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Table of Contents, Vol. 8/2, 1980

Tree Ogam: A Variant Form of the Linear Script (6 pp) Norman Totten 8/2-p 129

The author discusses the development of Ogam with special emphasis on Tree Ogam.

Oak Island  - and After (2 pp) Barry Fell 8/2-p 136

A comparison of the famous Oak Island Inscription to the Tuareg Tifinag of Sheik Ohman.

On Libyan Contributions to the Mediterranean Cultures (7 pp) Ali F. Kushaim 8/2-p 138

Libyan influence on Greek history, mythology, literature, etc.

Who Created Linear B Script? (3 pp) Linus Brunner 8/2-p 145

Brunner agrees with Hooker that the syllabary is an "instrument for the rendering of Greek."

Decipherment of Rune-like Akekanovo Inscription from Eastern Europe (4 pp) Victor Kachur 8/2-p 148

An inscription on a vase found in 1897 in Alekanovo, near Moscow -- read in Old Slavic.

Inscriptions from North Africa (5 pp) Barry Fell 8/2-p 152

Libyan sepulchral inscriptions, some bi-lingual with Latin, are deciphered by Fell.

Baal in Oklahoma (5 pp) Gloria Farley 8/2-p 157

The author identifies an Oklahoma petroglyph with renditions of Baal.

Georgia Elephant Disk (3 pp) Bubba Davis & Clyde Keeler 8/2-p 162

A description of the finding of the disk in May 1973 by Tom Hill Davis Sr. and his son Tom Hill (Bubba) Davis Jr.

Two Lusitanian memorials (3 pp) Barry Fell 8/2-p 165

Fell's reading of two sepulchral inscriptions from Portugal. [Note by Donal Buchanan: Fell's reading of these two inscriptions is faulty. He read them left to right. They read from right to left. He used Semitic. They are in a form of Celtic.]

The Gungywamp complex (6 pp) David Pitt Barron 8/2-p 168

A description of a primitive "megalithic" complex in Connecticut.

Differential Craniometry Suggests European Pelasgians Founded Egyptian, Chinese-Japanese, and Carib-Andean Civilizations (11 pp) Albert E. Casey, Eleanor L. Downey-Prince, & Ursula Dietrich 8/2-p 175

21 mean cranial measurements and indices available on Cretans compared with 864 peoples worldwide.

Ogam consainne (1 p) Barry Fell 8/2-p 185  

Petroglyphs on a cairn at Lough Crew, Ireland, are translated.

SEAS at Bimini (10 pp) Talbot S. Lindstrom p 189

The Scientific Exploration and Archeological Society (SEAS) conducts land and sea archaeological inquiries.

Horned snakes of Southern Africa in Rock Art and Mythology (10 pp) Brenda Sullivan p 199

Animal-headed snakes and snakes with horns are pictured on rocks over a wide area of South Africa.

The Logic of Linguistics (9 pp) Frank Parson 8/2-p 209

A society's linguistics decay in direct relation to a decay in the culture. Language is culturally dependent.

A Seal Ring Found in Huntingdon, Virginia (1 p) Patricia L. White 8/2-p 218

A ring made c. 1618-1620 by Accomack Indians was presented by King Debedeavon to Grace O'Neill of Virginia Colony.

How Much Did Columbus' Crewmen Know of America Before 1492? (1 p) Michael Scott 8/2-p 218

Columbus chose his crewmen because they already had knowledge of early voyages and existence of the Antilles.

Pseudo-Ogam (1 p) Robert C. Bell 8/2-p 218

Ogam-like natural markings on a pebble.

Sarmatian Petroglyphs (1 p) Anatole M. Kazanov 8/2-p 219

Symbols on a stone burial chamber at Kerch in the Crimea (Sarmatians: Indo-Europeans ancestral to Slavs).

Epigraphy in Poland  (1 p) Jerzy Cepik 8/2-p 220  

The author has just published the first volume of his work on the history of man titled, Jak Czlowiek Nauczyt Sie Pisac. It deals with the evolution of alphabets and writing systems. A graphic of a Slavic Inscription from Novgorod is shown. 

Micmac Manuscripts (1 p) George A. Webster 8/2-p 220

Informs that a new Micmac prayer book has come to light in New York state. Webster is in contact with the owner.

An Act to Suppress Tohungas (1 p) B. R. Patterson 8/2-p 221  

Further comments on attempts to suppress Maori culture.

Summer solstice at Warwick, New York (2 pp) J. H. Bradner  8/2-p 221

The author reports on a possible megalithic calendar site.

Basque Membership in the Epigraphic Society (1 p) Barry Fell 8/2-p 222 

Fell speaks of the activities of Basque member Augusto Aboitiz of Buenos Aires (which led to the involvement of Basque philologist Imanole Agire with the work of the Society)  He mentions a recent work on ancient Basques by J. M. Barandiaran. Member Jo Arriza of Denver finds parallels between Basque vocabulary and several other languages including Sumerian, Polynesian, and Amerindian.

The Science of Ancient Egypt - Presented by a Scientist for Scientists (1 p) John Anthony West 8/2-p 223

An ad for Serpent in the Sky, the High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt by John Anthony West, Harper & Row, NY, New York.

Harvard Map Collection Acquires Major Gifts of East Asian Maps (1 p) Barry Fell 8/2-p 224  

A gift from the Rübel Asiatic Research Collection includes maps drawn by Europeans compiled from information received from travelers and explorers knowledgeable of East Asia. as well as topographic maps provided by the US Defense Mapping Agency Library. The latter were made 1919-1948 by Chinese and Japanese.

Houghton Library Acquires Irish Manuscripts (1 p) Barry Fell 8/2-p 224

The Library has obtained an early Irish manuscript (a page from the Vetus Latina, an early Latin translation of the Bible which predates the Vulgate) as well as poems and letters by William Butler Yeats.

Carvings Installed in Maori Studies House (2 pp) Sidney M. Mead 8/2-p 225

Developments in Maori studies at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). The carvings on the Studies building are heavily symbolic. Photo of author, a Professor and Head of Maori Studies.

An Artifact Found at Edisto Island (2 pp) Dail R. Worthem 8/2-p 227

A strange artifact of copper and meteoric iron has been found 20 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina (photo available).

Some Kentucky Inscriptions (5 pp) Vernon J. Calhoun 8/2-p 229

Reports on a site between the Beech and Rolling forks of the Salt river (the markings resemble the Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania inscriptions). Illustrated by Annette E. Calhoun.

Moonwatching — Part I (7 pp) Charles C. Fulton  8/2-p 234  

This begins a series on Archaeoastronomy.

A Grave inscription in Vowel-less Ogam from Lycia, Western Anatolia (2 pp) Bruce A. MacDonald 8/2-p 241

This alleged Ogam Consaine inscription is from an excavation at Karatas-Semayuk, in Lycia, contemporary with Early Bronze II-IIIA. Barry Fell adds a comment that in all probability the inscription should be assigned to Galatian Celts.

On the Cover

An Ancient Coin of Osunoba.


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