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Re: orion-list photo

On Sun, 23 Apr 2000, Jack Kilmon said in response to David Suter's

David Suter: >>Has anyone looked at the script in the photo on the web
I copied it to my computer and opened it in in Kodak Imaging, which
displayed it full screen at 100%.  Some of the characters could be
Paleo-Hebrew and other Aramaic script, but is it Hebrew?<<

Jack Kilmon: >>Unless there is a better photograph of this stone, I
cannot tell if there is any Hebrew.  I see some Palaeo-Hebrew
characters and some pre-Herodian looking Aramaic square script...but
unless there is a lot of disfigurement, I am also seeing some "Joseph
Smith-type" characters. Ancient stelae like this one is purported to
be get a lot of attention.  Most of us can recite the Siloam
inscription and the Mesha stone by heart.

Why have I not heard of this thingy before?<<

I am no expert, but didn't it seem that the paleo-Hebrew letters were
reversed, while the Aramaic box script was not?

A while back, on the ANE list, there was a discussion about inscribed
stones found in the US in the 19th century.

See http://www.econ.ohio-state.edu/jhm/arch/outliers.html for some
interesting parallels, especially with the Los Lunas, NM, decalogue
inscription on a stone face, and less so with the Bat Creek, TN,
inscribed stone and .

An interlinear translation of the NM decalogue inscription is to be
found at

The epigraphy is shown at

I'd keep in mind the 19th century interest in "lost tribes" esp. in
relation to the origins of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints (Mormon). The author of the latter site(s) also is of the
opinion that there was incontinental contact between the ANE and the
new world.


Dave Hindley
Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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