As many of you know, one of my publishers is Adventures Unlimited Press. What many of you may not know is that Adventures Unlimited is owned by David Hatcher Childress, frequently seen as a guest on various television programs. David is a self-styled "world explorer" and the label certainly fits, for there is not, I don't think, any famous archaeological site in the world that he does not know of, or that he has not been to. And those of you who know all this, may not know that David also publishes a little magazine on a quarterly basis called World Explorer, which sometimes contains very interesting information that one wouldn't find anywhere else.
Well, this last issue was one of those issues, and I thought I should share the rather interesting bit of information that David put into this particular issue in an article he wrote himself, titled "Sumerian Monolith Found at Tiwanaku."
Doubtless you, like I, did a double take when you read the title; I had to read it twice to make sure I wasn't seeing things... Sumerian artifacts, at Tiwanaku? In Bolivia!? Writing a book right now in which I wrote about the mysterious ruins there, I was even more intrigued. Sure enough, there were two artifacts - the Pokotia Monolith and the Magna Fuente Bowl - both found by archaeologists at Tiwanaku, and currently on display at the Museum of Precious Metals in La Paz.
Of the two objects, the more interesting is the Magna Fuente Bowl, for as Childress points out in his article, "The Fuente Magna Bowl is made of earthen-brown fired ceramic which is beautifully engraved both inside and out with anthropomorphic characters, zoological motifs and several scripts, including what is obviously cuneiform. The Script comes from 3500 to 3000 BC, the Sumerian/Akkadian period."(David Hatcher Childress, "Sumerian Monolith Found at Tiwanaku," World Explorer, Vol. 5, No. 9, pp. 51-52). But that's not all: "The Fuente Magna Bowl is now called the 'Rosetta Stone of the Americas' because the two languages on the bowl are apparently Sumerian and the local Aymara language; the two appear to be related, with the local dialect apparently derived fromSumerian." (Ibid., p. 52)
Further examination of the language on the bowl by Dr. Clyde Winters, an ancient languages expert, determined that the writing on the bowl "was probably Proto-Sumerian" comparable to writing used by Berbers in the Libyan Sahara 5000 years ago. (Ibid)
What is interesting to ponder is the obvious implications of such a find - in Bolivia of all places - for the standard models of ancient history. What is this bowl doing there, at a site, moreover, whose obvious display of technological sophistication far exceeds anything the local Aymara Indians, or for that matter, the Incas, were capable of at any time in their history. The site is of incredible antiquity and, as I point out in my upcoming book The Grid of the Gods, there is every reason to suggest it is far older than any of the classic civilizations, including the Sumerian. The presence of such artifacts suggests, however, that one is looking at ancient civilizations that were capable of seafaring and, to a certain extent, trade and commerce, long before the standard model would allow such things to be taking place.