© 2015 B. L. Freeborn (updated Nov. 2018)
In the last posts we looked at the overall layout of the Newberry Tablet and a few symbols.
In this post four symbols are studied. We begin with the hook or staff symbol because it involves the least argument as to its meaning. Whether or not a particular sound is associated with it cannot be determined. It is found in the Luwian Glyph list at #378. It appears 7 times on the tablet. Notice the double staves in the third row just above the two blank spaces which imply its importance. They are in positions: 3,4 and 3, 5. (Note that as 34 and 35 these can be summed to 69. See below.) The others are located at: 1,8; 6,2; 9,1; 9,10; and 11,4. It takes little work to see significance in this group of numbers with regards to prior studies.
One of the next two symbols of interest is found at 1, 9 and it is an X with an extra down stroke and the other is at 1,2 which is an X with an extra upstroke and side stroke. These symbols are not found in the glyph list. Barry Fell thought they were Cypriot Letters for vowels i, a, and e but it takes little effort to confirm that few other letters are found in that script. If it is compared to prior Adena Tablets studied such as the Waverly and Cincinnati the idea of a dead man is suggested then by the first symbol. This leads to the idea the second is also a man. Perhaps he is doing something that was common then such as shooting an arrow. So for our purposes here the first represents death and the second shooting, shot, arrow or battle. The death symbol is used three times at: 1,9; 4,9; 9,6. The battle symbol is used seven times at: 1,2; 4,5; 6,6; 9,5; 10,7; 13,3; 13,8. Indeed, they follow each other in line 9 as if to say ‘shot dead.’
The next symbol studied (at 2, 4) is distinct and impossible to find anywhere repeated except in the Luwian Glyph list at #313. Although not a perfect match every element of the symbol is represented in the glyph. It is said to mean the verb ‘does’ with sound ‘pi.’ It is used four times in the tablet at positions: 2,4; 5,2; 7,6; and 13,9. The number of hours in a day is 24; the weeks in a year is 52; and the period of Halley’s Comet is 76 years and the division of 9 by 13 = .692 which reminds us there are 69.2 miles to the longitudinal degree at the equator.. Even more powerful, the first value in the Torah is 913 and the side length of the Great Pyramid is 913 feet which is said to represent one fourth the days in a year (365.24/4 = 91.3).
The last symbol is at 1,4 and looks like the head of a shovel or a D with a side bar. It also appears in the glyph list at #66 and is said to mean men or hero. It is said to have sound ‘zi.’ It appears five times at: 1,4; 3,6; 5,9; 7,7; and 11,6. All of these are significant except 59 which becomes 95 if inverted. The value of 5/9 = .555… The value of 9/5 = 1.8. The 14 is not only the days in two weeks but it is the value of the square root of 2 = 1.414 or a ‘true hero.’
In use Luwian Hieroglyphs can take on the sound or the meaning of the object as in a rebus. Theses glyphs are also called Hittite and were used heavily between the 14th to 13th centuries BC and fell into disuse by 7th century BC. Decipherment of the glyphs did not begin until the early 1900’s with most work being done since 1930 and the language associated with them was confirmed in 1973 to be Luwian not Hittite. (It is argued at this post that the people were La-ang-a and the word should then be La-ang or Anglo.) The Newberry Tablet was discovered in 1896 with three figurines that weighed close to 1000 lbs. See Betty Sodders “Michigan Prehistory Mysteries.”
More symbols to follow!
On to the next post on the tablet.