The Lost Colonies of Ancient America, by Frank Joseph (Softcover, 2013)|
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Reviewer: Mark Lamendola, author of over 6,000 articles.
I've read a few of the twenty-seven other works by Frank Joseph. Of the ones
I have read, this is his best one yet. The others that I have read are good, but
he took his craft to the next level with this one. In the other books, his
frustration over the close-mindedness of the mainstream archeology establishment
was a bit too evident to the reader.
Not that he didn't have valid points. I just felt he didn't validate them
in a convincing manner. Often, he'd cite something that was intellectually
dishonest and I was left with a feeling that there was another side to the
disagreement or a major point by the opposition conveniently left out. Not
For example, he talked about a horse skeleton found in a particular
location. The official explanation was that a farmer buried it there. But
then Frank Joseph showed (not merely told) why this was implausible in the
extreme. It wasn't a brush-off of the official explanation, it was a
rigorous examination of the pertinent facts. There was only one correct
answer, and Frank Joseph gave it.
As for the "other side," Frank Joseph gave us the lame "explanations" as
they unfolded in a verbatim interview. The other side did do the brush-off
thing. When asked for evidence or to explain why this or that normal
procedure (e.g., carbon 14 dating) wasn't done, the establishment "expert"
was clearly on the defensive, losing credibility with every sentence he
This particular skeleton isn't that of a Spanish horse, but of a horse of
a different origin. It predates the official date of introduction of horses
of that type to North America. In fact, it predates the arrival of the
Spanish to North America. This artifact proves that the Spanish were not the
first to bring horses to North America.
Horse history in North America is a huge point of contention, as it
obliterates the official timeline for when various peoples arrived in North
America. For example, where did the natives get their Appaloosa horses that
they had long before the official timeline would permit their existence in
I'm using the horse issue just as an example to illustrate what Frank
Joseph achieves in this book. It's a minor issue in relation to the text as
a whole. He has many more examples, and they are just fascinating to read
about. Wait until you get to the vocabulary ones; if you haven't been able
to let go of the establishment view previously, those examples should do the
As with his other books, he provides compelling (in my layman's opinion,
conclusive) evidence of pre-Columbus visits to North America by people who
didn't walk across the Bering Straits to get here. In this book, he looks at
evidence that the Americas were visited by travelers from Africa, Asia, and
Europe long before Columbus was born.
Established experts don't like to be made wrong, especially when it's
done by people they don't recognize as subject matter expert peers. It's
embarrassing and it undermines their credibility. So the typical response is
to deny, obfuscate, and fabricate. That same response arises in the face of
This has long been the culture in a wide range of fields, from nutrition
to religion. Anyone familiar with the history of western medicine knows that
Pasteur and others who advocated the basic hygiene that's now standard today
were vilified in their time--how ridiculous to assume that invisible
critters were making people sick! The plague hit because drinking water had
bugs in it? No way! Prevailing "knowledge" and reality sometimes don't
Understanding that this resistance to reality is normal and ubiquitous
among the establishment practitioners in field after field helps us
understand that Frank Joseph and others conflicting with establishment
archaeology are running into classic primate behavior rather than any real
So we arrive at yet another work that devastates the establishment view
of how the Americas were discovered, explored, settled, etc. This book is
full of rigorous examination and incontrovertible evidence to back it up.
I'm also pleased to see that Frank Joseph kept up his practice of providing
ample, high-quality photographs. These are scattered throughout the book and are
black and white. Something that is a huge red flag for me is when an author
relies on photos that are either grainy or out of focus. But a trademark of
Frank Joseph's work is the photos just do not go there. He takes great pains to
include only photos that clearly illustrate an artifact or in some other way
provide clarity for the reader.
As with his other works, this one strikes me
as an effort primarily to educate rather than advocate. But I feel this one
stresses the former much more than previous works. I might score the
previous works I've read had as 90/10 educate/advocate. This one's closer to
98/2. Just my impression.
This book consists of an introduction and 14
chapters running 274 pages. As with other works by this author, this one is
heavily resourced (19 pages of bibliography/backnotes).