Every once in great while mankind is blessed with genius. Barry Fell was one of these. Sadly, his revelations are not well liked by the establishment. Even the Epigraphic Society, which he founded, has turned their backs to him and his works. Indeed, they do their best to erase him from memory and with a collective vow of silence, refuse to acknkowledge his genius. The discoveries made at Inyo are the direct result of his readings. We understand the implications of these discoveries and struggle to overcome the prejudice taught as a matter of course by academic institutions.
The causes for such rejection are many, prejudice is at the top of the list. Linguists reject his work for reasons of argued inaccuracy. However, an old addage of linguists is that every linguist may translate the same inscription with different results. Dr. Fell worked on inscriptions that no other linguist could (or would) translate. He had a working encyclopedic knowledge, of many ancient languages. Far beyond the so-called experts who restrict their work to a single script or language. His skills were without peer.
Archaeologists, anthropologists and ethnographers work hand in hand with historians. Their job is to present information that protects and preserves political history. As a unified group these folks soundly condemn the work of Dr. Fell. They do so without basis in fact and a vengence undeserved. (See Dr. Norman Totten's response here.) His revelation that the Celtic, Arabic and other People visited, emigrated and traded with Native Americans is simple truth. History hides these facts from the general population. They would rather keep the idea that the Native Americans were illiterate savages, incapable of civilized behavior. Nothing could be farther from reality. Dr. Fell examined the rock carved evidence and simply reported the facts that demonstrate the facts as ther are. We at The Equinox Project have a great respect for the truth.
Rock cut inscriptions are studied by academics under the category of "Rock Art." The early European colonists noticed them, but being a poorly educated lot, they had no idea as to their meanings and could not relate to the answers given by the Native Americans to whom they made inquiry. For several hundred years, this lack of insight was the standard for study. Then came Dr. H. B. "Barry" Fell, a Harvard scholar with an avocation for ancient writings. To his credit he solved the riddle of the Phaistos disk, determined that the Etruscan language was related to and decipherable by using Hittite and found the secrets in the Rongo-rongo tablets of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). He was this centuries greatest linguist.
Far from being a newcomer to the field of linguistics and rock art, Dr. Fell published his first paper on petroglyphs in 1940. His linguistic research began with a search for the roots of the Polynesian language and dialects. As an oceanographer, this was a logical curiosity. Who could have predicted that this would eventually result in the resolution of the mystery of the Rongo rongo texts of Rapa Nui?
Dr. Fell addressed the standing and dry stone constructed ruins found through out the New England states. It is here that a firestorm of vehement irrational protest swept through the ranks of professional archaeologists. Flamed by ridicule published in the professional journals, this campaign persists to this day. Dr. Fell was denied, as a matter of policy, from replying to the articles. Yet, an unbiased look at the evidence proves him correct. It is a sad state of affairs at best. For an eloquent reply to these unfounded and malicious accusations see Dr. Norman Totten's reply as published in The Epigraphic Society Occasional Papers (ESOP). Few libraries have copies of this treasured series. Guided by Dr. Fell, ESOP was the vehicle for publication of epigraphic and diffusion related articles. Alas, the presentation of this philosophy died with the professor.
A listing of epigraphic articles written by Dr. Fell is quite long and presented on a separate page.
Click here to access the list.
The late Dr. Barry Fell wrote three popular books. To celebrate the American bicentennial, he published America, B. C. This book was the first to deal with identifiable scripts and alphabets that demonstrated the presence of old world traders and settlers that were far precedent to the Norse Vikings and European conquerors. This book is currently available, see our BOOKS section for sources.
The second book he published along this theme was Saga America. Two editions of this book exist. The original hardcover version contained several errors. Dr. Fell was using reference material supplied by the late Dr. Robert Heizer of the University of California. The sketches were confirmed to be accurate by Dr. Heizer, but one sketch in particular caused a serious problem. Dr. Fell had deemed it to be a map. Later research demonstrated several of the "inscribed lines" to be unlabeled fissures and the edge of the stone. This invalidated the inscription and decipherment as a map. To eliminate the problem, later editions of Saga had an entire chapter called The Great Navigations deleted. This does not alter the premises of the book, but there was valuable material contained within the deleted chapter that was not related to the map issue. The Inyo Zodiac and decipherment of a Kufic Arabic inscription was included in both versions of Saga America and INY-272 (Inyo) is the source. This book is out of print, see our BOOKS section for sources.
Bronze Age America concluded the trilogy. In this book Dr. Fell recognized Norse content in a petroglyph site near Peterboro, Canada. The style and writing systems he recognized placed the sites origins two millennia before the Viking era. The fact that there are near equals to the ships and writings found in Scandinavia is convincing evidence that demonstrate his correct identification. Norse scholars have had little difficulty with these decipherments. This book is out of print, see our BOOKS section for sources.
This web site relates to what was reported in Saga America. From a location called INY-272, Dr. Fell translated an inscription that seemed to relate to a zodiac and a command to celebrate the festival of renewal on the vernal equinox written in crude Arabic script. What we discovered demonstrates quite clearly that Dr. Fell was correct. Someone found a heliolithic, sun powered, animation. To this they added their marks. The result is a previously unknown insight to the mindset of the creators. We may not know who they were, but we can respectfully appreciate their work.
Sadly, Dr. Fell passed away before the Yoder discovery was recognized as an ancient animation. Whether or not he would agree with the determinations made within this web presentation is an unknown. I think he would have found agreement. Sadly, his publication and the society he founded has fallen into the hands of less dedicated academics and no longer functions.
Click HERE to see what was found at Inyo, thanks to Dr. Barry Fell.
A select few libraries have sets of these rare volumes. Contact the Epigraphic Society for the library nearest you.
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