Update: Bronze Age research appears to be headed toward an astonishing discovery
POOF cannot mention this British scholar’s name right now, but his initial findings will “blow you away.”
Life is indeed a box of chocolates. Had not US Naval Intelligence not asked me to make contact with several Maya separatist and insurgent groups in Chiapas State, Mexico and southern Guatemala, while on my fellowship, I probably would have never recognized the significance of the Track Rock Terrace Complex. The Itza, Lake Atitlan and Kekchi Maya terrace complexes were not on the syllabus approved by my mentor, Dr. Román Piña Chán. They are still not tourist attractions.
The same thing could be said about the remarkable discoveries that I have made in 2017 concerning the cultural connections between Bronze Age Scandinavia and the artistic traditions of the Creeks and Mayas. On the morning after I graduated from Georgia Tech, I boarded a British Airways jet and flew off to a job in Sweden that I didn’t apply for. I didn’t know why I was hired by the LandskronaStadsArkitektKontoret (City Architect’s office in Landskrona, Sweden) until I was halfway over the Atlantic Ocean.
Heck, I couldn’t even pronounce the word and didn’t even know how to say “hello” in Swedish, when I stepped off the ferry in Landskrona. You see . . . at the time, we did not even have diplomatic relations with Sweden because of the anger by the Swedish government over Richard Nixon’s orders to invade Cambodia and Laos and the use of anti-personnel bombs on Vietnamese civilians, which contained mica flakes that could not be detected by xrays. It was identical to a scene in Mission Impossible . . . I mean IDENTICAL.
As fate would have it, my job was in the heart of the ancient Scandinavian Bronze Age Civilization . . . which was not even mentioned in the textbooks I had used in college. The rest of Scandinavia’s history was barely mentioned.
As fate would have it again, my bosses Stadsarkitekt (City Architect) Gunnar Lydh and Stadsplanner Alex Petersen, were very interested in archaeology, in particular, the Bronze and Viking Ages. Lydh has a Wikipedia article on him . . . see Gunnar Lydh. On my second day of employment, Lydh took me on a boat to visit Ven Island in the Oresund Channel. He then took me straight to the site of an important Bronze Age town, which is now the location of what is probably the oldest church in Scandinavia, Sanct Ibbs Kyrka. He explained that the church was intentionally built on a Bronze Age ceremonial site. He showed me many petroglyphs. Even at my youthful level of knowledge, I instantly recognized that many of the symbols were considered sacred by the Creek Indians. This fact has always bothered me.
Again as fate would have it. The location of the Bronze Age town was near the planned location of the pedestrian village, I was to design . . . AND the best location to observe all ships of the Soviet Navy, which had to pass Ven to get to the Atlantic Ocean. Also, all Soviet subs had to surface there, because the water suddenly becomes very shallow. In Medieval times, a massive chain was stretched across the water to force ships to pay a toll. It was a major source of income for the King of Denmark. There was an entire wing of the Landskrona Museum dedicated to the Bronze Age. The city is ringed with burial mounds, identical to those of the Woodland Period in the Southeast and Ohio.
So . . . that is why I was able to quickly pick up in the shared cultural symbols of Bronze Age Scandinavia, the Creek Indians and the Mayas. However, until 20 years had passed, I could not have legally told anyone why I was so knowledgeable on the Highland Mayas and the Bronze Age culture on Ven Island, Sweden. By the way, the Swedish Navy and Coast Guard knew that I was there. I was not spying on Sweden. Pro-American Swedish naval officers even provided me an official Swedish girl friend, who was President of the College Division of the Center Party and pro-NATO. She liked to go topless, when we bicycled on Ven Island. It was a very pleasant way to serve one’s country. On the other hand, I am quite certain that Socialist Prime Minister Olav Palme did not know that I was there.
One week, I was working 24/7 to finish my architectural thesis . . . not knowing if I would graduate or not . . . I got an A! . . . the next week I was sitting on the top of that cliff, looking for the baby blue colored ships of the Soviet Navy and daydreaming about that pretty young Svenska flicka, named Agnetha (as in the first A in ABBA a year later) who was playing Mary Magdalene in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Yes, it was surrealistic.
But. . .
I just don’t have any educational background in European Bronze Age cultural history and languages. POOF had to get help from European scholars on this line of research. Irish and Swedish anthropology professors have already been extremely helpful.
Recently, a POOF subscriber, who is an English archaeologist, offered to act as an intermediary with a man, who is probably the leading expert on Eastern Mediterranean Bronze Age writing systems. He is the first person, who has been able to translate a significant percentage of the mysterious Linear A alphabet, used by the Minoan Civilization. Wikipedia tells you that it has not been translated. This gentleman is turning the world of European archaeology upside down. He is currently living in Canada, but his research is focused on the island of Crete, where the Minoan Civilization was centered. Our intermediary forwarded photographs of the Metcalf Stone, a mysterious stone tablet found in a barbecue pit near Columbus, GA . . . but she only told him that it was an artifact found in the State of Georgia, USA.
His first response was that the letters looked like Linear A, but that was impossible, unless someone illegally picked up a stone tablet in Crete then dropped it on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. I sent back photos of all four sides of the Tugaloo Stone, which portrays, among other things, several Bronze Age ships on its sides. He immediately wrote back, “Those are Bronze Age ships! I will now have to change all my theories!”
I then emailed him photographs of some of the other boulders in North Georgia that contain Bronze Age European symbols. I told him that numerous bronze weapons and tools have been found in Georgia by highly respected archaeologists, associated with the Smithsonian Institute and Harvard University. These discoveries are actually listed in their archaeological reports, but have been conveniently “forgotten” by Georgia archaeologists. I also mentioned that the Bronze Age petroglyphic boulders are concentrated in the section of the Georgia Mountains, which contains large deposits of gold, copper, greenstone and gemstones.
It would be inappropriate for POOF to mention this scholar’s name until he publishes a report on his findings with his name on it. However, he has already confirmed that what I interpreted as being Bronze Age symbols and ships on numerous boulders in North Georgia are indeed that. Two years ago, Irish archaeologists confirmed that the Reinhardt Petroglyphic Boulder was almost identical to several boulders on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland.
The story of North America has just been turned upside down.
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