The Epigraphic Society
Epigraphic Society Occasional
of Contents, Vol. 14, 1985
Memoriam—Harold Sterling Gladwin (6 pp) George
F. Carter 14-p 9
biography and a list of his publications as well as an introductory note by Fell
to a facsimile of a Gladwin letter re Flora Vista tablets.
Flora Vista Tablets (7 pp) Harold S.
of a June 1975 letter from Gladwin to Fell: all he knew of the history of the
Flora Vista tablets.
of the Flora Vista Tablets
(6 pp) Barry Fell 14-p 22
states that the tablets must have come from Indonesia or the Carolines and are
probably magical talismans.
New Bronze Age Alphabet from Denmark (3 pp)
translates a cryptic wreath inscribed on a bronze-age cyst (Gentofte, Denmark)
showing a mating couple.
of Sacrifice (1 p) Ella Footman
photo by the author of an artifact remarkably similar to the "Altar
Table" at Mystery Hill, New Hampshire.
on the Rocks (1 p) Ida Jane Gallagher
A review of a video documentary depicting the solar sites at Anubis Caves, Crack Cave, and Picture Canyon. “A visual classic of Southwestern epigraphy and archaeoastronomy.”
Anubis Caves (1 p) Gloria Farley
The author introduces us to the discussions to follow on this remarkable site in Western Oklahoma (a photo of the author on a visit to Egypt accompanies the article; the photo is by Warren Dexter).
Archaeoastronomy of the Anubis Caves (12 pp) Rollin
W. Gillespie, Phillip M. Leonard, William R. McGlone & Jon R. Polansky
preliminary report on the astronomical features of the Anubis caves in Western
Oklahoma. “The individuals responsible for these petroglyphs showed a
considerable knowledge of astronomy (and associated calendrical events) and
demonstrated an exceptional ability to incorporate this knowledge into the
physical features of the caves.”
Inscriptions of the Anubis Caves (16 pp) Barry Fell
decipherment of Ogam inscriptions at the Anubis Caves in Western Oklahoma. The
inscriptions appear to be related to the Equinox.
Anubis Caves: Oklahoma’s Ancient Equinox Site (7 pp) Gloria
description of the Anubis Caves site, putting it into a historical perspective.
The petroglyphs appear to show both North African and Celtic gods.
Anubis Panel: Mythological Themes and Correlations (23 pp) Clyde Keeler, Gloria Farley
author suggests that the site was created by an Egypto-Libyan priest who
worshipped the sun.
on the Rocks (1 p) Scott Monahan
introduction to Scott's video relating the marvelous inscription discoveries in
of the Equinox, Keeper of the Balance (3 pp)
inscription's reference to "the balance of the days."
Tifinag on an Iron Age Bracteate (1 p) Barry
translates the inscription on a Norse bracteate.
Consaine Coinage of the Ancient Gauls (2 pp)
Barry Fell 14-p 96
deciphers Ogam inscriptions on Gaulish coins dating to about 200 BC.
Norse Mathematical Symbols (4 pp) Richard
resemblance of the Tifinag script to Norse and Anglo-Saxon mathematical symbols.
on a Dublin Viking Coin (1 p) Richard
Fell and Nielsen agree that the name Knud can be seen on a Viking coin found in Dublin.
Tifinag Coinage of King Offa of Kent (2 pp)
coins seized and taken to Denmark by Vikings show Tifinag script.
Inscriptions Confirmed by Archaeoastronomy (3 pp) Ida
examination of engraved stones set at entrance to tomb of Ollamh Fodhla, County
Virginia Petroglyphs are Ogham Says Scholar (2 pp) Robert
Prof. Robert T. Meyer of Catholic University in Washington, DC (40 years expertise as a leader in the field of Celtic studies) and other scholars are quoted on public television broadcast about an epigraphic site in West Virginia.
B.C. A Rubbish Book (3 pp) Glyn Daniel
says reviewer Glyn Daniel: this is reprinted from Antiquity,
Inscriptions—Archaeopornography (1 p) Glyn
Daniel accuses Donal Buchanan (in the process mis-spelling his name) of pornography for translating the inscriptions on patently sexual devices existant among the Glozel artifacts.
Rollin W. Gillespie (1 p) Barry Fell
scientist Rollin Gillespie is deeply involved in actively testing and reporting
upon the results of epigraphy (photo available).
Bronze Age America by Barry Fell (in Irish) (3 pp) Sanford Etheridge 14-p 112
review in the Irish language of Fell's second sequel to America BC (from Gaeltacht,
Vol. 10, part 9, Tulane University).
Ogam-Inscribed Teton Dakota Artifact (1 p) Ida
Dakota Ice-glider on display at the Museum of the American Indian, in New York
City appears to bear an Ogam inscription.
the Brick City of the Mayas (2 pp) Neil
author describes the excavation of inscribed bricks at a unique Mayan site.
Bricks from Comalcalco, Mexico (8 pp)
recognizes numerous non-Indian scripts in the inscriptions on the bricks.
Inscription from Tonga (1 p) Russell
identifies it as an old Tongan fishing charm from pagan times.
Society's Expedition to Egypt, 1980 (1 p) Warren
expedition was led by Norman Totten. The photo of the participants is by Warren
from the National Science Foundation (1 p)
NSF lauds the Society for contributing to increasing the awareness and
understanding of science and technology.
South Iberian Inscription in Esmeralda County, Nevada (1 p) Burrell C. Dawson
This gives Fell's translation of a Berber-Arabic inscription seen on a slab of gneiss found in Nevada.
the Esmeralda Stone (1 p) Barry Fell
Fell explains the process by which he arrived at his decipherment.
Atlatl Rock Comet – A Portent of Death (2 pp)
Fell explains the rebus designs used by Arabic calligraphers and notes that some have been found at American sites.
on the Brazilian Continental Shelf (2 pp) Robert
Marx & Harold Edgerton
Government of Brazil frustrates attempts to investigate a possible Roman
Offa and Betty Martin (1 p) Barry Fell
replies to Glyn Daniel's comment about the presence of Tifinag in Britain:
"All my eye and Betty Martin too."
Legends on Hiberno-Danish Coins (2 pp)
appears on coins issued by the Hiberno-Danish Kings of Dublin, c. 1000 AD.
Consaine in Western Scotland (4 pp) Barry
Ogam Consaine occurs in Northern Ireland (Castle Dearg in the Foyle Valley), in the Western Isles of Scotland, and in Argyle. Its distribution thus coincides with that of the Dal Riada who came originally from Northern Ireland.
of Ogam Breige (1 p) Phillip Potter
provided photos to Fell of Ogam-like markings seen in South Dakota. Fell feels
that they are Amerindian copies of Ogam (ie, Ogam Breige or Pseudo Ogam) in an
effort to attract Celtic traders.
Stone Pendants from Nova Scotia (2 pp) Barry
pendants of the Micmac Indians bear very clear Ogam consaine inscriptions. Fell
provides his decipherments of them.
Ogam Bricren Inscription to the Horse-Goddess (6 pp)
A petroglyph of the Celtic Horse Goddess seen at the Anubis Caves site bears an inscription in Ogam Bricren script and rendered as Ogam Consaine (that is, with no vowels).
Is It a European Medicine Wheel? (6 pp) Walter
Stender & Barry Fell
Letter: It compares a site in Portugal to Amerindian medicine wheels.
House Site, Scotland (1 p) Ida Jane
unexcavated prehistoric cemetery near Tollard House, an inn on the Argyll
(1 p) Barry Fell
Harold Gladwin's reputation was harmed as a result of his espousal of diffusionist ideas. Likewise, the Epigraphic Society’s association with Gladwin has caused a distrust of the Society by established scholars. You just can’t win!
Studies at Tollard House Ogam Cave, Argyll, Scotland (5 pp) Jon Polansky
The author (photo available) discusses the investigation of an Ogam inscription site in Scotland.
Arabic Moslem Text on an Anglo-Saxon Coin (2 pp)
King Offa struck coins in England based on Moslem originals.
River Canyon, Kentucky (4 pp) Barry Fell
The Midwestern Epigraphic Society makes an investigatory trip to a site in Kentucky bearing an Ogam inscription. Fell’s decipher- ment is shown (photos available).
Decipherment of Late lberic, Part 2 (20 pp) Donal
This continues the article begun in Volume 13.
Petroglyphs of Southern Yunnan Province, China (5 pp) Cheng
drawings on rocks show village scenes, hunts, animal drawings, and horn motifs.
Coins Discovered in Maryland (1 p) Brad
O'Keefe 14-p 190
A hoard of 62 ancient coins were found in the vicinity of an inland waterway in Maryland by a person using a metal detector. The hoard proved to be made up of ancient Greek, Roman, and Arabic coins. Their provenance is uncertain. O’Keefe was also present at the discovery of an earlier cache of 37 ancient coins.
Cyrillic Inscriptions (2 pp) Burrell C.
found near Lida, Nevada, can perhaps be dated to the early 19th century.
Cup-and-ring Petroglyph (1 p) Edward &
This photo is of a petroglyph located on Sprayberry Rock in Cobb County, Georgia.
of Llandudno (1 p) Barry Fell
Fell replies to a criticism by Glyn Daniel.
on the Rocks - An Archaeologist Comments (1
p) Herb Minshall
A professional archaeologist praises the video and the efforts of the Western Epigraphic Society to publicize it. He deplores the lack of response or follow-up by his colleagues. He found the video to be well-done and convincing.
Proof of Martineau’s Pictograph System (2 pp) Burrell
Burrell Dawson used Martineau’s methods to decipher a petroglyph in Hunter
Canyon in Salina Valley, Inyo County, California. This data was made available
by his wife, Margaret Dawson.
A Possible Calendar Inscription from Santa Barbara, California (4 pp) Paul H. Chapman 14-p 196
pictograph in a prehistoric California cave is believed to be calendric.
from La Plata Mountains, Colorado (2 pp) Louis
deciphers a Spanish inscription sent to him by the famous author of Western
of ESOP Articles in New York Publication (1 p) Barry
Watson, in his book Lightning Bird has used ESOP
material without permission.
Inyo, California, Zodiac (3 pp) L. J. Dewald
inscription referred to in Paper #179, Vol. 8, of ESOP, found and correctly
transcribed (it was incorrectly rendered in the original report).
Origin of Our Time System (2 pp) Charles
article answers the question: "Why do days start after midnight?"
Fate (2 pp) Linus Brunner
destiny of all great discoverers is to be calumniated by scholars.
Plague in the Southwest (2 pp) L. Lyle
contacts with the Old World may have brought plague to the American Southwest.
Horton Creek Site (2 pp) Burrell C. Dawson
and Vincent S. Yoder
Ogam inscription suggests the traveler go to a nearby valley where it will be
On the Cover
tablet from Flora Vista, New Mexico, discussed in articles in this issue. Photo:
Arizona State University, Tucson.
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