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Table of Contents, Vol. 14,  1985

In Memoriam—Harold Sterling Gladwin (6 pp) George F. Carter 14-p 9

A 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.

The Flora Vista Tablets (7 pp) Harold S. Gladwin 14-p 15

Facsimile of a June 1975 letter from Gladwin to Fell: all he knew of the history of the Flora Vista tablets.

Decipherment of the Flora Vista Tablets (6 pp) Barry Fell 14-p 22 

Fell states that the tablets must have come from Indonesia or the Carolines and are probably magical talismans.

A New Bronze Age Alphabet from Denmark (3 pp) Barry Fell 14-p 28

Fell translates a cryptic wreath inscribed on a bronze-age cyst (Gentofte, Denmark) showing a mating couple.

Table of Sacrifice (1 p) Ella Footman 14-p 30

A photo by the author of an artifact remarkably similar to the "Altar Table" at Mystery Hill, New Hampshire.

History on the Rocks (1 p) Ida Jane Gallagher 14-p 31

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.”

The Anubis Caves (1 p) Gloria Farley 14-p 32

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).

The Archaeoastronomy of the Anubis Caves (12 pp) Rollin W. Gillespie, Phillip M. Leonard, William R. McGlone & Jon R. Polansky 14-p 33 

A 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.”

Parietal Inscriptions of the Anubis Caves (16 pp) Barry Fell 14-p 45

The decipherment of Ogam inscriptions at the Anubis Caves in Western Oklahoma. The inscriptions appear to be related to the Equinox.

The Anubis Caves: Oklahoma’s Ancient Equinox Site (7 pp) Gloria Farley 14-p 61 

A description of the Anubis Caves site, putting it into a historical perspective. The petroglyphs appear to show both North African and Celtic gods.

The Anubis Panel: Mythological Themes and Correlations (23 pp) Clyde Keeler, Gloria Farley 14-p 68

The author suggests that the site was created by an Egypto-Libyan priest who worshipped the sun.

History on the Rocks (1 p) Scott Monahan 14-p 91

An introduction to Scott's video relating the marvelous inscription discoveries in the Southwest.

Anubis­-Lord of the Equinox, Keeper of the Balance (3 pp) Barry Fell 14-p 92 

Fell explains the inscription's reference to "the balance of the days."

Norse Tifinag on an Iron Age Bracteate (1 p) Barry Fell 14-p 95

Fell translates the inscription on a Norse bracteate.

Ogam Consaine Coinage of the Ancient Gauls (2 pp) Barry Fell 14-p 96

Fell deciphers Ogam inscriptions on Gaulish coins dating to about 200 BC.

Old Norse Mathematical Symbols (4 pp) Richard Nielsen 14-p 98 

Nielsen points out the resemblance of the Tifinag script to Norse and Anglo-Saxon mathematical symbols.

Tifinag on a Dublin Viking Coin (1 p) Richard Nielsen 14-p 101

Fell and Nielsen agree that the name Knud can be seen on a Viking coin found in Dublin.

The Tifinag Coinage of King Offa of Kent (2 pp) Barry Fell 14-p 102

English coins seized and taken to Denmark by Vikings show Tifinag script.

Irish Inscriptions Confirmed by Archaeoastronomy (3 pp) Ida Jane Gallagher 14-p 104

An examination of engraved stones set at entrance to tomb of Ollamh Fodhla, County Meath, Ireland.

West Virginia Petroglyphs are Ogham Says Scholar (2 pp) Robert T. Meyer 14-p 107

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.

America B.C. A Rubbish Book (3 pp) Glyn Daniel   14-p 108

So says reviewer Glyn Daniel: this is reprinted from Antiquity, March 1984.

Glozel Inscriptions—Archaeopornography (1 p) Glyn Daniel 14-p 109

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.

Biography: Rollin W. Gillespie (1 p) Barry Fell 14-p 111

Ex-rocket 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

A review in the Irish language of Fell's second sequel to America BC (from Gaeltacht, Vol. 10, part 9, Tulane University).

An Ogam-Inscribed Teton Dakota Artifact (1 p) Ida Jane Gailagher 14-p 115

A Dakota Ice-glider on display at the Museum of the American Indian, in New York City appears to bear an Ogam inscription.

Comalcalco, the Brick City of the Mayas (2 pp) Neil Steede 14-p 116

The author describes the excavation of inscribed bricks at a unique Mayan site.

Inscribed Bricks from Comalcalco, Mexico (8 pp) Barry Fell 14-p 118

Fell recognizes numerous non-Indian scripts in the inscriptions on the bricks.

An Inscription from Tonga (1 p) Russell Swanson 14-p 126

Fell identifies it as an old Tongan fishing charm from pagan times.

Photo: Society's Expedition to Egypt, 1980 (1 p) Warren Dexter 14-p 127

The expedition was led by Norman Totten. The photo of the participants is by Warren Dexter.

Commendation from the National Science Foundation (1 p) 14-p 127

The NSF lauds the Society for contributing to increasing the awareness and understanding of science and technology.

A South Iberian Inscription in Esmeralda County, Nevada (1 p) Burrell C. Dawson 14-p 128

This gives Fell's translation of a Berber-Arabic inscription seen on a slab of gneiss found in Nevada.

Deciphering the Esmeralda Stone (1 p) Barry Fell 14-p 129

Fell explains the process by which he arrived at his decipherment.

The Atlatl Rock Comet – A Portent of Death (2 pp) Barry Fell 14-p 130

Fell explains the rebus designs used by Arabic calligraphers and notes that some have been found at American sites.

Amphoras on the Brazilian Continental Shelf (2 pp) Robert Marx & Harold Edgerton 14-p 132

The Government of Brazil frustrates attempts to investigate a possible Roman shipwreck.

King Offa and Betty Martin (1 p) Barry Fell 14-p 133

Fell replies to Glyn Daniel's comment about the presence of Tifinag in Britain: "All my eye and Betty Martin too."

Tifinag Legends on Hiberno-Danish Coins (2 pp) Barry Fell 14-p 134

Tifinag appears on coins issued by the Hiberno-Danish Kings of Dublin, c. 1000 AD.

Ogam Consaine in Western Scotland (4 pp) Barry Fell 14-p 135

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.

Photos of Ogam Breige (1 p) Phillip Potter 14-p 139

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.

Ogam-Inscribed Stone Pendants from Nova Scotia (2 pp) Barry Fell 14-p 140

Stone pendants of the Micmac Indians bear very clear Ogam consaine inscriptions. Fell provides his decipherments of them.

An Ogam Bricren Inscription to the Horse-Goddess (6 pp) Barry Fell 14-p 142

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).

Sagres, Is It a European Medicine Wheel? (6 pp) Walter Stender & Barry Fell 14-p 148

Letter: It compares a site in Portugal to Amerindian medicine wheels.

Tollard House Site, Scotland (1 p) Ida Jane Gallagher 14-p 154

An unexcavated prehistoric cemetery near Tollard House, an inn on the Argyll Peninsula.

Reservations (1 p) Barry Fell 14-p 154

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!

Preliminary Studies at Tollard House Ogam Cave, Argyll, Scotland (5 pp) Jon Polansky 14-p 155

The author (photo available) discusses the investigation of an Ogam inscription site in Scotland.

An Arabic Moslem Text on an Anglo-Saxon Coin (2 pp) Barry Fell 14-p 160

King Offa struck coins in England based on Moslem originals.

Red River Canyon, Kentucky (4 pp) Barry Fell  et al 14-p 162

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).

The Decipherment of Late lberic, Part 2 (20 pp) Donal Buchanan 14-p 166

This continues the article begun in Volume 13.

Neolithic Petroglyphs of Southern Yunnan Province, China (5 pp) Cheng Xiang 14-p 186

Primitive drawings on rocks show village scenes, hunts, animal drawings, and horn motifs.

Ancient 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.

Two Cyrillic Inscriptions (2 pp) Burrell C. Dawson 14-p 191

Inscriptions found near Lida, Nevada, can perhaps be dated to the early 19th century.

Photo: Cup-and-ring Petroglyph (1 p) Edward & Bobbie Smith 14-p 193

This photo is of a petroglyph located on Sprayberry Rock in Cobb County, Georgia.

Lloyd’s of Llandudno (1 p) Barry Fell 14-p 193

Fell replies to a criticism by Glyn Daniel.

History on the Rocks - An Archaeologist Comments (1 p) Herb Minshall 14-p 194

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.

Some Proof of Martineau’s Pictograph System (2 pp) Burrell C. Dawson 14-p 195

The late 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

A pictograph in a prehistoric California cave is believed to be calendric.

Inscription from La Plata Mountains, Colorado (2 pp) Louis L'Amour 14-p 200

Fell deciphers a Spanish inscription sent to him by the famous author of Western stories.

Plagiarism of ESOP Articles in New York Publication (1 p) Barry Fell 14-p 201

Lyall Watson, in his book Lightning Bird has used ESOP material without permission.

The Inyo, California, Zodiac (3 pp) L. J. Dewald 14-p 202

An inscription referred to in Paper #179, Vol. 8, of ESOP, found and correctly transcribed (it was incorrectly rendered in the original report).

The Origin of Our Time System (2 pp) Charles C. Fulton 14-p 204

This article answers the question: "Why do days start after midnight?"

Decipherers' Fate (2 pp) Linus Brunner 14-p 206

The destiny of all great discoverers is to be calumniated by scholars.

Bubonic Plague in the Southwest (2 pp) L. Lyle Underwood 14-p 207

Early contacts with the Old World may have brought plague to the American Southwest.

The Horton Creek Site (2 pp) Burrell C. Dawson and Vincent S. Yoder 14-p 209

An Ogam inscription suggests the traveler go to a nearby valley where it will be less cold.

On the Cover

Inscribed tablet from Flora Vista, New Mexico, discussed in articles in this issue. Photo: Arizona State University, Tucson.


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