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Geneticist Traces Mysterious Origins of Native Americans to Middle East, Ancient Greece

By Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times

The idea that Native Americans are descended from ancient Jews, Egyptians, or Greeks has been a controversial one for hundreds of years. James Adair, an 18th century settler who traded with Native Americans for 40 years, wrote that their language, customs, and social structures were similar to those of the Israelites.

He wrote in his book “The History of the American Indians”: “It is a very difficult thing to divest ourselves, not to say, other persons, of prejudices and favourite opinions, and I expect to be censured by some for opposing commonly received sentiments, or for meddling with a dispute agitated among the learned ever since the first discovery of America.”

 

In more recent years, similar observations by Dr. Donald Panther-Yates have even met with what Yates described as “hate mail” from indigenous studies professors.

It is commonly held that Native Americans descended from Mongolians. In 2013, a study published in the journal Nature acknowledged that some ancient European ancestry is possible. The DNA from a 24,000-year-old corpse in Siberia was analyzed. It showed no resemblance to Asian populations, only to European, yet it showed a clear connection to Native Americans. But the mainstream scientific community is far from embracing the theory that Native Americans descended from ancient Middle-Eastern or Greek peoples as Yates and some others have proposed.

Yates is of Cherokee descent, he has a Ph.D. in classical studies, and he founded the genetics research institution DNA Consultants. These three credentials have given him a unique perspective on Native American history as it relates to these ancient cultures, and how DNA testing can support the theoretical link.

 

Genetic Similarities

Native Americans are generally thought to fit into five genetic groups, known as haplotypes, each named by a letter of the alphabet: A,B,C,D, and X.

Yates demonstrated in a paper titled “Anomalous Mitochondrial DNA Lineages in the Cherokee,” what he calls the fallacy behind many genetic analyses: “[The geneticists say] ‘Lineage A, B, C, D, and X are American Indian. Therefore, all American Indians are lineage A, B, C, D, and X.’ The fallacy in such reasoning is apparent. It could be restated as: ‘All men are two-legged creatures; therefore since the skeleton we dug up has two legs, it is human.’ It might be a kangaroo.”

Any divergence from the expected haplotypes is usually attributed to an intermingling of races after European colonization, not to the genes that came with Native Americans from their origin.

After analyzing Cherokee DNA, Yates concluded, “No such mix could have resulted from post-1492 European gene flow into the Cherokee Nation.”

“So where do our non-European, non-Indian-appearing elements come from?” he asked. “The level of haplogroup T in the Cherokee (26.9 percent) approximates the percentage for Egypt (25 percent), one of the only lands where T attains a major position among the various mitochondrial lineages.”

Yates focused on haplotype X for “its relative absence in Mongolia and Siberia and a recently proven center of diffusion in Lebanon and Israel.”

In 2009, Liran I. Shlush at the Israel Institute of Technology published a paper in the journal PLOS ONE stating that the X haplotype spread through the world from the Hills of Galilee in northern Israel and Lebanon. Yates wrote: “The only other place on earth where X is found at an elevated level apart from other American Indian groups like the Ojibwe is among the Druze in the Hills of Galilee in northern Israel and Lebanon.”

 

Cultural, Linguistic Similarities

Though much of the Cherokee culture has been lost, noted Yates in his book “Cherokee Clans,” what can still be discovered about the legends hints at ancestors who came across the sea and whose language was similar to ancient Greek. Some linguistic parallels have also been drawn between the Native American languages and Egyptian and Hebrew.

The Cherokee’s white demigod Maui may have his roots in a Libyan leader of a fleet dispatched by the pharaoh Ptolemy III before 230 B.C., Yates explained. “Maui” is similar to the Egyptian words for “guide” or “navigator.” Maui was said to have brought all civilized arts and crafts. He gave the Cherokee their title for principal chief, Amatoyhi or Moytoy, said Yates, which translates as “mariner” or “admiral.”

He recounted a Cherokee Twister Clan legend that named Maui’s father as Tanoa. Yates said Tanoa may refer to a Greek. “Tanoa was the father of all fair-haired children and came from a land called Atia,” he wrote.

Atia may refer to Attica, a historical region encompassing the Greek capital, Athens. Atia was said to be a place “full of high alabaster temples,” one of which “was very spacious, and was built as a meeting-place for gods and men.” At this place, one found sporting competitions, games, feasts to the gods, meetings of great chiefs, and the origin of wars that caused people to spread over the Pacific.

“One could hardly invent a more fitting folk memory of Greek culture,” Yates wrote. “The Hawaiian word that epitomized this lost world is karioi, ‘leisure, ease,’ literally the same word in Greek for ‘amusements.’” Yates notes numerous other linguistic similarities.

“According to the Keetoowah Society elders, the Cherokee once spoke a non-Indian language akin to Hopi, but gave it up and adopted Mohawk to continue to live with the Iroquois. The ‘old tongue’ seems to have many elements of Greek, the language of Ptolemaic Egypt and ancient Judeans,” he said.

Adair noted linguistic similarities between Native American languages and Hebrew.

As in Hebrew, Native American nouns have neither cases nor declensions, wrote Adair. Another similarity is the lack of comparative or superlative degrees. “There is not, perhaps, any one language or speech, except the Hebrew and the Indian American, which has not a great many prepositions. The Indians, like the Hebrews, have none in separate and express words. They are forced to join certain characters to words, in order to supply that great deficit,” he wrote.

 

A Perspective From the Past

Adair offers a perspective on the culture Yates cannot. Adair interacted extensively with the Native Americans hundreds of years ago, while their traditions were still thriving. Of course, the extent to which he may have misunderstood that culture as an outsider must be taken into account.

“From the most exact observations I could make in the long time I traded among the Indian Americans, I was forced to believe them lineally descended from the Israelites, either while they were a maritime power, or soon after the general captivity, the latter however is the most probable,” Adair wrote.

They had a similar tribe organization, he said. Their manner of delimiting time was similar, as was their custom of having a most holy place, and their designation of prophets and high-priests.

He gave an example of a similar custom: “Correspondent to the Mosaic law of women’s purification after travel, the Indian women absent themselves from their husbands and all public company, for a considerable time.”

He explained the absence of circumcision among Native Americans thus: “The Israelites were but forty years in the wilderness, and would not have renewed the painful act of circumcision, only that Joshua inforced it; and by the necessary fatigues and difficulties, to which as already hinted, the primitive Americans must be exposed at their first arrival in this vast and extensive wilderness, it is likely they forbore circumcision, upon the divine principle extended to their supposed predecessors in the wilderness, of not accepting sacrifice at the expense of mercy. This might soothe them afterwards to wholly to reject it as a needless duty, especially if any of the eastern heathens accompanied them in their travels in quest of freedom.”

It seems the Cherokee people have had mixed feelings about Yates’s work. While the Central Band of Cherokee website has posted a summary of Yates’s research, some online comments indicate that some Cherokee have been reluctant to stand behind such claims or to involve themselves in the controversy.

In writing about the Cherokee Paint Clan, Yates stated: “Some of them practiced Judaism, although United Keetoowah [a Cherokee organization] elders vehemently deny this.”

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A giant pyramid was discovered in the Ural mountains

Ural tourists from the club of expeditions “Wild North” found a huge pyramid in the Subpolar Urals, which is several times larger than the Egyptian pyramid of Cheops. An unusual mountain was discovered when they were preparing for the helicopter casting of one of the groups and studied satellite images of the Polar Urals.

The height of the pyramid is almost 800 meters, the length of the faces is about a kilometer. In this case, the faces are located exactly on the cardinal points. The pyramid is located on the territory of the Peoples-Itinsky Ridge in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug – Ugra. – We were preparing a route and came across a pyramid. She stands on an arc from a meteorite impact crater. According to satellite data, the mountain with its forms exactly repeats the famous Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt.

Only its size is twice as large, ”says Evgeny Svitov, head of the Wild North Expedition Club. – The height of the pyramid is 774 meters, the length of each of its faces is almost a kilometer. The edges are located clearly on the cardinal points, as if on a level.

“These are God-forgotten places, the fishermen bypass them, they say there are not very many fish,” said Yevgeny Svitov from the Wild North expedition club. – It is amazing that the pyramid faces clearly on the cardinal points. The sacred shaman river flows there. According to Eugene Svitov, nature could not do this – to create such a clear relief with angles of 90 degrees. “My version: this is a construction of ancient civilizations,” the traveler believes. – Most likely, it consists of granite, quartzite, there is no vegetation there, it starts a little lower.

“People did not live there, these territories were used precisely as ritual places,” said Vladimir Anishchenko, a scientist and member of the Russian Geographical Society. Archaeologists note that the Ural ridge was sacred, people came to perform rituals there, it was a territory of the forces of nature.

The pyramid is located almost on the ridge, the territory is very peculiar, it has its own anomalies. We were there with expeditions. Unexplained anomalies are encountered there. For example, there is a platform at the confluence of rivers where there are no mosquitoes, although there should be clouds. 

You can get to the pyramid either by walking 400 kilometers along the ridge on foot, or by helicopter. The object has already attracted interest from the Russian Geographical Society. In the summer, an expedition will be sent to study the pyramid.

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Helicopter, tank, submarine: what is actually depicted on the walls of the temple in Abydos

The study of the temple complex in the ancient Egyptian city of Abydos began in the 19th century. There were a lot of hieroglyphs, they were on columns and on beams, guessed under a layer of dirt and soot. But then it was just hieroglyphs. The twentieth century had to come, so that scientists could see that the ancient Egyptians on the walls of the temple depicted a tank, a helicopter and a submarine.

The ancient Egyptian Abydos is located near Luxor – it has a long and extremely interesting history. The temple complex was built on the left bank of the Nile and is dedicated to Osiris, the god who taught mankind gardening and agriculture. Egyptian myths tell how the god Seth killed Osiris, his brother, and since then, he, depicted as a mummy, rules the underworld, the world of the dead. True, archaeologists are sure that the cult of Osiris came to a long-living city and, probably, one of the most populated by this time. It is also believed that before the appearance of the cult of Osiris, Abdos was the religious center of civilization.

Memorial Temple of Seti I in Abydos

Around the XIII century. BC, the construction of the temple complex dedicated to Osiris begins – it was the reign of Set I. It was a pharaoh, famous for many victories and conquests. It is not surprising that the temples of Abydos began to praise the pharaoh, commander, reformer, and warrior.

Mummy of Seti I

After the death of Seti I in 1279 BC power in the country passes to Ramses II. It was in many ways a unique ruler – he builds a lot, develops the country, fights. And he lived for more than 80 years, having ruled at least 60, which was a lot for those times. When it was built a lot, and it was during it that the temple complex of Abydos grew. Now there were palaces, temples of the necropolis.

Ramses II

The 19th century for the exploration of Egypt was incredibly fruitful. In Abydos in 1818 inscriptions were found that were extremely important for the country\’s chronology: the table of Abydos and the list of kings – these were relief columns of hieroglyphs with a list of the country\’s pharaohs who lived before Ramses II. On the walls of the temple were also found numerous \”technological\” drawings, but then they were simply fixed.

Abydos list and table of Abydos

And until the end of the twentieth century, these drawings did not interest anyone. Until 1997, when the photos of ufologist Ruth McKinley-Hover appeared on the Internet. She claimed that on a beam in the Osiris temple … images of a helicopter, a submarine and an airplane were found. She argued that this was undoubted evidence of paleocontact meetings of ancient Egyptian and alien civilization. And then again they remembered not only about this beam with its strange icons, but also about other \”technological\” drawings that were previously interpreted only as fantasies of artists.


The same symbols

Of course, the first reaction was to accuse the scientist of falsification. But numerous photos of the indicated place confirmed – yes, these hieroglyphs have probably existed since the time of Seti I or Ramses II and indeed represent a record, probably encrypted.

“Technological” drawings in the temples of Abydos

Explanations of the appearance of hieroglyphs of this form were varied. Official science immediately indicated that there is an imposition of hieroglyphs made earlier and later, for example, at the time of the Network first, and then, at the time of Ramses. Part of the plaster on which the reliefs are made, collapsed and in this way it turned out that we can see today.

Black marks are the icons that were supposedly stuffed into the relief during the time of Ramses II

Of course, such an explanation did not suit everyone. The times of Ancient Egypt, of course, are studied well, but far from as well as they should. And the basis for the study, in general, does not suit everyone – after all, the decoding of the hieroglyphs, the beginning of which was laid by Jean-Francois Champollion, is not satisfactory for all scientists. And if we recall that there were accusations that Champollion was knocking down texts that “did not fit” into his scheme, then it was completely doubtful. In addition, in other churches of the same Abydos there are many reliefs that confound scientists.

Necropolis of Abydos

In addition to the mysterious inscription, Abydos does not tire of discovering more and more mysteries. One of them is located in the same temple of Seti I. This is a certain room, which is now called “room K”. Access here is possible only from above, from the roof of the temple, through the hole. The “room” itself is two-story, has neither doors nor windows and, which is especially surprising for Egyptian architecture, is deprived of any images and inscriptions at all.

Location of Camera K

Osirion is also causing no less questions – a construction much more ancient, built of megaliths. It was built Abydos. And it itself, probably, was built long before the advent of ancient Egyptian civilization, and possibly refers to the culture on the remains of which Ancient Egypt flourished.

Near Osirion were discovered the remains of an extremely ancient city – it existed much earlier than the Egyptian pharaohs, and, especially, the cult of Osiris. And in it was everything that was needed for a real crowded center – buildings, tombs, workshops. Ancient utensils and tools were found.

Osirion

Be that as it may, the reliefs, inscriptions and temples found to date require a more thorough and, importantly, objective study. Perhaps the look of amateur historians will help scientists unravel ancient secrets. After all, Champollion was an amateur …

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Ancient Egyptian pyramids discovered in Alaska

Photo: Ken Hill / National Park Service

Archaeologists and climatologists who jointly explored a rocky tundra plateau in the west of the Brooks Range in Alaska, discovered hundreds of remains of houses and stone pyramids, which are about 11 thousand years old.

A study report appeared in Anchorage Daily News. Its author is Ned Rosell, a research fellow at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. A large-scale study began in 2011, when the National Park Service built a meteorological station on Howard Pass. Such facilities are designed to operate autonomously in remote places throughout Alaska. The station is powered by solar panels, and sends the received data via space satellites.

This information helped archaeologists to choose the most suitable time for the expedition and explore the vast space between the Colville and Noack rivers. They visited there and found out that even in the most extreme weather conditions in Alaska in ancient times there were large settlements.

At Howard Pass, hundreds of remnants of dwellings were discovered, including circular “foundations” on which igloo domed houses were installed, as well as pits for storing food, raw materials and waste from the production of stone tools. In addition, pyramidal piles of stones were found. These structures are far from being as monumental as the pyramids of Egypt, but they are approximately twice as old as the African ones. Scientists believe that the ancient pyramids in Alaska served as traps into which people drove caribou – reindeer.

“Locals took advantage of caribou, fish, berries, waterfowl and, probably, bison in the earliest period,” said archaeologist Jeff Rasich of the National Park Service. “Howard Pass is a tundra gate several kilometers wide through which herds of caribou still migrate seasonally from the Western Arctic.”

Despite the extremely difficult climatic conditions, this area, according to scientists, has always been rich in food. The natives called Howard Pass the word “Akutuq” (Akutuq). This was the name of their favorite treat, which they prepared from whipped animal fats, sugar and berries. The snow patterns drawn by the wind on Howard Pass reminded them of this delicacy.

As for the weather, the climatic anti-record was recorded in these places on February 21, 2013. On that day, the air temperature dropped to around minus 43 degrees Celsius, and the wind blew at a speed of about 87 km / h.

And this was not an isolated event. Conditions close to those described were recorded in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. In the wind, the temperature was even lower. Scientists believe that the Eskimos waited in their homes for severe frosts, and then went to the pass in search of icy carcasses that fell from the cold caribou.

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