Ancient Travels to the Americas or a Modern Forgery? Who Made the Bat Creek Inscription?
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Ancient Travelers to the Americas
Legends about ancient travelers to the Americas have not been accepted by conventional history. Apart from medieval Norse expeditions, Polynesians, Japanese, and other peoples supposedly reached the Americas before Columbus did. It has even been proposed that in ancient times the Phoenicians may have traveled to lands that were later called the “New World.” This civilization could have brought other Semitic cultures on their ships - a possible explanation for the inscription of the Bat Creek tablet.
Not all researchers are convinced on the antiquity of the Black Creek tablet. They claim that it could have been created by people in the 19th century. There are plenty of reasons behind this view as well. Some believe that it could have been related to the growing influence of Masons.
Apart from this, many theories related to the Bat Creek tablet suggest that it was meant to confirm theories about the origins of the early inhabitants of the Americas. Supporters of this hypothesis say that Europeans wanted to prove that the land colonized by them belonged to them in antiquity too. Faking evidence to support their ownership could be a possibility. Unfortunately, as long as the mound remains lost and no more evidence appears, it seems that the problem of the Bat Creek stone will remain unsolved.
Top Image: A reflected light image of the controversial Bat Creek Stone. Source: Scott Wolter
The Bat Creek Stone by J. Huston McCulloch, available from: http://www.econ.ohio-state.edu/jhm/arch/batcrk.html
The Bat Creek Stone. The inscription of a Judean fleeing the AD70 desolation found in Tennessee? Available from: http://www.preteristarchive.com/Ancient_Revelations/epigraphy/1991_mainfort_bat-creek-stone.html
Stone inscription found in Tennessee proves that America was discovered 1, 500 years before Columbus, By Dr. Cyrus Gordon, USA, Roy Bongartz, USA, available from: http://www.ensignmessage.com/batcreekstone.html
The Bat Creek stone revisited: a reply to Mainfort and Kwas in American Antiquity, by J. Huston McCulloch, available from: http://www.econ.ohio-state.edu/jhm/arch/AmerAntiq.pdf