The Finding of a Paleo-Indian Ceremonial Site Before we met and soon after purchasing our property, Chris took a break from building our home and sat by the creek, where a small still voice said, "this land is important." Later we met and married, believing it was Great Spirit's direct involvement still in our lives. For our wedding blanket ceremony, our friends and family commemorated our joining together, as well as held sacred ceremonies outside. Little did we know then, we were already standing on sacred ground. In May 2010, after meeting with James Warren (Flaming Eagle) Mooney in Utah, Chris said, "I was taken back when Flaming Eagle prophesied that we would reach millions through this church in Virginia. After returning from Utah, Chris set out to create a traditional medicine wheel on our property. It was then that he realized a set of pre-existing concentric rings of rocks. A sacred medicine wheel had apparently already been constructed.
The slideshow above shows the TL date unveiling at the Barns of Rose Hill Community Center in Berryville, VA. Two local families joined the event by displaying artifacts they found on their own properties, emphasizing the rich cultural legacy here.
Due to its location on some of the harshest ground in Northern Virginia, this site laid open like it inhabitants left it. Trees have not grown in the site, the complex is remote, isolated and appears relatively undisturbed other than climate effects. Hranicky immediately recognized it as a Paleo-Indian site. In 2011, with a 5' x 5' excavation, he officially established this as a Paleo-Indian site dating back nearly 12,000 years. Hranicky is calling the people who constructed these old features "Virginia's first engineers."
In the Fall of 2012, local helicopter pilot Jim Webb volunteered to fly us over the complex. As we photographed the area we identified ancient fishing weirs along the Shenandoah River.
Our team started with rock rings, now we have a 2-mile complex with more than 15-above ground features including two sets of right hand pints, day clock and more. With the establishment of the Native American Church of Virginia and discovering this complex, this is the oldest church in continual operation in the world. On April 26, 2014 we officially announced the artifact dating results to our community at the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.
We dedicated our past four years in archeological survey, investigating, analyzing, testing, dating artifacts, alignments, rock art, and features to establish a basis for the extent and level of intelligence that this sacred ceremonial and observation Paleo-Indian site holds. Our vision is to establish this site as a National Monument that will help preserve the remains of a culture that no longer exists, commemorate the contribution of Native American culture and tell a story of a vibrant way of life that continues to contribute to American culture.
The initial name given to the Paleo-Indian ceremonial site is "Spout Run."
"Know that the work we're doing now collectively may not be realized in our life time. It's a goal we're working towards, which will benefit people beyond any of our expectations or imaginations. As a peaceful people we can gather people to one sacred hoop and accomplish good," – Chris Comeswithclouds White.
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