OK, I read the entire thread and visited the links.
I think that this is a very interesting article and I find it facinating that similar carvings have been found in Yemen, Australia, North and South
I do have one thing to say to those who are saying that the symbols are too white, or look photoshopped. If you followed the links, the caption under
the photo very clearly states that the symbols have been enhanced with aluminum powder at the site. So, this explains why they are so starkly
contrasted with the darker colored rock. It is amazing what you can learn when you read the captions.
Anyway how can we possibly explain these findings. There are a few possibilities.
1.) The obvious one, and the one that so many have jumped to, is the idea that they are a hoax. OK maybe, but it would have to be a very well traveled
hoaxer. The New Mexico carving was known, and documented, prior to 1850. There were precious few people who knew ancient Hebrew or Phoenician text
styles prior to 1850.
The hoaxer would have to have been in Brazil, Yemen, New Mexico, Colorado, AND Australia. Well, Australia at that time was pretty much the wild west,
and the wild west at the time was THE WILD WEST. There could not have been more than a handfull of people at the time of the original discovery of
these carvings, who had the knowledge to do it, even fewer who would have access to all of these places.
Egyptology at the time was a brand new science and they were mostly focused on Egypt and Palestine, it would be generations later that they branched
out to Yemen, Somolia, Etheopia, etc. The study of ancient Hebrew and Phoenician writting was the domain of the ivory halls of academia, not the
domain of a hoaxer tripping through indian country.
Add to that the danger and difficulty of travel to Australia at that time. A journey like that would take years and might end with tragedy. Similarly
a trip to Yemen by a (presumed) European? All to perpetuate a hoax?
I don't think that the hoax theory can hold up under the facts.
2.) The inscriptions could be genuine but the interpretation could be wrong. This is very possible. Others have pointed out that very different
languages often share similar symbols. This is very true. What I find interesting though is that the translations that have been produced seem to be
coherent. This would be a very difficult trick to pull off with differing languages. Still, I can't rule it out.
3.) The carvings are the result of a highly traveled ancient civilization. I find this to be the most likely explanation, given the dating of the
patina of the rocks, and the carbon dating of the wood timbers in a collapsed mine at the Yemeni site, which also had similar symbols inside. So, the
question is who could have done it?
I find it interesting that there is a Phoenician connection. The ancient Phoenicians were one of the only ancient cultures who developed ship building
to a level that would have allowed a deep ocean voyage. They had ships that were more than capable of crossing the Atlantic. In fact some of their
ships were more sea worthy than those of the Spanish explorers, bigger too. So put a point in the Phoenicians column.
One of the other technologies that would be required is navigation. The Phoenicians were very experienced astronomers and they knew the night skys by
heart. Phoenician sailors also knew how to navigate using the stars and they were one of the few cultures who dared to sail beyond the horizon,
because they knew how to find their way home. They also developed map making to a high degree. So, the Phoenicians get another point.
Whoever undertook these travels would need a reason to do so. It should not be too surprising that the Phoenicians had a highly developed sea trading
culture. So, they might be motivated to seek more distant shores.
So, I think you can see that I think that most evidence points to the Phoenicians. As for the similarities with ancient Hebrew, who knows? Maybe they
caught a ride?