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C.S Rafinesque and Rockwall

 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 11:02 am    Post subject: C.S Rafinesque and Rockwall Reply with quote

Mike White at Precolumbian_Inscriptions at yahoo groups has posted intriguing reproductions of Rafinesque's index of ancient sites from 1824. In the last table is a reference to a six foot teocali at the headwaters of the Sabine River, which is in the very southeast corner of Rockwall County. Following that is mention of a "structure"(I can't make out the exact word in the reproduced page) on the Trinity. As the buried wall were not discovered until 1851 this is most intriguing. In 1824 Austin's Colony had barely made it to Texas but the Custis Expedition to survey the Red River was around 1816 and prior information was relayed to Thomas Jefferson by various Americans living in Spanish Texas. This seems like a good line of research to follow as there is an important sacred site in Rockwall which I'm bound by confidentiality not to discuss. Likewise Dave Moore and I have received rumors of other walls east of Rockwall which may have some relation to Rafinesque's reference. Rafinesque was a professor at the Transylvania University in Kentucky and he has been the subject of much skepticism because of his numerous references to anomalies found in ancient mounds in Kentucky and Tennessee. Likewise writing from the period that he did, his material is automatically considered spurious because of early misconceptions of who the Moundbuilders were.
Additionally, here is a very useful database which covers a variety of subjects dealing with meteor impacts and the effects on climate and society. Since these relate peripherally to Rockwall I will include it here.
http://abob.libs.uga.edu/bobk/cbaymenu.html
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2005 10:19 am    Post subject: The Missing Word Reply with quote

The word I could not make out was "mound" which is somwhat disappointing because at least 11 Caddoan mounds are known in Rockwall County. The teocalli is a round monument found in such places as Teayo Mexico. Rafinesque also mentions a buried brick wall in Pulaski, Tennessee but I have not found more information yet on this. Some of you may know of the Chattata Wall in Tennessee which was covered with strange symbols and peculiar animals resembling kangaroos. It was also surmounted with a low above ground wall with capstones which sounds very much like the early descriptions of the aboveground features found by early settlers at Rockwall. Like Rockwall, the Chattata Wall is dismissed as a natural feature by geologists. However, I think it would be a worthwhile project to start adding all these anomalous buried features to our data base so that perhaps some of our members could do some onsite investigation to note related features. It seems to me we are on the threshold of a breakthrough.
As a side note, Alan Skinner, who directed the TAS Fieldschool dig at the Stallings Ranch this summer found what he thinks is a PreClovis core and blade on the North Sulphur River. He also found a 17000 year old gravel strata and paleosol that looks very promising with regard to the discovery of PreClovis campsites on the North Sulphur.
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