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The Lost Treasure of King Juba: The Evidence of Africans in America Before Columbusby Frank Joseph
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The story of a mysterious southern Illinois treasure cave and its proof of the presence of Africans in North America long before Columbus.
• Includes over 100 photographs of the artifacts discovered.
• Re-creates the historic voyage of King Juba and his Mauretanian sailors across the Atlantic to rebuild their society in the New World.
• Explains the mystery of the Washitaws, a tribal group of African origin, first encountered by the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
In 1982 Russell E. Burrows, a treasure hunter in southern Illinois, stumbled on a cache of ancient weapons, jewels, and gold sarcophagi in a remote cave. There also were stone tablets inscribed with illustrations of Roman-like soldiers, Jews, early Christians, and West African sailors. These relics fueled a bitter controversy in the archaeological community regarding their authenticity, leading Burrows to destroy the entrance to the cave.
Researching more than 7,000 artifacts removed from the cave before it was sealed, Frank Joseph explains how these objects came to be buried in the middle of the United States. It started with Cleopatra, whose daughter was made queen of the semi-independent realm of Mauretania, present-day Morocco, which she ruled with her husband, King Juba II. Following the execution of their son, Ptolemy, by Emperor Caligula, the Mauretanians rebelled against their Roman overlords and made their way into what is now Ghana. There they constructed a fleet of ships for a transatlantic voyage to a land where they hoped to rebuild their kingdom safe from Roman rule. They took with them a great prize unsuccessfully sought by two Roman emperors: Cleopatra's golden treasure and King Juba's encyclopedic library of ancient wisdom.
Fully illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs of artifacts retrieved from the southern Illinois site, The Lost Treasure of King Juba is a compelling story that could force us to rethink the early history of our nation and the possibility that Africans arrived on our continent nearly fifteen centuries before Columbus.
A compelling historical re-creation of King Juba and his Senagalese sailors' journey across the Atlantic to escape the Romans and rebuild their society in the New World
In 1982 Russell E. Burrows, a treasure hunter in southern Illinois, stumbled on a hidden cave and its cache of ancient gold sarcophagi and statues, gold medallions, and weapons. There were also hundreds of black “portrait stones,”inscribed with various symbols and letters and the profiles of Roman soldiers, ancient Jews, early Christians, and West Africans.
Researching more than 7,000 artifacts removed from the cave before it was sealed—and gathering the opinions of a number of experts in archeology, the history and languages of ancient cultures, and geology--Frank Joseph pieces together how these objects came to be buried in the middle of the United States. Almost 2,000 years ago Cleopatra Selene, daughter of Cleopatra, ruled the semi-independent Roman province of Mauretania, in present-day Morocco, with her husband, King Juba II. Following the execution of their son, Ptolemy, by Emperor Caligula, the Mauretanians rebelled against their Roman overlords. The Roman legions attacked, pushing them down the west coast of Africa in retreat. To escape, the Mauretanians constructed a fleet of ships with the help of West Africans for a transatlantic voyage to a land where they hoped to safely rebuild their kingdom. Taking with them two great prizes--Cleopatra’s golden treasure and King Juba’s encyclopedic library of ancient wisdom--and using the maps and navigational knowledge of their ancestors, they sailed past the Canary Islands, following the same route that Columbus was later to take on his famous voyage of discovery. Illustrated with over a hundred photographs of artifacts retrieved from the southern Illinois site, The Lost Treasure of King Jubais a compelling story that could force us to rethink the early history of our nation and the possibility that Africans landed on our continent nearly fifteen centuries before Columbus.
Frank Joseph is the editor-in-chief of Ancient American magazine and the author of The Destruction of Atlantisand Synchronicity and You. He lives in Colfax, Wisconsin.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-238).
About the Author
Frank Joseph is the editor-in-chief of Ancient American magazine and the author of The Destruction of Atlantis and Synchronicity and You. He lives in Colfax, Wisconsin.
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Shattering Revelation
1--It All Started with Cleopatra
3--SPQR: For the Senate and People of Rome
4--Caligula: A Mind Abused
5--Claudius: The Failed Peacemaker
6--Escape or Die
7--Discovery in Southern Illinois
8--Gold, Archaeological and Otherwise
9--Find or Fraud of the Century?
10--Fire in the Hole
11--Where Is the Cave?
12--The Pasture of Fools
13--The Testimony of the Past
14--A Rooster Speaks
15--Lost Coins and Buried Treasure
16--Epilogue: The Moment of Truth
Appendix 1: A Mauretanian Time Line
Appendix 2: Ancient Stone Maps
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