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Science in Ancient Artwork

PAKAL, THE MAYA ASTRONAUT:
A STUDY OF ANCIENT SPACE TRAVEL

by Charles William Johnson

PART: I


The Spacecraft's Elements

In order to visualize the concept of movement within the sculpture of Pakal in a systematic manner, let us break the image down into its distinct elements. For now we shall examine the constituent parts of the spacecraft, saving a more detailed analysis of the remaining elements for a later essay. Therefore, let us examine: 1) the housing or base of the spacecraft; 2) the spacecraft's motor section; 3) the cross or canopy of the spacecraft or space module; and 4) what is commonly referred to as "the bird" that sits atop the entire figure.

THE ELEMENTS OF PAKAL'S SPACECRAFT

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As the above illustrations show, once the spacecraft is viewed in a sectional manner, each particular element appears to reflect its own logic of design. Each element seems to serve a specific purpose. Let us examine then, these distinct elements from the perspective of mechanical engineering, which might suggest specific functions for each particular element.

By examining the detailed sections and parts of the spacecraft, a rather obvious idea comes into view: that there are pivotal points and joints within the structure; especially regarding the housing. Such an idea suggests that the different elements represented therein may be revolved along specific axes. Let us offer an illustration of the particular parts of the housing structure that evoke unions or joints, points at which the elements may be unfolded or rotated.

PIVOTAL JOINTS WITHIN THE HOUSING'S WALLS/ARMS
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1995-2009 Copyrighted by Charles William Johnson

1995-2009 Copyrighted by Charles William Johnson


Pakal: The Maya Astronaut
Part I

Pakal: A Comment

"Pakal, The Ancient Astronaut:
Paleoanimation of the Sculpture of the Maya at Palenque
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