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MES 2006 Research Symposium
Saturday April 22, 2006, Westerville Electric Company Conference Room, 139 E. Broadway Ave, Westerville, Ohio

Westerville Electric Co.

Media equipment available: VCR and TV; IBM compatible laptop with PowerPoint & Presentations software, projector and pull-down viewing screen; lecturn & microphone.

Friday April 21:

5:00 pm Informal dinner for attendees, family and friends at the Stoneridge Plaza Mi Mexico restaurant.

Afterwards, those still conscious and able to stand, are invited to the home of MES President Jim Leslie for dessert, coffee AND a slide show of the First Ohioans, a former exhibit at the Ohio Historical Society Museum.

Saturday, April 22:
  Westerville Electric Company

 9:00 am Registration and Coffee.
 10:00 to 12:00 Presentations.
 12:00 to 1:00 pm Catered Lunch
 1:00 to 5:30 pm Presentations &  Awards
  6:00 pm Dinner at the Giammarco     Pizza and Pasta Restaurant. 7097 S  State Rte 3, Westerville.

Evening: Beverley Moseley will give a slide presentation at his home of the Burrows Cave Art showing the variety and diversity of the art as depicted on the artifacts and in their craftmanship. Directions will be given at the Symposium.
Sunday April 23:
8:30 am Breakfast at Bob Evans, 69 Huber Valley Blvd, Westerville.

7:00 Evening: A Jay Wakefield workshop on Megalithic Picture Writing c.3200 BC: Early Explorations of the Atlantic as illustrated by the Petroglyphs of Loughcrew, Ireland. The audience will decipher the petroglyphs in an interactive situation, as an experiment. Held at the Westerville Electric Co


Alan Cornette        Rock Art of the Red River Gorge

The Red River Gorge in east central Kentucky has a landscape not seen elsewhere in Kentucky. The river and tributaries have cut through the limestone to create cliffs, more than 150 arches, plus rock shelters and caves where "Native Americans" have left writing in the form of ogam and petroglyphs.

Alan Cornette is a native of the Gorge, an artist and writer pursuing a personal sacred trust to understand and preserve this writing. He sees in the Gorge the influence of meso-American art that traces back to the Chinese of the late Ming Dynasty. In 2005 he authored the book The Sandstone Chronicles, the story of the Red River Gorge. Exerpts appear in the last issue (vol. 11 no. 67) Ancient American magazine.

Dr John White        Insights into the Algonquin Culture

Dr White will discuss characteristics of language and art within the Algonquin Culture.

                      Discovery of Pig-Men in Peru

If time permits a second presentation, John will describe a Peruvian statue of a "pig-headed" soldier with a helmet and a shield with a swastika emblem.

Dr John White is the MES Editor and Symposium Director, has interests in cultural diffusionism, Earth Mother Culture, and Bronze Age Names. He is a retired physicist from the Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio and is active as a meet director and official for the sport of track and field..

Polly Midgley        Dolmens in the Northeast

It started with three dolmens along the Croton River in her back yard, and gradually spread to a number of other dolmens in the Northeast United States.

Polly Midgley is the NEARA coordinator for the Hudson Valley region of New York State.

Jay Wakefield        A Timeline Library and the History of the Axe

An hour Power Point presentation by Mr Wakefield, originally given at the Conference on Ancient America Oct 7-9, 2005 at Big Bay, Michigan.

Additionally, Mr Wakefield will present a workshop on petroglyph decipherment, with audience participation, using slides of his Megalithic Picture Writing c.3200 BC: Early Explorations of the Atlantic as illustrated by the Petroglyphs of Loughcrew, Ireland. The schedule time for this is Sunday evening, Apr 23, 2006 7:00 pm, Westerville Electric Co.

Jay Wakefield resides in Kirkland, Washington and as been an active member of MES for a number of years; he was trained as a Biologist; he has co-authored three books with Reinoud de Jonge: How the Sungod Reached America , Petroglyphs as Navigational Pointers, Stone Charts of Ancient Navigators. Link to his web page.

Dr J Huston McCulloch        Evidence of Hebrews in Ancient America

Dr McCulloch review the evidence of Hebrew visitations and settlements in Ancient America.

Dr J Huston McCulloch is a Professor of Economics at The Ohio State University; he is a noted Hebrew epigrapher; a champion of the Decalogue; and hosts a : web page .

Victor Kachur        Ogam in Ukraine

Victor Kachur describes examples of Ogam Writing found in his native country.

Victor Kachur is a recently retired patent specialist for Chemical Abstracts the chemical profession technical publication; the translator of the Book of Vles (an ancient history of Kiev); and interest in ogam translation, biblical history, Scythia and Troy histories.

Frank Otto        Location of the Hebrew Lamp (Gridiron Mound) of Southwest Ohio

Frank Otto discusses a miss-print of the Squire and Davis map of this most unusual Earthwork and how it has impacted research.

Frank Otto has been an avid artifact collector all of his life; is President of the Six Rivers Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio (ASO), of which he is a Board Member and promoter of their upcoming Hopewell: Their Origins, Artistry & Culture Symposium, May 19-20, 2006 at the Midwest Hotel Conference Center, Columbus Ohio; See their - web page for details and registration. Martha Otto, Frank's wife is the Curator of Archaeology at The Ohio Historical Society.

Zena Halpern        An Enigmatic Menorah from the Catskill Mountains

Zena Halpern describes a memorah found in the Catskill Mountains in a Power Point presentation.

Zena is unable to attend; Dr John White will give her presentation

Zena Halpern is a leading scholar of Jewish Cultural Diffusion and Seafaring. She plans to write a book on Jewish Seafaring.

William Smith        Ohio Mystery Stone

This mysterious stone was found in 1978 on the family farm near West Chester, Ohio by Charles Smith, father of William.

To this date its purpose and origin remain unsolved.


William Conner        The Ancient Fort at Foster's Crossing

This fort lays along I-17 north of Cincinnati, Ohio, near Lebanon. Bill will discuss the significance of this, now mostly vanished, stone fort.

William Conner has been an active member of MES for a number of years and is the MES Secretary. He has specialized in ancient Iron Furnaces with Arlington Mallery and has a pending book on this subject.


Barry Fell Award        Ivan Van Sertima

Ivan Van Sertima is an American historian, linguist and anthropologist at Rutgars University. He was born in Kitty Village, Guyana, South America in 1935. He graduated with honors from the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University. He was a Broadcasting Officer in the Guyana Infomations Services in the late fifties and then in the sixties, broadcasted for Great Britian to Africa and the Caribbean. In the 1970s he completed post graduate studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey where he afterwards began his teaching career, and is now Professor of African studies in the Department of Africian Studies.

He has completed a number of notable literary accomplishments in his fields. His classic is They Came Before Columbus: The Africian Presence in Ancient America. Many people have previously written on the African presence in pre-Columbian America, but van Sertima was the first to present a comprehensive and complete picture of the African legacy. He explores all the links - navigation and shipbuilding, similar cultural attributes, transportation of plants, animals and textiles between the two continents, diaries, journals and oral accounts of the explorers themselves, the great ship launchings of Mali in 1310.

In much the same vain, he co-edited with Runoko Rashidi African Presence in Early Asia that shows Africian influence with old civilizations such as the Harrapans of India, the Sumerians and sailing Black people of India known as the Dravidians. In his book Golden Age of the Moor Dr. Sertima edits a collection of writings of the Moors who brought "modern" arts and sciences to Europe.

In 1979 van Sertima founded the Journal of African Civilizations which gained an immediate reputation among historical and anthropological journals.

Victor Moseley Awards        Joan Covey, Margaret Leuthner, Robert Wilson and Sharon Wilson
All are long-time members of the Midwestern Epigraphic Society. Both Joan and Margaret are of the Barry Fell era in Epigraphy.

Joan did extensive research of the Piri Reis' Map, denoting that the Andes Mountains are in the correct location and both the Aliato and Amazon Rivers' courses are accurately show, all before discovery by Europeans. Joan also wrote the commentary Africian Sea-Kings in America in Ivan van Sertima's "African Presence in America".

Margaret was a close associate of the late Donald Cyr and wrote Abba Father - The Monk's Signature in the The Eclectic Epigrapher ed by DL Cyr; Tiptoeing into the Ogam Morass in the The Celtic Connection ed by DL Cyr and finally Decipherment and Translation of Two Quebec Petroglyphs in the Stonehenge Viewpoint No 80 1988 ed by DL Cyr .

Robert and Sharon Wilson, husband and wife team from Peoria, Illinois were early supporters of Prof Barry Fell, founder of the Epigraphic Society and participate in conferences and symposiums of various pre-Columbian organizations. In 2005 they awarded an endowment to the Midwestern Epigraphic Society for the MES Journal publication effort.

Burrows Cave Award        Steven E. Jones
Dr Steven E. Jones, professor of physics at Brigham Young University conducts research in solar energy and nuclear fusion. He coined the term cold fusion but his work was quite different that the more controversal cold fusion experiments of Pons and Fleischmann. He has produced a WTC collapse hypothesis suggesting that controlled demolition, rather than the impact of jet airliners and the ensuing fires, caused the buildings to collapse.

He researches pre-Columbian history of the Americas with his Ancient Historical Research Foundation.