. . . from The Americas Revealed
It’s a fortified hilltop town, overlooking the Ohio River, with sophisticated stone architecture and enormous storage capacity for rainwater. Popularly known in Indiana as “The Devil’s Backbone,” this massive town site has never been excavated by professional archaeologists. In 2010, Indiana documentary film-maker, Jon Haskell, thoroughly explored and filled the limestone mesa. He also sketched and measured several of the stone structures. He did not enter the cavern inside the mesa, however, whose rectangular entrance is at the top . . . too many snakes!
In 2011, Jon retained me to study the town site with remote sensing techniques. Utilizing Google Earth and his measurements, I was able to create an accurate three dimensional, digital, architectural model of the site. Although also popularly known as “Prince Madoc’s Castle,” it was obvious to me that this was indigenous American architecture. It had many structural details, typical of Peru. Being that Moche style pottery has been found in the alluvial soil at that base of the mesa, I feel comfortable in labeling it a town built by immigrnts from Peru. The Moche Civilization collapsed around 700 AD.
All rainwater and melted snow that fell on the town was conducted to the cisterns via a stone-lined channel.
French Christmas Carol
Vivi D’Abundance recorded this famous carol as a Christmas gift for me in December 1992. By that time, she had been away from the entertainment industry for two years, but still loved folk music and carols. When we reconnected via LinkedIn, the cassette of this song had been worn out a long time, but she sent me a digital copy in 2020. I am sure that you will enjoy it.