The clustering of hundreds of monumental inscriptions mounted on huge poles along both sides of a highway was quite common. Each inscription represented a different religious sect or point of view and was placed as near as possible to heaven the traditional home of the North American gods. The level of spiritual rivalry becomes dramatically clear when we realize that shortly before the catastrophe some of the inscriptions reached heights of close to one hundred feed above the highway. Von Hooligan claims, and convincingly so, that these tremendous heights prove that the stripes were in fact designed to be used by airborne vehicles.
I love getting students to read and interpret what has been interpreted by archaeologists from the year 4022. I use this lesson to introduce a few concepts: archaeology as a discipline of incomplete information, for one, and how to write and give your reader the chance to infer. Students will begin writing a similar description of an item from their room. They will add detail but also strike that balance of omitting detail to cause wonder and mystery in the reader's mind.
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