Old News documentary features enigmatic rock art from southeastern Colorado and the Oklahoma panhandle suggestive of a Celtic presence in America 1500 to perhaps 3000 years ago, esp., 8 August 471 CE
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America's oldest motion pictures, Discovered
 
Gemini inscription and Noble Twins animation "north of 37°N latitude, about 103°W longitude, 8 August 471 CE -- North America's first datable, historical record was inscribed today to memorialize a rare astronomical event. The Indo-European explorer who wrote it had just witnessed three planets aligned on the ecliptic in the vicinity of the Gemini constellation in the pre-dawn hours of the sacred Lughnasad cross quarter holiday. More than fifteen centuries will pass before the sandstone engravings will be found on the high plains of southeastern Colorado and interpreted using consonantal Ogham, an ancient Celtic alphabet."
So could have read a dateline and lead paragraph if the technology for worldwide news dispatches and a gift for knowing the future existed then. Our ability to probe America's past is real, yet an academic mindset that counts only Indians before Columbus is archaeology's myopia, inhibiting consideration of parallel, historic probabilities worthy of scholarly interest.
 
Old News examines discoveries over the past 25 years that indicate Plains Indians had visitors from the far side of the Atlantic a thousand years before Columbus sailed from Iberia. More than a half dozen archaeoastronomical panels are documented with timelapse film and videography on the equinoxes, the summer solstice and Lughnasad. Only after translations of the associated grooved writings were these solar alignments first observed. We examine the nature of Irish Ogham and how it compares to the consonantal variety found in America, show the sort of explosive reaction this subject ignites among American archaeologists, follow a researcher as he applies his nuclear chemical analysis to dating some Ogham rock writings, propose that these foreigners may have worshipped Mithras revealed by their layered iconography and specific Indo-European star charts detailing Mithras' regulation of orderly celestial cycles, discuss the humanity of these powerful discoveries, and conclude with a postscript suggesting an even earlier expedition from a seaport on the southern coast of the Arabian peninsula based on the unique Dhofari alphabet found on other heavily patinated rocks in America's heartland.
Crack Cave
in 2005 spectators gather to
see Ogham inside Crack Cave
lit up by spring equinox dawn
noon sun dagger at Pathfinder
noon sun dagger pierces
phallic & female glyphs
on fall equinox of 2004

2005 spring equinox dawn at Crack Cave
 
Old News also introduces a Native American equinox site known as The Pathfinder with a midday sun dagger, much longer than the USA's most famous archaeoastronomy by the Anasazi on Fajada Butte. An equinox sun ray targets a set of petroglyphs seemingly inspired by the Navajo creation legend of Changing Woman and her pseudonym or sister deity, White Shell Woman, impregnated by advancing sun rays while reclining, legs spread, once on a rock and again in a shallow pool of water.
 
85¼ minute documentary        ©2005 TransVision
 
director's note: in the audio and video clips presented herein, I pronounce the first letter in the word Celtic with a soft S rather than a hard K. This is intentional and, I believe, faithful to linguistic tradition. Fetch Barry Fell's pronouncement on pronunciation.

 
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