Mystery of Tucson Artifacts

On September 13, 1924 several unusual artifacts of a mysterious nature were unearthed by Charles E. Manier when he found a riveted lead cross near Tucson, Arizona. One of the first crosses to be unearthed was bound together by rivets; and when each half was separated they revealed Latin and Hebrew inscriptions, but of an unknown style and form. The cross had been protruding from where the roadway had cut through an embankment on a bluff on the west side of the Santa Cruz River. Manier took the first artifact to the Arizona State Museum to be studied by archaeologist named Karl Ruppert. Ruppert was impressed with the artifact, and went with Manier to the site the next day where he found a 7 pounds (3.2 kg) caliche plaque with some inscriptions including an 800 AD date. Nearly three dozen artifacts were eventually found at this site.


Reminiscent of Havisupal Canyon, one of the crosses had, as its only inscription, a depiction of what could only be a dinosaur. A number of the symbols revealed possible mystical origins, including emblems of freemasonry, in particular the Masonic square and compass.

Another cross that was found had a snake entwined around it and displayed a number of indecipherable symbols and a few Hebrew letters. Many of the artifacts have an esoteric element associated with them in one way or another.

The Tucson artifacts were believed, by their discoverer to be of a Roman Judeo-Christian colony existing in what is now known as Arizona between 790 - 900 AD. No other find has been formally established as placing any Roman colony in the area, nor anywhere else in North America.

Manier and his friend Thomas Bent, who owned the property and therefore the artifacts, had brought in skilled professionals with irreproachable credentials to assist in the excavation. The establishment’s final verdict was that a catholic boy of Hispanic decent, Vicente Odohui, who had lived in the area; or possibly Mormons trying to support doctrine, had planted the artifacts beforehand. These both may be plausible explanations for the discovery of these objects, except when they are viewed together with other artifacts of a similar nature.

Now many of the Tucscon artifacts have been donated to the Arizona Historical Society and are on occasional display in Tucson.

Sources:
Mystery of America: Book 1 - Enigmatic Mysteries and Anomalous Artifacts of North America by Tedd St. Rain;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tucson_artifacts

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Mystery of America: Book 1 - Enigmatic Mysteries and Anomalous Artifacts of North America by Tedd St. Rain page 40
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