The Adena Tablets of Ancient Ohio – Compared to Egyptian Art

© 2014 B. L. Freeborn, updated Sept. 2022

In previous posts a good many Hittite or Luwian Hieroglyphs from the Anatolian region of Turkey were pointed out in the ancient Ohio art of the Wilmington and Lakin A Tablets. The question remains as to whether this same style of incorporating glyphs into art can be found in ancient art from other regions such as Egypt?

Iuny Stele

The Iuny Stele. An Egyptian funerary stone. Louvre. Dated to New Kingdom Period.

The Iuny Stele from Egypt is shown here. In particular the depiction of Osiris and Isis found in the upper left section of the stele is examined in this post. Begin by observing that Isis on the left holds the arm of Osiris with almost a disembodied arm and upturned hand. Osiris’ body is turned in the traditional pose of rotated at the waist. This exaggeration with the hands two fisted at the center imitates the symbol for the sound ‘hwi.’ This sound we have seen expressed in many of the Adena Tablets suggesting the Anglo word ‘hwy.’ The feet of Osiris supply another sound ‘ta.’ Combining these two sounds the word hwa-ta is formed. The modern spelling of this word is ‘what.’ The headdress supplies the answer to ‘what and why.’ Baal is the origin of the cause as the oval or glyph for Femina suggests. On each side of the headdress is the Magnus symbol ‘great.’ Along the sides are numerous lines. Numbers are typically indicated by lines in this glyph system. Two ways to think of the lines then are ‘numerous’ or the glyph for Ala/wings of an army.

The headdress illustrates the idea further. The lines are drawn upwards and banded together. Longitude is banded together at the North Pole. There are seven lines below the bands and six above it. This creates the number 76 which is easily associated with the period of Halley’s Comet reinforcing the idea the art is about a comet. So then, this can be read as a ‘great many comets struck the place where the lines of longitude gather at the North Pole.’ The four bands give one further number. A square with 4 units to a side has a diagonal of 5.65 units. This gives us that very important number seen repeatedly in the Adena art.

Other numbers can be easily found. The headdress of Isis is three steps. Latitude is a series of steps towards the pole. Her hair has three curls in front of her shoulder and eight curls behind. This creates the number 38 which is half 76 and repeats the reference to Halley’s comet.

Below Osiris’ headdress we find the symbol for Propheta depicted in very much the same manner as it was depicted on the Adena tablets. Between the two feathers is a second circular glyph also suggesting Baal or the origin. This second Baal completes the idea of ‘two comets.’ To the right is a circle glyph that represents the concept of rotate. The idea of rotation is expressed two other times in the image. Osiris always appears rotated at the waist and the appearance of the eye is rotated whereas the mouth and nose are portrayed correctly. The degree of rotation is indicated by the flail. Half the flail’s three vertical lines is broken into five sections or perhaps it should be seen as 33; 33.5 or some combination of this. This number was seen in the tablets. Recall 90 degrees (at the pole) minus 56.5 is 33.5. The idea of rotation was found on the New Hampshire Mystery Stone with the twirl symbol.

From the New Hampshire Mystery Stone - the idea of turning

New Hampshire Mystery Stone glyph

The face with its typical Egyptian turned eye and odd beard gives further information. The eye is the glyph Ocular/eye and comets are known to be composed of masses often called the eye. The beard suggests the letter ‘ra’ in the glyphs. Combining the sounds ‘i’ and ‘r’ we find both the old and new Anglo word ‘ire’ which means to wander, to be angry. The face itself is the glyph for Caput or head. It can also be interpreted as the glyph for Prae which means ‘before.’ The face then is relating that the ‘previous pole/head of the planet wandered.’

The collars give another number. Two segments on Isis’ collar and three segments of Osiris’ collar form the number 23. The arctic circle ends at latitude 23 degrees and 30 seconds. It forms a ‘collar around the head of the planet.’ It also forms the number 32 which is 5.65 squared.

Furthering the idea that the North Pole is the place to which is being referred is the flail and hook held at an angle by two fists. The pole is the place from which the angles of longitude are marked out. Two firm fists suggest two places are involved: the north pole and the magnetic pole. It also suggests the idea of both latitude and longitude which are measured from the north pole. This is reiterated by the embracing arm of Isis under Osiris’ arm. Furthermore, Isis’ hand is in the form of the glyph for Manus/power over the people. Certainly, standards of measure such as measurement from the pole hold power over the people. Another repetition of the idea of union is found in the Ankh within Isis’ hand. It is the union of two glyphs: Femina/origin and the Cross. The Ankh then refers to the place from which measurements begin. Repeating again this duality of two poles is the two feet of Isis but only one shown for Osiris. If the face of Osiris suggests the glyph for Prae or ‘before’ then they are relating that previously there was only one place of measurement and now there are two.

Glyph map of Iuny Stele

The images of Isis and Osiris on the Iuny Stele demonstrate the use of Luwian/Hittite Hieroglyphs. The glyphs used and the message is identical to that found on the Adena Tablets of ancient Ohio.

The throne itself provides more information. A blanket is laid over the back of the chair and this is typical in Egyptian art. The chair is composed of several symbols. These are Argentum /shining, silvery; throne; cubitum/measurement, and aedificium/structure. Altogether they describe the polar ice cap that once overlaid the North Pole as a shining white blanket from which measurements were taken providing structure.

The name Isis was discussed in previous posts and that it is depicted in the Adena tablets as Ice-sess. Sess in Anglo means ‘seat’ and is the root of the modern word sister. Mythology tells us Isis was Osiris’ sister. What then might the name Osiris mean? In Latin ‘os’ means opening or origin. Spelled as ‘aes’ it means food in Old English and is associated with the word mouth or once again the idea of an opening. Spelled as ‘ease’ it means a beaker or lipped vessel. Perhaps this is a reference to a crater. Spelled as ‘os’ it means god. Ire as noted above means to wander, to be angry. ‘Is’ in Anglo means ice. Osiris is then a compound of three words: os-ire-ice.  The word could then mean ‘an opening in the wandering ice.’ In other words it confirms the analysis above. The story related is the same as in the Adena Tablets which is summarized as follows: Two great comets with many others struck the pole and the pole wandered (ire) and rotated. Previously there was one place of measurement whereas now there are two. Longitude is referenced from this old pole where there is a crater.

The rotation of the pole from an engineering standpoint is discussed within this site here (pdf).

The origin of longitude measurement (the zero line lies at Greenwich today) is described by the Ankh. Hence, its prevalence in Egyptian art. We might understand further if the gematria of Ankh is examined using Hebrew equivalents. ‘A’ gives us 1, ‘n’ give 50, ‘k’ gives 20, and ‘h’ gives 8. The sum is 79. If the word is examined further the first two letters give 51 and the last two give 28. What lies at latitude 51 degrees 28 minutes and 40.12 seconds? And what is 79 degrees of longitude distant from it?

The importance of this word is not confined to Egypt. It is found boldly in our own language. Consider one important word: thank. Is this not ‘the-ankh’? Has its meaning been forgotten through time?

Next we continue with the fabulous Cincinnati Tablet.

Back to the very beginning of series on Adena Tablets

Previous Post on Wilmington Tablet

Posts on: Lakin A Tablet, The Gaitskill Clay Tablet,

Allen Tablet, Grave Creek, The Kiefer Tablet,

Wright, Lakin B and Meigs Tablets,

Berlin Tablet, Gaitskill Stone Tablet, The Low Tablet,

The Waverly Tablet, and Metcalf Stone,

and pdf article on

Hudson Bay as a comet crater of recent origin.

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