“I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, [even] my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.”
Would the early Indian settlers in North America have been able to understand modern twentieth-century America? Beneath the peat deposits of Windover Pond in Titusville, Florida, scientists are finding the bodies and possessions of Indians who lived in Florida thousands of years ago.
The bones of almost 100 individuals have been found buried in the peat at the deepest part of the pond. Each was buried in a near-fetal position, with feet toward the east and head toward the west. Each body lay on its left side, facing north. Children were buried with tools and jewelry. To the surprise of scientists, each burial shows clear evidence of ritual and knowledge of the compass points. Textiles found at the site convinced scientists that this ancient society was much more advanced than they had ever expected.
Scientists also marveled at the discovery of a young person who had a crippling spine disorder. The fact that the child lived 15 or more years illustrated that this was not a survival-of-the-fittest type of society.
We who know that the Creator made man fully human from the start are not surprised to see the same humanity in ancient man as we know today. These people would have watched the space shuttle fly off into space with a universal human curiosity and desire to know more about the new frontier of space. Man has always been man because we were made that way by our Creator.
Dear Lord, I thank You that I was created by Your action and that I was saved from the consequences of my sin by Your suffering, death and resurrection. Help me to live as You would have me to live. Amen.
Michael Connelly. 1986. “Raiders of the Black Hole.” Sunshine (Fort Lauderdale, FL), Dec. 21, pp. 7-11. Photo: Titusville was a popular spot to watch space shuttle launches. Photographer: Yeti Hunter and licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. For more information about the Windover Archaeological Site, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windover_Archaeological_Site.