race commenced at the starting gates (carceres) (1) and ended at a finishing line situated in front of the dignitaries' tribune (2). At each end of the axial rib (spina) were the two turning points (meta prima and meta secunda). Their sharp curves posed a major challenge to the skilled charioteers and the galloping horses. — Map (db m64537) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Caesarea — The Promontory Palace — Herod's Palace & the Roman Praetorium|
|The edifice consists of two main units: the Lower Palace comprising the private wing, and the Upper Palace, housing the public wing. The latter, built around a large peristyle courtyard, was associated with the ruler's judicial and administrative functions, as well as the reception and the entertainment of dignitaries. The Upper Palace was built shortly after the erection of the Lower Palace.
Who built this palace? Was it King Herod, on the occasion of the inauguration of the . . . — Map (db m64517) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Caesarea — The Roman Well|
|Some sixty lead scroll fragments dating to the 4th. c. A.D., probably execrations tablets and binding spells, were recovered from this well, where they had been intentionally thrown as a magical practice. In his address on the dedication of the Holy Sepulchre in 335 A.D., Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea, firmly condemned these widespread practices and what he called "curse tablets of forbidden sorcery". — Map (db m64532) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Caesarea — The Theater — התיאטרון|
|The only remnants left from the Theater of Caesarea are rows of seats, the orchestra, the stage and the scene-frons which is an ornamental wall behind the stage. How did it look like? Comparisons show that it might resemble the facade of a two or three-story building with elegant doorways decorated with columns, niches and sculptures. — Map (db m64498) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Megiddo — A Public Grain Silo|
|A public grain silo from the time of King Jeroboam II (8th century BCE). The silo had a capacity of 450 cubic meters. Straw found between the stones attests to the function of the installation. — Map (db m65196) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Megiddo — A Unique Continuity|
|[Text on the Left Side of the Marker]:
The deep section dug by the University of Chicago Expedition (1925-1939) provides a unique glimpse into the nearly thirty settlements built one on top of the other at the site. Due to the unique continuity of its occupation from the Neolithic period through the Persian period - and the scope of its excavations, Tel Megiddo is considered the 'cradle' of biblical archaeology and the 'laboratory' of modern research methods.
[Text on the . . . — Map (db m64908) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Megiddo — From Megiddo to Armageddon|
|The city of Megiddo played a prominent role in the history of the ancient Near East. Strategically located at the mouth of the Nahal Iron Pass, Megiddo controlled access to the road that linked Egypt with Mesopotamia and Anatolia - the most important trade and military route of that time. Megiddo is the only site in the Land of Israel mentioned in the records of all Near Eastern ancient powers and was one of the most fought-over cities in the region. The first fully-recorded battle in history, . . . — Map (db m64782) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Megiddo — Schumaker's Excavations|
|The first excavations at Tel Megiddo were directed by Gottlieb Schumacher on behalf of the Deutscher Palastina-Verein, between 1903 and 1905. After excavating the Tempelburg ('temple-fortress') in the eastern section of the mound, Schumacher dug a 25m. wide trench running north to south across the mound. The remains of several monumental buildings, as well as burial chambers vaulted in fine-stone corbelling, were exposed in the trench. — Map (db m65019) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Megiddo — Tel Megiddo National Park — World Heritage Site — The Biblical Tels - Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba|
|The biblical tels of Megiddo, Hazor and Beer Sheba were inscribed in 2005 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as World Heritage Sites with outstanding universal value. They are fitting representatives of the 200 biblical tels in Israel, which were flourishing cities in the past.These cities were established alongside ancient commercial roads and near prosperous agricultural areas, and were ruled by a central government. They made their mark on the . . . — Map (db m64811) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Megiddo — The City-Gate — (The Late Bronze Period)|
|[Text on the Left Side of the Marker]:
The Late Bronze period (1550-1150 B.C.) is marked by Egyptian rule of Canaan. At that time, Megiddo was one of the country's major city-states and its king a loyal vassal of the Egyptian pharaoh. The city-gate and the elaborate palace located just inside the are the best-known remains of this period. The city-gate was apparently incorporated into the Middle Bronze (2000-1550 B.C.) fortifications that were still in use at the time.
[Text . . . — Map (db m64821) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Megiddo — The City-Gate — (The Iron II Period)|
|[Text on the Left Side of the Marker]:
Megiddo became an Israelite city sometime between the 10th and 9th centuries B.C., and functioned as an administrative center for he fertile Jezreel Valley. Some time later, a massive wall (1) and a monumental city-gate (2-4) were built. According to one opinion, the gate dates to the reign of Solomon (10th c. B.C.). Other scholars postdate the gate to the reign of either Ahab (9th c.) or Jeroboam II (8th c. B.C.).
[Text across the . . . — Map (db m64882) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Megiddo — The Northern Palace|
|[Text on the Left Side of the Marker]:
The foundations of this palace, first investigated by Y. Yadin in 1960, are presently being excavated by 'The Megiddo Expedition'. The edifice was apparently laid out as a bit hilani (North Syrian palace) whose architecture included a monumental porticoed entrance and a large central ceremonial hall.
[Text across the Bottom of the Marker]:
"And he made the hall of pillars (...) there was a porch in front with . . . — Map (db m64898) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Megiddo — The Northern Stables|
|[Text on the Left Side of the Marker]:
Architectural complexes dating from the same period (9th or 8th c. B.C.) and of similar design were found near the northern and southern edges of the mound. Through the years they variously interpreted as stables, storehouses or marketplaces. Recent research seems to corroborate their identification as horse-stables.
[Text across the Bottom of the Marker]:
"I besieged and conquered Samaria. Led away as booty 27,290 . . . — Map (db m64889) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Megiddo — The Sacred Area|
|[Text on the Left Side of the Marker]:
This area served as a focus of worship for over two thousand years, from the Early Bronze through the Iron I periods. The University of Chicago excavation section a series of temples (1, 3-5) built one on top of the other. The Megiddo Expedition, led by a team from Tel Aviv University, uncovered an additional temple (2) unique in the Levant in its monumentality and the thousands of sacrificial animal bones found in and around it.
[Text . . . — Map (db m64985) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Megiddo — The Southern Palace|
|[Text on the Left Side of the Marker]:
An elaborate ashlar-built palace (1) stood near the southern edge of the mound. A monumental entrance (2) - the only visible remains still standing - led to the courtyard (3). Like the northern palace, this edifice may have been built along the lines of a North Syrian bit hilani. One interpretation dated its construction to King Solomon (10th c. B.C.), whereas another one postdates it to Ahab's reign (9th c. B.C.).
[Text across . . . — Map (db m65198) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Megiddo — The Southern Stables|
|[Text on the Left Side of the Marker]:
The southern stables' five units could accommodate 150 horses. As in the northern complex, each unit consists of a rectangular building divided into three sections by two rows of alternating pillars and troughs. It seems that the Northern Kingdom established a major horse-breeding and training center at Megiddo in the 8th c. B.C., and this was apparently one of the reasons for its prosperity. Assyrian records from the 9th and the 8th c. B.C. . . . — Map (db m65204) HM|
|Israel, Haifa District, Megiddo — The Water System|
|[Text on the Left Side of the Marker]:
The problem of supplying water to large cities, a serious issue even in times of peace, could become acute in times of siege. Megiddo's main water source was located at the foot of the mound, beyond the city's fortifications. In order to ensure access to the spring from within the city, a hidden gallery was built on the slope of the mound in the 10th or 9th c. B.C. This gallery was later blocked and replaced by an elaborate water system, which . . . — Map (db m65215) HM|
|Israel, Jerusalem District, Jerusalem — The House of Ahiel|
|Here Dwells Ahiel in a Four Room House
"He (David) had houses made for himself in the City of David..." (1 Chronicles15: 1)
The name 'Ahiel' appears on potsherds found among the ruins of this house. The House of Ahiel is a 'four-room house' - a typical Israelite dwelling, consisting of three parallel spaces closed off by a fourth. The roof beams were supported by pillars, part of which can be seen here. It is reasonable to assume that this was a two-story . . . — Map (db m65296) HM|
|Israel, Northern District, Capharnaum — The Synagogue of Jesus|
|The Late Fourth Century A.D.
Built Upon the Remains of the
"Synagogue of Jesus" — Map (db m64091) HM|
|Israel, Northern District, Nazareth — The Ancient Village of Nazareth|
|What is left of the ancient village consist of a network of grottoes and bits of walls form various historical periods. Going backwards in time we found first the remains of the XVII century Franciscan monastery, then the palace of the crusader archbishop of Nazareth and the humble homes with some parts datable up to the VIII cent. B.C.
The parts that were carved out of the soft local rock are the best preserved: cistern for storing rainwater, silos set on different levels for storing . . . — Map (db m65462) HM|
|Israel, Northern District, Tiberias — "Magic on the sea of galilee..."|
|Tiberias the capital of the Galilee, one of the four Holy Cities of Israel Which was built by Antipas in the year 17-20, C.E. Antipas named the city Tiberias in honor of the Roman Ceasar, Tiberius. The institution of Jewish Leadership, the Sanhedrin and the Presidency moved to Tiberias from Tzipori. The Jerusalem Talmud was complied in Tiberias in the 5th century. Schools of poets, Rabbies and Scholars are thriving during the period of Geonim. "The Tiberias Vowel Punctuation" was developed in this period and still is in use today. — Map (db m65327) HM|
|Israel, Northern District, Tiberias — Domestic Building|
|This building was part of Tiberias' northern quarter between the 6th and 11th centuries CE. The quarter occupied by Jews and the synagogue stood in its center. This building has three rooms and a courtyard with a well. — Map (db m65359) HM|
|Israel, Northern District, Tiberias — Doors of Burial Caves / Burial Customs - Sarcophagi|
|[Text at the top of the marker]: Doors of Burial Caves
Burial caves were frequently sealed by stone doors in order to prevent bad smells and looting. In 2nd-3rd centuries CE Tiberias, basalt doors were used in mausolea and decorated with relief of panels and iron nails that imitated wooden doors.
[Text at the bottom of the marker]: Burial Customs - Sarcophagi
Burial in stone coffins (sarcophagi) was common from the second to the fifth centuries CE. The . . . — Map (db m65341) HM|
|Israel, Northern District, Tiberias — The Crusader-Ottoman Building / Millstones|
|[Text at the top of the marker]: The Crusader-Ottoman Building
This was built in the 12th century CE and remained in use until the Ottoman period. The hall has typical pointed vaults and embrasures in the walls, with remains of another two perpendicular halls. These halls were part of the Tiberias fort that was the capital of the Crusader 'Galilee Principality', and was integrated into Daher el-Omar's fortifications in the 18th century CE.
[Text at the bottom of the . . . — Map (db m65331) HM|
|Israel, Northern District, Tiberias — The Synagogue|
|This is one of the thirteen synagogues existed in Tiberias according to the Talmud. It was a square building divided by two rows of columns. One of the mosaics bears a dedication inscription decorated with Jewish symbols: Lulav and Etrog. The dedication mentions "Prokolos son of Crispos" who either made the mosaic or donated it. The synagogue was built in the 6th century CE and lasted until the 11th century CE. — Map (db m65333) HM|
|Israel, Northern District, Tsipori — The Citadel|
|The Citadel (perhaps a watch tower) was built during the crusader period on foundations from an earlier period. Some of the cornerstones are rubble-filled Roman sarcophagi.
In the 18th Century the building was renovated by Dahr El-Omar, the Bedouin ruler of the Galilee.
At the end of the Ottoman Period it was rebuilt for use as a schoolhouse and was renovated again during the British Mandate. — Map (db m65412) HM|
|Israel, Northern District, Tsipori — The Theater|
|The Roman theater was built in the late first or early second century C.E. Carved into the bedrock on the steep northern slope of the hill. It's diameter is 72 m., and it seated 4000.
The rows of seats constructed on the hewn bedrock were robbed in antiquity. The lowest three rows are partly reconstructed with original stones.
Behind the orchestra (place of the choir during the Greek period, and reserved for honored guests in Roman times) stood a stage. It's floor was made of wooden . . . — Map (db m65405) HM|
|Israel, Northern District (Upper Galilee Regional Council), Snir — The Court of Nemesis|
|Nemesis was the goddess of vengeance and Roman imperial justice. Her long and narrow court was built in 178 CE in front of a great niche in which her statue was placed. A Greek inscription above the niche mentions the names of the goddess and of the donor. The pavers of the court were arranged in a checker pattern of white and reddish stones. — Map (db m64781) HM|
|Israel, Northern District (Upper Galilee Regional Council), Snir — The Court of Pan & the Nymphs|
|The stepped and paved courtyard on which you are standing was built in the mid-first century CE. An artificial cave was quarried in the cliff-face opposite the courtyard, and there the statue of Pan was placed. Pagan worship was carried out in this courtyard, as illustrated below. In 148 CE, two more niches were added to the rock face. According to the Greek inscriptions chiseled on the rock scarp, one niche housed a sculpture of Echo, the mountain nymph and Pan's consort, and the other, a . . . — Map (db m64754) HM|
|Israel, Northern District (Upper Galilee Regional Council), Snir — The Grotto of the God Pan — מערת האל פאן|
|The cave is the nucleus beside which the sacred sanctuary was built. In this "abode of the shepherd god," pagan cult began as early as the 3rd century BCE. The ritual sacrifices were cast into a natural abyss reaching the underground waters at the back of the cave. If the victims disappeared in the water, this was a sign that the god had accepted the offering. If. however, signs of blood appeared in the nearby springs, the sacrifice had been rejected. — Map (db m64738) HM|
|Israel, Northern District (Upper Galilee Regional Council), Snir — The Sanctuary of Pan|
|The conquests of Alexander the Great (3rd c. BCE) brought the Greeks to the East, and to Banyas. The Greeks were taken by the natural beauty of the site, touched particularly by the cave in which the springs welled. It is no wonder that they sanctified this cave, dedicating it to Pan, god of the forest and the shepherds. Thus came the name Panyas, later becoming "Banyas" in Arabic pronunciation.Towards the end of the first century BCE, the Romans incorporated Banyas into Herod's empire. To show . . . — Map (db m64764) HM|
|Israel, Northern District (Upper Galilee Regional Council), Snir — The Temple of Augustus — מקד ש אוגוסטוס|
|Built in 19 BCE, during the reign of Herod the Great, in honor of the Roman Emperor Augustus. The coin at the top of this text, shows the facade of the temple. In front of you is the western wall of the hall with semicircular and rectangular niches housing the statues of the deities. The back wall of the temple served as a passage to the Grotto of Pan - the holy of holies of this site.
The passage was decorated with the carved stones displayed to your right. — Map (db m65177) HM|
|Israel, Northern District (Upper Galilee Regional Council), Snir — The Temple of Zeus|
|Built around 96 CE in the days of Emperor Trajan, for the city's 100th anniversary. A marble inscription found at the site implies that it was a temple for Pan and for Zeus of Heliopolis (the city of Ba'albek). Only the foundations of the temple survived. Originally it included a columnar portico behind which there stood a "cella" (hall) where rites were conducted. The splendid Corinthian capital seen nearby once crowned one of the four columns of the facade. The Panias city coin above shows . . . — Map (db m64768) HM|
|Israel, Southern District (Mehoz HaDarom), Arad — Bathing in Roman Style|
|"The fittings of the interior - apartments, colonnades and baths - were of manifold variety and sumptuous ..."
Beyond the human need for cleanliness, the bathhouse also had a social function. Bathing and the associated physical activities were an important element in Roman social and cultural life, to which Herod aspired. This was where the king and his guests met, bathed and exercised. The sophisticated bathing arrangements, which are reminiscent of a dry . . . — Map (db m64079) HM|
|Israel, Southern District (Mehoz HaDarom), Arad — The Discovery Location of the "Lots"|
|"...then, having chosen by lot ten of their number to dispatch the rest... these, having unswervingly slaughtered all, ordained the same rule of the lot for one another, that he on whom it fell should slay first the nine nd then himself last of all."
Here several hundred inscribed pottery shards (ostraca) were found. Outstanding among them was a group consisting of names and nicknames, including the name "Ben Ya'ir." Yigael Yadin, the most distinguished of . . . — Map (db m64101) HM|
|Israel, Southern District (Mehoz HaDarom), Arad — The Rebel's Community Life|
|How to organize community life under siege?
Near the western entrance square were discovered large concentrations of inscribed pottery shards (ostraca) from the period of the revolt. They bear names, combinations of letters or single letters in Hebrew. These shards were apparently used as food-rationing coupons, as a substitute for money, or to register fighting units or the families that lived on the mountain. Both types demonstrate the community life of the rebels in Masada. It is probable . . . — Map (db m64077) HM|
|Israel, Southern District (Mehoz HaDarom), Arad — The Water Gate — שער המים|
|The path that climbed to Masada from the west via the cisterns terminated at this gate. Visitors to the mountain and the beasts of burden that carried water took this path to the summit of Masada. A channel starting at the gate carried to some of the cisterns on the mountain.
The stone paving of the gate was intended to prevent damage to the surface from the animals' hooves. — Map (db m64148) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — Between the past and the modern times — Entre el pasado y la modernidad|
| Como suele ocurrir en México y el Mundo, en muchas ocasiones se han hecho hallazgos arqueólogos de manera accidental, ya que las necesidades del ser humano se mantienen en aumento y se siguen haciendo más excavaciones para nuevas construcciones. Esta enorme plataforma se descubrió en 1960 durante la ampliación de la Avenida Eje Central, pero sólo se logró rescatarla de manera parcial. No obstante, gracias a los arqueólogos Francisco González Rul, Eduardo Matos y Braulio García ahora podemos . . . — Map (db m92051) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — Ceremonial Shrine of Ehécatl — Adoratorio del Dios Ehécatl|
|Durante la construcción de la estación Zócalo de la línea 2, en el año de 1967, se encontraron vestigios de la antigua civilización Mexica. Los estudios indican que en este lugar, cercano al Templo Mayor, se encontraba un importante conjunto arquitectónico de carácter ceremonial, el cual data del año 1400 d.C., pocos años después de la fundación de la gran Tenochtitlan. El Adoratorio formado por varias estructuras superpuestas, la más antigua de forma rectangular, dedicada a Tláloc, Dios de la . . . — Map (db m91218) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — Church of Santiago — Iglesia de Santiago|
| La primera iglesia dedicada al Apóstol Santiago fue edificada en Tlatelolco inmediatamente después de la conquista militar. Algunos españoles afirmaron que durante las batallas, al aparición del Santo Santiago fue determinante para alcanzar la victoria. Después de dos primeras construcciones, el edificio actual del Templo de Santiago fue inaugurado por Fray Juan de Torquemada en 1610. Como resultado de la guerra de Reforma, el templo de Santiago sufrió enormes saqueos. Posteriormente, en el . . . — Map (db m92069) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — Coyolxauhqui: The dismembered goddess — Coyolxauhqui: la diosa desmembrada|
| De acuerdo a la mitología mexica, la Coyolxauhqui (Diosa de al Luna) quería matar a su madre Coatlicue, quien fue defendida por su hijo Huitzilopochtli quien acabó con ella al lanzarla de Coatepec (cerro de las serpientes). Por ello, la Coyolxauhqui es representada con el cuerpo desmembrado. En este edificio hay 151 símbolos grabados en piedra cuyas formas son espirales, círculos, cuadros, círculos concéntricos y líneas onduladas. Pero por su tamaño, contenido y gran similitud con otras . . . — Map (db m92041) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — Ehécatl Quetzalcóatl: attracting rain and fertility — Ehécatl Quetzalcóatl: atrayendo lluvia y fertilidad|
|El culto a Ehécatl (dios del viento), fue muy importante porque se consideraba que éste podía atraer la lluvia y propiciar la fertilidad de la tierra. Por ello se le construyó este templo. Que visto desde las alturas, se puede distinguir su forma mixta: cuerpo principal circular y fachada formada por un cuerpo rectangular con escalinatas de acceso que están limitadas por alfardas que terminan en la parte superior en un elemento arquitectónico en forma de “dado”. Sobre éste edificio . . . — Map (db m92035) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — El Temazcal|
| Este Temazcal (Baño de vapor) fue construido dentro del Recinto Ceremonial, descubriéndose durante las excavaciones efectuadas para la construcción del nuevo edificio de la Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores entre 1991 y 1993, en la actual esquina de las Avenidas Eje Central y Flores Magón. Se trata de un aposento elaborado con adobes recubiertos de estuco, del cual sólo vemos el piso y parte de los muros. Durante la exploración se encontraron piedras recubiertas de sales provocados por el . . . — Map (db m92050) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — Favor request…and talent for the gods — Solicitud de favores…y dones para los dioses|
| Muchos pueblos mesoamericanos acostumbraban colocar ofrendas tanto para clausurar un edificio, como para construirlo; y este es el caso de una ofrenda encontrada aquí para consagra una nueva edificación. Los arqueólogos encontraron en 1998 una gran cista o caja de piedra (hecha de sillares de cantera rosa) con diversos objetos en su interior: un carapacho de tortuga utilizado como teponaxtle (tambor), objetos de madera a manera de cetros con forma de serpiente y una . . . — Map (db m92042) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — From peaceful convent to bellicose military barracks — De apacible convento, a bélico cuartel militar|
| Desde el siglo XVI y durante varios siglos, este edificio fue el convento de Santiago Tlatelolco. Luego, durante las guerras de Reforma, la iglesia fue saqueada y clausurada y su colección de libros fue enviada a diferentes destinos. Años más tarde, durante el gobierno de Porfirio Díaz, el claustro fue usado como prisión militar y en su extremo sur fue añadido el cuartel militar; en tanto el espacio de la iglesia fue usada como almacén de los Ferrocarriles Nacionales. Años después de la . . . — Map (db m92088) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — From the Peak — Desde la cima|
| El torreón del Alcázar de Chapultepec conocido, según los términos de la arquitectura militar, como el Caballero Alto- fue construido en la parte más alta del promontorio natural, que se eleva unos 45 metros sobre el nivel de la Ciudad de México. En este sitio existió un templo prehispánico que fue remplazado, en el siglo XVI por una capilla dedicada a San Miguel Arcángel, demolida en el siglo XVIII. El torreón fue construido como parte del Colegio Militar hacia 1841, y en 1877 se adaptó como . . . — Map (db m91251) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — Full color Tlatelolco: The temple of the paintings — Tlatelolco a todo color: El Templo de las Pinturas|
| Al recorrer la Zona Arqueológica de Tlatelolco la imagen de los edificios nos puede parecer simple, pues son casi de un mismo color y únicamente podemos ver una superficie irregular y de textura áspera. Sin embargo, en su momento Tlatelolco era muy diferente. Hace cientos de años, los muros de los edificios estaban bien alineados, recubiertos por una pulida capa de estuco y decorados con vivos colores. Este edificio fue llamado “Templo de las Pinturas” pues al momento de . . . — Map (db m92040) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — Momoztli: a neighborhood altar — Momoztli: un altar de barrio|
| En principio se creyó que este edificio era un Tlechtemalacatl, o altar de sacrificio gladiatorio. Es decir, una estructura en la cual un guerrero enemigo o prisionero de otro pueblo era amarrado de una pierna y se enfrentaba a un guerrero local para celebrar un combate ritual. Sin embargo a sus características no apoyan dicha función. En la actualidad, los arqueólogos consideran que este edificio fue en realidad un momoztli o altar de barrio, un lugar donde la población podía . . . — Map (db m92057) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — Santiago Church — Iglesia de Santiago|
| La iglesia de Santiago Tlatelolco, fue la tercera edificación del mismo templo, y fue inaugurado por Fray Juan de Torquemada en 1609. Vista desde las alturas, su forma es de cruz, tal y como se acostumbraba desde la época medieval. Su fachada principal está hacia el poniente. La iglesia perduró en funciones hasta las guerras de Reforma del siglo XIX, cuando fue saqueada y sus monumentales retablos fueron desmantelados. Hoy podemos apreciar el fragmento central donde aparece Santiago Apóstol, . . . — Map (db m92071) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — Stage 1 of the Templo Mayor de Mexico Tlatelolco — Etapa 1 del Templo Mayor de Mexico Tlatelolco|
| En 1998 Eduardo Matos excavó con Francisco Hinojosa la mitad sur de la Etapa II del Templo Mayor descubriendo las estructuras que Antonieta Espejo llamó Tlatelolco I en 1944. Para 1992, Salvador Guilliem propuso explorar el inmueble mediante 2 túneles que ingresaran desde el desplante de inmueble cortando hasta el centro del inmueble para registrar todas las estructuras presentes y recolectando todos los artefactos que permitieran verificar la fundación de Mexico Tlatelolco. Así desde esa . . . — Map (db m92043) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — Superimposed altars — Altares sobrepuestos|
| Durante la época prehispánica estos altares de barrio eran llamados momztli, donde el pueblo dejaba ofrendas a los dioses. En cada ampliación del Recinto Ceremonial se volvían a construir sus templos y altares, por ello vemos uno debajo y otro sobrepuesto de igual forma. Los dos altares fueron construidos durante el gobierno de Cuauhtlatoa. El primero fue construido entre los años 1427 y 1434 y el segundo se construyó en el año 1554.
En su interior se localizaron ofrendas compuesta de . . . — Map (db m92036) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — Templo Mayor: a temple built eight times — El Templo Mayor: un templo ocho veces construido|
| Los mexicas, al igual que otros pueblos mesoamericanos, construían sus templos sobre los antiguos, esto por la creencia de que ahí se encontraba la energía de sus dioses. Como resultado, los restos de los edificios están sobrepuestos uno sobre otro. Desde el año de 1944 y hasta 1948 la arqueóloga Antonieta Espejo dirigió las exploraciones arqueológicas en busca del Templo Mayor de Tlatelolco y dejó descubiertos los restos de las estructuras que correspondían a las siete etapas constructivas . . . — Map (db m92044) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — The Calendar Temple — El Templo Calendárico|
| Los mexicas poseían dos calendarios: el xiuhpohualli (solar de 365 días) y el tonalpohualli (ritual de 260 días) ambos utilizaban los mismos 20 nombres de los días. Y para nombrar cada día, utilizaban 20 signos con nombres de dioses, plantas, animales y objetos que eran combinados con los números. Así el primer calendario se dividió en 18 meses de 20 días y al cabo de 360 días agregaban 5 días más llamados nemontemi (nefastos). El Tonalpohualli constaba de 20 meses de 13 días cada uno . . . — Map (db m92039) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — The Great Base: findings upon findings — El Gran Basamento: hallazgos sobre hallazgos|
| El hecho de que los arqueólogos excaven despacio, es porque deben ir identificando las distintas capas que pertenecen a épocas diferentes. Por ejemplo, en el caso de Tlatelolco, la ciudad y los edificios fueron construidos uno sobre otro a través del tiempo. Este edificio está sobre una plataforma que se extiende hacia el frente, donde tiene tres peldaños de acceso. El piso de esta plataforma corresponde a la cuarta etapa constructiva del Templo Mayor y pasa por debajo del enorme muro de su . . . — Map (db m92053) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — The Palace — El Palacio|
| Este edificio fue llamado “El Palacio”. Se trata de una estructura orientada al sur, que tiene una doble escalinata de acceso dividida por un dado central. Sobre su plataforma, había dos enormes columnas que formaban un amplio portal. En el interior, había un pequeño patio central con un altar y dos habitaciones de cada lado, mismas que estaban unidas por una pequeña banqueta. En la esquina suroeste hay una estructura formada por escalinatas concéntricas que fue llamado . . . — Map (db m92038) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — The Southern Plaza of the Sanctuary — Plaza Sur del Recinto Sagrado|
| Desde este punto se aprecia la cuidadosa distribución de los templos en torno al altar central, en cuya esquina noreste se hallaron cráneos humanos con perforaciones a los lados, por lo cual a este espacio se le ha llamado Altar Tzompantli del Sur. En la esquina sudoeste de la Plaza está el complejo arquitectónico del dios del Viento, Ehécatl, con su templo circular con dos etapas constructivas sobrepuestas. Al norte de este complejo, se encuentran dos pequeñas templos rectangulares unidos . . . — Map (db m92048) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — The Tlatelolco Lovers — Los amantes de Tlatelolco|
| En el año de 1473 ocurrió una guerra entre Tenochtitlan y Tlatelolco, pues ambas ciudades tenían un fuerte espíritu guerrero y ambicionaban el poder y el dominio territorial. Como resultado de dicho conflicto, hubo una gran cantidad de víctimas. Como evidencia clara de dicha guerra, en esta área se encontró un entierro compuesto de más de cincuenta individuos con sus respectivas ofrendas. Entre éstos, destacó el hallazgo formado por una mujer y un hombre de 35 y 50 años de edad. Y debido a . . . — Map (db m92046) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — Tlatelolco: a well-planned city — Tlatelolco: una ciudad bien planeada|
| Los antiguos arquitectos de Tlatelolco conjuntaron funcionalidad, belleza y simbolismo para su construcción, y desde este punto, se puede apreciar la cuidadosa distribución de los templos del patio sur en torno al altar central. En la esquina sudoeste de la Plaza está el complejo arquitectónico con su templo circular dedicado a Ehécatl, dios del Viento; mientras que al norte de este complejo se encuentran dos pequeños templos rectangulares unidos con piso de estuco. En la sección norte . . . — Map (db m92047) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — Tlatelolco’s great temple (“Templo Mayor”): A mirrored image of Tenochtitlan — Templo Mayor de Tlatelolco: espejo de Tenochtitlan|
| Los mexicas se asentaron en lo que hoy es el valle de México y con su dominio, dejaron huella en distintos lugares. Por ejemplo, sus conocimientos arquitectónicos, sus valores estéticos, su ideología y religión, están reflejados claramente en Tenochtitlan, Tlatelolco y Tenayuca. Esta construcción fue edificada aproximadamente entre los años 1375 y 1390 y es muy parecida a los templos edificados en la misma etapa constructiva de Tenayuca y Tenochtitlan: se encuentra orientada hacia el . . . — Map (db m92045) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — Tzompantli altar (“flag of heads”) of the north — Altar Tzompantli (bandera de cabezas) del norte|
| A unos metros de la fachada oriental de este altar, se localizaron acomodados en hileras, 170 cráneos humanos con perforaciones en los parietales (ambos lados del cráneo). Por esta razón, se consideró que originalmente fueron expuestos en la parte superior del altar llamado Tzompantli, (Bandera de Cabezas) nombre para el templo que utilizaban los mexicas para colocar los cráneos de los cautivos de guerra que eran sacrificados en algunos de los templos del Recinto Ceremonial. Este . . . — Map (db m92059) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — Tzompantli altar (“flag of heads”) of the south. — Altar Tzompantli (“bandera de cabezas”) del sur|
| A través del tiempo y en distintos lugares del mundo, ha existido la práctica de exhibir las cabezas de los enemigos como trofeos de guerra. Uno de los pueblos mesoamericanos que más lo hicieron, fueron los mexicas, quienes de acuerdo a las fuentes históricas y arqueológicas, se sabe que acostumbraban exhibir las cabezas de sus adversarios sacrificados, las cuales eran ensartadas en travesaños mediante un agujero que se hacía en las parietales (ambos lados del cráneo).
Durante las . . . — Map (db m92037) HM|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Ciudad de Mexico — Walls and roads: limits and communication — Murallas y calzadas: límites y comunicación |
| Los arquitectos prehispánicos hicieron un excelente uso del espacio, distribuyendo cuidadosamente los distintos edificios que eran destinados para diferentes usos: templos, altares y casas habitación entre otros. Desde este punto se observa una serie de estructuras que funcionaron como límite del Recinto Sagrado, que quizá se llamó Coatepantli o Muralla de Serpientes. En total son 10 estructuras expuestas, que colindan una con otra y sus restos continúan por debajo de las avenidas y edificios . . . — Map (db m92056) HM|
|Nicaragua, León, La Paz Centro — "The Fortress" — Colonial Structure No 19 — Estructura Colonial No 19 "La Fortaleza"|
| Edificada en el periodo de 1524-1530. Sistema constructivo: muro perimetal de piedra bola y edificación construida con tapial. Erigida por órdenes de Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, para vigilar y proteger la ciudad de posibles rebeliones de los nativos. Su torre principal fue dibujada por Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo, en el año 1532. En 1998 se descubre parte de la muralla de la Fortaleza, debido a deslaves producidos por las lluvias de huracán Mitch. Esta estructura será sometida a futuras . . . — Map (db m93924) HM|
|Nicaragua, León, La Paz Centro — "The House of Martín" — Colonial Structure No 18 — Estructura Colonial No 18 "Casa de Martín Estete"|
| Edificada en el periodo de 1531-1534. Sistema constructivo de paredes de tapial y aplanado de tierra talpuja. Área actual 200 m2. Martín Estete acompañó la expedición de Francisco Hernández de Córdoba en 1524. Durante los primeros años de la ciudad fue Guardián de la Fortaleza. En 1526 capturó en Granada el Capitán fundador Francisco Hernández de Córdoba, por órdenes del Gobernador Pedrarias Dávila. Pie de dibujos: Plano de conjunto Planta Arquitectónica English: . . . — Map (db m93925) HM|
|Nicaragua, León, La Paz Centro — "Unidentified" Colonial Structure No 11 — Estructura Colonial No 11 "No Identificada"|
| Edificada en el periodo 1531-1534, con paredes de tapial y aplanado de tierra talpuja. Tiene un área de 319 m2. Caption: Plano de conjunto Plano Arquitectónica English: Colonial Structure No 11 "Unidentified" Built during the period 1531-1534, of rammed-earth walls and talpuja (white volcanic ash) coating. It has a area of 319 m2. Captions: Site map
Floor plan — Map (db m93922) HM|
|United Kingdom, England (Wiltshire), Amesbury — Welcome to Stonehenge — Time of Stonehenge|
|Stonehenge is a prehistoric temple, its great stones raised about 4,500 years ago. It is a masterpiece of engineering, with stones carefully arranged to line up with the movements of the sun.
The ruin that we see today is the end result of many different stages of construction and rebuilding in prehistory. The first major even, 5,000 years ago, was the construction of a large circular enclosure. About 500 years later enormous sarsen stones were raised in a horseshoe and a circle, with . . . — Map (db m76858) HM|
|United Kingdom, Northern Ireland (County Fermanagh), Irvinestown — Centenary Gardens House 1 — St. Patrick Meets the Mystery, Legends and Religion of Ireland|
In this house the story of St. Patrick meeting the legends and spiritual traditions of the Celtic People in Ireland is presented. St. Patrick became familiar with them during his time of captivity.
The Celtic Religion of Ireland
Before St. Patrick
The Celts believed that gods and spirits were everywhere. They had sun worship, tree worship and wind worship. This is a hymn to nature by the Celtic poet Amergrin who lived 500 years before Christ.
'I am the wind that breathes upon . . . — Map (db m72630) HM|
|United Kingdom, Scotland, Stenness — Maes Howe|
|Maes Howe has been inscribed upon the World Heritage List of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Inscription on this List confirms the exceptional universal value of a cultural or natural site which deserves protection for the benefit of humanity.
Maes Howe is an exceptionally early architectural masterpiece, expressing the genius of Neolithic peoples. Maes Howe along with three other properties in the care of Historic Scotland at Skara . . . — Map (db m76868) HM|
|Alabama (Dallas County), Beloit — Cahawba|
|Site of Alabama's first permanent capital 1820-26. County seat Dallas County, 1820-66. Prison for Union soldiers during the War Between the States 1863-65. Indians were the first inhabitants over 4000 years ago. Their large fortified village could have been visited by DeSoto in 1540. Located 5½ miles south on the Alabama and Cahaba Rivers. — Map (db m75779) HM|
|Alaska (Denali Borough), Denali National Park — Ice Age Hunters — The Deadliest Predators|
|High above river valleys, at overlooks like this, Denali’s first human visitors watch for mammoth, giant bison, and caribou. Ridge tops made the best game launching platforms; herds tend to follow sheltered stream corridors.
Hunters had to be expert, deadly; the climate was too harsh for year-round edible plants. Caribou fur made the warmest clothing. Its microscopically hollow hairs are a natural insulator.
While they waited the hunters made knives and repaired and sharpened . . . — Map (db m69724) HM|
|Arizona (Cochise County), Hereford — Lehner Mammoth Kill Site|
|At this location in 1952, a large bone bed was discovered containing the remains of extinct mammoth, tapir, bison and horse. Found with the bones were the weapons and tools of the Indians who had killed and butchered these animals. The bones and weapons date back 11,000 years.
The discoverer of this bone bed was Ed Lehner, on whose ranch it was located. Ed had observed the bones eroding out of the banks of a side drainage of the San Pedro River near his home. In 1955 and 1956, . . . — Map (db m43633) HM|
|Arizona (Coconino County), Flagstaff — A Gathering Place|
| ]Panel 1:]
Between 1100 and 1200, more people lived in this area than ever before, or since. Located along routes linking large populations to the northeast and south, villages here were well situated for trade. As people, goods, and ideas converged on the area, a complex society of several thousand evolved. This particular village became the heart of a thriving community and was a landmark, a gathering place, and a ceremonial center.
It is remarkable that this land, so dry and . . . — Map (db m60079) HM|
|Arizona (Coconino County), Flagstaff — A Legacy of the Past|
|Box Canyon and Lomaki ruins are a short 15-minute walk from here, along the edges of ancient earthcracks. The 1/4-mile trail will take you back in time over 800 years to the remnants of this once-thriving community. You will see the few native plants that grow in this high-desert environment; how the eruptions of Sunset Crater Volcano affected the ancient inhabitants; and the plaza where daily activities such as cooking and grinding corn took place.
The whole picture of this prehistoric . . . — Map (db m60114) HM|
|Arizona (Coconino County), Flagstaff — A Village/Abandonment|
You are entering the “Citadel,” a ruin from the late 1100s. Research has not been completed so it is important that we leave things as they are. Will there be extra storage spaces found, possible evidence for the defense theory? We do know this is one of the larger pueblos in Wupatki National Monument and could have been the home for many families. You are welcome to speculate about what will be found here, as we do.
What happened? Exact . . . — Map (db m60089) HM|
|Arizona (Coconino County), Flagstaff — Ancient Landscapes|
|Eight hundred years ago, a savannah-like grassland covered much of this high desert with abundant grasses. The residents would have collected and burned much of the nearby fuel, necessitating long walks to adjacent areas to gather wood. Sparse annual rainfall forced the inhabitants to catch and save as much water as they could, or walk miles to other sources.
Since the use of the area by modern ranchers, the land has undergone other dramatic changes. Cattle grazing stripped much of the . . . — Map (db m60105) HM|
|Arizona (Coconino County), Flagstaff — Box Canyon Ruins|
|The Box Canyon ruins are typical of many pueblos found in this region. Early inhabitants constructed walls of nearby sandstone and limestone, and used local soils to cement the stones together. The flat roofs were built of timbers laid side-by-side, covered with smaller branches and finally plastered over with mud.
Smoke was vented from the rooms through a square hole in the ceiling, which frequently served as the only access to the room. Doorways were small and windows almost . . . — Map (db m60094) HM|
|Arizona (Coconino County), Flagstaff — Daily Life|
An open area in the pueblo near the rim of the earthcrack is known as the plaza. In pueblos, the plaza was the center for many daily activities including grinding corn, making pottery, working obsidian into arrowheads, processing other plants for food, and cooking. It would have also been used for meetings, conducting trade, and as a controlled play area for children. During the warmer months, the plaza received extensive use from dawn until after dusk; rooms inside the pueblo were . . . — Map (db m60110) HM|
|Arizona (Coconino County), Flagstaff — Dry Land Farming|
|Volcanic activity to the south produced giant fissures or earthcracks throughout the Wupatki area in the Kaibab Limestone. This formation covers most of the western half of Wupatki National Monument. The Sinagua and Anasazi Indians who inhabited these ancient pueblos probably found the earthcracks to be the most productive farming sites. There is no evidence of streams close by which could be used for water. All of the farming was dependent on the rainfall.
Corn, squash and other crops . . . — Map (db m60098) HM|
|Arizona (Coconino County), Flagstaff — Sunset Crater Volcano|
|The distant San Francisco Peaks would have looked much like they do today. To the east, however, Sunset Crater Volcano would still have been belching black smoke and cinders when the Sinagua and Anasazi lived here. The thick layer of cinders over the sandy soil helped hold moisture, which was beneficial to the growing of crops.
Eventually, even Sunset Crater Volcano grew quiet, and the winds blew the cinders away and dried out the soil.
Why the Lomaki residents departed is not . . . — Map (db m60107) HM|
|Arizona (Coconino County), Flagstaff — The Citadel / Natural Features|
It was a remarkable achievement, to use primitive mortar and local stones to build the walls above you straight up from the edge of the top of the rock. “The Citadel” is the modern name given to this ruin because of its location, but archeologists wonder why the Anasazi often built in high, hard-to-get-at places. Some theories say it was defensive. Others say it was to avoid building on croplands, or for sun and breeze. Or was it more simple? Today we often . . . — Map (db m60087) HM|
|Arizona (Coconino County), Flagstaff — Wukoki|
|Wukoki, a modern Hopi word for “Big House” was once home for two or three prehistoric Indian families. The inhabitants are believed to have been of the Kayenta Anasazi culture, judging from the types of artifacts found during excavation and stabilization. This site, occupied from approximately 1120-1210 A.D. afforded its occupants a commanding view of the surrounding terrain. The unusual three-story height, combined with its position atop this Moenkopi Sandstone outcrop, lends . . . — Map (db m60078) HM|
|Arizona (Coconino County), Grand Canyon National Park — Tusayan Museum and Ruin|
| Cohonina and ancestral Pueblo (Kayenta Anasazi) people lived in this area in prehistoric time. The ancestral Puebloans built Tusayan about AD 1185. A visit to the museum and a short walk through the remains of the village will furnish a glimpse of the way of life of people at Grand Canyon more than 800 years ago.
Excavation of the Tusayan ruin was conducted in 1930 under the direction of Harold S. Gladwin and the staff of the Gila Pueblo of Globe, Arizona. They named it Tusayan . . . — Map (db m39631) HM|
|Arizona (Coconino County), Grand Canyon National Park — Tusayan Ruin Trail|
| Allow about 30 minutes to tour Tusayan Ruin. The 0.1 mile loop trail through the main ruin is paved and wheelchair-accessible; the side loop to a prehistoric farming site is not. Signs along the way explain the site's features. An interpretive trail guide with greater detail about Tusayan's inhabitants is available to your right.
Tusayan Ruin is a remnant of a small village of about 30 people who lived here for 25 to 30 years in the late 1100s. The architecture was typical for that period. . . . — Map (db m39633) HM|
|Arizona (Coconino County), Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument — "The Peaks"|
| They dominate the horizon, rising 12,633 feet (3851 m) to Arizona's highest point. Visible for miles from all directions, they stand guard over a land which has long sustained people in spirit and natural resources. All of the region's Native peoples revere them.
Spanish friars christened these peaks as San Francisco Mountain in 1629 to honor their St. Francis of Assisi. The first wave of Spanish explorers, surprised that such large mountains did not spawn lakes or streams, charted them the . . . — Map (db m41664) HM|
|Arizona (Coconino County), Wupatki National Monument — The Blowhole|
| This blowhole - a crevice in the earth's crust that appears to breathe - is one of several found in the Wupatki area. It connects to an underground passage - size, depth, and complexity unknown - called an earthcrack. Earthcracks resulted from earthquake activity in the Kaibab Limestone bedrock and have enlarged over time.
Archaelogists have yet to uncover any evidence of prehistoric structures or uses at the blowhole. Its connection to the Wupatki Pueblo remains a mystery.
Today, the . . . — Map (db m41701) HM|
|Arizona (Navajo County), Shonto — Sandal Trail — Navajo National Monument|
|Follow the easy one-mile (1.6 km) round-trip trail to a point overlooking Betatakin Ruin—multi-level cliff-village home to a community of 13th-century Anasazi farmers.
On the way there and back, you’ll be walking through pygmy forest—a complex community of plants and animals that dominates the high, semi-arid plateaus of the American Southwest. Watch in particular for dwarfed, gnarled pinyon and juniper trees “posing” in photogenic postures and . . . — Map (db m71519) HM|
|Arizona (Navajo County), Shonto — Sweathouse — Navajo National Monument|
|This miniature forked-stick hogan without a smoke hole is actually a highly effective bath — an ancient solution to the problem of keeping clean in a land where water is scarce.
Here’s how it works: Stones are heated in a fire, then rolled in, or carried in on a wooden fork. The bathers undress outside, and then crawl inside. A blanket is hung over the door opening. Now all it takes is patience while the radiant heat does its work. This is the time for relaxing tired . . . — Map (db m71517) HM|
|Arizona (Navajo County), Shonto — Upside-down Mountain — Navajo National Monument|
|Hidden away in Tsegi Canyon’s wilderness of bare rock, sand, and sparse vegetation are surprising pockets of luxuriant growth. Betatakin Canyon—home to a village of prehistoric cliff-dwellings farmers—is one of these oases. Fir Canyon, over to your right, is another.
The deeper and narrower the canyon, the less sunshine reaches into its depths. Less sunshine means less evaporation of rainwater, so plant life flourishes. You could say that the climate of Fir Canyon is like an . . . — Map (db m71514) HM|
|Arizona (Yavapai County), Montezuma Castle National Monument — Lifeline / Prehistoric Produce|
Beaver Creek has always been a major focus of life in the Verde Valley. Prehistoric Sinagua farmers constructed Montezuma Castle and other structures near the creek. They dug ditches to carry creek water to irrigate the fields of corn, beans, squash, and cotton they cultivated on flat patches of creek-bottom land. They also hunted animals attracted by the creek, and gathered creekside plants.
Ever-sensitive to the moods of Beaver Creek – because their lives literally . . . — Map (db m40868) HM|
|Arizona (Yavapai County), Montezuma Castle National Monument — Macaw Pen Stone?|
| Could This Stone Be The Opening to a Macaw Pen?
Where Did This Stone Come From?
Who Used It?
Why Is This Stone at Montezuma Castle?
Did the Ancient Sinaguans Possibly
Raise Macaws Here?
In the 15th century, near modern-day Casa Grande in northern Mexico, thrived a vibrant community and trading center called Paquime. There, tropical birds called macaws, were brought up from the jungles far to the south. Thousands of macaws were bred and raised in compact adobe boxes that . . . — Map (db m40895) HM|
|Arizona (Yavapai County), Montezuma Castle National Monument — The Community|
| A farming community of perhaps 200 people prospered here for more than three centuries. The Castle was home to 35 or so of these people. Archeologists suggest they may have fled what is today the Flagstaff area due to overpopulation around A.D. 1100. Their name, “Sinagua,” is a variation of the Spanish “sin agua,” which means “without water.”
The excavation of mounds of broken pottery, worn-out tools, animal bones, and other trash at the base of the cliff . . . — Map (db m40840) HM|
|Arizona (Yavapai County), Montezuma Castle National Monument — The Neighborhood / Mysterious Departures|
| The Neighborhood
You can see Montezuma Castle and Castle A from here. If you look closely at the Cliffside, you might spot other ledges and caves used by the Sinagua.
The Sinagua people who made their homes here may have been a closely-knit community of families and friends. Even though the trappings of civilization change over time, people’s social needs don’t. Take a moment to imagine busy villagers doing their daily chores, perhaps chatting about the weather, crops, an upcoming . . . — Map (db m40869) HM|
|Arizona (Yavapai County), Montezuma Castle National Monument — The People Next Door|
| Here’s another “castle” – this one called “A” by the archeologists who excavated it in the 1930s.
Like neighboring Montezuma Castle, Castle A was occupied by Sinagua farmers between A.D. 1200 and 1450. However, with 45 rooms and an estimated occupancy of 100, it was much larger. It’s not nearly as well preserved, because sometime before the Sinaguas’ mysterious disappearance in the late 1400s a fire destroyed almost all interior features. All you can see today . . . — Map (db m40863) HM|
|Arizona (Yavapai County), Montezuma Castle National Monument — The Way Up / Construction Sequence|
| The Way Up
How in the world do you build a structure large enough to house 35 people high up on a steep canyon wall? Sound impossible? Here’s how Montezuma Castle’s ingenious Sinagua farmers managed it.
1. Limestone ledges and caves before the castle was built.
2. First construction; a six-room unit (3rd floor).
3. Small room added at west (left) end; one room built on next (4th) floor.
4. Fourth floor expanded. Two rooms built in small cave . . . — Map (db m40860) HM|
|Arizona (Yavapai County), Montezuma Castle National Monument — Welcome to The Castle|
| Pause a few moments to enjoy this view of Montezuma Castle. Don't you suppose it must have stopped the settlers and soldiers who first saw the cliff-dwelling over a century ago?
The odd name came from a mistaken belief that the cliff-dwelling was a castle Aztec refugees had built for their emperor. We know now that Montezuma never strayed this far north from his home in Mexico, but the name has stuck.
Why did a community of prehistoric farmers choose this particular alcove high in the . . . — Map (db m40819) HM|
|California (Humboldt County), Orick — Madison Grant Forest and Elk Refuge — Dedicated to the Memory of Madison Grant — 1865-1937|
|Conservationist, author, anthropologist, a founder of the Save-the-Redwoods League.
This area of 1600 acres, habitat of the last surviving herd in California of Roosevelt Elk is established as a memorial by
· De Forest Grant
· John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
· Archer M. Huntington
· New York Zoological Society
· Boone and Crockett Club
· National Audubon Society
· American Wildlife Foundation
· Save-the-Redwoods League
· California State Park Commission
1948 — Map (db m32569) HM
|California (Imperial County), Ocotillo — Jay C. von Werlhof|
|The Imperial Valley College Desert Museum represents the creative vision of noted archaeologist and anthropologist Jay Crawford von Werlhof (1923-2009)
A prolific author, von Werlhof wrote many scholarly books and articles on the archaeology and history of the Indigenous people of the California desert regions. Throughout his 55-year career, he conducted archaeological research in each of California's 58 counties. After relocating to the Imperial Valley in 1973, von Werlhof documented more . . . — Map (db m82451) HM|
|California (Kern County), McKittick — Painted Rock|
|Rising above the Carrizo Plain is Painted Rock, an important cultural and spiritual site to California’s native peoples. Most of the pictographs, or painted images found on Painted Rock, are characteristic of the Chumash who lived on the Channel Islands, central coast and interior region of California. The painting style of the Yokuts from the San Joaquin Valley also suggest their use of Painted Rock. The Salinan people in the Cholame area are the nearest native people to the northwest of . . . — Map (db m52158) HM|
|California (Kern County), Tehachapi — 1054 — Tomo-Kahni|
|In the Kawaiisu language, tomo-kahni means winter village. The site's location between the coast and desert allowed the site occupants to hold an important place for trade between these areas and the southern Central Valley. The sacred rock art found throughout the site contains stylistic elements from the Great Basin and Central Valley culture areas. The site has been an area of extensive occupation and contains important information for better understanding Kawaiisu community and village life locally as well as statewide. — Map (db m92889) HM|
|California (Lassen County), Westwood — Paul Bunyan — The Legend Lives On|
|Paul Bunyan has been the hero of lumberjack whopper tales that were handed down for generations in the camps of White Pine lumbermen in the north eastern forests of America. In 1913 the Walker family who owned the Red River Mill in Minnesota, moved their operations out west. It was a big job carving a mill and town out of the northern Sierras – they needed all the help they could get – so they brought Paul Bunyan with them. Never before known outside the haunts of the logging camp, . . . — Map (db m56687) HM|
|California (Riverside County), Blythe — 101 — Giant Desert Figures|
|Times of origin and meaning of these giant figures, the largest 167 feet long, smallest 95 feet, remains a mystery. There are three figures, two of animals and a coiled serpent, and some interesting lines.
In 1931, George Palmer, a local pilot, discovered these huge figures outstretched across the desert pavement on the terraces above the Colorado River near Blythe, California. Archaeologists call these kinds of earth figures "geoglyphs" or . . . — Map (db m50992) HM|
|California (Riverside County), Hemet — 104 — Pochea Indian Village Site|
|Pochea was one of cluster of Indian villages forming the very large settlement of Pahsitna which extended along the ridge east and west of Ramona Bowl. Pahsitnah was thriving when the Spanish first passed by in 1774. A tragic story tells of the natives contracting smallpox from Europeans; a terrible epidemic spreading, and some survivors fleeing to the area of the present Soboba Reservation. — Map (db m50668) HM|
|California (San Bernardino County), Goffs — 61 — Pah-Ute Creek — Fort Pah-Ute — Mojave Road|
|Pah-Ute Creek, which runs year around, attracted many Indian tribes, who used several Indian trails through this area. The first white man to visit Pah-Ute Creek was Fr. Francisco Garces in May of 1776. It was given it's name by Lt. A.W. Whipple during his Pacific Railroad Expedition of 1854.
The War Department ordered, in 1857, that the Mojave Indian Trail be used as a wagon road from the Colorado River to the Pacific Ocean. It became known as the Mojave Road.
Fort Pah-Ute was . . . — Map (db m78577) HM|
|California (San Bernardino County), Lucerne Valley — 737 — Chimney Rock|
|Conflicts between Indians and white settlers over the rich lands of the San Bernardino Mountains culminated in The Battle at Chimney Rock on February 16, 1867. Although the Indians defended themselves fiercely, they were forced to retreat into the desert. In the years following, the Indians' traditional mountain food-gathering areas were lost to white encroachment. — Map (db m63982) HM|
|California (San Bernardino County), Newberry-Baker — 16 — Jack and Ida Mitchell|
|Modern Pioneers, Miner and Geologist
who helped to preserve these caverns — Map (db m78594) HM|
|California (Ventura County), Piru — 624 — Portolá Expedition|
|On August 11, 1769, the explorers and priests accompanying Portolá found a populous village of Piru Indians near this point. Carrying their bowstrings loose, the Indians offered necklaces of stones, in exchange for which Portolá presented them with beads. — Map (db m51034) HM|
|Colorado (Montezuma County), Cortez — Yucca House National Monument|
|Yucca House National Monument Dec. 19, 1919. A fine example of a valley pueblo being held by National Park Service — Map (db m71498) HM|
|Colorado (Montezuma County), Mesa Verde — Canyon Barriers — Mesa Verde National Park|
|Surrounded by deep canyons, villages here seem isolated, cut off from people on other mesas. Look closely at these cliffs and imagine hand and toe trails pecked into the sheer sandstone. These vertical trails were the Anasazi’s highways; steep climbs were part of their daily routine.
Throughout the Mesa Verde area there is strong evidence of cooperation and exchange: ceremonial structures like Sun Temple check dams, widespread advances in pottery and architecture. The Mesa Verde culture . . . — Map (db m71206) HM|
|Colorado (Montezuma County), Mesa Verde — Oak Tree House — Mesa Verde National Park|
| Adapting to Alcoves To level the sloping alcove floor, the Anasazi filled in behind retaining walls. The altered floor not only supported rooms but also provided working space and a safe play area for children.
Oak Tree House appears to utilize every inch of alcove space. Some apartments rose four stories to the roof of the inner alcove. There are additional storage rooms along an upper ledge. Oak Tree House contains about 50 rooms and 6 kivas.
(Inscription under the photo on . . . — Map (db m71209) HM|
|Colorado (Montezuma County), Mesa Verde — Pithouse Life — Mesa Verde National Park|
|There is an enormous gap between identifying pithouse features—the hollows and scattered stones—and visualizing the inhabitants’ daily lives. Set in the four corner post holes, timbers supported a ceiling that was probably head-high. Above the firepit there was probably a smoke hole, which also may have been the pithouse entrance. Some features are more revealing. Grinding Corn The grinding stone and slab - mano and metate - symbolize the Anasazi's new ties to the mesa top. . . . — Map (db m71203) HM|
|Colorado (Montezuma County), Mesa Verde — Split-Level History — Mesa Verde National Park|
| Mesa-top and Alcove Living Although the Puebloan used the cliff alcoves throughout the entire time they lived in Mesa Verde, the cliff dwellings themselves were not built until the final 75-100 years of occupation. For over 600 years these people lived primarily on the mesa tops.
Of 4000 ruins within the park only 600 are cliff dwellings. All of these cliff dwellings were built and occupied in A.D. 1200 and 1300. — Map (db m71207) HM|
|District of Columbia, Washington — 18 — The Sage of Anacostia — An East-of-the River View — Anacostia Heritage Trail|
|This imposing property once belonged to Anacostia’s most famous resident: Frederick Douglass. After escaping slavery as a young man, Douglass rose to become a distinguished abolitionist, writer, publisher, and orator. By the 1860s Douglass was one of the nation’s intellectual and political giants who had President Lincoln’s ear. Douglass argued early in the Civil War that Lincoln should allow African Americans to fight as soldiers in the Union army. President Rutherford B. Hayes appointed . . . — Map (db m88723) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), National Mall — Colossal Head 4 (replica) — Olmec Culture — San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan, Vera Cruz, 1200-900 B.C.E.|
| This portrait of an Olmec ruler is among 17 colossal heads known from one of the world’s great ancient civilizations. Without wheels or iron tools, the Olmec created spectacular monumental sculptures and ceremonial centers on Mexico’s Gulf Coast.
In 1946, Smithsonian archaeologist Matthew W. Stirling excavated the 6-ton basalt original of this head, which is on display at the Museum of Anthropology in Xalapa, Veracruz. [Map of the Gulf of Mexico region, locating the “Olmec . . . — Map (db m39628) HM|
|District of Columbia (Washington), Pleasant Plains — "Treat Me Refined" — Lift Every Voice — Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail|
|The House at 3017 Sherman Avenue once was a boardinghouse for Howard University students. In 1923 a determined and talented young woman from the tiny town of Eatonville, Florida, lived here while earning an Associates Degree at Howard. In a short time she would win international acclaim as novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston.
Hungry for culture, Hurston devoured Howard's opportunities. She performed in campus theater, played violin, joined Zeta Phi Bet sorority, and co-founded . . . — Map (db m65674) HM|
|Florida (Escambia County), Pensacola — F-313 — Hawkshaw|
| (Side 1)
The Hawkshaw site has supported prehistoric and historic occupations which span a period of nearly 2,000 years. It was inhabited around A.D. 150 by groups of Native Americans whom archaeologists call the Deptford Culture. Scientific excavation of the site revealed hundreds of trash pits containing food remains and household debris which provided detailed information about the daily life of these prehistoric people. They sustained themselves with the abundant marine resources . . . — Map (db m72238) HM|
|Florida (Hernando County), Bayport — F-788 — The Bayport Area Before Human Occupation/Bayport's First People|
The Bayport Area Before Human Occupation
The fossilized remains of many prehistoric animals and plants are buried in the Bayport area. During the Eocene Period, 45 million years ago (MYA), the Gulf covered this region. Local Ocala limestone deposits contain marine remains of shells, plants, and mammal bones, including those of early shark toothed whales, now-extinct sea boas, and sea turtles. By the late Oligocene Period, 30 MYA, the shallow sea over west Florida began . . . — Map (db m93296) HM|
|Florida (Hillsborough County), Tampa — Old Fort Brooke Municipal Parking Structure — 1982|
|On this site was located the first cemetery for Fort Brooke, a U.S. military post dating from 1824 to 1882. Seminole Indians, soldiers and civilian settlers buried here were excavated by archaeologists in 1980 prior to construction of the parking garage and reinterred in other locations. Evidence of occupation by Indian groups spanning the period 8,000 B.C. - A.D. 1824 was also recovered during the excavations.
City of Tampa Bob Martinez Mayor City Council Lloyd Copeland, . . . — Map (db m44377) HM|
|Florida (Lee County), Fort Myers — People and Plants|
|The story of people and plants provides a continuous thread from the Calusa to early Estero Island settlers, and to the present and future generations. With all the great advances in science and technology, people still rely on natural resources to provide food, medicine, rules, building materials, textiles, and dyes.
Plants Fuel a Society
Fire is important to the development of cultures. The Calusa used fire to cook, and to help carve out logs to create canoes. Archaeologists who . . . — Map (db m90988) HM|
|Florida (Miami-Dade County), Miami — Brickell Park|
|The Brickell Family donated Brickell Park to Miami in 1921 as a preserve for the family mausoleum. Their remains are now in Woodlawn Cemetery. Brickell Park is one of the few parks connecting Brickell Avenue to the shoreline of Biscayne Bay. From 700 BC to AD 1000 Tequesta Indian villages ran from Brickell Point up both sides of the Miami River as far west as Miami Avenue. Constructed mounds and cemeteries were part of the landscape until the mid 1880s when pioneers began clearing and building . . . — Map (db m65647) HM|
|Florida (Miami-Dade County), Miami — Mary Brickell Park|
|The Tequesta Indians were the indigenous people of Miami prior to European contact. Mary Brickell Park encompasses a portion of what was the largest Tequesta village in southeast Florida. Archaeological evidence reveals that this site was in use from 500 BC to ca. AD 1000. It is estimated that there were as many as several hundred people living in the village at any given time. The last of the Tequesta emigrated to Cuba in the eighteenth century. Mary and William Brickell, one of Miami's . . . — Map (db m65648) HM|
|Florida (Miami-Dade County), Miami — Saving the Circle|
|The Miami Circle site would not exist today if it were not for the support of the community. Public outcry over the impending destruction of the Miami Circle led to additional archaeological research and preservation of the 2.2 acre parcel of land. The joint efforts of the public and private partners, led by Miami-Dade County, resulted in a successful campaign to preserve the precious site. South Floridians and others from around the world rose to the occasion by protesting and campaigning . . . — Map (db m65471) HM|
|Florida (Miami-Dade County), Miami — The Miami Circle|
|On this spot of land at the mouth of the Miami River, a historic discovery shed new light on one of Florida's early peoples - the Tequesta. During the demolition of the Brickell Point apartments in 1998, archaeologists uncovered preshistoric artifacts and a dense deposit of black soil, animal bones and shells. Salvage excavations revealed an unusual feature consisting of holes and basins carved into the shallow Miami oolitic limestone bedrock in a circular pattern 38 feet in diameter. . . . — Map (db m65644) HM|
|Florida (Miami-Dade County), Miami — The Miami Circle at Brickell Point|
|The Miami Circle at Brickell Point has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America. The Miami Circle is a 38-foot diameter ring of post holes carved into bedrock, dating between 500 B.C.E. and 750 C.E. The circle is the foundation of a wooden structure built by the ancestors of the Tequesta people. The site's well-preserved outline of American Indian architecture, artifacts . . . — Map (db m65646) HM|
|Florida (Miami-Dade County), Palmetto Bay — The Deering Estate at Cutler — Established 1890|
|Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1986, the Deering Estate at Cutler is a 444 acre environmental, archaeological, historical and architectural preserve owned by the State of Florida and managed by the Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Department. In 1913, Charles Deering - a wealthy industrialist from Chicago, first Chairman of International Harvester, early environmentalist and patron of the arts - purchased the original 320 acres of the Estate to establish his . . . — Map (db m73439) HM|
|Florida (Pinellas County), Safety Harbor — Safety Harbor Site|
|has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States — Map (db m13646) HM|
|Florida (Pinellas County), Tierra Verde — F-90 — Tierra Verde Mound|
|A large Indian burial mound was built near this spot about 1500 A.D. It was used for some years by the inhabitants of a nearby Safety Harbor culture village, Indians who were among the ancestors of the later Tocobago tribe. Excavation in 1961 by State agencies added to our knowledge of these people. — Map (db m13679) HM|
|Florida (Polk County), Mulberry — The Mulberry Time Capsule|
|This marker commemorates the dedication of the Mulberry Time Capsule. The capsule was placed here on June 12, 1977 by the Greater Mulberry Chamber of Commerce. The capsule will be opened in the year 2076 to view the mememtoes of the 1976 Bicentennial celebration in "The Phosphate Center of the World."
The sky has no hunger and the earth heals her wounds, but the time of man is short. — Map (db m4984) HM|
|Florida (Putnam County), Welaka — Mount Royal|
Mount Royal is an ancient American Indian site that includes the burial mound beyond this display, as well a the remains of a Spanish mission and associated village. The mound was built around 1,000 years ago by the Freshwater Timucua or their ancestors. Members of this same group populated the Spanish mission called San Antonio de Anacape beginning in the late sixteenth century.
Mount Royal has attracted the attention of scientists and visitors to this . . . — Map (db m93077) HM|
|Florida (Putnam County), Welaka — F-299 — The Mount Royal Site|
|Indians constructed the mound and earthworks of this site between A.D. 1250 and 1500. They built the mound as a place to bury their dead, and it grew in phases.
When Clarence B. Moore excavated portions of the mound in the 1890s, he discovered burials and artifacts scattered throughout. One of those artifacts was a copper plate embossed with designs identical to those which decorated a plate found in a mound at Spiro, Oklahoma. The Mount Royal Site is important because it helps demonstrate . . . — Map (db m93075) HM|
|Florida (Sarasota County), Osprey — Historic Spanish Point|
|Front Side of Marker:
This 30-acre preserve includes prehistoric shell middens and a burial mound dating from 3,000 B.C. to 1,000 A.D., buildings from the homestead of John Greene Webb, and gardens from the winter estate of Mrs. Potter Palmer. In 1975, it became the first nomination in Sarasota County to the National Register of Historic Places. Five years later the heirs of Mrs. Palmer donated the historic site to Gulf Coast Heritage Association, Inc., which today operates Historic . . . — Map (db m60326) HM|
|Florida (Sarasota County), Sarasota — Indian Beach|
|5,000 years ago, prehistoric Indians seasonally came to these shore, drawn by freshwater springs, bays teeming with fish and shellfish, and woods rich with game. By 1000 A.D. their middens, ceremonial mounds, and a village plaza stood nearby. European diseases and war eventually decimated these Floridians. Centuries later Seminoles and Spanish fishermen worked at ranchos or fish camps often built on old Indian sites. The rancho industry supplied mullet, roe, and other seafood to Cuban markets. . . . — Map (db m60327) HM|
|Florida (Seminole County), Geneva — King Philipstown/Osceola|
Here, where the St. Johns River emerges from near-by Lake Harney, stands a shell mound complex significant to the history and pre-history of Seminole County. The mound has been examined by anthropologists Daniel Britton in the 1850s, Jeffries Wyman in the 1860s, and Clarence B. Moore in the 1890s, and remains today a significant archaeological and anthropological site in Seminole County. The site contains archaeological evidence supporting its use by prehistoric Orange . . . — Map (db m93040) HM|
|Florida (Seminole County), Sanford — Sanford's First Residents|
|Over 1,000 years ago, the Timucua (tee-MOO-quo) people established villages in this area. They fished, hunted, and grew crops such as maize, squash, and beans. By the 1700s, the Timucuans began to disappear as they succumbed to war and disease brought by the English, French, and Spanish colonists as well as being assimilated into European culture and religion. In 1763, the last Timucuans were taken to Cuba by the Spanish. Evidence of the Timucuan way of life can be found in middens: mounds of . . . — Map (db m55389) HM|
|Georgia (Dekalb County), Decatur — 044-1 — Steatite Boulder|
|This steatite boulder was found on the site of a prehistoric quarry along Soapstone Ridge 8 miles south of Decatur. It shows the methods of Indians in making stone bowls, with the first girdling of the stone to remove workable cores. It is estimated to be at least 3000 years old by archaeologists studying such remains in central and north Georgia.
The soapstone quarry on River Road, DeKalb County, is the largest found by archaeologists in Georgia. — Map (db m8752) HM|
|Georgia (Early County), Blakely — 049-10 — Kolomoki Mounds Archaeological Area|
|You are at the edge of one of the largest and most important mound groups in the southeastern United States. Most of this complex of mounds was constructed about A. D. 200-600. Archaeologists call this period the Middle Woodland Period and the particular time the Swift Creek because the Pottery types found here are similar to those found at the Swift Creek site in Central Georgia. Mounds D and E, which is partially covered by the museum, were explored in the 1940s and 50s by Dr. William H. . . . — Map (db m48243) HM|
|Georgia (Glynn County), Jekyll Island — 63-16 — Tabby|
|Tabby was the building material for walls, floors, and roofs widely used throughout coastal Georgia during the Military and Plantation Eras. It was composed of equal parts of sand, lime, oyster shell and water mixed into a mortar and poured into forms.
The lime used in tabby was made by burning oyster shell taken from Indian Shell Mounds, the trash piles of the Indians. The word tabby is African in origin, with an Arabic background, and means "a wall made of earth or masonry." This method of . . . — Map (db m17578) HM|
|Georgia (Murray County), Chatsworth — Mystery Shrouds Fort Mountain|
|The trail to the north of this site leads to the mysterious and prehistoric wall of loose rocks from which Fort Mountain takes its name. Many generations of explorers, archaeologists, geologists, historians and sight-seers have wondered about the identity of the unknown builders and the purpose of their handiwork.
From the brink of a cliff on the east side of the mountain, the wall extends 885 feet to another precipice on the west side. Its highest parts measure about seven feet but . . . — Map (db m46359) HM|
|Georgia (Walker County), Chickamauga — American Indian Occupation of the Area — Historic Chickamauga Georgia|
|There were humans living in what is now Walker County as early as around 10,000 B.C. For thousands of years the people subsisted through hunting and gathering of wild plant foods. The Middle Woodland period (ca. 200 B.C. - 400 A.D.) was marked by distinctive ceramic, lithic, and architectural complexes as well as a series of elaborate burial complexes. These are the people who built the stone walls and mounds in Georgia. They may have been ancestors of the historic Yuchi people. The Cherokees . . . — Map (db m77661) HM|
|Hawaii (Hawaii County), Kawaihae — Pu'ukohola Heiau — A Sacred Place Since Prehistoric Times|
|A heiau (temple) at Pu’ukohola was built long before Kamehameha started construction on the heiau that you see. This showed great vision and strategy on the part of the kahuna (priests). The heiau was physically very prominent and imposing on the landscape, adding to its spiritual power.
Only the male kahuna (priests), male ali’i (chiefs) and other royalty were allowed to enter the heiau. Women of all status were forbidden entry into the heiau proper. The structure was designed so that . . . — Map (db m71886) HM|
|Hawaii (Hawaii County), Keauhou — Hale Mua|
|This archaeological site has been identified as a men's house associated with a person of chiefly rank who resided at the Lonoikamakahiki Residence. Hydration-Rind dating performed by the Bishop Museum indicated that the major portion of this site was constructed in pre-historic times over a period of 1550 to 1630 AD.
Evidence that supports the identification as a men's house is the architectural construction of this site, which is similar to other known men's houses elsewhere in the . . . — Map (db m39410) HM|
|Hawaii (Hawaii County), Keauhou — Inikiwai Ku'ula Heiau|
|This archaeological site is known as the Inikiwai Heiau. It is sometimes known as the Pahe'ehe'e Ku'ula.
Hawaiian Fishermen built these shrines on promontories along the seashore or near ponds and streams. These shrines are a place for prayer and offerings to the fish god Ku'ula or the fisherman's personal family gods ('Aumakua). Ku'ula was the most prominent god of fishing. His wife, Hina, and son Aiai, were also fishing gods. The shrine itself is also called a Ku'ula.
Fishermen . . . — Map (db m39305) HM|
|Hawaii (Hawaii County), Keauhou — Lonoikamakahiki Residence|
|This archaeological site is known as the Lonoikamakahiki Residence.
It is believed that during different periods of time, four great Hawaiian kings lived at this site. These kings were Umi, Lonoikamakahiki, Kalaniopuu, and Kamehameha I.
This residence is believed to have been originally built by Umi. Umi was the son of Liloa who was a superior chief of the entire island of Hawaii who lived in the 15th century.
Liloa and Umi were direct descendants of . . . — Map (db m39409) HM|
|Hawaii (Hawaii County), Waikoloa Village — The Waikoloa Petroglyph Field|
|Before you lies one of the major concentrations of ancient rock carvings in the Hawaiian Islands. Boundaries were not crossed casually in old Hawaii, and the thousands of surface carvings here, just north of the border between the ancient kingdoms of Kohala and Kona, suggest that many may have a religious or commemorative meaning to the event of crossing that border.
Groups waiting for permission to cross, or armies poised to defend the border or attack it, made simple encampments using . . . — Map (db m4247) HM|
|Hawaii (Kauai County), Kawaihae — Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site|
| Welcome to Pu’ukohola Heiau, one of the most famous heiau (temples) in the Hawaiian Islands. This heiau is an integral component of the traditional Hawaiian social, political, and religious systems, and a significant place in the history of King Kamehameha I, who brought the Hawaiian Islands together under one rule.
Pu’ukohola Heiau is a National Historic Site administered by the National Park Service and held in stewardship for the common benefit for Hawaiian people, for people of the . . . — Map (db m71874) HM|
|Indiana (Allen County), Fort Wayne — Fort Wayne ~ Fort Dearborn Trail|
|An ancient Indian trail, through Pottawattomie country, variably called the Dragoon, White Pigeon, Great Northwestern and Fort Dearborn Road. After 1795 used for mail delivery between Fort Wayne and Fort Dearborn. Captain Wells, Wayne spy, was slain along this route. — Map (db m20782) HM|
|Indiana (Boone County), Thorntown — 06.1961.1 — Indian Cemetery — Eel River Tribe of Miamis|
|Ka-wi-a-ki-un-gi Village "Place of Thorns" (Thorntown) was center of 64, 000 acre Thorntown Indian Reserve. Granted to Eel River Miamis in 1818, ceded to U.S. in 1828. — Map (db m21352) HM|
|Indiana (Putnam County), Greencastle — The Ancient Peoples Who Once Walked Here|
|We seldom pause to think of the peoples who long ago (some say 13,000 B.C. - 8,000 B. C.) Moved back and forth across this land. We know nothing, about these “Old Ones” and their times, they left no traces visible to us. They are known to archaeologists as the Paleo-Indians.
Later, another wave of migration flowed across the centuries. The people of the Woodland Culture were here by 1,000 B.C. Those of the Mississippian Culture were here (900 A.D.) Before Columbus discovered . . . — Map (db m56415) HM|
|Indiana (Warren County), Williamsport — The Trail of Death|
|In 1838 a band of over 800 Potawatomi Indians were forcibly removed from their homeland in Northern Indiana and marched to Eastern Kansas. Many died along the trail during the two month trek. This mournful caravan traveled this road on September 14, 1838 and camped near Williamsport. — Map (db m9307) HM|
|Iowa (Allamakee County), Harper Ferry — The Mystery of the Mounds — Effigy Mounds National Monument — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior|
|In 1766, English and French Canadian traders wintered near this site. They must have puzzled over these strange earthen shapes-or others even nearer their cabin. The traders could not have known that the humble grave markers were vestiges of a prehistoric mound-building culture which spread across most of eastern North America 1,000 years before Christ.
Discovery of larger mounds in Ohio in the late 1700’s led some historians to claim the “Mound Builders” were remnants of Old . . . — Map (db m61987) HM|
|Kansas (Pottawatomie County), Westmoreland — Archeological Site 14-PO1311|
During excavation of the footing for this flag pole the remains of a Stone Age Native American, estimated 1,000 years old, were discovered. The find remains at this location.
This majestic flag pole
is in memory of
Sylvia Hartwich Galloway
who contributed her artistic talent
and funds to preserve the history of
Pottawatomie County — Map (db m80950) HM
|Kansas (Scott County), Scott State Park — El Cuartelejo Archeology|
In 1899, when Prof. H. T. Martin of the University of Kansas made the first archeological excavations of El Cuartelejo, most of the lower part of the original stone work was still in place, as shown in this photograph. Evidences of several other buildings about 100 yards south and 25 yards north were also reported.
Later archeological work was carried out by the Smithsonian Institution in 1939, Northern Illinois University in 1965 and the Kansas State Historical Society in 1970. These . . . — Map (db m65975) HM|
|Kentucky (Ballard County), Wickliffe — Burial Mound — (Mound C)|
|Native American Indian of the Mississippian culture were buried in this cemetery mound sometime in the A.D. 1200s. First excavated in 1932 by owner Col. Fain King, the mound was referred to as “Mound C”. A building was constructed over the exposed burials and placed on display for many decades. In 1991, the remains were taken from public view out of respect to native American Indians, and to be in compliance with federal laws that protect Indian burial mounds. Plastic replicas of . . . — Map (db m58870) HM|
|Kentucky (Ballard County), Wickliffe — Ceremonial Mound|
|Excavations have shown that building stood on several earlier levels of this mound.
We do not know how big those buildings were.
This structure is approximately the size of the posthole pattern in the architecture building (Mound B) — Map (db m58872) HM|
|Kentucky (Ballard County), Wickliffe — King Mounds — "Ancient Buried City"|
|Site of an ancient religious and commercial center of the Mound Builder. Approximately one thousand years old, situated on the only high ground at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Tombs, temples, altars, jewels, dwellings, tools, etcetera, were uncovered. Excavations started October 2, 1932. For education and posterity. — Map (db m58869) HM|
|Kentucky (Ballard County), Wickliffe — Welcome to Wickliffe Mounds — State Historic Site|
|Nearly one thousand years ago, this village was home for Native Americans of the prehistoric Mississippian culture. Peaceful farmers, these mound building Indians lived throughout the Ohio and Mississippi river valleys. Exhibits at Wicklffe Mounds museum interpret the culture of the Mississippian people and the scientific discipline of archaeology. Research continues to provide important information about this archaeological site and its history. Operated by the Kentucky Department of Parks, . . . — Map (db m58873) HM|
|Kentucky (Montgomery County), Mount Sterling — 1655 — The Gaitskill Mound|
|Indian Mound attributed to Adena people who inhabited Ohio Valley ca. 800 B.C. to 700 A.D. They began cultivating simple crops, bringing about a mixed hunting and farming economy. Central to Adena life were rituals involving cremation and mound building. Engraved stone tablets found here indicate mound to be Adena. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1975. — Map (db m73886) HM|
|Louisiana (East Baton Rouge Parish), Baton Rouge — Ceremonial Indian Mound|
|One of a group of mounds probably constructed about A.D. 1000 during the Cole Creek culture period. Surrounded by a large village area, such mounds served as foundations for sacred buildings and as platforms for the chief to address the tribesmen. This aboriginal mound was used in the 19th century as an officers cemetery for the Baton Rouge Post and Arsenal. — Map (db m87446) HM|
|Louisiana (East Baton Rouge Parish), Baton Rouge — LSU Campus Mounds|
Hunter-gatherers built these two mounds 5,000 years ago. Part of the oldest earthen-mound complex in North America,they were placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 1, 1999. They are older than the Egyptian pyramids, and predate Poverty Point, long believed to have been the oldest earthen mounds in North America. Archaeologists are not sure what they were used for, but there were no temples or houses built on them. — Map (db m87223) HM|
|Louisiana (East Carroll Parish), Transylvania — Transylvania Mounds — Ancient Mounds Trail|
|Transylvania once had up to 12 mounds. Only 6 are visible now. The mounds were rectangular in shape with flat tops prior to being altered in historic times. The largest is nearly 34 feet tall. It is in the center of the site and overlooks 2 plaza areas. Indians built the mounds around AD 1400. — Map (db m89789) HM|
|Louisiana (Orleans Parish), New Orleans — Congo Square|
|Congo Square is in the “vicinity” of a spot which Houmas Indians used before the arrival of the French for celebrating their annual corn harvest and was considered sacred ground. The gathering of enslaved African vendors in Congo Square originated as early as the late 1740's during Louisiana’s French colonial period and continued during the Spanish colonial era as one of the city’s public markets. By 1803 Congo Square had become famous for the gathering of enslaved Africans who . . . — Map (db m20954) HM|
|Maryland (Calvert County), St. Leonard — Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum — State Museum of Archaeology|
|Welcome to Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (JPPM), State Museum of Archaeology, where we explore the changing cultures and environment of the Chesapeake Bay region over the past 12,000 years.|
You can investigate the thousands of years of human history by touring archaeological sites and trails, acres of working farmland, restored farm buildings and museum exhibits, and by attending educational programs. Whether you are a first time visitor or have a great deal of experience in the . . . — Map (db m80923) HM
|Maryland (Calvert County), St. Leonard — What is this Big White Building?|
|The Maryland Archaeological Conservation (MAC) Laboratory is a state-of-the-art archaeological research, conservation and collections facility. Opened in 1998, the Lab holds the State’s archaeological artifact collections. In the labs, the often fragile artifacts are stabilized, cleaned and conserved for future study and exhibition. Suitable temperature and humidity conditions are carefully maintained and monitored in the collections storage area to protect Maryland’s rich archaeological . . . — Map (db m81091) HM|
|Maryland (Prince George's County), Accokeek — First People of the Potomac — Piscataway Park|
|When Europeans first arrived on the shores of North America, they found a continent inhabited by perhaps tens of millions of people! These people had arrived more than 10,000 years earlier, and through many generations had created complex societies, formed viable political systems, built monumental structures in the Mississippi River valley, and farmed the land long the Potomac River.
The Piscataway people have lived in southern Maryland for close to a thousand years. Their language and . . . — Map (db m8560) HM|
|Massachusetts (Franklin County), Hawley — First Church of Hawley|
|Site of the First Church of Hawley
Reverend Jonathan Grout 1st Pastor
This memorial placed by the
sons and daughters of Hawley
August 10, 1935 — Map (db m25876) HM|
|Michigan (Macomb County), Sterling Heights — S0309 — Holcombe Beach|
|Near this site in 1961 archaeologists from the Aboriginal Research Club and the University of Michigan uncovered evidence of an early Paleo-Indian settlement. Here about 11,000 years ago these first prehistoric dwellers in the Great Lakes region inhabited a lake shore. Excavations of artifacts and bones reveal that for food the Paleo-Indians hunted Barren Ground caribou, a species suited to the tundra-like terrain of that era. As their environment changed, these Indians were forced to adapt to . . . — Map (db m34227) HM|
|Minnesota (Nicollet County), St. Peter — Archaeology|
|Archaeology is the recovery and study of material evidence, such as remainders of pottery, to help us learn about people and places of the past.
In 1994 the Minnesota Historical Society conducted a survey to map and excavate the archaeological resources of Traverse des Sioux. Most of the material found came from the site of the short-lived town that settlers built in the mid-1800s. Broken glass, strips of cut metal, ceramics, and pipe fragments were among the 10,000 pieces unearthed.
. . . — Map (db m78179) HM|
|Minnesota (Traverse County), Brown Valley — Browns Valley Man|
|On October 9, 1933, William H. Jensen, an amateur archaeologist, uncovered the badly broken skeleton of a man in a gravel pit on the plateau visible about ½ mile south of this marker. The plateau was formed as an island in the ancient River Warren, an outlet of Glacial Lake Agassiz.
From flint spear points of the parallel-flaked type found in the grave and from the surrounding geological evidence, University of Minnesota archaeologists estimated that the burial dated to about 6000 B.C. . . . — Map (db m93964) HM|
|Mississippi (Hinds County), Jackson — Pocahontas Mounds|
|Built and used between A.D 1000 and 1300, this platform mound and a nearby burial mound mark the ceremonial and political seat of a regional chiefdom of the Plaquemine culture. A thatched, clay-plastered ritual temple or chief's lodging stood atop this mound. Dwellings of villagers occupied surrounding fields. — Map (db m77266) HM|
|Mississippi (Warren County), Vicksburg — Old Natchez District|
|Ceded by Choctaws & Chickasaws in Fort Adams Treaty, 1801, confirming earlier British treaty. Contained most of present Warren, Jefferson, Claiborne, Adams, Franklin, Wilkinson & Amite counties. — Map (db m72185) HM|
|Missouri (Platte County), Riverside — Renner Village Site — 23PL1|
This area was frequented by prehistoric people as early as 5000 B.C.. This site is best known as the regional center of aboriginal population in Hopewell times, A.D. 1-500, and occupied throughout the Woodland Culture into Middle Mississippian times, 1200 A.D.
Discovered in 1921 by J. Mett Shippee on the property of Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Renner
In recognition of its outstanding significance and to encourage its preservation this property has been placed on the National Register of . . . — Map (db m73531) HM|
|Missouri (Vernon County), Fair Haven — Archaeology|
The main source for information about the Osage Indians' daily life is in the ground beneath us. Like pages of a book, archaeology can reveal stories about who the people were and how they lived.
Information is revealed not only by the artifacts but also by its relationship with other things. For example, finding a single projectile point gives archaeologists a certain amount of information. But its presence among projectile points and chert waste in a small area tells archaeologists . . . — Map (db m61399) HM|
|Nevada (Churchill County), Lovelock — 147 — A Home of Early Man|
|Stretching before you are two vast sinks, terminal areas of the Humboldt and Carson River drainage systems. The marshey remnant of Lake Lahontan, between you and the distant Humboldt Range, served as a life sustaining resource of wildlife for prehistoric man who lived by its shores. Generations occupied caves located on the lower slopes of the distant range.
Scientific archeological excavation reveals that Lovelock and Ocala caves served as homes to man from 2,000 B.C. to about 1840 A.D. . . . — Map (db m67352) HM|
|Nevada (Lander County), Austin — 136 — Toquima Cave|
|East of the summit, north of the highway, and under a basalt flow lies Toquima Cave. Red, white, and yellow aboriginal drawings (pictographs) decorate its walls.
Usually located near springs, as here, and on migratory big game trails, painted or pecked petroglyphs are associated with the food gathering localities of Nevada's prehistoric inhabitants.
There are no known specific meanings attached to the particular design elements. Presumably, these people created the designs as ritual . . . — Map (db m62126) HM|
|New Mexico (San Juan County), Aztec — "For the Enlightenment of the Nation" — Aztec Ruins National Monument|
|Working from his house and publishing through the American Natural History Museum, Earl Morris intrigued the nation with his findings at Aztec Ruins.
In 1923 the site Morris had known since boyhood was preserved as a national monument “for the enlightenment and culture of the nation” by President Warren G. Harding. — Map (db m71078) HM|
|New Mexico (San Juan County), Aztec — Aztec Ruins National Monument|
| Through the collective recognition of the community of nations, expressed within the principles of the convention concerning the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage Aztec Ruins National Monument has been designated an outlier of Chaco Culture National Historical Park World Heritage Site and joins a select list of protected areas around the world whose outstanding natural and cultural resources form the common inheritance of all mankind — Map (db m71077) HM|
|New Mexico (Taos County), Taos — Wheeler Peak — 13,161 Feet Above Sea Level — Highest Point in New Mexico|
|Named in honor of Major George Montague Wheeler (1832-1909) who for ten years led a party of surveyors and Naturalists collecting geologic, biologic, planimetric, and topographic data in New Mexico and six other southwestern states. — Map (db m50743) HM|
|New York (Albany County), Cohoes — The Cohoes Mastodont|
|The Cohoes Mastodont was discovered during the excavation for Harmony Mill #3 in 1866. The mill is sometimes referred to as the "Mastodon Mill" for this reason. When all the bones were recovered, they were kept at the Harmony Mills Office on exhibit, where they were seen by hundreds of people. The discovery was a nationwide sensation, generating considerable press coverage and controversy. In 1867, the skeleton was transferred to state ownership and exhibited in the State Cabinet of Natural . . . — Map (db m41622) HM|
|New York (Chenango County), Norwich — Ruth Benedict — 1887-1948|
Childhood Home of Dr. Ruth Benedict. First Well – Known Woman Anthropologist. Author, Patterns of Culture
Gerorge E. Pataki, Governor — Map (db m93278) HM|
|New York (Kings County), New York — Early North American Colonist Remains|
|Beneath this site lie the remains of seven individuals believed to be early North American born colonists. The remains dated to the late Eighteenth to early Nineteenth Century were discovered approximately 100 feet Southwest of here during underground utility work in June 1994. Following archaeological study, the remains were reinterred December 12, 1995. — Map (db m24331) HM|
|New York (Monroe County), Greece — Long Pond Site|
|An Iroquois group camped here around 1400 A.D. Ash beds excavated in 1912 yielded artifacts of bone, stone and pottery. County of Monroe, 1961. — Map (db m77156) HM|
|New York (Niagara County), Lewiston — Lower Landing Archeological District — National Historic Landmark|
has been designated a
National Historic Landmark
This site possesses national significance
in commemorating the history of the
United States of America
The archeological remains of Joncaire's Trading
Post (1719-1741) and other archeological resources
document inter-cultural relations at this key
point within the colonial Niagara Historic District.
National Park Service
United States . . . — Map (db m66332) HM|
|New York (Onondaga County), Cardiff — Cardiff Giant|
|Disinterred near this village on Oct. 16, 1869. Represented as a petrified prehistoric man, it was subsequently proved a hoax. — Map (db m40055) HM|
|New York (Onondaga County), Cardiff — The Cardiff Giant|
October 16, 1869.
It was proved a hoax,
one of the greatest public
deceptions in American history. — Map (db m40056) HM|
|New York (Orleans County), Carlton — Fishing Camp — A Prehistoric Destination — Maritime Heritage|
| Fishing For Food, Not Fun! For more than 800 years the opposite bank was the scene of bustling spring and summer activity by Native Americans. Fish were netted from Oak Orchard River, and processed over firepits and drying racks. The fish prepared at this work site were taken back to the more permanent living sites on higher ground. Today's fishing is primarily a recreational pursuit, and though many of the same species can be caught, other large game fish have been introduced. The . . . — Map (db m82703) HM|
|North Carolina (Alamance County), Burlington — G 33 — Trading Path|
|Colonial trading route, dating from 17th century, from Petersburg, Virginia, to Catawba and Waxhaw Indians in Carolina, passed nearby. — Map (db m28700) HM|
|North Carolina (Alamance County), Mebane — G 34 — Trading Path|
|Colonial trading route, dating from 17th century, from Petersburg, Virginia, to the Catawba and Waxhaw Indians in Carolina, passed nearby. — Map (db m28822) HM|
|North Carolina (Haywood County), Canton — P 83 — Garden Creek|
|Cherokee villages and mounds 1/3 mile west a key site for archaeologists. Occupied from 8000 B.C. to 1600s A.D. — Map (db m75502) HM|
|North Carolina (Macon County), Franklin — Q-9 — Nikwasi|
|This mound marks site of old Cherokee town, Nikwasi. A council of Sir Alexander Cuming with the Indians here lead to a treaty, 1730. — Map (db m3261) HM|
|North Carolina (Macon County), Franklin — Nikwasi Mound — Cherokee Heritage Trails|
|You are standing on land that has been part of a town for about three thousand years. This mound was the spiritual, political, and physical center of the Cherokee town of Nikwasi. A council house or town house on top of the mound held the sacred fire, and everyone gathered there to hear news, make decisions, dance, and participate in ceremonies. Surrounding the mound were about one hundred houses, a field for playing stickball, and a dance ground, as well as hundreds of acres of crops, . . . — Map (db m75523) HM|
|North Carolina (Montgomery County), Mount Gilead — Burial Huts at Town Creek|
|You are standing in a reconstruction of a burial hut built in this location over six hundred years ago. Its size and shape are based on evidence gained through scientific archaeological excavation. The outer walls are made of upright posts covered with wattle and daub. The roof is made of poles lashed together and covered with straw thatching on the outside and river cane on the inside. A small central hearth provides light and warmth for visitors to the burial hut. Similar structures, perhaps . . . — Map (db m37203) HM|
|North Carolina (Montgomery County), Mount Gilead — Preservation and the Archaeological Record|
|Organic materials, including the human body, decompose when buried in the ground. Clothing made of animal skins or hides does not survive after many years of burial. Likewise, most pigments used to paint the body do not survive. Foodstuffs placed in ceramic pots, gourd containers, or shell cups, also disappear except for microscopic or chemical evidence. Therefore while archaeologists are extremely careful to recover all traces of organic materials, interpretation of these burial practices is based largely on tradition and historical research. — Map (db m37214) HM|
|North Carolina (Montgomery County), Mount Gilead — Town Creek Indian Mound|
|Has been designed a
Under the provisions of the
Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935
This site possesses exceptional value
In commemorating and illustrating
The history of the United States
U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
1964 — Map (db m37201) HM|