The Newport Tower

The Newport Tower
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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Tucson Lead Artifacts

Just returned from Tucson Arizona, where I examined the Tucson lead artifacts with geologist Scott Wolter and historian Michael Carr. These artifacts were discovered in the 1920s buried about 5 feet below the desert surface in a layer of caliche (a cementing together of the desert soil and minerals) outside Tucson. There are 31 artifacts, mostly crosses, swords and spears. The artifacts appear to be ceremonial and are engraved with both Latin and Hebrew writing, along with both Christian and Jewish religious symbols. The dates on the artifacts (using Roman Numerals) range from the 8th to 10th centuries A.D. Those who support the authenticity of the artifacts theorize that they are the work of a group of Christianized Jews from southern France who somehow found their way to what is now Arizona. Based on Wolter’s microscopic examination of the buildup of mineral deposits on the artifacts, the artifacts appear to be ancient. If so, these artifacts could be among the most important finds in American archeological history. Ironically, the site where the artifacts were found is adjacent to what is now Christopher Columbus Park—perhaps it is time to rename this park?

Here is a picture of a pair of ceremonial crosses:



And here is some Hebrew writing on one of them:
Here is some Latin writing on one of the crosses:



Here is discovery site, in the desert outside Tucson:

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amazing discovery ...Where are those artifacts now ? Are they on display anywhere ?

Ronen

David Brody said...

The artifacts are in the collection of the Arizona Historical Society, in Tucson, available for viewing by appointment.

Scott Wolter said...

David,

I don't know if I ever told you this or not, but the site you show a picture of is not the correct discovery site. Apparently, Don Burgess intentionally led us to different location to "protect" the actual location. Perhaps he thought we'd steal the real site...

Anyway, Chuck Bent, grandson of Thomas Bent, took us to actual location which is about a mile away from this spot.

Anonymous said...

Scott,

Regarding the lead artifacts in Arizona. Have you ever considered that they may have been left by the Spanish during Colonial times? They set up many missions in the Arizona region, including San José de Tumacácori Mission.

To me, it makes more sense that a group of people geared more towards colonization left these artifacts rather than a small, expeditionary force. You said yourself that these people would not have brought heavy lead to the New World, but would they have brought the skilled artisans and tools with them to mine and process the lead?

The Corss of Lorraine, known in Spanish as the Cruz de Lorena, is prevelant in many religious sects around the world and found on many Colonial Spanish artifacts.

Let me know what you think.

-Josh

Patrick Lord said...

Being a native of New England, I am surrounded by many mysterious locations. I would love to find out the truth about all these sites and artifacts. I hope Scott Wolter does a show on The Westford Knight.

David Brody said...

Josh, thanks for your post. The writing on the artifacts themselves tells the story of a group of explorers from France. I think your Spanish explorer possibility might otherwise make some sense, but why would the Spaniards identify themselves as Christianized French Jews?

-Dave

David Brody said...

Hi Patrick. Scott has examined the Westford Knight a few times. He believes the sword carving is very old. But he doesn't believe the rest of the carving (the shield and the knight's head) is anything more than the natural pitting of the bedrock. He has also examined the Westford Boat Stone (believed to be related to the Knight) in his lab and believes the weathering is consistent with what one would find on a 600-year-old artifact.

nitehawk6565 said...

what is the translation on the lead artifacts

David Brody said...

Nitehawk6565:

A number of the artifacts contain Latin wrtiting (there is also Hebrew) which essentially recounts the history of a group of Roman Jews who relocated to the Gaul region of France and in approximately 775 AD journeyed to a land they called ‘Calalus’ (presumably the American southwest). As was the case with many Jews of this period, apparently they had begun to become Christianized but also maintained many of their Jewish traditions. The writings recrount how they fought many wars with the local people, whom they called the Toltecs, eventually defeating them and ruling for more than 100 years. Finally, in 880 AD, their leader named Israel III freed the Toltecs. When Israel III died, war again broke out, this time catastrophically for the Europeans who were defeated and presumably killed and/or enslaved. The last record, telling of this final battle, is dated 895 AD.

This is a rough translation and others may interpret passages differently, but it will give you the gist of things.

Anonymous said...

Scott, have you done any study about the RH-negative blood type of the Basque people & how also their language is totally different than any other European language, and the possible genetic connections to RH-negative peoples in original Amerindians? I think you'll find something very...fascinating.-Danny Wayne Evans doc007gonz@gmail.com

Marie said...

Just posted on my blog about this episode, and in doing research online, found your blog! I have added it to my blog list and my follow list. I am fascinated with all of this....live in Tucson...plan to make an appt. to see the artifacts! Thanks for having such a great blog on archaeoastronomy!

David Brody said...

Hi Marie, and welcome!

These artifacts are pretty compelling. I happened to speak to Scott Wolter yesterday and he remains convinced the geology indicates they are not a hoax. In fact, I am setting my current novel in Arizona, with a plot that is triggered by the lead artifacts and the Mustang Mountain runic inscription.

Michael Archangel said...

The Moors were the 1st people to use Moor-Tar (Mortar). Therefore the Moors were the ones who built the Tower. In addition the Templar's were taught by Egyptian Moors. No such thing as Templar prior to Moors and all Moors were NOT Muslim. Moor, Muur , Ma'Re'or Mary are cultural terms in reference to a Nation and not religion. Moorish history goes back 50000 years and the Europeans destroyed it during the Conquistadors and the Reconstruction era! Meaning the Europeans re-made history

Michael Archangel said...

During Colonization the Europeans destroyed history and suggested all blacks and indigenous people came from Africa. THIS WAS A 100% LIE!The MOORS were already here, the written literature bares witness to these FACTS. When watching such channels as History Channel and H2 "mysteriously" they NEVER acknowledge the MOORS (Wonder why) who civilized Europe during the Middle Ages. This is because the Moors were from North Africa and NOT Europe. The Majority of Europeans did not even know the Earth was ROUND during this time. The Moors had the most advanced Seamen, Sailors and Maps of that Time. Until Europeans are willing to investigate the achievements of others outside their race, THEY WILL NEVER ARRIVE A TOTAL TRUTH INVESTIGATE is a MUST!

David Brody said...

Michael:

I have never heard the theory the Moors build the Newport Tower. I do agree that much of the knowledge the Templars acquired during the 12th and 13th centuries came from Middle Eastern and Northern African sources.

curiousLori said...

I found this blog after watching the Walter show. The comment about the Basques intrigues me. Years ago I studies Edgar Cayce's readings on Atlantis. After the last age of destructions of Atlantis, many had dispersed before the final disaster. He said that one could find the Atlantians traces in the Basque people and many had been in what is now the Yucatan (mayan racial types)and later became the mound builders of the American Indians. I find this fascinating. I also concur with the comments on the moors.

George Arnold said...

Interesting The Newport tower is on what was my family ancestral lands in Rhode Island. Or more properly Raude Island, Or The Red's Island. As in Erik.

My mother was a Reid or Red.
My last name is Arnold.

David Brody said...

George, I had never heard that explanation for Rhode Island. Fascinating! Yes, I was aware that RI Governor Arnold owned the land the Tower is on.

Anonymous said...

David,
Has anyone noticed the similarities between the tale on the Tucson artifacts and that which is told in the Book of Mormon?

David Brody said...

Re similarities between Tucson artifacts and tale told in Book of Mormon: Yes! In fact, my next novel explores exactly that similarity, along with many other ancient artifacts in the American Southwest. Coming out this fall...

james said...

I found two lead artifact both are nickel size one looks like birds head fully detailed other one don't know my email is wininger.robert@gmail.com

Jason Tryp said...

Has anyone heard of the LOS LUNAS NEW MEXICO stone with Hebrew script? It was discovered in 1850.
Here are a couple of links that deal with the dating of the script

http://econ.ohio-state.edu/jhm/arch/loslunas.html

http://youtu.be/lWWiNLMFtlk

Anonymous said...

Thank you Scott Wolter for stepping up to the plate and hopefully putting some closure to the ridicule and what not that the Bent Family ,Cyclone Covey,and many others must have endured over the last 80+ years. I have been researching the Lead Crosses for around 10 years and have made several trips to the Tucson area.Along my path I have made several discoveries that I would love to share with someone that has the same goal {the truth} as myself ..Here is an example {the picture of the dinosaur).I have to admit this threw me for a loop until I came across the Kachina Bridge Dinosaur Petroglyph which looks as if it could have been done by the same artist.My history book states that the the first Dinosaur to be scientifictly described is the Megalosaurus in 1824 by William Buckland.My belief is that unless history is written in stone or in metal that will stand against the test of time then it too will be lost probably sooner then later.To me the Lead Crosses are a world history book,written by people who had the insight to to record their journey ,their history, and maybe their demise,. The oldest known book on record is 6 pages of beaten gold with 2500 year old etruscan script that scholars have yet to decipher or maybe they just dont want to rewrite history.I truly believe I have information on the led crosses that would blow the history books out of the water.Im tired of my grand kids reading and believing fiction history arent you?

David Ulrich said...

---Say, I did run across a note in Grant Berkley's book - King Arthur Conspiracy, that he stated there had been found two lead artifacts in 1884 when the limekiln was being dug. He does not list a source and I'm been trying on the net, but nothing comes up. If you have his book, its on page 496, 4th paragraph. This is two years before Odohui was even there and 30 years before Manier in 1924. I will have to re-read Bryon Cummings bio but I don't think that was in it.....

this is from an inquiry I sent to the publisher and Scott. the publisher has not gotten a response but I would think this is important as it adds decades to the artifacts location


David Brody said...

Hi David. I’m copying Scott Wolter on this because I think it is potentially important information. If indeed there were lead artifacts pulled out in 1884, that is a significant development. Scott’s very good about answering emails so I’m pretty sure he’ll get back to you.

I don’t have Berkley’s book. But I did find the reference to the 1884 find on page 496 via the “peak inside” function on Amazon—Scott, you should be able to do the same.

Thanks for reaching out, David!


David Ulrich said...

would it be a point to get in contact with Alan Butler. Scott has a show on tonight about the civil layout of Washington DC tonight and Alan is in it.

I also contacted the publisher again by phone and she resent the email to Grant Berkley. I have a feeling he will respond but probably only to fellow publishers, authors, etc.

I would really like to see this one on the radar.

Dave

David Brody said...

David, I have been in touch with Scott Wolter and he is going to try to get in touch with Grant Berkley to try to find a source for this 1884 discovery. If you hear back from the publisher, please let me know.

David Ulrich said...

I have found a second reference to the metal found in the 1884. It was in the book by William D. Conner (Iron Age America) pg 176, 4th paragraph. He says the two artifacts were given to the children of some of the workers and who then “lost” them. I would think they are buried in someone’s back yard or in some “junk yard” or landfill. I don’t think that “children” would have melted them down. Also, would you be doing a show on the “furnaces” that Arlington Mallery studied. I would think that would be a whole book by itself.

That would mean they haven't travelled to far from where they were found --- anybody with a metal detector -- anybody.

Jim Bucci said...

Scott have you looked at rare earth metals and impurities in lead artifacts? I would expect more impurities in 7th century smelted lead than 20th century reproductions. I'm a geo also. Jmbucci@sbcglobal.net

Noneof Yourbusiness said...

Could these artifacts be related to the Belarusa Minsk era Knights Templar? I just watched the show and have been researching that area of Europe and some of the weaponry caught my attention. I remembered seeing that Anerica has the second largest Belrusa line of decendents

David Brody said...

Noneof: I have never heard of the Templars in Minsk. Can you provide some background on this? But, remember, these artifacts date back to before the Templar order was formed circa 1115 AD.