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Figure 6.39. Three principal medicine wheels: (a) Majorville, Alberta. Air photo, courtesy J. Calder. (b) Ground photo, courtesy Tom Head. (c) Moose Mountain in Saskatchewan on the morning of June 21, 1978. Although impressive in appearance, the photo indicates that the expected alignment was not seen, according to Rodger, leading to doubts about the purpose of the monument. Photo, courtesy David Rodger. (d) Big Horn, Wyoming, view from Cairn A. Principal cairns and directions are marked. (e) Big Horn view from Cairn C. The foreground fence posts indicate, from the left, respectively, (1) cairns D (near) and E (far); (2) F; (3) A; and (4) B. Big Horn photos courtesy, Sharon Hanna.

spoke that ends at the central cairn and through the center of the cairn points directly to summer solstice sunrise. The three lines of sight from the northwestern outlier suggest stellar alignments: The most obvious is that along the spoke, which again crosses the ring to terminate at the central cairn, and through the cairn's center. The alignment is to the rise point of the star Sirius, which Eddy indicates is correct over a large range of dates. A line from the NW outlier through an outlier to the NNE aligns with the rise of Aldebaran, a Tau at ~1 a.d. or somewhat earlier, and a line through the eastern cairn points to Rigel for a later date. These alignments are found more convincingly at the Big Horn site. Ovenden and Rodger (1978) argue that the alignments are not convincing and that the monument was constructed for other purposes.

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