A Paranormal Library – Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America
May 18, 2012 Leave a comment
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Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America: Lost History and Legends, Unearthed and Explored, by Frank Joseph
Disclaimer: This book is about evidence that has been brought to light in recent years with new technologies that discuss the possible influence of Old World (Ancient European and Asian) civilizations in the New World (the Americas). Artifacts, bones and carbon dating techniques may have possibly proven that Ancient Greeks, Africans and Asians have, at one point in time, visited and explored the Americas before the Vikings landed in Canada. The book consists of articles that were published in Ancient American Magazine, edited by Frank Joseph. While I do agree with some of the items discussed in the book, I do not agree with most of it.
Frank Joseph is the editor-in-chief for Ancient American Magazine, and has published many books on the subject of ancient civilizations and possible visitors to our shores years before Columbus ever set foot on Bermudan soil. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and son.
What I liked about this book is that Frank Joseph and the other contributors were not afraid to discuss something that was so “hush hush,” my favorite professor was too afraid to even discuss it in class. This topic is about the fact that Columbus and the Vikings were not the first people from other lands to set foot on American Soil. We were all taught in grade school that Christopher Columbus discovered America after an arduous journey from Spain to America. In recent years (including the textbook I used to teach from), it now states that Vikings had arrived in American long before Christopher Columbus ever thought about the Earth being round. We all accept the Viking theory, mostly because there is specific and hard proof that the Vikings did in fact start settling some of eastern Canada around 1000 CE. Did you know that the Viking theory was scoffed by major Historians until very recently (within the past 40 – 50 years)? The Viking theory was so unpopular due to the fact that there was little to no evidence proving the contrary, but there was evidence…the evidence at the time were considered hoaxes until some scholars delved deeper into the theory and used carbon dating to prove that the Vikings were here before Columbus.
Now, with the invention and the improvement of Carbon Dating, more and more evidence of ancient civilizations are being dated far older than we have previously believed, but modern scholars are denouncing these findings as glitches in the carbon dating process. While I would accept scholars being skeptical of the findings, I do find it hard to believe that after scientifically conducted trial after trial and getting the same results with about a difference of 50 years, it would be hard to not see these findings as astounding, but still there are those in the community who would still call these findings as preposterous.
In any case, the book, Discovering the Mysteries of Ancient America, brings articles that question the reality we have come to be taught and known, and bring evidence that proves this the contrary. In the book, there are several articles that focus on different topics, each showing that at some point in time Ancient Civilizations have visited our esteemed shores.
My first example from the book is what we have come to know as Vinland. This is the supposed area in Canada that has the oldest evidence of a Viking settlement and was referenced in many Norse sagas and maps. Basically, this is the fabled area that the Vikings established a small colony on escapades into the Atlantic. While we now accept the fact that Vikings did “discover” America before Columbus, there may be more evidence to prove that they may have settled farther south than originally perceived. This evidence may be in the form of a cat, and not just any cat the Maine Coon Cat.
The Maine Coon Cat is considered one of the larger domestic cat breeds (domestic, I mean a cat that has had a larger wild cat in them, but you can’t trace their bloodline through the members of their family like you can with the Savannah) and a long time resident of what is now the United States of America. The Maine Coon Cat’s history has always been a mystery to the animal scholars, since cats the size of domestic cats were not known on this side of the world and the Main Coon’s markings are unique as well. After a genetic study was performed on the Maine Coon Cat, it was discovered that the Main Coons have a genetic tie to a domesticated, though extinct breed of cat, and the Norwegian Forest Cat. The Forest Cat was brought to our continent from Scandinavia around 1,000 years ago. What is more striking is that the vast majority of the Maine Coon population is centered in Maine, which means that the settlement in L’Ans aux Meadows was not the only Viking colony. This implies that Vinland, the mysterious area that the Vikings had named and searched for was in Maine after all.
We don’t have to stop at the Vikings either, we can explore older civilizations’ marks on American soil. In another article, there were bones of an Irishman carbon dated in 2001 and the findings were said to be around 1,292 +/- 40 years Before Present, in other words, he existed around 710 A.D. +/- 40 years.
The discovery was made in Wyoming County, West Virginia, in a rock shelter, and this area is also controversial for the fact that non-indigenous pre-modern inscriptions on the wall of the rock shelter. The skull of the skeleton was found to be brachycephalic of an adult male, or a “round head” which implies possible European origins. Now to make it even more astounding, just a paragraph earlier, I stated that the bones were dated to be around 710 A.D. +/- 40 years! A European that is NOT from Scandinavia in a cave in America. A significant find considering this is probably the earliest a European has ever visited North America.
In the same area of West Virginia, in the same area as the rock cave where this man was found, petroglyphs were discovered that resembled those used by the Norse during the European Dark ages. Upon further examination, the writings were found to be Ogam, an alphabet used in the British Isles by the Irish, Scottish and Welsh. This discovery connects stories to St. Brendan, the sixth century cleric who supposedly set out with a crew of monks across the North Atlantic. Ogam, the language on the rock faces, is commonly used on the corner edges of tombstones in Ireland, and not rock formations.
There are other examples stated in the book, but I’ll let you discover those for yourselves. Like I said, this book helped answer one of the large poking questions I had from college, “Why do some of the rock carvings of Olmec society look more African than those who lived in Pre-Columbian Mexico?” What is worse is that I never once got a specific answer, because of the fact that I was approaching a sensitive subject.
What gets me, if we do have carbon dating proving that there were people who came to American before the Vikings, then how come is it so hard for modern academics not to accept the findings? Maybe because Modern scientific thought is too rigid for other explanations.
Finally, I had noticed in my own personal research, legends and gods who mimic those of other lands and cultures. While I tried to approach the subject with my Cultural Anthropology teacher (I was a Latin American History Major), he just dismissed my findings and questions and sent me on my way. I felt a bit burned, since my major was based on a major study and thesis, but I was glad that he turned me away, due to the fact that if I had presented my findings at the symposium, I probably would have been laughed off the podium. In any case, I was glad I got this book, mostly because those findings I found were not invalid, but possibly something larger than I thought to have known. I’m not too sure if the findings I found were correct, or if all the findings in the book are true, it may just be possible that there is something out there that we do not know, and we are not giving our ancestors credit to what they could have possibly done.
Do you believe that there were people here in America before the Vikings?