Rob Hyde and I have published our “study volume” of the Tucson Artifacts. This collection of plates, texts and translations brings to general scholarly notice solid archeological and literary proof of Old World influences and settlements in pre-Columbian America. It is available to preview or order only by special invitation and by going to this link:
You can purchase a softcover print edition of the book from Blurb for $18.75 or pdf download for $9.99. In the meantime.
Here is the preface from the Blurb study edition so you can read about the background of this publication:
Now that nearly a hundred years have passed since the so-called Tucson Crosses or Silverbell Artifacts were excavated in the compacted soil of the Santa Cruz river valley outside Tucson, Arizona in the years between 1924 and 1930, it seems appropriate to tell the real story of their meaning for Southwest archeology and indeed world history. There are thirty-five cast lead artifacts, counting double crosses as two and pieces of swords or spears that join to form one. Only one is not lead, the Theodore memorial shaped from native caliche that constitutes artifact no. 2.
All form part of the 1994 bequest to the Arizona Historical Society Museum, Southern Division by Thomas W. Bent, Jr., where they are split between display cases in the lobby and the vault.
The crosses and related objects, including two nehushtans, were made by the lost-wax process from lead, a favored medium for lasting memorials in antiquity and valuable by-product from the gold-silver-and-copper mining carried on by various foreign visitors in Arizona. They are covered with medieval Latin and square Hebrew inscriptions that provide a record of a military colony of Roman, Frankish and British Jews who conquered the Toltec fortress city of Rhoda we now know as Tumamoc Hill overlooking Tucson, an ancient and important trading and mining site among the Hohokam Indians. The founders called their new realm Calalus (“Wasteland” in Hebrew) and it lasted from 780 until 900, when it was destroyed by earthquakes, and the king returned with a large part of his followers to Mexico. At this crossroads of civilizations in ninth century West Mexico we also detect Chinese seal script, Hindu cult objects, Mesoamerican glyphs, images of Jewish and Christian temples, Celtic ogam inscriptions and what might be called “pre-Templar” symbols.
On March 11-14, 2015, with the assistance of Laraine Daly Jones and Doreen Crowe, we were able to take formal studio shots of the entire accession catalogued as 94.26.1AB-32. A record of that photo session is compiled in this private publication with the hope that such a collection of plates paired with matching inventory notes will aide us in preparation of a scholarly monograph on the Calalus Artifacts, as well as be of possible use to the owner institution, people of Arizona and public at large.
Robert C. Hyde and Donald N. Yates
March 1, 2016
Rob and I are now engaged in the following three-volume project.
Forthcoming from Panther’s Lodge Publishers:
Forbidden History: A Jewish Kingdom in Toltec Mexico, 780-900
Vol. 1: The Latin Texts
Vol. 2: Analysis and Interpretation
Vol. 3: Appendices, Bibliography and Index
By Robert C. Hyde and Donald N. Yates
Published by Panther’s Lodge Publishers
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Donald N. Yates, Ph.D.
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Longmont, CO 80502