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MES 2007 Research Symposium
Saturday April 21, 2007, Westerville Electric Company Conference Room, 139 E. Broadway Ave, Westerville, Ohio

Westerville Electric Co.
Some Area Motels
Fri Apr 21 Dinner - President's Home
Sat Apr 22 Dinner - Old Bag of Nails
Sun Apr22 Breakfast- Bob Evans

The MES Symposium traditionally features a total of 12 25-minute presentations followed by a 5 minute question period. Subject scope is pre-colonial ancient history, including epigraphy, languages, archaeology and diffusion of cultures. If you wish to make a presentation, please contact Dr John White, 4865 Arthur Pl, Columbus, Oh 43230. Phone: 614.459.2547 or email: Editor
Media equipment available: VCR and TV; IBM compatible laptop with PowerPoint & Presentations software, projector and pull-down viewing screen; lecturn & microphone.

NOTE: New Saturday dinner location and Sunday Trip Itinery
Friday April 20:
  MES President's Home

6:00 pm Informal dinner for attendees, family and guests at President James Leslie Home, 328 Armor Hill Dr, Gahanna, OH. See map above for location.

Saturday, April 21:
  Westerville Electric Company

 9:00 am Registration and Coffee.
 10:00 to 12:00 Presentations.
 12:00 to 1:00 pm Box Luncheon
 1:00 to 5:30 pm Presentations
  6:00 pm Dinner at the Old Bag of Nails [3rd fl Party Room], 24-26 N. State St, Westerville See MAPS.
After dinner discussion

Sunday April 22:

8:30 am Breakfast at Bob Evans, 69 Huber Valley Blvd, Westerville. (See MAPS above), followed by optional trip to the Columbus Art Museum, Frank- lin Park Conservatory and Chihuly Collection and/or Newark Earth Works, Hopewell Cultural National Historic Park and Serpent Mound.


Michel Boutet    ~    The Character and Style of the Burrows Cave Images and Comparisons to Old World Works - Three-headed Dragons, Helmeted Warriors and other Icons

Michel Boutet, of Laval, Quebec is the principal Symposium Speaker for 2007. Boutet is a teacher of Art in the Laval School system. While studying art in Spain and France he was attracted to European ogham first, as art, then as ancient writing. He began translating ogam and today he is among the best translators of not only European ogham but North America ogam as well, having translated many of the eastern Colorado and eastern Kentucky ogam text, and Burrows Cave. See Translation of Stone Map his translation of the Burrows Cave Mississippi River stone map.

In 1996 he authored the book Celtic Connections, published by his late, good friend Donald Cyr. Donald Cyr writes in the Introduction that Boutet does not translate ogam stroke-by-stroke like you or I might do, but recognizes stroke patterns as "ogamic words". He reads ogam as you and I might read a newspaper.

Articles authored on Burrows Cave for Mes include: Burrows Cave, A Celtiberian Cache, Burrows Cave Translation: The Lord Dagos Motif Stone and forthcoming in the next MES Journal, The Burrows Cave Astronomical and Astrological Tablet. Ogam translation articles for MES include: The Leighton Kentucky Ogams and Briton Monument at Logie, Celtic Interpretation, Circular Ogam Inscription.

Michel Boutet    ~    Methods for Translating Ogam and Other Scripts

After the evening dinner, Michel Boutet will talk about the various techniques he uses to translate ogam and other scripts; its problems and challenges.

James Burchell    ~    Redbird Petroglyph and other Kentucky Inscription

The story of Jim Burchell and Jim Garrison saving the Redbird Petroglyph Stone from destruction after it fell from a cliff onto a busy county road is one of bravery, dedication, and is chronicled in Burchell's The Stone of Witness. The stone with its engraved messages now stands protected as a monument to its early Christian writers and to the two men who saved her.

Burchell has documented untold numbers of epigraphic sites in southern Kentucky, identified and translated a number of different scripts and languages. His most recent publication, The Gaelic Connection with Southeastern Kentucky appears in Volume 11 Number 69, Ancient American magazine.

Pam Giese    ~    The Panther Intaglio of Fort Atkinson Wisconsin

The Fort Atkinson Panther Intaglio is one of a very few intaglios remaining in the world. Effigy mounds are piles of dirt in the shape of animals (or mythical creatures); similarily intaglios are effigys also, but holes in the ground instead of piles of dirt. Their history and purpose lies buried in the folklore and religion of American Indian. Pam will explore some of these. See Quarter Meetings for her last presentation.

Frank Otto    ~    Research Update of the Hebrew Lamp (Gridiron Mound) of Southwest Ohio

Frank Otto presents his findings since last year concerning this most unusual Earthwork. Frank has been an avid artifact collector all of his life and is President of the Six Rivers Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio (ASO). His wife Martha is the Curator of Archaeology at The Ohio Historical Society.

Dr Hu McCulloch    ~    Los Lunas and other Evidence of Ancient Hebrews in America

Along with the Newark Holy Stones Dr McCulloch describes other antiquities including the Bat Creek and Grave Creek Stones, the Hebrew Inscription Rock at New Mexico's Hidden Mountain, Ohio's lost "Hanukkiah" earthwork, ancient Hebrew coins found in America, and Mexico's Calixtlahuaca pottery Roman style head.

Jack Burgess    ~    Review of the Hugh Fox book, Home of the Gods

Jack Burgess is a retired High School history teacher from Chillicothe, writes occasional local history articles for the Chillicothe newspaper, and researched the Spruce Hill Stonework. Also he and his wife Kathleen are poets.

Zena Helpren and Don Ruh    ~    The Catskill Stone Petrographic/SEM Report

Zena is unable to attend but will provide a updated power point of her recent findings of the Catskill Mountain Menorah presented by John White.

Jim Leslie    ~    Social Symbolism in Ancient and Tribal Art

In his short sixty-five years of life, Carl Schuster collected an amazingly large amount of photographs, negatives and detailed descriptions of Folklore and Symbols from around the world. His study methodology was to collect a large enough sample of symbols of a culture that had been handed down from ancient times that he could then compare these with similiar ancient symbols of other lands and thus uncover evidence for early migrations of people and/or their culture. This presentation is a sampling of some of these ancient symbols from Edmund Carpenter's book series Social Symbolism in Ancient & Tribal Art based on Schuster's research and writing. Though unknown to the general public, Schuster established himself as a foremost scholar in this field.

Victor Kachur    ~    Ancient Kingdom in East-Central Ukraine

Victor narrates this video that traces refuges fleeing the three Trojan Wars to this area in the Ukraine, where they made their home and subsequently built large earthen mounds. The video includes a sampling of gold artifacts recovered from recent excavations.

Dr John White and Beverley Moseley    ~    The Snakes and Dragons of Burrows Cave Artifacts and the Frequent Occurrence of Serpent Mound Symbolism.


Barry Fell Award 2007        Dr Charles F Herberger

Charles Herberger is a mythographer, a professor of English, a playwright and an expert on the cultural history of Minoan Crete. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he earned a Masters in English from the University of Cincinnati and a Doctorate in English from Boston University. Now at age 86 he is a professor emeritus of Nasson College, Springvale, Maine, and a long-time member of MES, ESOP and NEARA.

Among his accomplishments are three plays, five books - the best known being The Thread of Ariadne: The Labyrinth of the Calendar on Minos and The Riddle of the Sphinx: Calendric Symbolism in Myth and Icon, and a number of journal articles for MES, ESOP, NEARA.

Barry Fell Award 2005    (posthumous)        Kurt Shildmann

Kurt Schildman ~ Born Mar 12, 1909 Died Apr 25, 2005, age 96 is one of the least known but among the best world linguist, etymologist, and translator. He began world traveling early in his life as a teen of 17 under the guidance of older brother Heinrich, to the middle East, India, Thailand, China, Burma and finally reaching Korea after several years. He absorbed as much of the culture and language as a bright-minded youth could. [The MES journal to be published in February of this year has his diary entries of this five-year world trip]. Returning home he studied in France, Spain and then three years in Italy.

His academic life was interrupted when the Wehrmacht desired his presence in World War II on the eastern front where he was wounded and then on the western front where in 1944 he became an American POW. Repatriated, he became an interpreter with the British occupational forces in Germany. By this time he was married and with a young son, Kurt, Jr., who accidentally drowned in Turkey in 1987.

In the 1950s he began a life career as an interpreter and translator for the new German federal government, retiring in 1974. During these years he founded in 1956 the Society of German Linguists, joined the journal SYNESIS and becoming a lectorate and co-editor, and continued to travel, usually in his own house boat on the major rivers of Europe, the Mediterranean and indeed the planet, studying cultures and languages, especially the origin and relationship to other languages. He spent thirty years of these proving Sumerian was a southwest Iranian dialect.

He is survived by a step-daughter, Mrs. Marlene Lang of Jackson, Wyoming.

Victor Moseley Awards    ~    Jay Wakefield, Dr. Reinoud de Jonge, Joseph Wilson, Dr Carl Johannessen, James Burchell, James Garrison

Jay Wakefield of Kirkland Wa and Dr Reinoud de Jonge of The Netherlands co-authored the amazing book, How the Sun God Reached America, which chronicles their decoding of abstract petroglyphs found along the shores of the Atlantic discovering that they are actually sea-faring maps inscribed by early precolumbian mariners (pre-alphabet and pre-ogam) that regularily sailed the North Atlantic between the new and the old worlds. How the SunGod came to America

Joe Wilson of Greenwood, SC wrote his thesis, DNA Evidence for Central Asians in America, which now offers strong support for much of Ethel Stewart's writings of the Indian Asian origin-lore of the Canadian Northwest Dene and Na-Dene peoples. Pursuing this connection he got in touch with MES through Dr Cyclone Covey and gave an inspiring talk on this subject at the 2006 Fall Quarterly meeting. He favorite subject is the similarity between the Navajo and Tibetan religious philosophies.

Dr Carl Johannessen of Eugene, OR, is the leading biodiffusionist, proving that maize of Central America had made its way to southeast Asia, especially India, in ancient times, thus proving very early cultural contact and trade.

Both James Burchell and James Garrison are from Manchester, KY and saved the Redbird Petroglyph stone from destruction by having it moved to a Manchester city park into a protected enclosure. Burchell is a constant and passionate collector of ancient scripts found inscribed on stones throughout beautiful southern Kentucky.