The first link doesn't work, so I googled for references to this story. Here's a summary of the longer story:
Here's the story, with pictures of some of the "artifacts" he said he found:
It's a pretty obvious and badly done fake.
So -- how can you tell when material is faked?
Take a look at the "picture" (in rock) of "Alexander the Great", and let's talk a few facts about Alexander:
* He's actually Macedonian: en.wikipedia.org...
* He conquered most of the then "known world"
* He died in 323 BC
* He wrote and spoke Greek.
* Macedon before (and after) Alexander was a small country within today's country of Greece: Map
of ancient Macedon
* a lot more details are here: www.answers.com...
So... first item -- the drawing on the rock is really badly done. There wasn't a lot of time for casual art back then -- art was done by studios with
trained artists. This wasn't done by anyone from the Macedonian or Roman culture and sure wasn't done by a professional artist.
There's a number of real coins minted during his lifetime with his portrait on them. In all of them, he's bare-headed and has curly hair (here's a
good drawing of one of these coins.)
Drawing of Alexander on
Macedonians didn't wear pots with buns on their heads when they went to war. He wore a standard Greek helmet with a horsetail brush (in metal) --
replica is here: What Macedonian Helmets look like
He would not have worn a fake Egyptian style collar -- he wore a bronze curass which showed him as having a manly torso. You can see a drawing of
one on the arms reference page here:
Armor worn by Macedonian generals
Under NO circumstances would he have worn a braided "duck tail" ponytail. And triangle earrings with pierced ears? Worn to battle, where they could
snag on everything? No. No warrior goes around in harem lady earrings.
The second item -- a badly faked Egyptian piece. It is probably supposed to be either Alexander as a king after he conquered Egypt or some such, but
instead shows an "Egyptian" wearing something that tries to be the "White crown" (Hedjet) of Upper Egypt -- in other words, the part of Egypt closest
to Nubia and the source of the Nile. Alexander never got that far into Egypt. He's shown on several Egyptian monuments (see here:
Alexander conquers Egypt
) and is wearing the "Khepresh" -- the War crown (
The War Crown worn by Alexander
) He's supposed to be holding an ankh (but it has too many cross
branches... kind of like an ankh and a djed combined -- and no one ever held the ankh by the "handle" -- they hold it by the loop) and is supposed to
be holding a staff (which looks nothing like any staff of office ever held by any Egyptian) and is seated in a position no Egyptian would have drawn
(they would draw both legs together.)
The third item is of a type familiar to anyone who studies fakes. It's a rock with a "mysterious language" that only the finder can translate. The
caption reports it as "Hubbard says this rock contains an ancient Latin language that shows the stone is from someone of European descent"
The only ancient Latin language being written at or after the time of the death of Alexander the Great is (I hope you won't be shocked) Latin.
The earliest form of written Latin came from 500 BC -- far too early for them to have heard about
Alexander the Great's death in 323 BC -- and even then they were writing in regular Latin letters, not mocked-up Phoenician. So compare the letters
to the Phoenician alphabet (wjbdradio.com...
) and the old classic "witches' alphabet"
Finally, we know it's not actually a language that's written there although the article says "Hubbard has translated three European based
languages on some of the artifacts, confirming the remains are not from American Indians."
When you're writing a language, letters repeat at
some frequency (count the number of 'e's in the last sentence or 'i's or 's's or other letters and you'll see what I mean.)
The bottom of the rock image shows a long line with marks hashed below it. Here he's trying to fake Ogham. This is particularly amusing since Ogham
doesn't originate until around 400 AD (some 700 years after Alexander's demise: en.wikipedia.org...
...and it's not real Ogham.
So someone's trying to run a hoax (besides, Alexander is buried in the Middle East. There were actually some battles fought over where his final tomb
would be. It's a fair guess that Ptolemy ended up with it, though it's not certain.
edit on 7-1-2011 by Byrd because: to make the links look