Charles Fort - Unusual archaeological artefacts
Type of Spiritual Experience
These can indicate a host of possible activities - inter composer communication between peoples and also out of body communication of various sorts. It also shows a common symbol system and possibly an original now lost 'runic' language.
A description of the experience
The Book of the Damned - Charles Fort
Tablets of stone, in Hebrew, said to have been found in mounds in the United States: Masonic emblems said to have been found in mounds in the United States.
If we accept that inscribed things of ancient origin have been found in the United States; that cannot be attributed to any race indigenous to the western hemisphere; that are not in any language ever heard of in the eastern hemisphere--there's nothing to it but to turn non-Euclidian.
Ignatius Donnelly, in Atlantis
gives a list of objects that have been found in mounds that are supposed to antedate all European influence in America: lathe-made articles, --marks of the lathe said to be ‘unmistakable’.
Stone from the great mound at Grave Creek, West Virginia
In 1838, Mr. A.B. Tomlinson, owner of the great mound at Grave Creek, West Virginia, excavated the mound. He said that, in the presence of witnesses, he had found a small, flat, oval stone--or disk--upon which were engraved alphabetic characters. At the Congress of Archaeologists at Nancy, France, 1875, the stone was endorsed. Then several philologists came out in favor of genuineness. Some of them translated the inscription.
Translation by M. Jombard: "Thy orders are laws: thou shinest in impetuous élan and rapid chamois."
M. Maurice Schwab: "The chief of Emigration who reached these places (or this island) has fixed these characters forever."
M. Oppert: "The grave of one who was assassinated here. May God, to revenge him, strike his murderer, cutting off the hand of his existence."
Major De Helward, at the Congress of Luxembourg, 1877: "If Prof. Read and myself are right the figures are neither of the Runic, Phoenician, Canaanite, Hebrew, Lybian, Celtic, or any other alphabet-language."
An inscribed ax, or wedge, according to Dr. John C. Evans, in a communication to the American Ethnological Society, was plowed up, near Pemberton, N.J., 1859. The characters upon this ax, or wedge, are strikingly similar to the characters on the Grave Creek stone.
There were other reports of inscribed stones, and then, half a century later, some mounds--or caches, as we call them—were opened by the Rev. Mr. Gass, near the city of Davenport. (American Antiquarian, 15-73.) Several stone tablets were found. Upon one of them, the letters "TFTOWNS" may easily be made out. Other tablets were found. Upon one of them are two "F's" and two "8's." Also a large tablet, twelve inches by eight to ten inches "with Roman numerals and Arabic." It is said that the figure "8" occurs three times, and the figure or letter "O" seven times. "With these familiar characters are others that resemble ancient alphabets, either Phoenecian or Hebrew."
Another tablet was found, at Davenport, by Mr. Charles Harrison, president of the American Antiquarian Society. "... 8 and other hieroglyphics are upon this tablet."
Annals of Scientific Discovery, 1853-71:
That, at the meeting of the British Association, 1853, Sir David Brewster had announced that he had to bring before the meeting an object "of so incredible a nature that nothing short of the strongest evidence was necessary to render the statement at all probable." A crystal lens had been found in the treasure-house at Nineveh. This thing is in the British Museum. Carpenter, in The Microscope and Its Revelations, gives two drawings of it. Carpenter argues that it is impossible to accept that optical lenses had ever been made by the ancients. According to Brewster, it was not an ornament, but "a true optical lens."
Trans. N.Y. Acad. of Sciences, 11-27:
That Mr. J.H. Hooper, Bradley Co., Tenn., having come upon a curious stone, in some woods upon his farm, investigated. He dug. He unearthed a long wall. Upon this wall were inscribed many alphabetic characters. "872 characters have been examined, many of them duplicates, and a few imitations of animal forms, the moon, and other objects. … imitations of oriental alphabets are numerous."
Other miscellaneous finds
Notice of a stone ax, 17 inches long: 9 inches across broad end. (Proc. Soc. of Ants. of Scotland, 1-9-184.). Amer. Antiquarian, 18-60: Copper ax from an Ohio mound: 22 inches long; weight 38 pounds. Amer.