Archive for May 26, 2015

Is Metamora Logo An Ancient Keltic Face ?

by, John J White, III & Beverley H Moseley, Jr

Originally published in The Midwestern Epigraphic Society Newsletter


Many of the advertisements for the Metamora Museum of Ethnographic Art feature a photograph of the sculptured stone face shown below. The Museum Director Paul J Hendricks represents this artifact conservatively to be American-made colonial art (< 1840), and he displays it after years of collecting as his favorite find. The authors, on the other hand, had no trouble agreeing that there is a significant probability that scientific investigation will conclude that this artifact can be added to the hypothetical Dr Barry Fell collection of ancient Keltic evidence found in North America, especially the New England region.

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Let us explain that the Metamora Museum of Ethnographic Art is a private institution (donations requested) located in the Odd Fellows Hall of Historic Metamora, an 1838 Canal Town {} in southeast Indiana. It is operated as a tourist attraction with a canal, railroad train, grist mill, and 50-60 shops selling food, handicrafts, and related domestic products.

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Bits And Pieces Of EMSL: Part I

By, John J White, III

Originally published in The Midwestern Epigraphic Society Journal

The author has found so many examples of significant EMSL words that some have become lost for lack of a suitable opportunity for discussion. The most important case is the so called “orphan”, an additional example that should have been explained in a previously published paper.

You may know that Central Asia has a second great desert comparable with the ‘Gobi’. This desert is called the ‘Takla Makan’, and it surrounds the Tarim Basin in western China. The name probably means The-Kala-Mighty-People or The-Mighty-Kali-People in EMSL. This name honors the great Indian Earth Mother “Kali-Ma”. The Chinese discriminate against the Central Asians, and one of the reasons may be the occurrence of brown skin. The successful Neolithic era in India led to the export of many brown-skinned people (Caucasian/Dravidian mixture). Also, western India was Buddhist around the time of Christ, leading to the spread of Buddhism to the Silk Road via the Khyber Pass. If you look at photographs of 19th century Apache Indian people, you will dark-skinned Caucasians with only 10% Chinese heritage. These are Dene people, Silk Road guardian soldiers from the Tarim Basir., who came to America to escape Chinghis Khan in 1233 CE (Ethel Stewart).

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Ancient Words In Ethel Stewart’s ‘Last King Of The Hsi-Hsia Empire’

by, John J White, III

Originally published in The Midwestern Epigraphic Society Journal



The “Last King of the Hsi-Hsia Empire” by Ethel Stewart (previous article) discusses several aspects of Tibetan Buddhism in order to explain the Dene version of this history. There is little unity in this current piece. It is simply a chance to point out that Medieval Asian history retained many names that were ancient and EMSL-like. The near universal occurrence of EMSL names came to an end in Asia with the development of modern Chinese culture that has a new name for most peoples and locations.

My current view of Tibetan Buddhism is that it emerged ca 500 BCE as an attempt to add new ideas to a combination of Hinduism + Sun/Light religion. We can find remnants of this new religion in Native American culture, but it is often quite dilute and modified by genuine American ideas. The principal mechanism for such change was the requirement to give up many remnants of Neolithic/Copper Age culture in favor of the Paleolithic/Neolithic culture adopted for American survival. And we surely understand that this older culture was the Earth Mother Culture (EMC) that we have investigated thoroughly.

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Photograph Of The Famous Kettle Hill ‘Mummy’ – The Beginning of the Robert Goslin Legacy

by, Beverley H Moseley, Jr. and John J White, III

Originally published in The Midwestern Epigraphic Society Journal


It is possible to argue that Robert Martin Gosling (1904-1964) was the greatest field archaeologist and naturalist in Ohio History. This self-educated genius from an enlightened Lancaster, Ohio family (father and four brothers) was a career field researcher who persevered through all manner of depression-related economic obstacles to compile a record of accomplishments hailed by prominent national scientists. Goslin’s career story will be told more fully in a future issue of the Midwestern Epigraphic Journal (Vol 14).

Typical of the life of this obscure Assistant Curator of the Ohio Historical Society is the fact that he married a woman from LaFollette, TN. This result is testimony to the fact that Goslin was a principal excavator for the famous physicist/anthropologist Dr Charles S Webb of the University of Kentucky, who supervised many of the salvage archaeological digs funded to offset the eventual permanent flooding effects of the massive TVA dam and flood control projects.

In the course of our research on the accomplishments of Robert Goslin, we rediscovered the famous photograph from 1927 shown below. The Goslin brothers were active Boy Scouts and explorers in the Lancaster area. Based principally on experience and archaeological curiosity, they elected to dig in the area of a cave shelter at a place 1.5 miles south of Lancaster called Kettle Hill Cave. Their findings made them famous.

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