Tamils and Sumerians Among the FIRST to Reach Australia and Antarctica? PART I
Guest Author, Satellite Archaeologist, and Independent Researcher, William James Veall updates his recently published article on "Antarctica Writings" on Ancient Origins , to include an alternative perspective by epigrapher, educator and anthropologist, Dr Clyde Winters , Ph.D. Chicago, USA, concerning the identification and transliteration of the inscriptive material.
Before commencing, a brief summary of the back-ground history of the Tamils and their script together with the Sumerians, and what is meant by a ‘Linear Sumerian script’.
Nothing is really certain about the Tamil people’s history. They lived in a southern part of India called Tamil Nadu, circa 2200 BC, then migrated mainly into the northeastern areas of Sri Lanka, which became the permanent homeland of the Sri Lankan Tamils around the second century BC.
The Tamil script evolved from an ancient southern form of Brahmi script, circa 2200 BC, with literature emerging circa 300 BC – AD 300. It is currently used to write the Tamil language in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu as well as in Sri Lanka.
Tamil inscriptions in Vatteluttu script in stone during Chola period c.1000 AD at Brahadeeswara temple in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. (Shivz Photography/ CC BY 2.0 )
Tamil is a Dravidian language spoken mainly in southern India, amongst other locations, but surprisingly as we shall see—also spoken in Australia!
The Sumerian culture, after Sumer, flourished along the floodplains between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in ancient southern Mesopotamia, now Iraq, circa 4500 BC.
The Sumerians not only created a system of language and writing but also excelled in astronomy, mathematics, and architecture. Indeed, it is currently believed that the ancient Sumerians had developed an expertise in medical matters by at least 2500 BC.
Early Sumerian writing tablet recording the allocation of beer, probably from southern Iraq, Late Prehistoric period, 3100-3000 BC (BabelStone/ CC BY-SA 3.0 )
Rather like the Tamils, Sumerian origins remain a mystery. Some students claim Sumerians came from India and were actually of Caucasian origin.
There is strong evidence of Linear Sumerian script in Bolivia, in the form of the enscribed Pokotia Monolith ; this makes a firm case for the presence of Sumerians in South America, at least, during the Tiahuanaco Early Intermediate Period 200 BC - AD 600, which eventually culminated sometime between AD 1000 and AD 1100.
Plate 2: Pokotia and Tiahuanaco monoliths. (Courtesy of Dr Clyde Winters.)
Curious Inscriptions in Australia
Dr C.A. Winters has freely given permission to quote from his spontaneous report posted to the author almost immediately upon publication of " Astonishing Human Heads: Do satellite photographs now prove existence of humans on Antarctica... 6000 years ago ?" (Ancient Origins, 25th August 2017)
Readers of that article may remember Table 1 listed some of the symbols I had exposed by remote sensing satellite along the Australia's eastern seaboard. Shortly after publication I discovered another amazing rock-cut legend. I immediately sent the satellite photograph to Dr Winters for his expert opinion.
Plate 3: The original satellite photograph of the rock carved legend in Tamil with an outline sketch of the legend for clarity.
Plate 4: Dr Winters translation of the 'Noticeboard’ carved in Tamil script..
The huge, six-meter by three-meter (20-feet by 10-feet) slab of rock was discovered face-upwards amongst debris from a cliff-face that had collapsed on to the beach.
According to Dr Winters, “I have looked at the inscriptions from Australia and they appear to be written in TAMIL writing derived from the Indus Valley script, called TAMILI.”
The inscription says: “Act to give birth to Relief from Trouble. Shelter (here).”
Modern advertising might interpret the signboard as: “Welcome. Eat, Drink, and be Merry at the Shelter Cove”. Just a thought!
The Australian shoreline (Google Earth)
The main picture, Plate 1 (above), shows the beautiful Australian cove less than 700 meters (approx. half a mile) northward from the ‘Noticeboard’. Set high up on a cliff-face, the huge legend would be clearly visible during the day to coastal seafarers seeking a safe anchorage.
One might perhaps conjecture that in ancient times the cove was a waystation, able to supply freshwater and replenish food supplies on a regular basis to passing voyagers.
The 'port of call' is 782 km (486 miles), say two weeks sailing, from the pinnacle of Cape York Peninsula, which coincidentally is directly opposite the Island of Papua New Guinea, Indonesia— a little over 150 kilometers across the ocean from Australia.
Surprising Sumerian Leaders
Continuing, Dr Winters commented on Figure 5, “Head subtending the head of an Eagle”. (Here entitled Plate 5.