Originally posted in 2014, again in 2018
The following article was written in 2010 and included in the book Nephite North.
Salt Lake Telegrahm August 1916
One day last month, two miners, while driving a drift in one of the canyons of
Upper Cottonwood, broke into a small cave of peculiar appearance. Upon closer examination the supposed cave was soon to open into a caved passageway, and after three days work spent In removing debris a complex series of subterranean passages and chambers was exposed. From the number and length of the workings explored to date, they must have been mined upon an extensive scale and throughout a considerable period of time. It will take some time to thoroughly explore these labyrinthic pass-ages, and It In expected that they will disclose archaeological data of great value.
It was at first thought that one of the famed lost Spanish mines had been rediscovered, but later explorations have failed to show any trace of Spanish relics. Instead a large number of Indian tools and Implements of flint and stone, as well as of beaten iron and copper, have, been found, In addition to a remarkable collection of decorated potteries,
The walls of many of the tunnels and chambers are decorated with sculp-tured reliefs and hieroglyphic inscriptions, but by far the most Interesting relic found so far is a smooth discolored marble tablet which stood at the entrance of one of the larger chambers. It is completely covered with remarkable sculptured reliefs and hieroglyphic inscriptions, and is reproduced in the accompanying plate. The site of this discovery is, for the present, being jealousy guarded, and it undoubtedly marks one of the most important archaeological discoveries of recent years. The discovery is all the more remarkable in that heretofore no hieroglyphic inscriptions have ever been found north of
NOTE: the previous BOLD statement is not true, as Lenape, Sioux, and Ojibwa hieroglyphs were well known at that time, but being shunned with the academics claiming they were not authentic, this would be like someone telling you that the written language you grew up with is not authentic.
Everything points to the great antiquity of these workings-and their contents. The Inscriptions are uncolored and appear to have been incised and picked into the receiving stone by quartz and flint implements, some of which have been preserved. A noteworthy feature of the marble tablet is the combination of pictographs and alphabetic writing. As pictographs are generally conceded to have preceded and to have originated the graphic systems, this tablet would appear to date from a period of transition from the pictographic to the hieroglyphic art. As noted above, none of the records ever found north of
have contained hieroglyphics. This tablet, therefore, may chronicle an amalgamation of inscriptive expression between North American and Mexican tribes; or it may record the progress of civilization of an American tribe, probably the Utes, although It is possible that other Tribes may have come from great distances to obtain the highly prized red metal. Mexico
An interesting mineralogical feature to be noted is that throughout, these ancient workings, which are at no great distance below the surface, native copper abounds, in some places being scattered through the vein rock in small fragments, in others occurring as chunks of metallic copper, weighing from a pound or two up to eighty or one hundred pounds. Ordinarily, such a discovery of copper would create considerable excitement, but the 'wall writings and relics are of such absorbing Interest that the copper has been, for a time, relegated to the background. It is puzzling how these Indians, with their primitive tools, were able to break up and extract the exceedingly tough chunks of copper. A number of copper implements and ornaments, hammered and incised, have been gathered, as well as diggers, scrapers, hoes, arrow heads and pounding stones.
Various receptacles for food and drink, as well as for earth and ore, were uncovered, they being all made of pottery and decorated with geometric figures, or with picturegraphs or hieroglyphics. This pottery is now being carefully studied, as it is ornamented with symbols and characters which may aid in the deciphering of the stone records. The light gray or black coloring of all the pottery as well as Its crude form, would tend to Indicate its very early Origin. In fact, everything connected with the find evidences great antiquity, and the mine apparently was worked at least many centuries before the appearance of the Spaniards In this region. So far, no key to the decipherment is known, but the various Inscriptions are being carefully scrutinized and compared, in the hopes that one may be detected. In this search collaboration is invited, and should this picture reach the eye of anyone familiar with Indian symbols and records, the investigators would be pleased to have their opinions and suggestions regarding its translation.
It has long been known that
Utahis a veritable treasure house of archaeo-logical records, but it is claimed by scientists who have examined this stone, that it is the most important archaeological find ever chronicled in 's history. Owing to the Intense Interest manifested in these discoveries, it was thought best to keep their location secret, at least until such time as they could be thoroughly explored and proper precautions taken to adequately protect them. Utah
It is hoped to have further news of interest within the next day or two, as the explorations are being pursued with great avidity.
This is when I finally realized that "carefully studied" means swept away and dusted under the rug by Smithsonian representatives.
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