For us humans, inhaling with a deep breath is taken for granted by most of us, most of the time. When we start our car, most of us don’t even consider for a second that the car pollutes the same air that we breathe. Yet, three minutes without air is enough to cause death. This essential air is provided to us by the Earth, a precious gift.
If we had to pay only one single cent for every breath that we take we wouldn’t be so careless with it. We would be much more careful with the product that we “purchase”. But because it is free, we ignore it, take it for granted, and readily pollute it. We waste our environment while making profits a priority. This thoughtless habit probably leaves many traces that future civilizations might be wondering about.
All life on Earth is so intimately connected that it doesn’t stop only at breathing. The connections that life has with our planet leaves many traces and some of these we are not even aware of. For example, consider tree rings. Tree rings leave markers of past climate changes that are another form of entanglement with our planet. Tree rings are also used to calibrate the 14C curves, the technique that archaeologists like to use to estimate the age of ancient structures.
Homo sapiens Oriented themselves to Ancient Cardinal Systems
Humans, for example, appear to massively orient their major structures to the Cardinals. The Cardinals are the four wind directions. Climate change is recorded as varying thicknesses of tree rings, showing the slowly changing cardinal directions. If you have read the contents on this website you will know what we are talking about.
It is not overrated to say that Humans and Earth are entangled, every split second. We depend on the Earth for our very survival and it does not end there. We are much more entangled than most of us realize. And this entanglement goes much further back in time than just a few thousand years. It goes back a few hundred thousand years and beyond.
As we have proven, Homo sapiens has been around for more than 420,000 years and they left many traces of which structure orientation is one of the most powerful tools that we have discovered so far. It appears that Homo sapiens have been building impressive structures right from the start, and that is much, much longer ago than archaeologists claim.
Have you ever been on the search for a new house? You don’t just scan the surrounding for its ‘habitability’ and the distance between this house to your work and back. If you take your search seriously, most of us will also consider the orientation of a home, i.e. where are North and South? How is the garden oriented? Where does the sun rise?
City Orientations Around the World
During our research, we discovered many things regarding ancient orientations that are not yet published on our website. One of these examples is that ancient structures have a profound influence on the direct contemporary city planning, road planning, or even the direction of agricultural plots.
We have found many examples in all countries around the world that the orientation of ancient sites has influenced contemporary spatial planning, i.e. the spatial planning was influenced by the choices that ancient cultures have made many millennia ago. Most people are completely unaware of this fact.
The reason why agricultural plots or roads are running in a seemingly arbitrary direction is caused by the fact that way back in time, ancient civilizations chose to orient their structures cardinally. But their former cardinal directions were different from what ours is today; at that time, their geographic pole was on Greenland. Our daily lives are not only intimately entangled with Earth’s history, but they are also intimately entangled with Humanity’s ancient past.
Most experts believe that the best way to orient garden rows in the Northern hemisphere is north to south. This gives the most sun exposure and allows for ample air circulation. When crops are planted east to west, the rows tend to shade each other.
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How Orientation of Ancient Pyramids Influence Spatial Planning
Ancient Orientations in Mexico
When we look around in Mexico we see the same thing happening but in most cases in the other direction, the clockwise orientation. Ancient sites of long-lost civilizations still influence the cities’ orientations. When we broaden our radius from the ancient site we see that the cities’ orientations slowly start to diffuse into chaotic patterns or adapt to another ancient site or geographic feature.
While scientists have never looked into this phenomenon, as we have done, it shows clearly a relation between ancient orientations and contemporary city planning.
How the Orientation of an Ancient Pyramid can Influence City Planning
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Americans Are Cardinally Very Aware
When we look at the young American culture, we see that they are hardly influenced by ancient orientations. Most of their roads, plots, borderlines, and cities are cardinally oriented. It is logical that, when the first settlers came to America, they were very aware of North-East-South-West. The only rational thing to do is to build a cardinally-oriented country, build a grid, a matrix of roads, plots, and cities that all follow the only logical orientation open to their choice: a cardinally-oriented grid.
It is not a matter of taste whether this way of planning is aesthetic – it is above all rationale – it makes it easy to navigate through a very large country.
Planning in non-cardinal directions, when there are no obstacles in your way, is a very irrational thing to do. In fact, this is what you see in cities like Charlotte where cognitive navigation through the city does not work because the city plan looks more like spaghetti.
If you plan to build a road North-South or East-West, and there are no geographical obstacles, why would you then direct this road in an arbitrary, non-cardinal direction? The only logical reason could be the shortest distance between two cities, as the crow flies. Of course, when a compass was used, the compass direction could have deviated a bit from the cardinal directions due to the wandering magnetic pole, but this is relatively easy to track by following the route the magnetic pole has followed over the centuries.
Most American Cities Are Cardinally Oriented
Many Agricultural Plots in India and Pakistan Are Cardinally Oriented
Many of the agricultural plots in the Midwest of the US are laid out in a strict cardinal grid. The same level of organization is also visible in the Northern regions of India like Haryana and Punjab and the Northeastern region of Pakistan where the agricultural plots and street grid across the country show an extraordinarily high level of cardinal orientation.
Although their cities are often messy in their grid orientation, provinces are neatly organized. That sounds quite logical when nothing in these regions obstructs a cardinal planning.
We have discovered that the ancient Indus Valley Civilization around Harappa left many ruins that are cardinally oriented while the deeper excavated ruins are oriented towards the more ancient geographic poles, like pole II. Pole II has been stable between 130,000 and 155,000 years ago. The deeper excavated part of Harappa is much older than anyone ever imagined. This civilization’s high degree of cardinal awareness prompted them to reoriented their plots and structures when the crust deformed over the millennia. Here again, we find a clear pattern – the deeper you excavate, the more counterclockwise the structures are oriented.
The entanglement between Humans and the Earth left many traces and the more we become aware of this, the easier it becomes to make new discoveries regarding our true ancient history. Homo sapiens has left many traces throughout their whole existence.
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