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PETROGLYPH HAS IMPORTANT DUAL MEANING

The Courier (Hatch, New Mexico)

Since ongoing examination of one major petroglyph site, on private property, continues to yield surprising results and answers. Of more than 4,000 petroglyphs now examined, photographed, measured and recorded, by Dr. Arnold Murray and field teams associated with Murray's work, one site continues to stand out above all the others.

During the summer the site was examined by Dr. Murray and a field team. The results of those examinations are amazing. Follow-up laboratory photo examinations, on-site confirmations and mapping of additional petroglyphs associated with that site, reveal the possible existence of an ancient silver mine located many miles from what is now being called a primary and very important central "message center" that dates to as early as 300 B.C. Petroglyph images of the pagan goddess Tanith (Tanit) closely associated with ancient Carthage, the Phoenicians, and also known as the Celtic Mother Earth Goddess and Water Goddess, before, during, and after the fall of Carthage to the Romans, were found at the site and now identified at four more sites in the region.

Also found were incised time tables, a region-wide trail map, Ogam script, ancient Greek, Hebrew and Iberian words and letters and the fourth ancient Christian fish symbol found in the region. The first fish symbol petroglyph associated with Ogam alphabet script was located, and identified, near Hatch, New Mexico over a year ago. Finding both the Tanith symbol and the ancient Christian fish symbol at the same location tends to have investigators and researchers agree that the site was in use by those ancient explorers over a long time period spanning both pagan and Christian time periods.

Further examination of what was called a "time-table," a ladder configuration of incised lines at intervals over eight feet long, has now been determined to have two different meanings. The first is now believed to be a depth indicator for water. The second is believed to be a planting schedule directly associated with the Spring and Fall planting and harvesting seasons. On-site determinations of the actual water level and depth (near a flowing spring) match the cross bars on the petroglyph and sightings toward a mountain peak using directional markings indicated in the petroglyph when computer analyzed for date/time patterns, indicate solstice patterns very similar to those between 300 and 1500 B.C. and again between 110 A.D. and 350 A.D.

Further in-depth laboratory photo examination of a incised sailing ship in the same general vicinity clearly shows another image of Tanith on the ship. This identical to the same kind of petroglyphs found in Europe, Spain, North Africa, British isles and Ireland that date to the time of Carthage and later. A preliminary translation of two Ogam alphabet tracts reveal that the language used was ancient Libyan in one instance and early form of Gaelic in another.

Both tracts related to water, trail, game and shelter locations. The water location was already known and two caves were found by following simple instructions in the translation. Interestingly, neither cave had been known to the rancher who owns the property. Both were well concealed and away from the petroglyph site. the caves will be minutely examined by professionals on dr. Murray's staff.

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