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Anomalous DNA in the Cherokee

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The third chapter of Donald Yates’ history of the Cherokee (Old World Roots of the Cherokee, McFarland 2012) contains the genetic story of the Cherokee Indians based on DNA Consultants’ 2009 study “Anomalous Mitochondrial DNA in the Cherokee,” but it is no easy read, being written for an

Ancient Inscriptions in Montana

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by, Warren W. Dexter   Originally published in Ancient American Magazine – Issue #54.     An unusual site is located just West of Writing on Stone Provencal Park, in Alberta. There, the Milk River starts at the eastern edge of Glacier National Park, in

Semiotic Relationships and Rock Art Sites

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home.comcast.net/~carlbjork   By Carl A. Bjork     If we are to debate or discuss, or to develop a general theory about the symbols and possible semiotic relationships found at rock art sites, we must delineate and set boundaries on the definition or meaning of

Caves And The Winter Solstice

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Dear Editor, I am Hezekiah Hensley and I have decided to write an article about a natural winter solstice alignment site I discovered.  It is a small cave located in the Red Bird River Valley in Eastern Clay County that aligns to the winter solstice.

Exploring America’s Earliest Rock Art

Jack Steinbring

Winnemucca Petroglyph Site in Nevada may date to as early as 14,800 years ago

Early New World Maps

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 Early New World Maps by Dr. Gunnar Thompson   Early Maps of the New World The persistent academic argument concerning early voyages to the New World ends with an examination of the cartographic evidence. Maps that have been preserved in the collections of such distinguished

Are Artifacts Being Lost to Confirmation Bias?

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  Are Artifacts Being Lost to Confirmation Bias? Kelly H. Gross   When I started as a consultant to manage the development of a project called The Hidden Codex, I expected that the science and antiquities community would be excited over the prospect of discovering

“Red Paint” Pictographic Panels West of Beaver, Utah

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Scientific Results and Summation on the “Red Paint” Pictographic Panels Situated West of Beaver, Utah on the “Roberts” Property By, Stephan B. Shaffer BS MA President:The We Nooch Society.Research Archaeology/Preservationwenooch.organcienttreasurehunter.com   Observations were conducted on two panels at the property of the Roberts family. One section

Columbus: Late to the North American Party

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http://westfordknight.blogspot.com By David S. Brody   Little did I realize how a random 2006 conversation with my elementary-school daughter would change my life. “Daddy, who discovered America?” she asked. Suspecting she was learning about the Vikings in school, I played along. “Christopher Columbus,” I answered.

The Angeles National Forest Mystery Rocks

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THE ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST MYSTERY ROCKS Written by Christopher Nyerges www.ChristopherNyerges.com Posted by Rick Osmon On Halloween day in 2001, I was leading a birthday outing for a 10 year old boy and his friends at the 3000 foot level of the Angeles National Forest.  We

Preview: Upcoming Story in Ancient American Magazine

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Here is a preview of my next article for Ancient American Ancient Fortresses of the Ohio Valley Part 3: Grave Creek Complex; Smoke and Mirrors   In the first installment of this series (AA, Vol 17, Issue 101), I described two ancient fortresses, Merom Bluff

Kennewick Man Back in the News

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  Kennewick Man Back in the News In a letter dated August 23, 2011, the United States Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers granted access to a bone fragment of the skeletal remains of the “Kennewick Man”, also known as “The Ancient One”. The

Missing: Prehistoric Michigan’s Half-Billion Pounds of Copper

Missing: Prehistoric Michigan’s Half-Billion Pounds of Copper By David Hoffman AA #35 pp.18-21   Approximately 9,000 years ago, the Great Lakes achieved their current definition. Water levels would have been high near the time of the final glacier melt enabling human travel along ancient trade

Midwestern Epigraphic Society and Ancient America

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Midwestern Epigraphic Society and Ancient America A small amateur organization rides the wave of discoveries that Columbus was the last to come to America by James Leslie By the early 1980s Barry Fell had published his first three books, America BC, Saga America and Bronze Age

Cast in Bronze

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  Re-Posted From Oopa Loopa Cafe, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 08, 2006 Rick Osmon Cast in Bronze I’ve been reading (trying to read between income-based interruptions) my autographed copy — thank you, Fred — of Fred Rydholm’s Michigan Copper, The Untold Story, A History of Discovery. Fred makes

Ancient Pennsylvania Oil Mines, Pre-Columbian Oil

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Ancient Pennsylvania Oil Mines, Pre-Columbian Oil   Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in Ancient American magazine Issue 97, pp12-16, used with permission.   By Thomas Anderton The following article is based on the probability that Minoans from Crete were on the Upper Peninsula in

Ancient Asiatic Writing in North America

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ANCIENT ASIATIC WRITING IN NORTH AMERICA By, Dr John Ruskamp For centuries, researchers have been debating if, in pre-Columbian times, meaningful exchanges between the indigenous peoples of Asia and the Americas ever occurred. Periodically, over the past 250 years knowledgeable sinologists and oceanographers have written

Geoglyphology, An Ancient Science Rediscovered

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Geoglyphology, An Ancient Science Rediscovered   Arthur D. Faram Faram Research Foundation – Arlington, Texas Recently Arthur Faram, while investigating his Celtic Genealogy, discovered an ancient and historically revealing science. After determining that this science had not been mentioned in any previous publications, The Faram Research

Welcome to Ancient America!

This web site is dedicated to investigating mysteries of history and archaeology, some that arose long before Christopher Columbus sailed west, some that are more recent. A few are current. There are articles by both amateurs and professionals, seasoned researchers and beginners, great writers, and

Columbus Was Last, An Introduction to the Ancient History of America

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Columbus Was Last An Introduction to the Ancient History of America Written By Lawrence Gallant Posted by Rick Osmon The excavations at Meadowcroft rock shelter by Professor James Adovasio on July 13, 1974, then of the University of Pittsburgh, proved that an ancient culture lived

Welcome to Ancient America!

IMG_1086[1]This web site is dedicated to investigating mysteries of history and archaeology, some that arose long before Christopher Columbus sailed west, some that are more recent. A few are current. There are articles by both amateurs and professionals, seasoned researchers and beginners, great writers, and people who simply have something to say. All of them get a voice here. (See contributors’ guide)

You may notice a close similarity to the name of a popular archaeology magazine, Ancient American. We are not that magazine, but we cooperate with it frequently. In fact, many of the writers you encounter here are also contributors to the Ancient American Magazine.

We also report / reprint from interest groups when the discussion brings important points to the table.

Both recent and rare books, other publications, videos, maps, artifacts and reproductions will come up for sale in our eShop.

But, mostly, we provide YOU a place to express your interests and opinions.

Anomalous DNA in the Cherokee

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The third chapter of Donald Yates’ history of the Cherokee (Old World Roots of the Cherokee, McFarland 2012) contains the genetic story of the Cherokee Indians based on DNA Consultants’ 2009 study “Anomalous Mitochondrial DNA in the Cherokee,” but it is no easy read, being written for an academic audience.

Earlier this year Yates published a condensation of his work in the series Cherokee Chapbooks, called Old Souls in a New World:  The Secret History of the Cherokee Indians (Panther’s Lodge). This publication has no footnotes, bibliography or pictures; those must be sought in Old World Roots and scholarly articles Yates has written over the years. But the new chapbook is affordable, quick to read and no less groundbreaking and authentic in its research.

Here, from Old Souls in a New World, is the amazing story of Elvis Presley’s DNA, Indian traders and their Cherokee brides on the Southeastern frontier, haplogroup X, Egyptian T, Berber U, Jewish J and the personal stories of a selection from the fifty-two subjects who blew the lid off Native American studies with their proof of ancient Middle Eastern and Jewish lineages.

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Ancient Inscriptions in Montana

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by, Warren W. Dexter   Originally published in Ancient American Magazine – Issue #54.

 

 

An unusual site is located just West of Writing on Stone Provencal Park, in Alberta. There, the Milk River starts at the eastern edge of Glacier National Park, in Montana, then flows north across the Canadian border, traveling parallel to the border before it returns to the U.S., joining the Missouri River in Eastern Montana.

 

 

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Semiotic Relationships and Rock Art Sites

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By Carl A. Bjork

 

 

If we are to debate or discuss, or to develop a general theory about the symbols and possible semiotic relationships found at rock art sites, we must delineate and set boundaries on the definition or meaning of rock-art. I will use “rock art” to describe what is commonly called petroglyphs and pictographs, carvings and paintings found on rock faces, in grottos and caves, cliffs, or any other geological formation. A rock art site would be a geographical location where one would find a geological formation containing rock art. Within my simplistic definition, rock art site could be a single, rock art-covered boulder in a meadow or a narrow sandstone canyon with hundreds of paintings.

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Caves And The Winter Solstice

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Dear Editor,

I am Hezekiah Hensley and I have decided to write an article about a natural winter solstice alignment site I discovered.  It is a small cave located in the Red Bird River Valley in Eastern Clay County that aligns to the winter solstice.  I was at this cave back in the 1990′s with a small group of people and we witnessed the sun flood this cave from wall to wall and floor to ceiling on December 21st, the time of the winter solstice. This was at sunrise.  At this time I didn’t see a particular alignment.  I went back to the cave another year alone on December 22nd to further investigate the site.  I asked an archeologist named Robert Pyle of Morgantown, West Virginia if a day’s difference would change the alignment to the winter solstice and he said one or two day’s on either side of December 21st wouldn’t make any appreciable difference in the alignment.  When I was there on December 22nd I saw the exact alignment occur about nine or ten feet back in the cave.  It lined up with part of the cave wall that protrudes out from the wall and floor of the cave.  This part of the cave looks like a rounded boulder imbedded in the cave.  At sunrise on the winter solstice the sun’s rays shine into the cave and shine onto just the right edge of the rounded part of the cave wall creating the alignment.

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Exploring America’s Earliest Rock Art

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Exploring America’s Earliest RockArt 

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JackSteinbringUniversity of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Ripon College

 

The recent discovery that the Winnemucca Petroglyph Site (Fig. 1)

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in Nevada may date to as early as 14,800 years ago has prompted a review of other instances of early rock art in North America. The Winnemucca Site contains deeply eroded petroglyphs including panels of what appear to be randomly produced cupules.

Cupules, in general, have been assigned an early context throughout the world, including North America where Parkman (2007: 1) has viewed them in early contexts, as well as reminding us that cupules have been produced in modem times in California where they are part of fertility rituals. Thus, it becomes critical that physical evidences of antiquity be established.

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Early New World Maps

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 Early New World Maps

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Dr. Gunnar Thompson

 

Early Maps of the New World

The persistent academic argument concerning early voyages to the New World ends with an examination of the cartographic evidence. Maps that have been preserved in the collections of such distinguished archives as the Louvre (in Paris), the British Museum, and the Library of Congress are sufficient to prove that ancient seafarers as far back as the Roman Empire engaged in regular voyages to Ancient America.

The beauty of the ancient maps is that they contain precise details called “Diagnostic Geographical Markers.” These “markers” serve the same function as fingerprints found at a crime scene. These cartographical fingerprints contain unmistakable coastlines, geographical positions on the globe, references of longitude and latitude, proximities to identifiable mainland or islands, place names of cities or territorial titles (also called toponyms), and often text that identifies key features of topography, climate, vegetation, or native species of animals. Historical perspectives provided by the sequence of maps from a particular region are often sufficient to delineate sequential modifications of coastlines as subsequent explorers gradually improved the cartographical knowledge of a particular area.

The importance of examining the cartographical evidence is the realization that all the world’s maritime adventurers and merchants were actively engaged in exploring the world and taking advantage of valuable commodities from the earliest times that ships were capable of ocean sailing. Archaic academic notions that the New World was somehow isolated from Old World contact until after Columbus sailed across the Atlantic in an effort to reach China in the 15th century are based on a Eurocentric religious doctrine that was inherited from the Middle Ages. Most historians got their training at Medieval Church universities; and it was the belief of learned elders in these institutions that the sole purpose for having a Chronicle of the Ages (that is, “history”) was to document the spread of the “One True Religion” around the globe. Modern scholars would do well to abandon this myopic mental baggage, because the survival and prosperity of our species depends upon making an accurate appraisal of where we have come from in the past and where we need to be heading in the future. All the world’s peoples (and all religions) played a role in the past; and together we must build the pathway into the future. Read more

Are Artifacts Being Lost to Confirmation Bias?

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Are Artifacts Being Lost to Confirmation Bias?

Kelly H. Gross

 

When I started as a consultant to manage the development of a project called The Hidden Codex, I expected that the science and antiquities community would be excited over the prospect of discovering a new genuine cultural artifact. Boy was I wrong. The experts had something else entirely in store for me.

I had just begun to experience what I have now come to know as confirmation bias. Confirmation bias is the tendency to notice only that which confirms one’s beliefs and to discount contradictory information.

Our artifact, called a codex, had been lying around on museum shelves, largely forgotten until the early eighties when carbon date testing became widely available. The owners, a group of investors in Ohio, submitted some cloth samples for analysis with surprising results. These tests showed that the codex was over 300 years old, created between 1660 and 1710 in Mexico.

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“Red Paint” Pictographic Panels West of Beaver, Utah

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Scientific Results and Summation on the “Red Paint” Pictographic Panels Situated West of Beaver, Utah on the “Roberts” Property

By, Stephan B. Shaffer BS MA

President:
The We Nooch Society.
Research Archaeology/Preservation
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ancienttreasurehunter.com

 

Observations were conducted on two panels at the property of the Roberts family. One section of land owned by the family was initially obtained under the Homestead Act.

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This panel has two different time lines attached to it. The photo at top was a later addition to the overall panel. The photo above is much older by at least 200 years. Meanings vary from tribe to tribe but individual characters can have the same meanings.

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Columbus: Late to the North American Party

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By David S. Brody

 

Little did I realize how a random 2006 conversation with my elementary-school daughter would change my life.

“Daddy, who discovered America?” she asked.

Suspecting she was learning about the Vikings in school, I played along. “Christopher Columbus,” I answered.

“Wrong!” she said. “It was Prince Henry Sinclair from Scotland. He came to Westford in 1399.”

We were living in Westford, Massachusetts at the time, a bedroom community 25 miles northwest of Boston and an equal distance from the Atlantic coastline to the east. Westford boasts the highest hill in eastern Massachusetts, and is not far from a major river (the Merrimack) leading to the Atlantic, so it was not unreasonable to assume ancient explorers would have found their way here. And, even as a child, I had wondered why Europeans stopped exploring North America in the years between the Norse explorations and Columbus. But a Scotsman by the name of Prince Henry Sinclair in Westford a century before Columbus? This I had not heard before.

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The Angeles National Forest Mystery Rocks

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THE ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST MYSTERY ROCKS

Written by Christopher Nyerges
www.ChristopherNyerges.com

Posted by Rick Osmon

On Halloween day in 2001, I was leading a birthday outing for a 10 year old boy and his friends at the 3000 foot level of the Angeles National Forest.  We were getting late, so I led them down into the stream so we could make soap from the yucca leaves. It was a spot where I would never ordinarily go.  As the boys and I made our yucIMG_0034ca soap, my gaze was drawn to the back side of a large, 10 foot wide boulder with unusual markings on it.  There were two large horizontal cleavages and numerous markings across the cleavage that bore an uncanny resemblance to ogam.
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