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Saturday, January 31, 2015

South of the Utah Border

One has to wonder why the petroglyphs occur in abundance in some place, and in others where you would fully expect to find them, there are none. Near these glyphs are the ruins of many villages...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Unusual Glyphs of the West

Over the years I have been invited to go see many sites, sometimes with the surety that what I am going to see will knock my socks off only to arrive after a long hike to see worm rock, or natural marks on a rock which the finder saw as ancient egyptian writings. But, of these many occurrences some of them truly do knock my socks off, but what I have here today is some of the unusual glyphs I have been to and these I can only stand in wonder and amazement. Are these Native American Petroglyphs? If not, then who did it, why and when? Although I feel I know the answer as to who is responsible for each of the following, I thought I would share these photos for you to ponder the possibilities.

One of the glyph sites below is photoshopped for good reason, in keeping the ambiguity of its location. Most of these glyphs are located on reservations, visited with permission.

Picture by Ignacio Nava

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Tale of Sylvester Prado and the Cave of Enormous Dimension.

Many years had past since Silvestre Prado had seen his friend Pedro Jose Salazar a Mexican Indian. It had been near forty years since the two had traveled as guides with the Spanish expeditions into the North. Pedro had elected to remain with the Indians of the area when the two parted ways.  Silvestre now nearing his 60’s returned to the place in the North where he had last seen his friend to the place where Pedro had decided to settle after the Spanish explorers had gone. At the time, Pedro and Silvestre had served as interpreters to the Spanish and aided them by communication with the Yaqui Indian who lived in the land,  the Paiute to the North and other tribes nearby.

Silvestre after many days of travel and a difficult crossing of the deep canyon had finally reached the place where they had once lived and worked with the Spanish many years ago only to find the remains of the corals and the humble dwellings. In the hidden place where the two had long ago kept their personal possessions, Silvestre found a couple of gold bars and a worn piece of leather with writing written to him or anyone finding it and explaining things which Pedro had discovered over the years. Silvestre knew the leather had been left for him, but what happened to his old friend Pedro? Not knowing what had happened to him and knowing he was not fit to remain there to discover the things Pedro had left behind and hidden nearby, he took the gold bars and the old poor condition piece of leather back home with him never learning what had happened to his friend. Silvestre now 88 years of age and in 1900, considering his age and due to the progressing decay of the old leather decided to re write the contents on cloth paper for his posterity.

A portion of the old cloth document

It would be another 79 years before the now old cloth or should I say a copy, found its way to a colleague of mine. A descendant of Silvestre had brought the cloth to my friend for help in finding the things it spoke of. My friend had made a few attempts to search the area but could never really dedicate the time necessary to the project due to other projects that kept him busy and on December of 2006 he turned the project over to me primarily because of my frequent visits to the area at the time.

Prior to receiving the old document and the story, I and some of my friends had found some interesting things in the suspect area not knowing that they had to do with the story I had not yet received.

“Further North in the arroyo there is 3 large monuments in lichen”

The document reads something like this;

Go to the place in the mountains and look for the reinforced coral, once you have found it position yourself to face ..........  and you will see a rock ravine and at the end of this ravine is a large cave which is the cave of the Indian Pedro Jose Salazar who was at one time the possessor of these mountains. Enter the cave and on the east side on the ground you will find two large flat stones, one is marked with a 1 and the other with a 2. Beneath them you will find oak planks with pins of the same wood that were used for rafters, and they are covered with cowhides. Remove them and you will find a large store of silver bars. Further down you will find a large cross with wide edges and beneath it planks and cowhide and under it is gold, silver and a small ebony box. You will be happy when you find this because upon breaking the box you will find jewels of gold and silver and papers made from berry wood. Upon these papers is written in mules blood in a language I do not understand, the directions to find an enormous cave which contains the treasures of the ancient tribes of this area. This cave holds the highest amounts ever known to man. Further ....... in the arroyo there is 3 large monuments in lichen with a tree that is peach growing in the center. Who should find this cloth will be happy, I am now 88 years of age,

Canon de Huajuco Tamatan Tamaulipas
19th of November, 1900
Silvestre Prado

In the spring of 2008 one of the many from this area asked if we would like to see some ruins that he had found, and of course we did. When we drove up on the ruins it was not what we expected and as we got out of our trucks and approached the ruins it was very clear he had found Pedro’s Coral.

Draft of Coral Site

Needless to say were we’re very excited at the anticipation that this was more than likely Pedro’s coral which we knew was a key in the story. Positioning ourselves in the coral we faced the rising sun position and the hard rock ravine revealed itself. We have spent many days in this area knowing we were in the right place but never did we expect to just have the coral handed to us. Now it was time to search the ravine, something that sounds simple enough but there are barriers to overcome and we have made two minor attempts to locate the cave, but as of yet we have not found it. We have however found several other very interesting things and these things alone will draw us to this remote place no doubt, over and over again. I can’t wait to go again.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Coral Pink

Of all the places I have been that few have walked, this place was one of the most beautiful, there was just something about Ponderosa Pines sticking out of Coral Pink Sand, not far from it is a place to park and a nice trail descends into a hidden canyon, as I descended the trail I could not help but understand why the Natives were drawn to this place. After a short decent we came upon a site with some of the best preserved Pictographs in a cave I had seen. Only one thing ruined the mood and the first impressions of this site, a huge chain link fence that stood between us out side the cave, and the very reason you traveled a few hundred miles to see. I understand why the fence was there, heaven knows I know, but this has just got to stop. Fortunately the corner of the fence had been breached and yes... you bet I took advantage of it. Most do not know it but the main canyon is riddled with antiquities... UPDATE: The fence has been removed and a path to walk added... Two Thumbs Up!

Digitally cleaned a bit...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Weekend Glyph Hunt and Shoot

A few photos from yesterdays photos shoot and glyph hunt.
Thank You Mikel, Paul, Dale and Bill.

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Spanish Master Map

The Spanish Master Map

Of all the things we have not been taught that was known at the time taught, this is likely not one of them. It is said in our local Utah history that the earliest Spanish expedition of the past was of Father Escalante in 1777. I understand why the historians promote and teach this simply because, they did not know.

Much of the evidence of prior expeditions into Utah for the purpose of mining did not come about until the last 50 years or so. It is no longer a question to those who have sought after and seen the evidences, that the Spanish and their predecessors have been frequenting the Uinta Mountains for a very long time and much earlier than many suppose, however that is another story.

 The Master Map
(Significant things removed and made obscure)

For now I would like to write about the mysterious Master Map which has appeared by mention, in many Spanish stories of the past. The first I ever heard of a master map was in a story I read concerning Thomas Rhoades who in the latter 1800’s had supposedly found at a Spanish massacre site near Nephi, along with the remains of dead Spaniards, a silver cylinder as it was described, with wooden plugs at each end and ornate reliefs on the cylinder. Upon opening the cylinder, it was found to contain what is known today as the Master Map made from leather. The map covered the area from west of the Great Salt Lake, to the Colorado Boarder encompassing primarily the Uinta Mountains.

If I do not have the 4 known Master Maps mixed up, I believe the date on this particular map was 1740 with the name Juan Alberto Serra. It is said that it showed over 100 mines and “other things.” In the late 1800’s and into the 1900’s many of the mines shown would be found and specifically where shown on the map.

If this map truly did exist, and carried the date of 1740, how many years into the past would it have taken to have documented, worked and placed on the map over 100 mine locations? Well that might be a tough question but, let me tell you of another story. Most of us have heard of the Nuestra SeƱora de Atocha, A Spanish ship bound for Spain heavily loaded with gold, silver, jewels, and many other things of the New World, which sunk off the coast of Florida in 1622. Although Wikipedia as a fair source for general information, I take most of it with a grain of Salt and if need be, dig deeper into the original sources or  consult with those who would know more about a given story.

It is clear by the available information the details of the ship documentation and the discovery who is telling the story. Now I cannot confirm the following however the individual who shared the information I find very credible. It is said that kept from the public was that much of what was on the Atocha, came from the Uinta Mountains, and on this ship sealed in a silver tube, was one of the four Master Maps. The date on the map I cannot confirm, but, I am certain it was prior to 1622. This map also had many mine locations and other things, and was very much like the one found in Utah by Thomas Rhoades.

More evidence of this maps existence could be told but is not necessary at this time; however I will say that some of those who personally accompanied Mr. Fisher over two years and his daughter after Mel’s death for another two years, to specific locations in the Uintas, are also my personal friends and colleagues. What were they looking for? Two of these witnesses do not know each other even to this day and yet both tell the same details that were told them as to what it was that brought the Fishers to the Utah Uinta Mountains, and one of those things was the map. If this map was aboard the Atocha when it sank, how many years prior did it take again, to establish, mine, and document on the map the many locations on the map?

One day I was visiting with one good friend who has one of the best collections of old Spanish Maps that have made their way to these parts over the many years. Although these many maps encompassed smaller areas throughout the Uintas seemingly made for specific expedition areas, upon examining many of them it became quite apparent that this smaller maps, were copied from a Master Map simply because of how easily one could match one to another. My friend had only recently missed an opportunity to purchase one of the 4 Master Maps known. It is said that it has found a home with a California map collector.

Renaldo Map of 1851
(One of the 11 maps used to recreate the Master)
(Significant things remove)

It would seem that when an expedition left the regions of Mexico or Seville, the head of the Expedition would copy from the Master Map believed to be in Mexico and another in Seville, the portion he needed for his specific expedition. After noticing how well these maps fit together, I realized that I had enough to recreate a large portion of this Master Map. After days of refining and matching the maps up, which by the way was not difficult, and looking at the very successful end results, I decided to create a 30 minute map base and recreate the same map yet in proper proportion.

The Holy Spirit Map
(This map was key in pulling together several maps, this map remained stored away for many 
years because it could not be matched up with topography until recently, 
It is still unknown as the date of this map whether it reads 1584 or 1884.
ALL significant features have been remove from the above image)

Those of you who have perused some of these maps know the difficulty in trying to determine what was intended on these sometimes out of proportion maps. Is this a trail or a ridge? Is this line a River or a trail? Well all of these questions were answered when the maps were joined and then having created a 30 minute map base, it became very easy to answer those questions with very few exceptions. The project was a great success and since the 30 minute map recreation, a kmz has been created for a Google Earth overlay which reveals some very interesting things.

The Nunez Expedition Map of 1771
Another key and semi well known map used to help complete the master map recreation.
Although this map is relatively well know, certain things have been removed that "May" not be on the published version.

For the most part, I do not have a problem in entertaining the idea of others acquiring a copy of this Master map if you have the time and energy it will require to pursue the 80 mine sites and several cache locations it reveals. You would think I would be up to my eyeballs searching the many locations shown on the map, but the truth of it is, there are only 3 things on the map that draws my interest and these things because of a personal visit to the sites, clearly shows me that expeditions of the past have been coming here since the 8th century AD and more than likely since the days of King Solomon, 2900 years ago. The 3 things I speak of would be removed from any copy distributed. Although I have an interest in these few things, I just do not have the time to peruse anything else on the map due to many other projects underway, and my true love which takes much of my time, the study of the Native American Petroglyphs.

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The Ancient American

This place in Northern Arizona has a high frequency of Native American Petroglyphs, near these glyphs are the scattered ruins of those who inhabited the area and who are likely those responsible for the messages left upon the rocks for future generations. Should you find these, walk softly and with respect.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Gunnison Mayan Relief Stone

This stone relief was brought to my attention in about 2012 by a friend (Ron) who knew the man very well who found it. The man who found it we will call Roger who in a accident drowned in 1990.

Ron was shown other pictures by Rodger of the location where it was found, these pictures he described and from them felt he knew where the stone came from. However Roger did tell him that it was found near Gunnison. Roger liked to hunt arrowheads and the like and stumbled upon a site not many ears prior to his untimely passing. He noticed a stone that was partially covered with sand and dirt, but it did not look like the surrounding sandstone and so he further investigated turning the stone over.

It is reported by two sources who knew Roger, that at one point Wayne Newton who is in part Native American had made an offer of a quarter million to Roger to purchase it from him, of which Roger is reported to have refused.

I have since tracked down one of Rogers children who presently holds the presumed artifact and have visited them to observe it personally and photograph it. I invited a good friend of mine who is an archaeologist to examine it and to get his opinion. He felt that it was a genuine article but struggled with what he thought might be modern tool marks, an area not of his expertise but felt he was familiar enough to at least offer his take.
Rogers daughter was adamant that there is no way her father could have, or was capable of forging such a thing, or participated or perpetrate a hoax, personally I believe her. From what I have been told by Rogers friends, he was genuine and honest.

I am not an archaeologist nor am I a forensics geologist but I just couldn't see what my archaeologist friend  saw, I'm not saying he was mistaken I simply could not see it. We both left there undecided, I leaning much more towards authenticity as I am a "Half Glass Full" kind of person giving people the benefit of the doubt until I have reason not to. If my friend chooses to chime in concerning this, he is always welcome. This information has also been shared with the AHR Foundation with permission, for the purpose of possible further investigation.

Anyone who may offer comment who knows the real names of those involved, Please keep it to yourself for the benefit of Rogers offspring in retaining their privacy. Thank You.

PS... If you cannot approach this with positive conversation on facebook, please keep your comments to yourself.