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Epigraphic Society Occasional Papers

Table of Contents, Vol. 13, 1985

A Sumerian Inscription of the Fuente Magna, La Paz, Bolivia (5 pp) Alberto Marini 13-p 9

Inscription on a large font or libation bowl, reported by a leading authority on Sumerian (bio. of author given).

Newly Identified Raetic Inscriptions (8 pp) Linus Brunner 13-p 14  

The author translates Raetic inscriptions using Semitic language.

Algonkian Signatures on a Treaty of A.D. 1681 (5 pp) Barry Fell 13-p 22  

The earliest known deed transaction in the Sutton, Massachusetts, area, reprinted by permission of the Sutton Historical Society.

An Inscribed Stone Club in Syke Museum, Germany (1 p) Barry Fell 13-p 26  

Fell translates Thai syllables on a club in the collection of the Kreis-museum in Syke, Germany. The script appears to reflect the Thai syllabary and probably could be translated as "Let the club strike." The style of the script suggests that the artifact is no more than 1,000 years old.

A Comment on the St. Patrick Legend (1 p) Glenn A. Gentry 13-p 27  

Refers to the organized destruction of stone phalli in Ireland by the early Christian missionaries.

Virgil in Iberic Script (2 pp) Barry Fell 13-p 28  

ARMAVIVMQVECANOTROIAEQVI PRIMVSABORISITALIAM- FATOPROFVGVS LAVINIAQVE = "Of Arms and the man I sing..." by an early Iberic schoolboy c. 99 AD in an early uncial Latin script.

Mogul Coin found in Massachusetts (2 pp) Barry Fell 13-p 30  

Lorraine Passovoy brought to Fell's attention a coin which had been found in 1843 on the banks of the Connecticut river near Gill, Massachusetts. Fell identified it as a Mogul coin dating to the 17th century with a tri- lingual inscription in Bengali, Brahmi, and Urdu (the last in Arabic script).

Epigraphers Gather at Los Lunas (Photographs) (2 pp) 13-p 32  

Two pages of photos of members of the Society visiting the Los Lunas Inscription in New Mexico: Rollin Gillespie, June & Phillip Leonard, George Morehouse, Bill McGlone, Rene Fell, Donal Buchanan, Barry Fell, Don Schockey, and Ruth Knudsen (along with others unidentified). Photos by J. Lawrence Williams, William R. McGlone, Don Shockey, and Rene Fell.

Los Lunas Attracts Epigraphers (1 p) The Editors 13-p 34 

Dr. Gunther Nollau of West Germany visited the Los Lunas site. He also met with Barry Fell, Gloria Farley and members of the Western Epigraphic Society to discuss the site.. 

Ancient Punctuation and the Los Lunas Text (9 pp) Barry Fell 13-p 35  

Fell proves that the punctuation used in the text of the inscription is ancient.

In Memoriam: L. Lyle Underwood (2 pp) Bill McGlone 13-p 42  

A memorial to a great epigrapher and good friend who worked on the Los Lunas inscription. Photo shown. The text of the Las Lunas Decalogue as transcribed by Underwood is also shown.

A Carthaginian Mosaic Depicting the Goddess Tanith (1 p) The Editors 13-p 43 

 Photo by Ella Footman of the mosaic taken in Sardinia in 1982.

The Los Lunas Inscriptions A Geological Study (7 pp) George E. Morehouse 13-p 44  

A geologist (photo shown) looks at the site and concludes it is ancient. A Hebrew inscription at the top of the mesa is revealed.

New York's Perch Lake Mounds (1 p) David De Laubenfels 13-p 51

He says that  as many as 200 mounds are known, but their function is unknown. They seem to have been constructed over a span of 600 years.

An Inscribed Brass Casket of Dutch Origin (3 pp) Barry Fell 13-p 51  

Found in a refuse pile on the site of Miles Standish's property, Prescott, Connecticut. James Whittall provided the Society with a tracing of the inscription in 1984. Since the inscription was in Dutch, Fell had it trans- lated by a colleague in Antwerp. The translation is given, along with a roughly drawn graphic of the inscription.

Norwegian Rock Carvings (8 pp) Anders Hagen 13-p 54  

From an official pamphlet of the Norwegian Information Service. It is based on the author's book, Rock Carvings in Norway.

George Earl Phillips 1911-1984 (1 p) The Editors 13-p 61) 

A memorial to a member from Tempe, Arizona. 

Los Milagros What Are They? (1 p) Barry Fell 13-p 62  

These little tin pendants in the form of parts of human body are dedicatory artifacts.

Documentary Evidence for Writing in the Pre-Inca Andes (4 pp) Norman Totten 13-p 63   

17th century Spanish documents indicate the presence of writing in pre-Inca times.

Egyptian signs in the Hawaiian Islands - Part II (29 pp) Ruth Knudsen 13-p 67  

Boulders in Luahiwa, Lanai, Hawaii, display symbols that appear to be similar to Egyptian hieroglyphs.

From the Nevada Elders (2 pp) Vivian Olds 13-p 96 

The author, resident in Nevada, provides a statement by Indian tribal elders who are concerned about the present and future of their people. They urge a life in harmony with nature.

Deciphering American Indian Pictography (11 pp) Carol Patterson 13-p 98 

The author demonstrates how rock writing symbols were used and repeated. She shows how the symbols tie in to Indian sign language. [Carol later married John Rudolph and became Carol Patterson-Rudolph. She wrote an excellent book: Petroglyphs & Pueblo Myths of the Rio Grande.]

Animal Images and Zoolatry (7 pp) J. R. Dos Santos Jr. 13-p 109   

This article is in Portuguese. It cites Fell's decipherment of an inscription from northeast Portugal reported in Bronze Age America.

Asturian Celts (1 p) Jesus Lopez Pacios 13-p 116 

The author congratulates Fell and Dos Santos on their discoveries relating to northeast Portugal and points out that a long Ogam consaine inscription deciphered by Fell as being in a Celtic language allied to Gaelic was located in a part of the territory formerly occupied by Asturian Celts.

Teutonic Shields and Yule bread (17 pp) Henning Fikentscher 13-p 117  

The author explains ancient Teutonic shield designs and the the shaping of Yule bread and relates them to pre-Christian beliefs. Biographic information on the author is given.

The Han Tribes of the Dene (6 pp) Ethel G. Stewart 13-p 134 

She identifies the Han and Na-Hane of America with the Hon or Han of the Ta-tung-ho Valley in East Asia.

Petroglyphs of Ulanqab, Inner Mongolia (5 pp) Gai Shanlin 13-p 140 

Prehistoric inscriptions of the area are described and depicted.

The Decipherment of Late Iberic, Part I (30 pp) Donal Buchanan 13-p 145  

Twenty ancient inscriptions from Spain written in Iberic script are described and deciphered. Sound-value categories are established and explained. The language, once thought to be Semitic, proves to be Indo European: a local dialect of Latin moving towards Spanish. The article will be continued in volume 14.

The Newport Round Church (5 pp) Clyde Keeler 13-p 175 

Keeler discusses the old, possibly Norse structure and two inscriptions on it (one found by him in 1975). A photo of the author is shown.

The Languages of Pictland (3 pp) Paul Karlsson Johnstone 13-p 180  

The author suggests that Pictish is composed of three languages: Q-Celt, P-Celt, and Norse. He refers to the so-called "Pictish Ogam" inscriptions.

Curious Notation Marks at Polished Stone Sites in the Western Transvaal (11 pp) A. B. Page 13-p 183 

The author suggests that the marks may have a bearing on the recording of events and rituals unknown.

Methods Available to the Ancients for Establishing the Meridian (9 pp) Charles C. Fulton 13-p 194 

Sun-methods, solstiticial and equinoctal methods, and star methods are discussed.

The Petroglyphs of Anatolia (3 pp) Aysen Akpinar 13-p 203 

An article by a Turkish professor reprinted from Aramco World, Vol. 35, #2, March 1984.

The Adena Tablets (4 pp) Robert F. Lenhart 13-p 206 

The author discusses tablets inscribed with intricate designs found at Adena sites.

 On the Cover

Ancient Hebrew Decalogue at Hidden Mountain, Los Lunas, New Mexico. Photo by William R. McGlone.


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