Augh. Around two weeks before the end of 1995, SunSITE had a variety of system
and hardware failures. The system was more or less down for those two weeks.
The upshot being that nearly everything done after the middle of October is gone.
While not a lot of messages were posted to the ArchaeoSETI message board during
this time, nearly 90% of my notes being used to create Part 2 of the "experiment"
I'm sorry to say that ArchaeoSETI is dead. This was way too much of a blow.
I apologize sincerely to all those involved.
As a token, here's the story behind the Part 1 artifacts:
There was a lot more, of course. Much of the story would have been discovered by the
translation of a wall of pictographs. Anyway, thanks for playing along with us, and
perhaps you enjoyed it while it lasted.
- The objects are only a few hundred years old.
- An alien race, exploring our star system, "crashed" on Mars about six hundred years ago.
- They created a society by ransacking their vehicle.
- At this time, water was to be found sparsely about Mars (underground). But it could
indeed be found by some minor digging.
- The "Cylinder" artifact was a religious artifact that was buried above wells that had gone
dry (or dry enough to make any further extraction impractical). The cylinder's dimensions
were the same ratio as the mass of the oxygen component of a water molecule to the mass of the
hydrogen component. The cylinder was filled with water before being sealed. The water froze
and expanded. The excess ice was removed and the cylinder was sealed with a microfine weld line
(which further tests would have revealed).
- The "Cone" artifacts surrounding the cylinder were placed before the cylinder, when the well
was still active. They are merely property-line markers for the well. As noted by others, the angle
was the same as that of the bonds in water molecules.
- Other wells like this would be found at various sites around Mars.
- The aliens found the wells drying up as the underground resevoirs around Mars were
diminishing rapidly (naturally, and not from overuse).
- The last alien ("Martian"?) died 180 years ago.
- The aliens were autotrophs.