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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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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139 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Holy Olio on March 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
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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81 of 96 people found the following review helpful By absent_minded_prof on October 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
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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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jim Young on March 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Barry Fell's book was very enlightening. The spiel that there was no intercontinental travel previous to ca. 1400 CE. short-sighted. The mainstream scientific establishment as of late (especially in America (and yes, I'm an American)) has become as Dogmatic as the church was before the reformation. New ideas that go against the establishment are quickly labeled "Heretical" and the authors are usually shunned (Dr. Atkins would be a prime example) by other scientists/scholars that could greatly benefit from discourse with a person championing and alternative to what is currently accepted. Galileo faced the same pressures in his lifetime and the scientific establishment needs to learn and accept that innovation and breakthrough often come from outside the establishment. I believe that modern Archaeologists need to take a serious look into the issues that Fell (and others like Hans Holzer, etc.) are raising. I found the information that ancient Macedonian pottery shards had been found in Northern California to be especially exciting. I believe that any student of history or archaeology owes it to themselves to pick up this book and give it a read, besides, even if you don't believe everything Fell has to say, it would still be decent entertainmen :)
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Hakuyu on May 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This fascinating book, summarising the author's findings after an extensive survey of Pre-Columbian sites and artifacts, is a gripping read, a masterpiece of archeological detective work. Page after page, Fell builds up a picture of America B.C., based on his decipherment of ancient stone inscriptions, more or less ignored since Columbus set foot in America. The controversial thing here, is that most such inscriptions are in a variant of Ogham - a script usually associated with the ancient British Druids and proto-Celtic culture in lands, far distant from America. Outlining evidence of migrant Celtic and Semitic cultures - on American soil, as far back as 800 B.C. Fell's fascinating account is fleshed out with abundant photographs, maps, charts, alphabets and scripts, showing how he arrived at his conclusions. Short of being downright pig-headed, it is hard to ignore the evidence Fell has adduced, to make his case.

Although a Harvard Professor, Fell presents his ideas in lively and accessible manner. He has had his critics - the most scathing being professional archeologists and ethnologists etc. whose comfortable world of preconceptions has been turned upside down by his findings. Such critics have attempted to discredit Fell's work as unscientific, amatuerish speculation,

even wilful fabrication. However, note well, Barry Fell is a Harvard Professor. The acknowledgements and credits at the front of this book, listing scores of people with impeccable professional qualifications - who have supported and encouraged Fell's work, speak for themselves.
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