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1. On Cuna Writing And Its Affinities [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 83: Sep-Oct 1992 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects On Cuna Writing And Its Affinities A sample of Cuna "writing" When Europeans "officially" reached the New World some 500 years ago, the "official" account states that they found that only the Mayans and Aztecs possessed writing. However, all anomalists recognize that "official" stories often sweep untidy facts under what has come to be an immense rug. One seldom mentioned and rather awkward bump beneath this rug is Cuna writing. The Cuna Indians occupied Panama and some nearby Caribbean islands at the Time of Contact. That the Cuna carved symbols of sorts on wooden boards and scribbled with natural pigments on bark cloth and paper is generally admitted, but this is not considered in the same league as Mayan writing. A sample of Easter Island "writing" from a talking board Cuna writing is ideographic. Today's average Cuna Indian can usually identify each ideogram as a bird, plant, or some other object. ...
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2. Why no Literary Relics from Five Centuries? [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... Why no Literary Relics from Five Centuries? The Dark Ages left no literary remains, not even a single word on a sherd or a few characters on a clay tablet. M. Bowra in his book Homer and His Forerunners puts the problem in straight terms: There is no evidence whatsoever that the Mycenaean script continued anywhere in Greece after c. 1200. There is no trace of writing of any kind in the sub-Mycenaean and Protogeometric periods, or indeed before the middle of the eighth century, when the new and totally different Greek alphabet makes its first appearance. Now, this is surely not an accident. A single scratched letter from this period would be enough to show that writing survived; but not one has been found. This is undeniably a most remarkable phenomenon, for which it is hard to find either a parallel or an explanation. A society seems suddenly to have become illiterate, and to have remained so for centuries. How and why this happened we do not know... 1 Bowra expresses his wonder at ? this astounding ...
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... " a frequent feature in Egyptian orthography. In no. 2, it is not so accompanied: the double sign renders the Hebrew consonant ([ Greek text in the Greek version). In the third example, the same sound is rendered by (tj, i. e., the sound of ch in children.") In no. 3, serves as the equivalent of in no. 2; in no. 1, is vocalic, serving to render the h. Orthography is somewhat fluid even in the writing of native Egyptian words, so that it is not surprising to see two solutions to the problem of rendering the foreign consonant. What is more to the point-- the issue of whether Dnyn might mean "Athenians"-- it should be pointed out that this evidence does not support the use of d to render Greek theta However, this evidence is limited, it is not Ramesside, and a Classicist should be consulted, for there is still an avenue open here: while the Septuagintal q is undoubtedly an aspirate ...
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4. Mercury and the Tower of Babel [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... Tower of Babel accompanied by an Earth shock, as happened with Venus some centuries later. Ginzberg states that half the Tower was consumed by fire and half swallowed by the Earth.(4) Monkeys and Apes Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn were associated by ancient peoples with various birds and beasts: similarly with Mercury. The Gauls associated Mercury with the goat and the cock. Above all, Mercury was associated with monkeys or apes. Thoth of the Egyptians is depicted as an ape(5) and is associated with writing. Some sources identify Thoth with the Moon, due, probably, to the fact that Mercury assumed a crescent form on approaching the Earth.(6) Nebo of the Babylonians is, like Thoth, also a god of writing.(7) Ginzberg tells us that the survivors of the Babel disaster were transformed into apes.(8) Hanuman is the Hindu Mercury of whom it is said that he once became as resplendent as the Sun and moved whole mountains. A picture of Hanuman, the monkey God, ...
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5. Aftermath of the Trojan War [Catastrophism & Ancient History Journal $]
... of Odysseus about which he sings. Ancient Greek chronology is on our side. Homer is reported to have lived 100 or 60 years after the war,[33 60 years after the return of the Heraclids,[34 and to have been born during the Neileos colonization[35-- or even 24 years after the Trojan War.[36 I think there is clear evidence here that we should date his activities to the first quarter of the 7th century. I will end my notes with a discussion of the art of writing in the Greek world. I think it is well known that the Greeks used the Linear B syllabary during Mycenaean times. The Greek alphabet was learned from the Phoenicians after the Dark Ages, in the 8th century. This is the conventional view. Of course, everybody knows that Cadmus in Greek tradition is the man who brought the alphabet to Greece; he lived several generations before the Trojan War, making this tradition seem a fiction. Herodotus,[37 however, saw alphabetical inscriptions from the times of Oedipus and his ...
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6. First Writing May Have Been Three-Dimensional [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 1: September 1977 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects First writing may have been three-dimensional Archeologists have long been puzzled by large numbers of small, fired-clay objects found in the Middle East. Denise Schmandt-Besserat, University of Texas at Austin, believes that these small geometrical shapes (cones, spheres, disks, etc.) were actually symbols used in commerce to indicate numbers and types of commodities (sheep, oil, etc.). Generally less than an inch in size, the clay objects were apparently sealed in hollow clay spheres to make bills of lading as early as 8,500 B.C. This is 5,000 years before two-dimensional clay tablets were introduced for writing. (Anonymous; "From Reckoning to Writing," Scientific American, p. 58, August 1977.) Comment. These clay symbols might be related to the painted pebbles and small carved stone balls found in Europe. From Science Frontiers #1, September 1977.© 1977-2000 William R ...
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7. The Genesis of Israel and Egypt [SIS C&C Review $]
... hardly be questioned.' [5. Even the earliest Egyptian architecture, found in the early dynastic mastaba tombs, has an apparently Mesopotamian antecedent:'... excavation in Mesopotamia has revealed the more primitive wooden constructions from which this style of architecture was no doubt derived, and... the earliest Mesopotamian examples in brick are considerably older than the first mastabas of the Naqada form found in Egypt, where they appear quite suddenly at the beginning of the First Dynasty...' [6. In terms of writing, the Sumerian and Egyptian hieroglyphic scripts showed 'certain affinities'. Nevertheless, the differences between the two are 'too significant to be disregarded', and 'it is probably correct to assess the Sumerian contribution to the Egyptian science of writing as mainly suggestive and limited to imparting a knowledge of the underlying principles.' [7. Scholars are at a loss in trying to identify these Mesopotamian culture-bearers. Commercial intercourse is regarded as 'unlikely' because 'the movement seems to have been in one direction only- from East to West.' ...
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... presentation and critique- to that of Michael Roaf, which is reproduced here in its entirety [sic: "The conclusions presented in this book are wrong." The editor of the British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology Newsletter calls it as a 'succinct review', but there is no hiding his embarrassment: the one-line dismissal is padded out with an introduction and references to other reviews to cover the best part of two pages of his Newsletter! One of the most friendly reviews of Centuries of Darkness is that of Aidan Dodson, writing in Palestine Exploration Quarterly in 1992. He notes that the idea that the generally accepted chronology may be considerably in error is not new, for there was a controversy in Petrie's time and there were 'the outpourings of the "lunatic fringe", led by Velikovsky'. However, the recent publication of works by Lasken, Rohl and James et al. have revived interest in major chronological revisions. He describes Centuries of Darkness as 'by far the most complete of such treatments', carefully outlines their general scheme and notes: ...
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9. Black Holes [SIS C&C Review $]
... Desborough begins by sketching out conditions within the Mycenaean world up to its fall, which he places (page 18) "in the latter part of the thirteenth century", when the changes that come about are little short of fantastic. The craftsmen and artists seem to vanish almost without trace: there is very little new stone construction of any sort, far less any massive edifices; the metal-worker's technique reverts to the primitive and the potter, except in the early stages, loses his purpose and inspiration; and the art of writing is forgotten. But the outstanding feature is that by the end of the twelfth century the population appears to have dwindled to about one-tenth of what it had been little over a century before. He discusses at some length the possible alternatives to explain this collapse- invasion, internal risings, and sharp climatic change. Neither of the latter satisfy him as a reason for the engineering undertaken to fortify and aliment the cities at that time:- If, however, there was an invasion, one would naturally expect the invaders to ...
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10. Horizons [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... almost identical to one from a tablet of Nammu: The Mother (or primeval sea) who gave birth to heaven and earth. There is also something similar to v.6: God separated the waters. SUNDAY MORNING: MAYER DANINO: Genesis 11 1-9 The story of the tower of Babel. This had something to do with a catastrophe caused by the planet Mercury. There would have been a thunderbolt causing a low frequency wave. This resulted in neurological disturbance, failure of speech and communication: babbling. People were forced to invent writing. Merculis= scribe. Mercury was responsible for writing. Every 1656 years there is a flood. Babel was 460 years late. There was a law that Jews were supposed to throw stones at idols; except for one, because stones were its food. Gunnar Heinsohn commented that according to his chronological scheme the ziggurat building phases were -1050 to -850 and -625. Also -1050 was the date of separation of temple and palace and the start of cuneiform writing. SUNDAY AFTERNOON: CLARK WHELTON: Dark Ages of Greece The title ...
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