...big trees... and the clean-up took months revealing some curious and (surprisingly) decorated stones from structural and megalithic to about fist-sized intricately detailed pieces.
Three trees fell in 2016 and upon cleaning up the mess, the topsoil washed away to reveal this structure. What's more, it was covered in artistic motifs including imagery that appeared only from a certain point of view. Other curious characteristics presented themselves routinely.
This was found still in reasonably good condition near the base of one of the fallen trees about 18" beneath topsoil.
An unexpected sight at the Red Mule Ranch. The scroll work and the repetition was obviously no natural accident, nor was it the result of randomly flowing materials that somehow coalesced. This is stone artwork, it likely pertains to the ancients, and its presence here is inexplicable by garden variety archaeology. More importantly, it's not alone.
This altar stone was unearthed in La Venta, Mexico. La Venta was home to one of the known Proto-Mayan civilizations thought to arrive around 1200 BC.
Side by side, one can clearly see the motifs follow a consistent pattern. More examples of this pattern can be seen in the gallery above.
Combined with the evidence seen in Jackson and elsewhere in Northern California. It is undeniably time to reconsider the archaeology we have accepted and take a closer, more objective look.
Calico Stone #1
The Obligatory got its name from the fact that one felt obliged to take photos of the detail work that slowly became apparent as it was cleaned up. This inspired hundreds of photos to be taken by more than a few cameras. Only a portion of this stonework was uncovered, as it finally disappeared into the mountain at too sharp an angle to safely dig out. Also the stones had clearly been heavily worn and were susceptible to the elements after many years being covered by sand, dirt, and perhaps salt water. It seemed wrong to not reveal this when it seems so out of place and inconsistent with conventional understanding of California history. While standing near The Obligatory, one can get a real rush being in close proximity to the activity that caused it to exist - the Creators Art. Clearly a lot of care was taken with these projects (microcosm and macrocosm).
Although it took two years to partially clean up a corner of it and burn off all the dry grass and fuel for forest fires, it only took about six months for it to return to a somewhat natural looking hillside covered in dry dead grass and weeds... lots of weeds.
So far there have been at least a dozen tablet (whole or part) pieces found. They are orange/brown in color and usually around 2 inches thick. Most haven't apparently been used to inscribe anything visible, but some have corners decorated like the ones above. Because the primary interest is in preservation, they will not be dug up for further analysis. The photo gallery below will show several examples of these little enigmas.
The oldest reserved Mayan codex is the Dresden Codex. Dated (approximately) to the 13th/14th century, it is also the most ancient written document native to the Americas that archaeology has acknowledged.
Many of the glyphs in the Dresden Codex remain to be deciphered, and not much seems to be understood about the Mayan culture to this day. There is, arguably, a stylistic consistency among the various ancient cultures in the hemisphere, Asia, and much within the Ring of Fire.
Of course, art and appreciation of art is uniquely subjective. However, when it comes to style. certain civilizations are fairly identifiable. The art and ruins found here are special and unique as well, yet seem somehow related to ancient art and architectural styles found all over the ancient world (i.e. Gobekli Tepe, Machu Picchu. etc,).
The pyramid complex in Teotihuacan, Mexico is being excavated at present. (link to report)
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2318151/Mystery-glowing-orbs-discovered-Temple-Feathered-Serpent-Mexico.html Recently articles were found decorated with a kind of organic fool's gold. Many items were found on Red Mule that were also decorated with fool's gold and in a very similar manner to items found at Teotihuacan
Not always immediately apparent (though thoroughly prolific), the stones found on the ranch were clearly displaying a stylistically consistent set of patterns. Moreover, some of these patterns were repeating geographically.
For examples of this phenomena, click this link
Observations on Creation
The possibility of ancient expressive art styles in Northern California having a common origin or source with other ancient cultures and civilizations from all over the world is a topic for the ages (and highly debatable), but even casual observation may bring the question to mind.
Back to Amador. There has been academic speculation for some time that would suggest a substantially older civilization existed in Northern California. It may be argued that there is sufficient tangible evidence to support the veracity of this theory. It is one contention that, though worse-for-wear, the proof is all around us.