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Table of Contents, Vol. 11/2, 1983

In Memoriam: Harold Gladwin, Imanol Agiré, and Jay Stonebraker  (1 p) 11/2-p 112  

Announcing the deaths of Harold Sterling Gladwin, Imanol Agiré, and Jay Stonebraker.

Mediterranean Motifs in Bronze Age Sweden (3 pp) Glenn A.Gentry 11/2-p 113  

Cultural interactions between Scandinavia and the peoples of North Africa and the Mediterranean.

The Runamo Inscription, Blekinge (4 pp) Jon Galster 11/2-p 116  

The author's personal investigation of the Runamo inscription.

Primstav - Old Norse Hieroglyphic Calendar (9 pp) Barry Fell 11/2-p 120  

Primstavs were used by the Norse to record feast days and masses.

The Vikings (32 pp) Ditlev Thyssen 11/2-p 129  

A commentary on Viking history (as told in the Sagas) as well as on Viking visits to the New World.

A Precolumbian Wool Industry in North America – Some Puzzling Aspects (3 pp) Herbert L. Minshall 11/2-p 161  

The author questions the identification of "wool-bearing" animals depicted in petroglyphs read by Fell.

Ancient Artists and the Horned Beasts (3 pp) Gloria Farley 11/2-p 164  

Examples of horned animals from US sites and from Old World sites and artifacts.

Skandinavische Urschrift in Amerika (1 p) Linus Brunner 11/2-p 166  

Clipping dated 28 Oct 1982. It appeared in Sankt Gallen Tagblatt and other newspapers.

American Bighorn or Old World Imports? (3 pp) Barry Fell 11/2-p 167  

Proves that the inscribed "Bighorns" depict native, not exotic, animals.

A Tifinag Inscribed Stalactite in Texas (1 p) Barry Fell 11/2-p 170  

James Guthrie reports on an inscription in Ancient Libyan on an inscribed stalactite in a cave in Edwards County, Texas, photographed in 1959 by his colleague Ephraim A. Cuevas (a poor version of the photo is shown). According to Fell, the inscription reads: S-R-N-I = Sawarin, the Arabic and Berber word for a columnar stalactite.

Kokopelli Bluff (20 pp) Norman Totten 11/2-p 171  

A report on a 4-week investigation of petroglyphs from Georgia to Colorado (20 sites in all).

Prodromes of Writing (13 pp) Marge E. Landsberg 11/2-p 191

An examination of the Azilian pebbles, perhaps man's first attempt to communicate graphically.

Medical Inscriptions from Tripolitania (5 pp) Barry Fell 11/2-p 204  

Inscriptions from Libyan tombs of 3rd & 4th centuries AD (included is a 2nd century Greek text).

A Colorado Dolmen Inscribed with Ogam (2 pp) Judy Morehouse 11/2-p 209  

Ogam is found inscribed on a dolmen in Western Colorado. Fell's reading is given. He calls it "Arabic Ogam"

Koranic Ogam on a Colorado Capstone (1 p) Barry Fell 11/2-p 210  

This is a detailed breakdown of the decipherment given in the paper by Judy Morehouse.

Ogam - An Alternate Communication System (4 pp) Jean H. Gaulden 11/2-p 212  

An examination of the history of the development of Ogam and possibilites for its use by mentally handicapped persons.

The Crespi Collection of Cuenca, Ecuador (15 pp) Warren L. Cook 11/2-p 216  

The author's experiences and conclusions after examining the controversial Crespi artifacts.

Rock Art on Postage Stamps (2 pp) 11/2-pp 230-231  

Examples shown from Scandinavia, Australia, and New Zealand.

Ancient Writing from Etowah Mounds  (1 p) Gloria Farley 11/2-p 232  

The author describes her visit to the Etowah Mounds and Museum and an ancient inscribed gorget seen there.

Decipherment of the Ancient Writing from Etowah Mounds (2 pp) Barry Fell 11/2-p 233  

The author details his decipherment of the inscribed gorget reported by Gloria Farley. Fell identifies the script as Tifinag and the language as Berber-Arabic. According to him, the artifact is a religious object. A poor graphic of the artifact is shown.

Inscribed Rocks in South Central Alabama (2 pp) Bart Henson & Barry Fell 11/2-p 235  

A glyph site in Alabama consisting of a large steatite boulder and smaller adjacent rocks with man-made markings. Fell reads the markings as Iberic and deciphers them using Arabic.

A Navigation Grid or Stick Chart (Rebbelib) from the Marshall Islands, Micronesia (4 pp) Barry Fell 11/2-p 237  

A wooden star chart used by ancient seafarers to navigate among the Pacific islands.

Tifinag in Irish Megalithic Rock Engravings (4 pp) Warren W. Dexter & Barry Fell 11/2-p 241  

Tifinag script seen on boulders at Lough Crew, County Meath, Ireland. Fell offers his decipherments.

A Polynesian Artifact Engraved with Libyan Script (6 pp) Barry Fell & Jon Polansky 11/2-p 245  

Jon Polansky purchased a Polynesian artifact from an antique store in San Francisco. It turned out to have an inscription on it in an alphabet very similar to Libyan. The language appears to be a dialect of the Tuamotuan language similar to Maori. It is a charm for fishing.

Apparent Islamic Influence at Runamo (5 pp) Barry Fell 11/2-p 251 

Fell finds Kufi runes among the inscriptions at Runamo, Sweden. He takes issue with Magnuson's readings.

An Ogam Inscription from Bainbridge Island, Washington (2 pp) John H. Rudolph & Barry Fell 11/2-p 256

Fell translates "rake ogam" sent to him by Rudolph from the site in Washington state.

On the Cover

A thousand years ago the Norse king Haraldr Sigurdsson included snow-skiing, together with singing verses to the harp, reading good books and other pastimes, among nine skills of which he was master. But in this ancient petroglyph of 4000 years ago an early BronzeAge Scandinavian who lived near Rödöy, in the Nordland of Norway, demonstrates the antiquity of the art of skiing. Norway placed the design on postage stamps in 1966 on the occasion of a world championship meeting of skiers.


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