Pages: 344 pages with 30 illustrations
Size: 7" X 10 inches
Merchant Adventurer Kings of Rhoda: The Lost World of the Tucson Artifacts (PDF)
The Tucson Artifacts document the annals of a forgotten Roman-styled military governorship in Chichimec Toltec Northwest Mexico. Perfectly preserved, complete and unaltered, they are straightforwardly composed in Latin, the official language of records during the Middle Ages. They do not have to be reconstructed, pieced together, deciphered or dated. This illuminating collection of readings translated from Latin, Greek, Arabic, Chinese, Nahuatl, Hebrew and other languages by medievalist Donald N. Yates provides the cultural contexts for understanding these unique witnesses to world history.
The Tucson Artifacts are lost-wax, cast-lead ceremonial objects inscribed with medieval Latin historical texts and memorials of leaders with names such as Jacob, Israel, Benjamin, Joseph, Saul, Isaac and Theodore. Some also contain Hebrew phrases like “eight divisions” and “a great nation,” while others display commemorated leaders’ portraits, ships, trademarks in Tang-era seal script, temples, a Mesoamerican glyph, sacrificial fire, an anchor, Romanesque-style angels in glory and other drawings. Their iconography includes the Ten Commandments and cult objects like spice spoons, carpenter’s square, Frankish axes, snakes and trumpets. There are also military anthems and mottos. A series of thick one-sided double crosses, joined like sealed albums present what are clearly records signed by OL (Oliver), with dates ranging from 560 to 900 A.D. The overarching provenance is declared by the makers of the artifacts themselves to be Roman (Romani, monogram R), a term tantamount at this time to European. This claim to nationality is further divided into Levites (L) and Israelites (I). One of the stand-out emblems depicted is a triple tiara, a symbol of Jewish priesthood associated with the Mesoamerican figure of Quetzalcoatl.
This is the ultimate multidisciplinary collection of newspaper reports, translations, photos and illustrative documents about these sensational finds from the American Southwest’s first civilization. One entire section documents in explicit detail early archeology’s misappraisal and the University of Arizona’s scandalous cover-up of authentic inscriptions in medieval Latin, Old Breton, Masoretic Hebrew and a Mesoamerican script buried for over a thousand years until the 1920s.
Read texts carefully selected from the following areas: The Song of Roland and other chansons de geste, Toltec commercial practices and religion, Celtic Judaism in Brittany and Britain, the transfer of the Babylonian Talmud to Western Europe, the Church’s campaign against Southern French Jews, the globe-sailing Rhadanites, Jewish soldiers as Charlemagne’s protectors of Jerusalem’s temples, the Cabala and the mystic rose, grants to Jewish traders in India, the massacre of 100,000 Arab and Jewish merchants in Canton, the Mine with the Iron Door, the Chalchuites trade empire, a military manual from the 9th century, the international spice trade, the most famous of the white demi-gods called Quetzalcoatl, the Chinese and Indo-Chinese in America and more.