Bronze Age Oil Barons in Pre-Colombian America.

The fifth article in the Lost History of Ancient America book, edited by Frank Joseph, is Thomas Anderton's article "Who Were the Oil Tycoons of Pre-Columbian Pennsylvania?" If you answered the Seneca or Iroquois Indians, you would be wrong…according to Anderton. Anderton attempts to make the argument that the ancient oil pits of Pennsylvania were... Continue Reading →

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Ancient American Oil, Copper, and Mercury, or How Far Will They Go For Stuff They Already Have at Home?

Joseph introduces the second section of The Lost History of Ancient America by telling us about the “extraordinary achievements of ancient America” (2017). Namely that there are oil pits in prehistoric Pennsylvania, quicksilver in Mesoamerica, and of course the copper mines in Michigan (Joseph 2017). There is no grandiose boasting this section, just brief outline... Continue Reading →

The Shipwreck That Never Was: The “UX-791” and Great Lakes Maritime History via JaySea Archaeology

JaySea over on his own fledgling blog has taken a crack at debunking bad archaeology reporting in the media. I think he did a bang-up job, and as he's a bit a a pro at maritime archaeology too so I really recommend giving his blog a look. In February 18, of 2016 came this headline: “USA:... Continue Reading →

Bast Worshiping Hopewellian Egyptians in Pre-Columbian Ancient America.

Our third chapter in in the Lost History of Ancient America edited by Frank Joseph is an article titled Egyptian Style Cat Burial in Illinois written by Professor Julia Patterson (1931-2015). I can find nothing about Professor Patterson professionally, and other than this article in the edited volume, I can’t find anything else she may... Continue Reading →

Hindu Corn Goddesses and Tobacco Mummies: New World Plants and Old World Trade.

The second article in The Lost History of Ancient America is titled 'Plants Connect the Old and New Worlds'. It's penned by Dr. Carl L. Johannessen (2017), a retired professor of geography from the University of Oregon. Johannessen's article is the longest in the first section of the book and claims that there are 14 plants that were present in... Continue Reading →

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