Stellar Geography
       
     In the last several decades research across many disciplines has begun to raise academic
estimation of the technological, intellectual and spiritual stature of ancient humanity. In Stellar
Geography we shall try and add a little more to the weight of evidence calling for a new model,
and in so doing will challenge many established mainstream views. Publication of controversial
of ideas has always been fraught with peril of one sort or another; even more than a few
credentialed and esteemed scholars have suffered undeserved personal and-or professional
disgrace and destruction in the shameful kangaroo courts of their peers.

     That mess aside, we feel it is now time, after a mere twenty-five years of hesitation and
waffling, to boldly place our meager findings before the interested public; on one hand out of a
sense of intellectual duty, on the other out of the desire to attract wider investigative interest  -
perhaps enough ('Many hands make the work light') to determine beyond doubt whether or not
the central argument or premise of Stellar Geography is valid. Even so and either way... does
it really matter?

     Among other things, Stellar Geography proposes:

  • That most, if not all, of the familiar images of the ancient constellations are, in fact,
    images of large scale geographic features of the terrestrial sphere systematically
    projected onto the visible stars of the celestial sphere.

  • That such an undertaking presupposes accurate global surveys of both sky and earth.

  • That since many ancient constellations can be traced to the very beginning of the historic
    period, initial surveys of earth and sky that allowed projection of the former onto the latter
    must have been accomplished in the prehistoric era.

  • And that, therefore, the ancient map of the celestial sphere has all along (from prehistoric
    origination to present day) contained and concealed, within the images of the
    constellations, a full blown map of the earth, a world map possibly comparable to those of
    any modern atlas.

     If these few propositions are shown to be the case, then our ancestors must be accorded a
scientific and psychological sophistication comparable to or surpassing our own, an accord
that would contradict long standing assumptions stipulating, in principle, a rather primitive level
of prehistoric science, technology and culture in general. Conventional models based upon
such unwarranted and clearly biased assumptions would be seriously challenged and their
fundamental modification if not abandonment would be demanded.  Eventual reexamination,
redefinition and reinterpretation of currently accepted  assumptions, evidence and conclusions
would be unavoidable. Such a massive fracturing of currently accepted doctrine would
necessitate academic retrenchment on a scale costing fortunes in 'face’ – a cost that,
historically, tenured opinion has been unwilling to pay until all other options have been
exhausted.

       We cannot claim that all forty-eight constellations can be paired with corresponding
geographic features, but a great majority can - a percentage that seemingly rules out the
possibility of chance occurrence. Indeed, on purely statistical grounds, the apparent
systematic pairing of so many earth-sky images demonstrated in this manuscript strongly
challenges established notions as to the limits of scientific and technical capabilities in the
prehistoric era, and makes a compelling case for the existence of a vast and sophisticated
Paleo-science and technology, one that needs only to be recognized... and retrieved.

     The first three chapters of Stellar Geography briefly discuss general considerations of the
terrestrial and celestial spheres, and the specific alignment of the two that enables recognition
of terrestrial geography as the source of celestial iconography. They provide the context
necessary for readers, while perusing the images and related materials, to form their own
judgments as to whether or not the images of the constellations are, in fact, systematic
projections of large scale geographic features (or rather, symbolic images of them) onto the  
stars of the celestial sphere.

     But at bottom, Stellar Geography is a picture book, a book of paired or corresponding
images - those of the constellations with the geographic features those images represent; its
principle message lies not in argument but in its images. The similitude between pairs is self-
evident to sight and common sense. Quite simply, they stand on their own, mute, utterly
without need of rational support or argument of any kind, simply 'facts on the ground'
impervious to the machinations of reason and logic, science and mathematics, 'expert'
proclamations. Familiar (the 'usual suspects') conceptual tools (weapons) cannot contradict or
disprove what one can plainly see. But neither can they support or prove true the premise that
terrestrial geography is the source celestial iconography; for this we must wait until definitive
evidence is found, if ever, and the brilliance of other minds.

      Mean time we have only the images to rely on, and it is hoped that the reader will not
allow the constant noise of superfluous rationalization to intrude on their silent and wordless
argument, their resonance in the eye of the mind. It is still a truism that 'a picture is worth a
thousand words.'  

    
           
Preface
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