Throughout human history, as far as there are written records, the red planet has captured the interest of ancient civilizations worldwide. But is there something more to this mysterious planet other than it’s red color and authority in the skies? How much do we know today about Mars? Are governments worldwide telling all the story concerning the red planet? According to NASA reports, Mars is just another “dead” planet in the vast ocean in the skies, so why are they spending billions of dollars exploring and studying it? Throughout history we have been fascinated with the “thundering” red color of Mars in our sky, and civilizations all over the world associated this planet with their gods. In ancient Babylon, Mars was named after Nergal, the god of fire, death, and destruction, the Greeks named Mars after Ares, their god of war. And the Roman civilization payed tribute to Mars, their god of war, but the list does not end here.
We know that the Mayas, Aztec’s and other Ancient American civilizations also payed tribute to Mars. The red planet’s connection to the Mayan calendar is portrayed in The Dresden Codex. This incredible and rare book describes the calendar in relation to the movement of the red planet across the sky.
The image above represents the dragon like creature that was depicted by the Maya as the planet Mars, yet why the Maya held the red planet so highly is something many scholars have been debating. An incredible amount of infromation regarding the Maya and their deep connection to the Red planet can be found in one of the most important ancient texts from the Maya; The Dresden Codex.
The Dresden Codex is one of four remaining books that the Maya wrote and there are different sections of the book that describe different astronomical phenomena and specifically the red planet. There is an almanac near the end of the book, that breaks up days into ten groups of 78 days equaling 780 days, which is the cyanotic period of Mars, which means the time it takes the red planet to get back to the same place in the sky from the human perspective. But why did the Maya give such importance to Mars? The Romans are together with the Maya the most notorious ancient civilizations to give such importance to Mars.
In ancient Rome, Mars was an extremely important planet and God. In 42 BC, the Roman forces of Augustus waged the Battle of Philippi against Marcus Brutus, as Augustus tried to avenge the assassination of Julius Caesar. Augustus pledged to “Mars” the god of war that if he won this battle, he would build a great temple for him. He went on and won the battle and became the great Ceaser Augustus, one of the greatest Roman emperors, and as promised he constructed the temple of Mars. Every time that Rome went into war, the doors of the temple were opened widely, so the Romans gave enormous importance to Mars.
In ancient Babylon Mars was of extreme importance as it was to the Aztecs, Maya and Romans. In many astronomical and religious texsts there is evidence that the planet Mars was identified with the war-god Nergal in ancient Babylon.
In the 17th century, when we had telescopes powerful enough to spot the features of Mars we started to wonder in our heads, “what if there was life on the red planet”? Angelo Secchi, an Italian astronomer was one of the first people to actually suggest that on the surface on Mars there were strange structures, straight lines that resembled constructions on planet Earth, he called these lines “canali” or “channels” More and more people became interested about Mars at that time and ideas were cooked up that Mars actually had intelligent lifeforms just like Earth. But is there a possibility that there is life on the Red Planet?
What is this mysterious block of stone? Is there a possibility that these are the remains of ancient technology? Or is it just another product of mother nature?
The giant rock located at the west shore of Lake Jennings Randolph continues to confound researchers and visitors alike. The enigmatic reticular formation "printed" on the side of the rock is something that has caused debate among researchers and visitors for years. Is it a simple geological oddity, or the residue of ancient technology? According to some researchers, this large piece of stone could have originated 300 million years ago. Those who have seen the rock are baffled by its design and composition. The tangle of geometric patterns is so smooth that it is difficult to even imagine that this is a natural phenomenon.
Lets imagine for a minute that it is not a natural structure, does this mean that its origin is attributed to an ancient civilization that possessed some type of technology unknown to us today? And that its purpose is not just aesthetical? Ufologists who have taken interest in the rock believe that it displays marks caused by the intense radiation left over from the landing of spacecraft in the distant past. Until today, no one knows for sure what he purpose of this structure is, what made it and who made it, thus everyone can venture out and propose a theory trying to explain what this incredible piece of stone is.
Here is where the story of the Waffle rock gets really interesting
In 1930 a small village called Shaw was located in the area of West Virginia, U.S., it's not there any more, instead of the village there is a lake there, Lake Jennings to be precise. The lake wasnt there in the past, it is an artificial lake that was made by the US Army engineers who installed a dam on the Potomac River which flowed through Shaw, thus creating the lake. At Shaw, there was an ancient rock known to the ancient Indians that inhabited the area. It was a sacred rock to them. The actual discovery of the rock was made public in 1984 where it was called "The Waffle rock" due to its curious geometric pattern. This incredible piece of stone was initially buried but was moved from the area during the construction of the Dam.
After its discovery and public awareness, the rock was subject to numerous theories. All kinds of explanations were proposed, ranging from extraterrestrial technology, leftovers from an ancient civilization that inhabited Earth millions of years ago, giant reptile prints and natural geological formation theories. The first analysis of the rock was made by Colonel Martin W. Walsh Jr. who concluded that the Waffle Rock was nothing more than a natural formation. According to Colonel Walsh Jr., sand was deposited by currents and consolidated afterwards in the curious "folds" during the Appalachian orogeny, which occurred some 300 million years ago.
During this enormous alteration, the rock broke into a regular pattern, referred to as "joint" and the curious pattern was "printed" on one side of the rock. Subsequently, quartz mixed with shells in the interstices, producing a mortar that was resistant to atmospheric agents, weather had its final say, as it caused erosion of the rock contained in the interstices, leaving the characteristic waffle-shaped pattern. His hypothesis however, wasnt very convincing to other researchers who believed that there was something more to this rock, something more mysterious and sacred then we could simply not understand.
Other researchers have proposed the idea of magnetic fields contributing to the formation of these curios patterns, where a thunderstorm might have influenced the creation of the waffle shaped design. Snowflakes, for an instant, are created in an electromagnetic field resembling the curios pattern on the "Waffle rock."
If we reject the possibility that the Waffle Rock was created by mother nature in a curious way, what theories are left? Was it the product of an ancient civilization that inhabited the area in the past? Was it part of a device or platform used by otherworldly visitors? according to ancient astronaut theorists, there is a very high possibility that the design of the Waffle rock can be attributed to marks left by the landing of a spaceship.
The truth? Well the truth could be anything at this point, right now we only have a bunch of theories and little answers. The waffle rock will be added to the ist of mysterious artifacts discovered to date. Until we know for certain what this incredibly strange rock is, let us know what you think might have caused these curious patterns.