Noggle Juggling and Masto CogglingClovis Juggling and Mammi CogglingJule Juggling and Ele Coggling

From time to time I tell my students this agglutinant folkstory:

As inconceivable as it may seem archaeological evidence did not support the notion that Homo erectus had actually domesticated the ancient elephant ( mammoth and mastodon ) during the 800,000 years before 1,000,000 years ago.

In fact, it took people near 400,000 years to learn to ride these great waggling animals.

Memory or not the elephant had some role in learning as well.

Other animals jiggled too much for these people.

But for an explorer joggling to an elephant then herding the rest while your people moved from place to place was a vital part of early probing nomadic life.

Later ( 100,000 to 5,000 years ago) the ivory was good in trade for any food or needed materials.

We know how some kings smuggled then made lavish use of ivory in their palace decorations and personal ornaments.

Ivory was sought out not only for decoration and tools but also religious ornaments.

This pushes our thoughts ahead of what these early nomadic people (erectus) passed down to later people (sapiens^2) and the role of the elephant or more accurately mastodon.

For one, the elephant was a walking - working portable banquet that early riders could take from Africa to Georgia (Russian Federation), to Pakistan, to China, England, Wales, Australia and ultimately over half way around the earth later.

Migrations of other mammals may look like the work of good environmental conditions and chance but just as Sapiens followed the wonder lust of the newly coggled erectus so also the herded and flocked gaggles and hordes of other animals.

Well more can be made of this plausible conjecture but to the point that from the coordinates N32.006, E45.367 degrees by a path across the Bering Strait through North America to coordinates N38.661, W90.062 degrees people and elephants did go.

Certainly they arrived circa 20,000 to 16,000 years ago as Clovis and Mastodon snuggled in with a bag of magic all of their own.

Enough small round cobblestone ( also called coggle ) existed to record the trip for they had covered almost exactly 135 degrees of longitude the hard way.

The bedraggled Clovis and Mastodon had to take the 360 - 135 = 225 degree trip instead.

We wonder how earth distances measured up in those days.

Draggling 5/8 of the distance around the earth rather than 3/8 from the Euphretes - Tigris Old Testament "Garden of Eden" before it was so by maybe 5 to 4,000 years.

Clovis missed the haggling of those early tribes and other people.

He and his band and herds seemed to hold the adventure of exploration above family hornswaggling to boldly go where no erectus had gone before.

Sure Clovis had to put a mastodon to rest once in a while for food but with his tribe there was no hoity-toity raggle-taggle fiddle-faddle, just an assumed spirit of an adventuresome people.

How people and elephants crossed the Baring Straits roaming down through the North American Continent hitting the upper ice free tributaries of the Mississippi River is lost for lack of a squiggled record.

As the case may be, Clovis likely had Noggle build an ark type barge for a few dozen people and they then floated on ahead down the Mississippi tributaries into what is now central United States of America.

Noggle assured Clovis that Clovis would recognize the place they would meet as Clovis followed the rivers' bank with the main band.

Clovis was not a boondoggler.

He made arrangements for other hombrč with the skills of Noggle to wonder off in different directions with parts of the herd and people to make other camps.

Noggle was rightious about placing a marker on the river bottom land for Clovis.

Maybe locating it near a sniggling hole or a place in the river where fish akin to European riggle were found.

Both eel and fish surfaced wiggling on those ivory spear points or fish hooks out of guggling water.

Whatever the case, around the joining of the four major Rivers (Illinois, Missouri, Meramec and above the Ohio) to the Mississippi River early Homo marked a settlement.

Noggle had found a few ranging scraggly mammoths that his people trained and with mammoth help they struggled to mark a position with a large stone but gave up and just used dirt.

Without niggling they mounded earth to mark their newest village.

As mentioned earler, record of the trip via coggles and some squiggling made it easy for Noggle's superior navigational talent to place this mounded earth.

He got it right - one forth the earth's longitudional distance (90 degrees) from what is now called Greenwich, England.

Greenwich, England, being a zero reference point doubtlessly set by Jule's forefather more than 392,699 years before Jule met Noggle.

Noggle realized joining of these 4 large rivers to the Mississippi was located one forth the earth's longitudional distance around from Greenwich, England.

The tallest mound being the one where the monkey leaders, {:=Q]     ah   excuse me,   the key monk leaders hung out waiting for Clovis.

Clovis arrived with no stragglers then settled the area and eventually their mastodon heard was consumed for lunch or simply died with a joggle.

Covis buried dead elephants near by on a western bank of the Mississippi down toward the Ohio river, near the present town of Kimmswick, Missouri not far from the Meramec River.

As proof that mastodon extinction is nothing to giggle about, today this area is marked as a state park.

While drinking a soda without an antiguggler, you probably heard about Mastodon State Historical Site in Missouri just west of Kimmswick, Missouri, or the Kimmswick Bone Bed.

Descendants of Noggle and Clovis repopulated the same region a little over 1,200 years ago and managed to keep a thriving game playing community till around 1300 A.D.

This parable has a Chronology For Fable 1 to help you goggle an apologue's time scale.

Boggled as you may be by this archaeological legend, you may be sure that this author has not brought the greatest question into discussion yet.

"What question is that?" you higgle.

Let me toggle it out of my computer right now!

"Did Jule, Noggle or Clovis juggle while riding a mastodon?" echoes the ringing quest left to archaeological discovery.

We know sapiens^2 juggled as long ago as circa 2,000 B.C. from Egyptian tomb juggling hieroglyphics and Old Testament festival information.


Jule Juggling and Ele CogglingClovis Is Juggling while Masto Is CogglingNoggle Juggling and Masto Coggling

Folks we know are certain Clovis had that pleasure!

Of course, being a folktale of mythology ca. 1988, my Monks Mound story seems pretty hokey.

I wonder   -   is that how "CAHOKIA" got its name?

Maybe you have heard of Cahokia Mounds State Historical Park in Illinois.

Try a Monks Mound math project.

OK ,   Enough hokum for one day but you are right, I had a time wriggling this hokum-pokum higgledy-piggledy agglomeration out and now resist any "mashackering and misguggling" on your part.

Juggling Ele

Addendum: The game playing culture waggled 7 miles west and 600 years later across the Mississippi River, which we still broggle, to play in fields just under another mammoth marker, the Gateway Arch, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Jule Juggling and Ele Coggling

This myth cast in archaeology was fun but I was unable to get a "diggle" out of Tuggle, Virginia (location is 37°18'21"N, 78°29'20"W) or from any dictionary.

Your responce to: "DID CLOVIS JUGGLE ON A MASTODON???"
So ends WT's Mammoth Math And Juggling Fable 1.

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William V. Thayer, PedLog


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