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A Mimbres Image of the 1054 Supernova

Mimbres supernovaRecently an interesting article commemorating July 5, 1054, as The Greatest Fourth of July in American History stated:

"There’s only one place in the world we know of where a picture of the 1054 supernova event was drawn that still survives: in America, by our own compatriots the Mimbres people, as just one example of their fabulous stylized pottery of the 11th Century...."

This article is a fascinating description - from an ancient Mimbreño's point of view - of the supernova event of July 5, 1054. Among many other images, the article includes illustrations of how the sky appeared at the time of the 1054 event.The author concentrates his discussion on one particular Mimbres bowl currently housed in the Weisman Art Museum at at the University of Minnesota.

The article's analysis of the image on the bowl may not be that of a professional, but it is thought-provoking. Our local avocational archaeologists may forgive the author's occasional benign inaccuracies. Please also take lightly the comments thread, which includes remarks from several people unfamiliar with Mimbres archaeology. One innocent wrote,"...Once in a while, a collector might find a Mimbres pottery piece quite cheaply, as the owner might consider the coloring drab, the design crude, and may mistake the kill hole as simple damage...." [Yes, please: let me know when one like that comes up for sale. Please. -webmaster]

Please enjoy this perspective.

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