Ancient Riddles to Test Our Wits: New York Baal Stone

The Baal Stone from upstate New York written in Phoenician script circa 800 BC

The Baal Stone from upstate New York written in Phoenician script circa 800 BC

© 2016 B. L. Freeborn

Another ancient riddle presents itself in this stone (about 12″ wide) written in Phoenician Letters circa 800 BC which was found in rural New York.

Is this the Eye of Baal in the center of the stone?

Is it a comet that splits into two parts?

Or is it the Phoenician letter T?

In the image below, the stone is translated using Anglo-Saxon. It reads: “There is the eye of power. It is here at the quay that divides.”

If it is read using the T as a tie then it reads: “It burnt a pit out of the net and it is eaten quite large at the stop for the tie.”

Translation of the New York Baal Stone with 800 BC Phoenician Letters and Anglo-Saxon

Translation of the New York Baal Stone with 800 BC Phoenician Letters and Anglo-Saxon

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Newberry Tablet and its Ancient Links to Europe

The reader may find this short talk on cave drawing to be of interest. The symbols that are compiled and presented by Genevieve von Petzinger in the video are compared below to the symbols found on the Newberry Tablet and to the Paleo-Hebrew script from some 3000 years ago. (Symbols as depicted at oocities.org.)

“Written language, the hallmark of human civilization, didn’t just suddenly appear one day. Thousands of years before the first fully developed writing systems, our ancestors scrawled geometric signs across the walls of the caves they sheltered in. Paleoanthropologist, rock art researcher and TED Senior Fellow Genevieve von Petzinger has studied and codified these ancient markings in caves across Europe. The uniformity of her findings suggest that graphic communication, and the ability to preserve and transmit messages beyond a single moment in time, may be much older than we think.” -Ted Talks

 

Cave art as found by Genevieve von Petzinger

Cave art as found by Genevieve von Petzinger

Newberry symbols compared to cave art.

Newberry symbols compared to cave art.

 

Comparison of cave art to Paleo-Hebrew script circa 8th century BC.

Comparison of cave art to Paleo-Hebrew script circa 8th century BC.