Taken from www.sitchin.com
The ruins and remains of Mexico's pre-Columbian civilizations enchant, intrigue, fascinate and puzzle. Of them the oldest and earliest, that of
people referred-to as Olmecs, is the most enigmatic -- for they challenge present-day scholars to explain how had people from Africa come and settled
and thrived in this part of the New World, thousands of years before Columbus.
We know how they looked because they left behind countless sculptures, marvelously carved in stone, depicting them; some, in fact, are stone portraits
of Olmec leaders; colossal in size, they immortalize in stone what, to many, has been an unpleasant enigma.
The first colossal stone head was discovered in the Mexican state of Veracruz back in 1869. Its discoverer reported it in the Bulletin of the Mexican
Geographical and Statistical Society as "a magnificent sculpture that most amazingly represents an Ethiopian." The report included a drawing clearly
showing the stone head's Negroid features; and that doomed the discovery to oblivion...
It was not until 1925 that the existence of the Olmecs was reaffirmed when an archaeological team from Tulane University found another such gigantic
stone head in the adjoining Mexican state of Tabasco; it measured about eight feet in height and weighed some twenty four tons.
In time, many more such colossal sculptures have been found; they depict distinctly different individuals wearing helmets; they also clearly depict,
in each case, a person with African features -- black Africans.
As archaeological discovery followed archaeological discovery, it became evident that in a vast central area of Mexico stretching from the Gulf coast
to the Pacific coast, these "Olmecs" built major urban centers, engaged in mining, were the first in Mesoamerica to have a calendar and hieroglyphic
writing, and established what is by now recognized as Mesoamerica's Mother Civilization.
The problem that this posed was twofold: Not only the issue of Negroid Africans somehow crossing the Atlantic Ocean and settling in the New World
before others; but also the incredible antiquity of such arrival. This problem was dealt with by first suggesting that the Olmecs appeared after more
famed peoples such as the Mayas; then by grudgingly acknowledging earlier dates B.C. --250 B.C., then 500 B.C., then 1250 B.C., then even 1500 B.C.
Faced with such evidence, the solution was to deny that these were Africans ... Even now a noted scholar, writing in the official catalogue of the
Museum of Anthropology of Jalapa, states in regard to the individuals depicted in the sculptures: "in spite of the general similarity of features --
flat noses with flaring nostrils and thickened lips (leading some to falsely claim an African origin for the Olmec)," etc.
So: "To falsely claim an African origin for the Olmecs"!
And this brings me to the Case of the Missing Elephant.
An Elephant Among the Wheels
Jalapa, a gem of a town, is about two hours' drive from Veracruz (where the Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes landed in 1519). Its museum is
undoubtedly second only to the famed one in Mexico City; but unlike Mexico City's which displays artifacts from all over the country, the Jalapa one
exhibits only locally discovered artifacts -- predominantly Olmec ones.
Dramatically and effectively displayed in an innovative setting, the Museum boasts several colossal stone heads as well as other stone sculptures. It
also displays smaller objects found at Olmec sites; among them, in special display showcases, are what are considered to be Olmec "toys." They
include animals mounted on wheels -- a visual and evidentiary negation of the common claim that the people of Mesoamerica (and America in general)
were unfamiliar with the wheel.
And included in the same display case were elephants -- "toys" made of clay.
Gone - Where and Why?
I, and some of my fans who accompanied me, saw them on previous visits to the Museum.
BUT when I (and again some of my fans with me) was there recently -- in December 1999 -- the elephants were nowhere in sight!
I could find no one in authority to obtain an explanation from. But that the elephants were once there was a fact indeed, here is a photograph of one,
shot on a previous visit:
Now, here is the significance of this small artifact: There are no, and never have been, elephants in the Americas. There are and have been elephants
in Africa. And a depiction of an elephant could have been made only by someone who has seen an elephant, i.e. someone who has been to Africa!
At this and other museums later visited in December 1999, guards have asserted that objects that I wished to point out and that were written up in my
book The Lost Realms but somehow vanished, were loaned for an overseas exhibit.
Perhaps. But that such a hard-to-explain depiction of an elephant would be selected to highlight Mexico's ancient heritage, is either unlikely or
I suppose one will have to revisit Jalapa and find out whether the little elephant is back among the "toys."
© Z. Sitchin 2000
On his website he has pictures of the drawings of the stone heads, I've seen them on various channels such as Discovery, History, and National
Geographic in the past, and IMO They do look like they are of African Descent, but how was it possible for them to know what elephants looked like if
they did not see one for themselves?
Will post more info soon!