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?


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’.

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

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

The Decalogue Stone and the Ark

I think a better name might be the ‘Ark of the Covenant’, although it is not incased in gold, has only one tablet instead of two, and does not meet the measurements of the Ark, as described in the Bible. However, it does contain a written testimony in ancient Hebrew of the ten commandments, carved in stone, sealed in a box and buried next to an ancient pyramid. 

It would have taken a pretty good stone mason to split a piece of sandstone in half, chisel out the inside to hold the exact measurements of the Decalogue stone, carve the male figure on a piece of limestone, then chisel the ten commandments in Hebrew all around the stone, cement it shut, and bury it 12 feet (3.6 meters) deep below a grave site back in 1860.  I think if Wyrick and his team were trying to get publicity for some reason they would have come up with better names for the stones. 

What Does the Keystone Unlock?    

Historians point to the fact that one of Wyrick’s helpers, John Nicol, the local dentist, had been implicated in a hoax concerning two holy stones two years after Wyrick death.  Nicol said he planted the stones on Wilson’s Farm east of town to discredit Wyrick’s earlier discoveries. This is one reason why the stones are considered forgeries and everyone questions their authenticity. Wyrick committed suicide in 1864, four years after his discoveries at the age of 56, a broken man.  

Two, eight-square plumb bobs were also found with the Decalogue Stone.  They are hardly ever mentioned and, at the present time, are lost.  Ancient civilizations used plumb bobs to build the pyramids, find true north, south, east, and west, find the winter and summer solstices, as well as the equinox and lunar cycles.  I am sure the mound builders used plum bobs in their construction of the mounds.

A plumb bob was the only clue the builders of the Great Pyramid left us inside one of the shafts leading into the Queen’s chamber (found in 1872).   All the measurements done at the mounds of Ohio, were also done at Chaco Canyon in southern New Mexico, but over a much greater distance.   

Native American Plumb bob (Lenape, Proto-Munsee), Prehistoric, Harrisburg, PA.

Native American Plumb bob (Lenape, Proto-Munsee), Prehistoric, Harrisburg, PA. ( Source: American Decorative Arts Curator's Fund)

One of Wyrick’s workers found a small sandstone cup the same day that they discovered the Decalogue stone.  I know of no other sandstone cup found in a Native American site.  Gourds and ceramic ladles, bowls or canteens were used for cups.  Again, no record of where it was found was recorded by the group.

Cup from the Newark Stones Collection

Cup from the Newark Stones Collection ( Source:

Could this be the cup used at the last supper?  It’s unknown how to prove this, but if there was some way to find where the people who were buried with the cup came from, we might be able to pinpoint a place of its original origin. 

An image of the artifacts in the Newark Stones Collection

An image of the artifacts in the Newark Stones Collection (‘The Mystery of the Newark Holy Stones/

In 2008, Dr. Shlush gathered the DNA from the remains of the Hopewell mound builders near Newark, Ohio.  He found a new string of DNA called X2A, which he concluded, was only found in one other location in the world, the Hills of Galilee, in Israel.

Skeptics say that:

There is no credible archaeological or genetic evidence to suggest that any Old World peoples migrated to the Americas after the initial incursion from Siberia prior to the tentative forays of the Norse beginning at around 1000 CE other than limited contacts between Siberia and the American arctic.

-Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36. 1 Jan. 2012

Hopi Creation Story May Shed Light

I believe there is credible evidence: the Hopi Creation Story.   Frank Waters lived with the Hopi for three years starting in 1963, working on the Book of the Hopi.   He interviewed over 30 Hopi elders and the first thing the elders wanted to tell him was their creation story, where we all came from.  I lived with the Hopi for four years in the early ‘70s, seven years later, and I believe the Hopi story can be proven. 

The story begins by saying that all four races of man were created equal at the same time (after the ice caps melted and there was a great flood) and the same place, (Egypt).  Different guardians taught each race different languages, customs, religions and distributed them around the planet. The Hopi remember crossing a large ocean (the pacific) on small wooden rafts always traveling east and landing on the west side of this continent (Monte Verde, Chile). Their guardian, called Masaw, was waiting for them there and directed them to travel north to their permanent home, where they live to this day. It's believed he also told them that the people coming down from the north, much later across the land bridge, were not to be trusted (the Navajo and Apache?). Five or six other tribes could have come to the Americas from the east at this time across the Atlantic Ocean.

In legend, Masaw knew there would be skeptics in the future. He gave the Hopi a stone tablet to prove that he existed, which gave them title to the land he had provided for them.   He broke off one corner of the tablet and took it back across the ocean with him.  When the corner of the stone is found and brought back (they wait on the winter solstice each year) it will have to match precisely the tablet they have in their possession.  It’s felt there will be no question that their story is true as no one can falsify the missing corner; the inscriptions will have to match. I believe, the corner of the stone has been protected for centuries by guardians, in the sanctuary of the Ark of the Covenant at Axum, for just this reason.   

I do not understand why skeptics ignore living, talking, human beings. Perhaps they should concentrate on why the mound builders built mounds? Why the pyramid builders built pyramids?  Why did past civilizations worry about earth’s delicate balance in space; watching the moon cycles (our balance), the solstices (the tilt), and the equinox (the perfect balance)?  What were the ancient ones trying to tell us about Earth’s balance, and why?   The Hopi creation story might hold the clue.  

The entire collection is on display at the Johnson-Humrick-House Museum, Coshocton, Ohio , for everyone’s inspection and evaluation.  


Thomas O. Mills   is author of   Stonehenge, If This Was East  , and The Book Of Truth:  A New Perspective on the Hopi Creation Story .  Mills uses his knowledge of the Hopi Ceremonial Cycles to connect ancient sites around the world. 


Top Image: The Decalogue, The Keystone, and a 19 th century plan of the Newark Earthworks, and Tawa, the sun spirit and creator in Hopi mythology. (Public Domain); Deriv

By Thomas O. Mills

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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.

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?

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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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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)

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.


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