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America B.C.: Ancient Settlers in the New World, Revised Edition Paperback – June 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket; Revised edition (June 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671679740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671679743
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well written and a good read.
Dan L. Bennett
He writes a great deal about Ogam, the Celtic inscriptions found in Europe and British Isles as well as North and South America.
Gerald Greenfield
You can read it with a closed mind and your eyes will be opened.
Average Guy

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138 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Holy Olio on March 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
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This book was not unlike many others before and since which suggest Precolumbian transoceanic contact. The thing that sets it apart is the fact that Barry Fell had a mastery of ancient languages and epigraphy that may never have been bettered. His legacy will endure long after those who slandered and libeled him are classified alongside those ninnies who claim the Moon landings were hoaxed.
A few corrections to some misconceptions, some of which are found in other reviews of this title:
The Mystery Hill megalithic structures in Vermont were NOT built by colonial farmers. A colonial era family did once live on the site, but the major structures already existed when those folks arrived. The serious study of the site began years ago, and has entered the hallowed halls of academia. The site was constructed thousands of years ago, long before the freakin' Pilgrims. There's a nice website, the URL for which I'd include, but that's not permitted in reviews. Anyone who has visited the Mystery Hill site (now billed as "America's Stonehenge") would be able to see how foolish and simpleminded it was to suggest a colonial origin -- the entire hilltop is covered by rows of stones laid out not as orderly pastures or pens, but in a way that is not unlike Glastonbury tor and other mazelike "Old World" sites.
The Vikings did reach the Americas. There's an unequivocally Viking site on Newfoundland that has been known and excavated for over 30 years. Even before that was identified, the Newport Round Tower was shown to be Viking in origin, although there remains plenty of denial of this fact.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By John Knight on March 2, 2008
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I had heard much about Dr. Fell's work on the internet, but this was the first of his books that I've actually read.

I'm stunned.

He was amazingly thourough, and amazingly polite and patient with all the criticisms and insults leveled at him by "experts" in the field. It's obvious now that the reason they insulted him so much rather than disputing his findings with solid facts and reasoning is that they know he was right and they were BORN wrong.

Of course he MAY have made errors [and this is not an inference that he did], but his detractors got so caught up in ad hominems that no matter how seriously they might finally take is work, they've lost all credibility on this subject.

God Bless Dr. Fell for being the pioneer with all the arrows in his back--and for proving that the "Celts" [or "Fenicians" as they called themselves] colonized America LONG before Columbus got here. Wouldn't it be nice if some of his critics managed to prove that much of this Ogam script pre-dates Jesus--something that today's scholars will admit only when nobody else is listening?
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mac Web Louie on December 24, 2007
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After a lifetime of study and reading, I had formed my own opinion that we had not been giving sufficient credit to our early ancestors and their abilities. I believed that many people from all over the world had been traveling around this planet for a very long time. Traveling around the world, it is very hard to believe the dogma that "Columbus Discovered America". Even at an early age, I was able to figure out that indeed "Columbus was last". I read the first edition of this book, as well as Bronze Age America and Stone Age America both by Barry Fell, when they first came out in the mid 1970s and it brought together all of my studies and confirmed my theories about early man in general. There is far too much evidence to support Barry Fell's conclusions to doubt them. The book is an easy to read revelation that will change your thinking about our ancestors and the early history of man in America.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Greenfield on February 10, 2008
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I had read much about Barry Fell - he's rather controversial among archaeologists - and thought I should find out more about him before writing him off. He writes a great deal about Ogam, the Celtic inscriptions found in Europe and British Isles as well as North and South America. I found him rather convincing in a majority of his materials. He gives examples of structures and inscriptions found in the "old world," then goes on to compare similar ones found in the Western Hemisphere. Scholars with open minds seem to support many of his conclusions, but criticize his "translations" of ancient writings. In my mind that means his theory is correct, but some of his details are questioned. I recommend anyone interested in ancient history to first read what others say about Fell, then read America B. C. I found it fascinating and certainly challenging to the status quo.
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81 of 96 people found the following review helpful By absent_minded_prof on October 6, 2000
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I feel that I owe Barry Fell a great debt for helping to reawaken my personal sense of wonder. I found myself walking around, oblivious to the world around me, completely preoccupied with his ideas, for many months. Many of them do seem possible, too.
Just be careful what you believe, reader. Yes, some of this stuff might be true. Also, I applaud anyone out there who's mind is awake enough to even care about this kind of thing. Not everyone would read a book like this. Still, his arguments sometimes do have holes. The stone chambers in New England, which he feels were made by pre-Columbian Celts, were most likely created by colonial farmers. A lot of very serious archaeologists, who really know what they're talking about, have studied the New England stuff in depth, and they tend to disagree with Dr. Fell.
Some of his conclusions really might hold water though. I want him to be right. Some of his ideas about Algonquin, American place names deriving from age-old Celtic words are particularly exciting to me. There is a highly respected archaeologist at the University of Calgary, a Dr. David Kelley, who believes some of Fells ideas are correct. For perspective, it is useful to know that this same Dr. Kelley supported various ideas about the nature of Mayan hieroglyphics at a time when the "establishment", such as it was, was totally against them. Time proved Kelley right on that matter -- perhaps he is correct about this as well. I hope he is. Just don't be TOO credulous, whoever reads this. For some reason Barry Fells ideas seem to have given him an almost cult-like following. Don't be a cult member.
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