First, watch this section of the relevant schlockumentary to see what I’m mocking. Using Google Earth, I traced this equator by drawing three straight line segments around the Earth, making sure these segments all connect to each other. Download kmz file of my results here. My results were similar to this. Now, here’s how the actual location of these sites relates to the “equator”. Of course, the makers of the schlockumentary give themselves a 50-km-on-each side leeway. Using that standard, one can make an equator go through any number of sites, ancient or modern.
Easter Island- Set as the beginning point of the equator.
Paracas Drawing-Over 150 km away. Not even close and outside the 50-km-on-each side limits.
The Nazca Tracks-Yes, it does cross a few Nazca tracks, gets within 10 km of the most famous Nazca lines, and gets within a kilometer of the Nazca Fisherman (not mentioned in schlockumentary).
Ollantaytambo- Over 7 km away.
Machu Picchu-Nearly 30 km away.
Cuzco-Over 30 km away.
Sacsayhuaman-Citadel of Cuzco. Over 30 km away.
Paratoari Pyramids-Natural formations. Over 20 km away.
The equator goes through the area of the Brazilian Geoglyphs, which go unmentioned in the schlockumentary.
The equator also gets within 50 km of the mouth of the Amazon, though the schlockumentary makers don’t mention this.
The Mysterious Dogon Lands-Over 600 km away. Not even close and outside the 50 km-on-each side limits.
Also, the Dogon did not know the stars Sirius B and C before any astronomers.
The Tassili n’Ajjer-Yes. This is a natural formation. The equator gets within 50 km of some burial mounds.
The Siwa Oasis and its Zeus Amun temple-Nope. This is a natural formation. It does, however, fall within the 50 km limits, the temple of Amun being over 20 km away.
Great Pyramid of Giza-Set as a point of the equator.
Petra -Does not cross it, but is within 10 km of it.
Ur -Falls outside the 50-km-on each side limits. Not even close.
Persepolis in Iran -Most of it is within 3 km away. Pretty close for what we’ve seen.
Mohenjo Daro in Pakistan -Over 35 km away, but still within the 50-km-on-each-side limits.
Khajuraho in India -Over 15 km away, but still within the 50-km-on-each-side limits.
Pyay in Burma-Over 30 km away, but still within the 50-km-on-each-side limits.
Sukhothai in Thailand-Over 15 km away, but within the 50-km-on-each-side limits.
Angkor Wat-Over 150 km away. Not even close.
Preah Vihear -Over 40 km away, but still within the 50-km-on-each-side limits.
The tally: 6 (Mali, Algeria, Great Pyramid, Nazca Tracks, Tassili n’Ajjer, Easter Island) exact (two by design, the rest not specific locations, but regions), 4 (Angkor Wat, Ur, Dogon lands, and Paracas Drawing) way off, and 13 in the 100-km zone.
Now lessee, using the same standards, how many sites we can connect using the actual equator (at 0 degrees latitude, + or – 50 km).
The Mouth of the Amazon
The Mysterious Congo Lands
The innumerable settlements of West Kenya around Maseno
The Maldives, where the people had nuclear reactors before any physicist thought atoms could be split.
The Manokwari Trough
Kuria Island, where there is an abandoned airport
And the Galapagos, where Darwin saw his finches.
Hm. Goes through only two densely-settled areas (Ecuador and West Kenya), only one of which was densely settled before the colonial era. Unacceptable. For I say unto you that any equator which is meant to confuse the grossly ignorant must pass through a dark red or purple area on this map; the more red or purple, the better. If these red or purple areas overlap with the colored areas on this map, the better still. The southernmost point of your equator must be in that great and uninhabited expanse between Australia and South America, as most of the sites your equator is meant to connect will be in the northern hemisphere.