A blog dedicated to discussion of exploration of North America before Columbus
I've created this blog to share and exchange ideas relating to the research contained in my novel, Cabal of the Westford Knight: Templars at the Newport Tower. The story itself is fiction, but its premise rests on firm ground: Numerous artifacts and sites in and around New England (see attached images) clearly evidence a history of pre-Columbian discovery and exploration of North America. Specifically, the evidence points to a group of Northern Europeans island-hopping across the North Atlantic in the late 1300s. Who were they, and why did they come? Well, that's where the fun begins. If you come to this site with an open mind, you are welcome to participate in what I hope is a lively discussion.
A Review of CABAL OF THE WESTFORD KNIGHT by the Ohio Record-Courier
I am a graduate of Tufts University and Georgetown Law School. CABAL OF THE WESTFORD KNIGHT is my fourth novel. (Click on "My Books" link above for more info.) I am a Director of New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA). I live in Westford, MA with my wife, novelist Kimberly Scott, and our two daughters. In my spare time I coach youth sports and Special Olympics and also play on adult ice hockey and softball teams.
Medieval stone tower ... in Rhode Island. Does it look like any other Colonial structure you've seen? Recent carbon dating of the mortar indicates 1400s construction date (see post below).
The Westford Knight Sword
Medieval Battle Sword ... in Westford, Massachusetts. Can anyone deny the pommel, hilt and blade punch-marked into the bedrock?
The Spirit Pond Rune Stone
Medieval Inscription ... in Maine, near Popham Beach. Long passed off as a hoax, but how many people know the Runic language? And how is it that some of the Runic characters match rare runes on inscriptions found in Minnesota and Rhode Island? Carbon-dating of floorboards at nearby long house date to 1405.
The Narragansett Rune Stone
Medieval Inscription ... in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay. This Runic inscription is only visible for twenty minutes a day at low tide--is this also the work of a modern-day, Runic-speaking hoaxster?
The Westford Boat Stone
Medieval Ship Carving ... in Westford, MA. Found near the Westford Knight site. Weathering patterns of carving are consistent with that of 600-year-old artifact. And why would a Colonial trail-marker depict a knorr, a 14th-century ship?
The Kensington Rune Stone
Medieval Inscription... in Minnesota. Forensic geology confirms the carvings predate European settlement of Minnesota--so did Runic-speaking Native Americans carve it?
The Hooked X Rune
Medieval Runic Character ... on inscriptions found in Maine, Minnesota and Rhode Island. But this rare rune was only recently found in Europe. This conclusively disproves any hoax theory while also linking these three artifacts together.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Norwell & Newbury Library Events
I'll be discussing the sites and artifacts featured in "Cabal of the Westford Knight" at the Norwell (MA) Library on Feb. 8 at 7:00 and at the Newbury (MA) Library on Feb. 9 at 7:00.