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The Courier (Hatch, New Mexico)
An identified Celtic cup and saucer petroglyph, a symbol known to identify mineral locations, has lead a research team to the remains of what may be a very rich silver location. Although information is still sketchy, the site appears to have been worked over a long period of time by hand, but with no activity in what might be called historical times. At least as it would relate to silver mining during the 1880s through 1930s.

Celtic cup and saucer ring petroglyphs have been associated with mineral locations throughout Europe, the British Isles, the Mideast, Spain and North Africa, as well as Mexico, Canada, Central and South America.

Here in our southwest identical petroglyphs have been found near known mineral locations, but also found where no mineral is known to exist. The site location may be on private land, the researchers are having a property search done at this time. If it is not, then it will be on public land administered by the Forest Service. The location is difficult to reach, and there are no roads within several miles, although portions of a very old trail were found, and followed. There is a well defined very-old Amerindian site within 1/4 mile of the site.

We are told that the mine itself, is actually not a mine, but rather a cut following a vein that has every appearance of having been worked by hand, is extremely old and well hidden along a heavily timbered canyon wall. An intermittent stream runs through the canyon, but it is dry at this time. No tools of any kind were found, yet it seems that the cut that follows the vein (and in places where there appears to have been chunks of ore taken out) appears to have been worked with hard metal tools, such as iron. There also has been no camp site, building structure, oven or ore crushing apparatus located.

But there are two cup and saucer petroglyphs directly associated with the site on boulders within 100 yards of the cut and what appears to be a badly worn and weathered Ogam alphabet petroglyph tract beside one of the cup and saucer symbols. "If this was, or is, ruby silver, then they simply cut the silver out, then cut it again to transport it. They did not need an oven and there was no ore crush. We were also told that actual workings bear a very close resemblance to open cut veins of solid copper that have been found in the Upper peninsula of Michigan that have been professionally confirmed as having been mined from about 5000 B.C. to 1750 B.C. That copper was carried to Northern Europe by the Norseman as early as 1700 B.C., predecessors of the Vikings who came later, around 900 A.D.

Petroglyphs at Peterborough, Ontario, even give the name of the ship captain, tonnage and dates of arrival and departure, the earliest date given in those petroglyphs is 1750 B.C.

The silver site may or may not be claimed according to the researchers. They say they have a lot more work to do first, and are hopeful that they will be able to photograph and preserve on film enough of the badly worn suspected Ogam script to have it translated. They are also hopeful, with time to thoroughly search the area, find a shelter or stone building that may have been used by the ancient ones. "At this time we have done nothing but take lots of photographs and measurements. The site may be just a fluke, or it may be of immense historical value, we'll just have to wait and see," the researchers said.