Chapter 6 begins with a non sequitur from editor Frank Joseph, who argues that the late David Allen Deal (who died in 2008) was eminently qualified to determine the authenticity of alleged prehistoric stone and clay inscriptions because he had previously studied how Native American cultures used astrology. No, I don’t understand the connection either.
But no matter. Deal had no interest in providing real evidence for the tablets’ age. Instead, he wants to talk about his hatred of archaeologists and their idea, “ideas that have become coagulated, solidified, and found so prevalent to this very day in our schools of higher indoctrination.” Deal believes that archaeologists are trained to separate Old and New World concepts and thus are not qualified to evaluate Old World influence in the New. An untrained artist like Deal, however, is uniquely qualified to understand complex subjects that mere archaeologists can never hope to grasp.
Deal brings up dozens of alleged discoveries of cuneiform, hieroglyphic, and Hebrew inscriptions claimed in the nineteenth century as genuinely old. All of these have been determined to be fakes (and it is telling that no such inscriptions have ever emerged by chance from modern excavations or even construction digging since the Hebrew American myth fell out of fashion after 1911). He passes over each so quickly that no evidence is asserted for their authenticity beyond Deal’s hatred of archaeology. When confronted with the fact that many of the inscriptions are unrecognized, ersatz copies of ancient alphabets as if written by a modern person who did not understand them, Deal instead determines that they are in fact American adaptations of Old World scripts which he (and he alone) has deciphered! Better yet: these alphabets were “never seen before or since.” I’d say that’s pretty good evidence that it’s a fake, but Deal believes in the miraculous survival of one and only one example of each of the various adapted alphabets. Good for him. But it makes it hard to decipher an alphabet based on only one example. What do you use for a control?
He concludes that the Michigan tablets show Coptic religious doctrine, including coequal Christ and Satan as joint sons of Yahweh, and therefore could not have been faked by Trinitarian American Christians. He provides no evidence to demonstrate this in the tablets other than his word that he has seen what he wished to see in them. In my review of the Soper-Savage Collection tablets available online, I could not find this religious doctrine depicted unambiguously.
From there Joseph asks us to believe the stacked stones in Canada are remnants of Osiris worship because the roughly T-shaped stones supposedly look something like an ankh to him. These stones are well-known to archaeology and were built by the Inuit and their ancestors from Alaska to Greenland down to the present day. There are two types: the inuksuk, which were used as markers, and the inunnguaq, which represent the ancestors or divinities—hence the T-shape. (View a bunch of these sculptures here.) ONE IS EVEN ON THE FLAG OF NUNAVUT. Joseph discounts this because some modern Inuit did not recognize one particular one in northern Quebec, nicknamed Thor’s Hammer, as Inuit work. That may be true, but the Arctic peoples have undergone severe population disruption and replacement many times, and cultural continuity cannot be guaranteed in any one spot. Not all were built by Inuit; some were built by other native peoples of the Arctic. Even the Greeks failed to recognize their Mycenaean ancestors’ achievements as Greek—they thought the Cyclopes built their cities.