The Decalogue, The Keystone, and a 19th century plan of the Newark Earthworks, and Tawa, the sun spirit and creator in Hopi mythology.

Did David Wyrick Find the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail Near Newark, Ohio?

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For 157 years, archaeologists, religious scholars, anthropologist, politicians, scientists, and historians—everyone except Native Americans—have tried to prove that the two stones and one small cup David Wyrick found in a burial mound in Ohio, were forgeries.  

If the stones were authentic, then our theories about the peopling of the world and manifest destiny were all wrong.  So, there was, and still is, a lot at stake.

Finding the Keystone

Wyrick was a printer/surveyor by trade living in Newark, Ohio, USA in the mid-1800s.  Whenever time provided, he and his son would travel the mile or so southwest of town to the ancient mounds and dig in the burial grounds for native artifacts.  One June day they came across a wedge-shaped stone in a circular depression, common in the ancient earthworks.  It was six inches (15 cm) long, three inches (7.6 cm) in its widest part, and half an inch (1.2 cm) in diameter, and tapered to a point.  

What was strange about this stone was that it had Hebrew inscriptions on all four sides; Melech Eretz - King Of The Earth; Toras Hashem - The Law Of The Lord; D’var Hashem - The Word Of The Lord; and Kodesh Kodashim - Holy Of Holies.  They named it the Keystone because of its unique shape.

A picture of "The Keystone", one of several artifacts associated with the Newark Holy Stones.

A picture of "The Keystone", one of several artifacts associated with the Newark Holy Stones. (J. Huston McCulloch / Public Domain )

No record was kept of the exact location it was found, what direction it was pointing, or if it was found in a tomb.  The study of archaeology at this point in time was in its infancy and very few treasure hunters were keeping detailed records of their discoveries.

Rod or Staff of God?

The stone resembles a spearhead, or the tip of a rod or staff, in my mind.  Moses and his brother Aaron both had staffs throughout their most important milestones.  The staff was called the Rod or Staff of God in Moses’ case and Aaron’s Rod for Moses’ brothers.  It is written in Hebrew 9:4 that Aaron’s Rod was kept in the Ark of the Covenant.  I do not know if there is any written record of inscriptions on either staff, but if they did have inscriptions, I would think; King of Earth, Law of the Lord, Word of the Lord, and Holy of Holies, would be very likely candidates for those inscriptions.     

Finding the keystone took Wyrick and his friends to the next level in treasure hunting.  Five months later he came across 12 (some say 15) small burials arranged in a small circle with one large burial site in the center, at a site called Jackson Town Stone Mound. 

The site where the objects were found is known as The Newark Earthworks, Newark, Ohio, USA. 19th-century plan of the Works

The site where the objects were found is known as The Newark Earthworks, Newark, Ohio, USA. 19th-century plan of the Works ( Public Domain )

The site, a pyramid-shaped mound, 50 feet (15 meters) high and 200 feet (61 meters) wide, had been excavated in the past, in fact over 15,000 wagon-loads of stone had been removed between 1831 and 1832.  The material was transported and used to build the Ohio and Erie canal.  At the base level the remains of a wooden (oak) trough or coffin (radiocarbon dated Cal AD-70 to Cal AD-230 with a 95 percent probability) with some human remains were still visible. 

Newark Holy Stones Collection

Newark Holy Stones Collection ( Source:

Wyrick decided to dig below and deeper at this site and found a small sandstone box, 18 inches (46 cm) long and 12 inches (30 cm) wide, which was under the wooden object and under a layer of white clay that had not been disturbed. The sandstone case was cemented shut. One of Wyrick’s men found a small whole in the base of the case and blew into it and the case opened. They found a small limestone slab, six and 7/8 inches (17.5 cm) long, one and 5/8 inches (four cm) thick, and two and 7/8 inches (seven cm) wide, perfectly encased in the small, sandstone box.

 On one side of the limestone slab was a male human figure with the name Moshe (Moses) in Hebrew carved above it. The figure was dressed in robes and wearing a turban.  The rest of the stone was completely covered in Hebrew characters, which were translated as a reproduction of the Ten Commandments, although not complete as we think of them today. Wyrick called the limestone slab ‘The Decalogue Stone’.


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The LDS Church might have been able to reproduce relics but not DNA. That's why I wrote the article.

A good book about Smith and his start is by Jon Krakauer "Under The Banner Of Heaven. as info.

Thanks for the comments. tom

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Read Professor Barry Fells's much maligned books on "America BC". He offers LOTS of examples of Celtic and Phoenician sites across North America and the famous plaque found in Brazil that documents the stranding of a Phoenician crew.

Phoenicians, whom the Bible insists on calling "Philistines", would of course have the same Mid Eastern DNA as Hebrews.


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Hello Vino, I see that he wrote two other books - Saga America & Bronze Age America - I'll take a look. All three got great reviews. Thanks for the information. tom

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I find it hard to believe that the ancient Hopi knew of Egypt and Monte Verde, Chile. Or is this your personal interpretation of their tales?

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Hello Stkos, I believe the Hopi. When they tell me traveled east over a vast ocean and landed on the west side of this continent and then traveled north to their present home, I believe them. As the Hopi village of Oraibi is the oldest continusely occupied village in the United States we just have to follow their footprints back. A team of anthropologist concluded that Monte Verde, Chile is the oldest village on the west coast of this continent, 12,500 years old. There are over 5000 geoglyhs in the area the Atacama Giant one of them: / He resembles the Hopi Kachina Holi. This is also the time(12,500 years ago) that Hapgood in his book, Path of the Pole, states the ice caps melted and their was a great flood and polar shift. My friends told me its not that they came from Egypt but we all came from Egypt. That was what was important to them. So yes it is my personal interpretation. Thanks for the comment. tom

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To Whom it may concern - The Ohio Rock is a 500 lb sand stone found in Adams County Ohio at the southern end of the 100 mile Hopewell Road. It is a Portuguese time stone that was buried on my farm to show location to something important. As a retired engineer I assure you the Ohio Rock could not have been constructed without the use of the Holy Stone located in Newark. The 26 degrees made from the sides of the Holy Stone was used as a standard to construct the Ohio Rock. In addition to the Ohio Rock to function as a sun dial identified in 1977 by the late Barry Fell it is also a tool for measuring longitude and latitude by the position of the sun and moon at mid-day. I have studied the works of Shively and Horn who detail explain the functions of the Newark sites and the technology of these early people. I have also followed the works of Brad Lepper and Earth Otto as great contributors to Ohio History.

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Hello Mr. Smith. The big myth is that the builders of the mounds and pyramids located all around the planet, did this to know when to plant and harvest. I am positive that the Hopi measure the equinox, the solstices, and the half way point between the two. They do not do this to know when to planet or harvest their crops.

I tried to explain their creation story in this video:
and perhaps it will help you with your understanding of the Ohio Rock.

Thank you for the comment and the information. all the best. tom

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Hi Tom and thanks for the fast reply. I am sure you have your opinion on Ohio mounds and artifacts and I wish you had some photos of my 40 years of research, including the short time with the late B Fell. The Hopewell were here long before the Ohio Rock or the 3 artifacts found in the Newark area. Newark, Ohio is the most northern point of the 100 mile Hopewell road which Brad Lepper has published a book some time back. The Ohio Rock was found in 1977 by my wife at the south end of the Hopewell Road near the Ohio River. This road which is straight and sides lined with 2 foot high stones as well as pave stones has all been destroyed over the years, however evidence still exist as its function. I call it the killing field because it is where larger spear points are found which were used to kill the short legged bison that once were in Ohio. These bison migrated each year from Kentucky and crossed the Ohio River at the three islands near Manchester Ohio. When the Portuguese led by Michael Corte real in 1511 established camp to place a time stone marker to surface at a later date to show some important ancient old world artifacts (including the 3 at Newark, Ohio) that were placed near the rocks location, they altered the cycle of the migrating bison and the food for the Hopewell. Additional items have been found that support this theory and date, however I am not too interested in having amateurs dig up the land for personal collection or story fabrication. Thanks again for answering my post.

Tom - I thought I would share some research on the subject holy stone. The sides make a 26.4 degree angle which is the centering angle in the Ohio Rock. The Holy stone makes a perfect bob for reading the inner dial of the Ohio Rock as it is tilted on its base to read latitude. The 26.4 degree latitude was the sacred latitude of Egypt. The 26.4 degree angle is the main hall slope in the great pyramid. The 26.4 degree angle is the home angle in the lodestone compass. The decalog stone seems to be self explanatory. The stone cup was used as a water level to maintain latitude by marking a line inside the cup that corresponds to the aperture of the sun during the year. The user would fill the cup with water to the proper mark depending on the time of year, place the cup on a rod and point it toward the mid-day sun. If water ran out the navigator was to far north, If it did not run out the navigator was to far south.

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Morning William, So they were all about time and balance. Earth’s location in space. Perhaps about a time when we are closer to the sun and our polar ice caps melt just as they are doing today.

I believe the ancient mound builders were trying to show us where East used to be. If you draw a line through the earthworks (51.8 degrees from North today) and then draw a line at a 90 degree through the center of the complex, it would show you where the North pole use to be. If you know where North use to be you can compare it to Hapgood’s ( Path of the Pole, forward by Albert Einstein) pole locations over the last 100,000 years and it will give you a date on the complex.

My friends have told me that the earth will shake like a dog getting out of the water when the two twins (ice caps) leave their post. This might be one of the reasons for the complex. Just my thoughts and thank you for the information.

all the best. tom

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Hi Tom - I like your time and place theory as the message the mound builders were attempting to construct. The serpent mound in Adams county Ohio has 3 coils in its tail and 7 direction changes in its body with its head holding the moon in its mouth and pointing to the north west. I find this as an ancient recording of a voyage using lunar navigation. It is very similar to the other 38 recordings that have only one point on earth that is common to all. This location is in the Atlantic at the 26.4 latitude north and the 65 degree longitude west. The 3 coils in the serpents tail represents 3 lunar months at sea before land fall. The 7 direction changes represent the 7 lunar months it took to go on land from the coast to Adams county Ohio. The head with the moon represents the direction and method of time. The people that built the Serpent Mound spent 10 lunar months traveling from their home.

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Hello William, Interesting. 3 and 7 are very important numbers to the Hopi. I wonder what direction the Serpent would be pointing if east was the direction indicated by the complex? all the best. tom

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Thomas - The Adams county serpent mound is heading north west with the head holding the moon to the west and the tail with 3 coils at the east. You should be familiar with the western petroglyphs spiral symbols. They are recordings of lunar months. Each coil or partial coil represents time. This method of time keeping has been in the Americas long before Columbus. It was also the process used in Western Europe before 300 BC and the introduction of the Julian calendar. As I stated in my first post, I have worked with the late B. Fell and have spent over 40 years. I am not an author, just a retired engineer who has been to many sites and used modern technology approved by academics to determine the 5 W's of artifacts and sites. If this site is full of folks looking for the tooth fairy we will not be able to correct history.

Don't forget he also found the tooth fairies change machine. Lets come back to reality. If it came from the Bible it's more than likely just a story. If you are looking for this stuff in real life you need to get mental healthcare.

In the beginning all was void and had no mass. On day 1 let their be light, On day 2 let their be heaven and earth, On day 3 let their be a sun, On day 4 let the sun, moon and planets be in motion with the earth. What light was identified on day 1 when the sun was not available until day 3???
Answer - The pyramid was built heading true north and south with a 10 by 10 x 10 cubit chamber in its center. The top outside section on the north and south sides was capped with gold. Many called it the tower of babble constructed to house the arc of the covenant in order to allow contact with God like the holy structure (tent) used by Moses. The pyramid covered 13.5 acres. The first was built on the 26.4 latitude north and 65 longitude west. When the arc was placed inside (like the one produced by Knivel Wolf at the University of Minn. in 1969) it would collect cosmic energy (anti gravity). This energy was continued until the 13.5 acer base could not hold it. The downward force allowed the world as first man knew it to be destroyed or sunk into the Atlantic. (Army chore of engineers found beach sand at this location in 1947). In short summary - The Tower of Babble was built defying Gods will and it generated the big flood where people went to new lands where natives talked in different languages.
Keep in mind when we develope the means to exceed the speed of light, we can defy gravity and exist eternally in the past. (Do not be left behind looking for the tooth fairy)

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Hello Michael & R. C. The Bible says there was a great flood. I believe it. Many Creation stories, from many different religions, mention a great flood. The Hopi say that the Earth was destroyed by fire (heat), ice (the ice age), and water (a great flood) in the past and I believe them. Scientist, geologists, all say there was a great flood and ice ages. I believe them. But for some reason, no one connects the melting ice caps with the flood. Where did the water come from for the flood? Could Mother Earth have a reoccurring cycle? At the present time, where are we at in this cycle?

The seven coils of the Serpents shadow, on the pyramid at Chichen Itza, go up and down on the solstices at the present time. I think the Serpent mound in Ohio use to do the same thing on the winter solstice. If you turned the Earth and the Serpent mound to line up with the winter solstice how would the earthworks line up with North, South, East ,west and the solstices? You might also check the direction of the Avenue of the Dead in Mexico with this North pole direction.

I do not think the Serpent Mound is eating the moon, I think its eating the Earth. It has seven coils as the Creator said he would return seven time to fix Earth’s problem. It has three direction changes as it represents his third try:

The moon cycle measured on the petroglyphs spiral stone circles are the 18.6 year minimum and maximum declination of the moon. Anna Sofaer explains this in her 30 year study of Chaco Canyon. Her DVD “The Mystery of Chaco Canyon” might give you additional information about the Ohio site. as info. tom

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Thomas - I do like your post and opinions on the mystery sites and as they relate to religious recordings. As a retired engineer I attempt to identify the 5 W's for each site or artifact as it relates to measurable data or confirmed artifacts. 1- The Flood (recorded in Old and New world) When you look at the solar system you will find our sun and its planets are closest to the center of the Milky Way in its 20,000 year cycle. (Ice age cycle?) Recorded sea levels have risen about 1 foot every 100 years. We are currently experiencing global warming do to this ice age cycle. Soon the earth will be cooling to re-set for the next ice age. As the polar ice melts the fresh water dilutes the salt water of the sea. This lowers the freezing point of the pack ice which melts over time. When you look at the Atlantic it has four basic sides. North Pole, South Pole, Americas and Europe. As the pack ice melts the north and south distance becomes longer as well as the added weight of water at 1 foot per 100 years. Over time this effect will be catastrophic on the active fault line in the Atlantic and allow many land masses to disappear. This was recorded in stone at Coba Mexico, however the stones were removed in 1937 by the German Government and lost during the war. The only existence of this is a photographors photo by Valentine. In summary - The following questions may provide a proven history of our world and likely a look into the future. When was the ice ages?, What was their effects? Where was the earth most effected? Why is their ice ages? Who made them?

Have the artifacts been scientifically been analyzed. Where did the sandstone come from? I think this would prove it real or not. Unless it has one of those weird spells on it where we can never prove or disprove it ever. Please respond to my email please.

Ric - I do not find any information on where the artifacts have been studied for their make up and location, however this only applies to the artifacts at Newark. If I recall a sample of each artifact would be required to determine its make up. It is very unlikely the museum would allow this.

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