Secrets of Ancient America

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 1/2/2015
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions

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The real history of the New World and the visitors, from both East and West, who traveled to the Americas long before 1492

• Provides more than 300 photographs and drawings, including Celtic runes in New England, Gaelic inscriptions in Colorado, and Asian symbols in the West

• Reinterprets many archaeological finds, such as the Ohio Serpent Mound

• Reveals Celtic, Hebrew, Roman, early Christian, Templar, Egyptian, Chinese, and Japanese influences in North American artifacts and ruins

As the myth of Columbus “discovering” America falls from the pedestal of established history, we are given the opportunity to discover the real story of the New World and the visitors, from both East and West, who traveled there long before 1492.

Sharing his more than 25 years of research and travel to sites throughout North America, Carl Lehrburger employs epigraphy, archaeology, and archaeoastronomy to reveal extensive evidence for pre-Columbian explorers in ancient America. He provides more than 300 photographs and drawings of sites, relics, and rock art, including Celtic and Norse runes in New England, Phoenician and Hebrew inscriptions in the Midwest, and ancient Shiva linga and Egyptian hieroglyphs in the West. He uncovers the real story of Columbus and his motives for coming to the Americas. He reinterprets many well-known archaeological and astronomical finds, such as the Ohio Serpent Mound, America’s Stonehenge in New Hampshire, and the Crespi Collection in Ecuador. He reveals Celtic, Hebrew, Roman, early Christian, Templar, Egyptian, Chinese, and Japanese influences in famous stones and ruins, reconstructing the record of what really happened on the American continents prior to Columbus. He also looks at Hindu influences in Mesoamerica and sacred sexuality encoded in archaeological sites.

Expanding upon the work of well-known diffusionists such as Barry Fell and Gunnar Thompson, the author documents the travels and settlements of trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific explorers, miners, and settlers who made it to the Americas and left their marks for us to discover. Interpreting their sacred symbols, he shows how their teachings, prayers, and cosmologies reveal the cosmic order and sacred landscape of the Americas.

Author Biography

Carl Lehrburger has studied archaeological and sacred sites in North America, with a focus on ancient Old World peoples in America before Columbus, for more than 25 years. He has published articles in Ancient American magazine. An avid traveler and explorer, he lives in Talent, Oregon.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Challenging Long-Held Views
The Heart of the Matter
The Old History: Are We Living in Flatland?
The Archeopriests
Landing of the Diffusionists

1    Two Stories of Columbus
Discovering a New History
The Usual Story of Columbus
The Real Story of Columbus Emerges
The Dynamics of Slavery

2    American History Abc
Barry Fell’s America B.C.
The Phoenicians in America
The Phoenician Newton Stone in Scotland
The Bourne Stone
The Crespi Collection from Ecuador
Other Phoenician/American Discoveries
The Celtic Ogham Writing on the Newton Stone
Coins by the Hundreds
The Davenport Relics Conspiracy
The Critics Prevail

3    The Stars and the Stones
Megalithic Ireland and Martin Brennan

4   Celtic New England
Finding the Trailhead
Exploring Celtic America
An Auspicious Meeting
Standing Stones and Perched Rocks
The New Hampshire Ring of Stone
America’s Stonehenge

5   They Settled in Mesoamerica
Martin Brennan in Mexico
The Hero Twins of the Popol Vuh
The Maya Calendar
John Major Jenkins and the Galactic Alignment
The Hidden Sign Language of the Maya
Chich鮠Itzᙳ Equinox Serpent
The Aztec Quetzalcoatl and the Mayan Kukulcᮠ
Influences from Africa and Asia?
Influences from India?

6   Sacred Sexuality at the Pathfinder Site
Meeting Bill McGlone in Colorado
The Purgatoire River Canyon
Archaeoastronomy Basics
The Pathfinder
Meeting the Hunter and the Goddess
A Second Pathfinder Alignment
Divine Sexuality--The Story of Changing Woman

7    Equinox Sunrise: Celtic Sun Deities in Colorado
Diffusionists at Odds
A Cowboy Guide
Crack Cave, Southeastern Colorado
Equinox Sunrise at Crack Cave

8   Old World Cosmologies at the Anubis Caves
Celtic Religion in Oklahoma
Mitra, Mithra, or Mithras
Anubis Caves Inscriptions
The Six Months Ogham Inscription and the
Nose Pointer Alignment
The Silent Opera and Other Sunset Equinox Displays
Celtic Goddesses in Cave
Cosmology and Constellations

9   More Celtic America
Lugh and the Festival of Lughnasa
Cross-Quarter Day Alignment at the Sun Temple
Cosmology of the Sun Temple
Celts in Kansas
Cave Hollow Sunrise
Other Encounters
Equinox Sunset Cave near Russell, Kansas
Further Indications of Celtic Migrations in America

10    Westward to a Dwelling Place of a Great Spirit
Westward to California
A Destructive Legacy
The Equinox Sunrise Light Serpent at Mojave North
Schmidt’s Theories of Transoceanic Diffusion
More Solar Markers
Other Mojave North Petroglyphs
The SEA Rock

11    Mojave North II--Did They Come Across the Pacific?
Where Have All the Mystics Gone?
Cross-Quarter Days at Mojave North
Shiva’s Linga?
The Epigraphy of Mojave North
Lunar Alignment Discoveries
Ceremonial Basins Mystery
The Roots of Mojave North
Endangered History at Mojave North

12    The Great Basin Melting Pot
The Great Basin
Great Basin Journeys
Encounters with a Rock Art Investigator
Petroglyph Sites near Bishop, California
A Story of the Kiva
The Story of Kokopelli
Cupules and Grinding Holes
Diffusion of Vedic Cultures via the Pacific into
the Great Basin?
East Meets West in More Ways than One

13    Midwest Relics, Mounds, and Controversies
The Discovery and Excavation of Mounds in North America
Copper Mining in Michigan
Wayne May’s Ideas and the Mound Builders’ Culture
The Serpent Mound of Ohio
The Case for Old World Relics from the Midwest
In the End, Controversies and Skepticism

14    Hebrews, Romans, and Early Christians
Reports of Hebrew Contacts in the New World
The Bat Creek Stone
The Newark Holy Stones
Semitic Scripts
Hidden Mountain--A Hebrew Fortress in New Mexico?
Hidden Mountain Constellations
Other Hidden Mountain Connections
Artifacts from Calalus, “An Unknown Land” in the Arizona Desert
The Cherokees, DNA, and Other Connections to the Hebrews

15    More to Learn about Ancient America
Indus Valley Connections
Chinese Connections
Japanese Connections
Minoan, Phoenician, and Greek Connections
Roman Connections
More Irish and Welsh Connections
Arab Connections
Connections to Mesopotamia and Egypt
Viking Connections
A Norwegian Village in America and the Suppression of Thor Heyerdahl
The Knights Templar Connection
Do We Need More Proof?

16    The Legacy of the Conquest
America Before the Arrival of the Spanish
The Church and the Spanish Monarchy
Major Factors Impacting the Conquest
Aftermath: The Imposition and Maintenance of the Columbus Myth

17    Awakening a New History
A Return to Planet of the Apes?
A World in Amnesia
The Search for the Sacred
The Serpent of Consciousness
A Return of the Magi?
A Mind Adjustment Is Required
Much to Be Done
A Final Perspective




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