274[sacredlandscapelist] Re: Gematria
- May 14, 1999Barry Carroll wrote:
>speaking of mounds and all, there is a small local brouhaha right here
> next week after i finish with the dentist, i'm going to duck out and go
> see mounds
> in louisiana/mississippi for 4 days. i plan to take a video camera. that
> way if anyone wants to
> see these places, we can pass the tape around.
> along those lines, i dream of going to Yucatan on one of those $300 package
> deals that fly out of Houston,
> so as to see that serpent shadow at Chichen Itza .
> then there are the Newark Mound Circles in Ohio...
in the Bay Area, Emeryville to be precise. A short distance from my home
is the site of the old Emeryville shellmound - I mentioned it in passing
here some time ago. It once measured something like 60 feet high, 300
feet long, with a large flat top. It is attributed to the Ohlone, the
local native residents of this area at the time of European invasion,
but it was not in use by the locals, so who's to know who really built
it. As I mentioned before, it was one of some 400 some known mounds to
ring the Bay, but was certainly to largest. It's located on the banks of
Anyway...after being used as a platform for an amusement park around the
turn of the century it was eventually bulldozed. Anthropologists from UC
Berkeley barely had a chance to survey the contents. Well, Emeryville is
rapidly shedding its industrial identity and has become a mecca for
malls, high tech and bio tech companies, condo's, upscale lofts, etc.
There is a large (upscale) furniture outlet coming to the old Sherwin
Williams paint factory site. Turns out it is smack dab on the old mound
site. When excavation started turning up bnes - lots of bones - work was
halted. Seems that a single Ohlone representative was consulted who
promptly gave permission for the construction work to proceed, damn the
anthropologists...beter to have the bones of ancestors crunched by
machines than be picked over and stored by post-docs and intellectuals.
As of right now, I have not seen the crews continue work, but at the
same time I do not hold much hope that anything more will be saved.
It sends through me echoes of spirits and paths once walked over the
land I now call my home.
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