Recently I was Goggling the Old copper culture TV show on America Uncovered and I came upon a review of it by Jason Colavito. It happens that Jason declared at the onset that Scott Wolter was some how creating a hoax. He implied that the Newberry Tablet, written in a supposed Cypriot/Minoan Syllabary, was obviously a forgery.
It did not appear that Jason had studied the tablet in any way. He and some of his guest kept talking about “Acoma’s Razor”(may be misspelled). They were apparently stating Acoma’s Razor applied since the simple explanation for the Newberry Tablet was the loggers of New berry Michigan some how had received a copy of the linear “A” tablet discovered in the middle east in about 1871 and copied it.
In reality the concept of Acoma’s Razor states, given two similar sets of circumstances on what caused something to happen, the simplest is usually right.
The question in issue was this: Did the natives we call the “Old Copper Complex”, operating in 2470 BC create the 5000 copper pit mines around Lake Superior and use all the copper, or did they trade some of this copper to the Bronze Age cultures of the Meditation Sea Area. If all things were equal Acoma’s Razor could apply and we could say there was no trade. However, all things are not equal. In fact reality provides a lot of problem for that assumption. That is why the “Mystery” has gone on since at least 1848.
As I state in my book, “Ancient Mines of Kitchi-Gummi” the biggest problem is where is the copper? The second is who could have used it? Certainly it was not the mound cultures that did not appear until 1400 years later.
It is only after an exhaustive study that it becomes obvious a trade partner had to exist. Only then did the Newberry Tablet become relevant.
Here again Jason’s simple explanation for a faked tablet becomes suspect. Were these two old loggers trying to answer the question, did the Indians have a trading partner? I don’t think so. In 1896 it is unlikely these two old loggers could even write in English, let alone have excess to actual photos of linear “A” script as Jason has implied. And there is no question they were not trying to fake a partner for the ancient copper miners who they in all likelihood had never heard of.
If there was some one else who was the master mind of all this fakery the local New Paper Man could not find him. And if the actual photo that Jason has put in his blog was used, why did the finders present the tablet upside down. Close examination by those of us who have actually studied the Newberry Tablet Photo and compared it to actual liner “A” and “B” can clearly see it is upside down in the photo.
I could go on and on about this subject but I have already done that. I published the first Edition of, “Ancient Mines of Kitchi-Gummi” in 2000, almost 14 years ago. Several other good writers have also published on the subject. My favorites are Fred Rydholm and Barry Fell.
For those of you who expect to find any real proof on a 40 minute TV show let me tell you my experience. It took me 14 years to gather the information for this book. It still may have a few problems in it. But the Newberry Tablet is not one of them. It is real and can, I believe, be considered a finger print of those ancient trading partners.
My book can still be found, I only have about 10 left, but there are 4000 of them out there (some a little expensive). The second edition (2004) with the Newberry tablet on the cover has about 30 extra pages and will give the best information.
Scott Wolter is a good researcher, see his 574 page book on the Kensington Rune Stone. However, remember now he is being provided script for some of his work. Really Scott, scold those writers, the wolf population of Isle Royalle did not fall into old copper mines, really!!
And for Jason Colavito: Thanks for the photo of linear “A”, since the Newberry Tablet is not a fake, this picture just provides more proof for the Cypriot/Minoan traders; anyone can see the similarity.
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