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Temples in Rubble: The Lure of Sirens
by George Haas
July 2011(Revised December 2016)


The Terra Sirenum region of Mars covers a large section of the southern hemisphere of the planet. It is located just below Valles Marineris towards the western side between 10° to 70° South and 110° to 180° longitudes West.1  The word Terra means land, while the word Sirenum is derived from a collection of three small rocky islands where the Sirens of Greek mythology lived known as Sirenum scopuli. It is there that the Sirens would lure sailors to their deaths.2 Beginning in the spring of 2000 NASA began taking numerous images of this area and in 2012 the MRO HiRISE CTX camera snapped an expansive image of the area (D04_028888_1426_XN_37S195W)3 that exposed the remains of a massive temple complex (Figure 1). With a resolution of 5.1 meters per pixel,4 the images capture a series of highly symmetrical structures with exposed foundations and connective infrastructure.These formations appear to be massive arcologies that have had their upper enclosures blown away.


Figure 1

The Temple Complex (context image)
MOC CTX D04_028888_1426_XN_37S195W (2012)
Notated A-E by the author

Starting with the highly degraded formation resting slightly to the eastern side of the large crater, in the lower left hand corner of the context image (Figure 1), I direct you attention to the formation labeled A. Notice the formations thick triangular A-shape with a large circular impression within its center. Because of its overall A-shape, I have called this formation Temple A (Figure 2). The triangular, A-shape of the formation resembles the Caerlaverock Castle when viewed from above. The triangular, A-shaped castle was built within the southern coast of Scotland in the 13th century5 (Figure 2).


Figure 2

Temple A
Left: Detail MRO CTX D04_028598_1426_XI_37S195W (2012)
Right: Caerlaverock Castle (Scotland)

 The second formation, labeled B in figure 1, is located just above the Temple A in a north eastern direction (Figure 3). The highest resolution image of the formation, 2.81 meters per pixel, was acquired in 2000 with MOC image FHA-01046.6 Notice the symmetry of the structure and its segmented box-like infrastructure. First Temple resembles the Ziggurat design of Sumerian pyramids found in Iraq (Figure 3).


Figure 3

First Temple
Left: Detail MOC FHA-01046 (2000)
Right: Sumerian Ziggurat (Iraq)

Continuing our exploration in a north eastern direction, the next structure we will examine is labeled C in figure 1. The formation has a basic hexagonal-shape with a square extension giving it an overall keyhole-shape (Figure 4). Its basic geometric design follows the modular form often seen in modern hexagonal pod homes (Figure 4).

Figure 4

Hexagonal Keyhole Temple
Left: Detail MRO CTX D04_028598_1426_XI_37S195W (2012)
Right: Hexagonal and square modular home

Just above the Hexagonal Keyhole Temple in a north eastern direction, labeled D in figure 1, is another highly symmetrical structure, that I have called the Star Temple. The structure has a polygonal shape that radiates from rectangular-shaped central mound with four projecting points that traverse around the mound like wings (Figure 5).  The wings act as bastions that form star-pointed corners giving the structure a defensive, military shape.  The bastion design of the Star Temple on Mars can be compared to a star-shaped military structure, built during the colonial times of the United States, like Fort Stanwix located in New York7 (Figure 5).


Figure 5

Star Temple
Left: Detail MRO CTX D04_028598_1426_XI_37S195W (2012)
Right: Fort Stanwix (New York)

The last structure in this study, labeled E in figure 1, is located just to the north east of the Star Temple, labeled D in figure 1. The triangular shape of this highly eroded structure has a large circular depression at its center (Figure 6). The circular “pit” is flanked by a set of flat, bastion-like features that appear as docking platforms. Unfortunately, the northern platform appears to be missing. It may have been broken off or become submerged below scattered debris and drifting sands. If complete, the footprint of its Post-Modern architecture would suggests that it was based on the utilitarian design of a Hotel astray, complete with cigarette rests (Figure 6).


Figure 6

Temple of the Broken Astray
Left: Detail MRO CTX D04_028598_1426_XI_37S195W (2012)
Right: Square ashtray


1. Mars Feature: Terra, terrae. I touch

2. Sarah Amelia Scull, Greek Mythology Systematized ATLA monograph preservation program, (Porter & Coates, 1880), 302.

3. Mars viewer, Ride-along with HiRISE, MRO HiRISE CTX image D04_028598_1426_XI_37S195W, dated September 1, 2012.

4. Ibid.

5. Gifford, John, Dumfries and Galloway. Pevsner Architectural Guides: The Buildings of Scotland, (Yale University Press, 1996), p.140.

6. Mars viewer, 'high standing' upland chaos, MOC image FHA-01046, Dated May 22, 2000.

7. Kelly Cardwell, Red, White, Blue - and Gold, Fort Stanwix National Monument, New York. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
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