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Big Bend Tablet

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Offline brian67761

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Big Bend Tablet
« on: May 28, 2019, 08:46:07 PM »
In 1962 in a rock crevice near the hot springs in Big Bend National Park, Donald Uzzell allegedly discovered a sunbaked tablet in eleven fragments.  I first heard about the Big Bend Tablet when I read "Stray Tales of the Big Bend" by Elton Miles.  Years later I saw a picture of the tablet in chapter 8 of "Saga America" by Barry Fell.  And today I found an article about the history of the Big Bend Tablet, including a picture of the tablet:

https://library.sulross.edu/throwback-thursday-the-big-bend-tablet/

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Offline alan in shreveport

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Re: Big Bend Tablet
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2019, 09:23:59 PM »
In 1962 in a rock crevice near the hot springs in Big Bend National Park, Donald Uzzell allegedly discovered a sunbaked tablet in eleven fragments.  I first heard about the Big Bend Tablet when I read "Stray Tales of the Big Bend" by Elton Miles.  Years later I saw a picture of the tablet in chapter 8 of "Saga America" by Barry Fell.  And today I found an article about the history of the Big Bend Tablet, including a picture of the tablet:

https://library.sulross.edu/throwback-thursday-the-big-bend-tablet/

Thats a new one to me.  Very interesting. One mystery is how the tablet lasted in the cave for about 1300 years and crumbled to dust in a few years after being moved ??

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Re: Big Bend Tablet
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2019, 05:55:16 AM »
Very interesting to say the lest.

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Offline alan in shreveport

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Re: Big Bend Tablet
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2019, 06:43:09 AM »
In 1962 in a rock crevice near the hot springs in Big Bend National Park, Donald Uzzell allegedly discovered a sunbaked tablet in eleven fragments.  I first heard about the Big Bend Tablet when I read "Stray Tales of the Big Bend" by Elton Miles.  Years later I saw a picture of the tablet in chapter 8 of "Saga America" by Barry Fell.  And today I found an article about the history of the Big Bend Tablet, including a picture of the tablet:

https://library.sulross.edu/throwback-thursday-the-big-bend-tablet/

Thats a new one to me.  Very interesting. One mystery is how the tablet lasted in the cave for about 1300 years and crumbled to dust in a few years after being moved ??

make that 1600 years - (math was never my strong suit)

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Offline Hang10er

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Re: Big Bend Tablet
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2019, 06:47:46 AM »
In 1962 in a rock crevice near the hot springs in Big Bend National Park, Donald Uzzell allegedly discovered a sunbaked tablet in eleven fragments.  I first heard about the Big Bend Tablet when I read "Stray Tales of the Big Bend" by Elton Miles.  Years later I saw a picture of the tablet in chapter 8 of "Saga America" by Barry Fell.  And today I found an article about the history of the Big Bend Tablet, including a picture of the tablet:

https://library.sulross.edu/throwback-thursday-the-big-bend-tablet/

Thats a new one to me.  Very interesting. One mystery is how the tablet lasted in the cave for about 1300 years and crumbled to dust in a few years after being moved ??


Once removed and placed somewhere with different climate (temps and humidity) I'm sure it was affected.

OR......it wasn't 1600 years old, it was a hoax and only lasted the 8 years.........

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Offline marufo

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Re: Big Bend Tablet
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2019, 08:55:06 AM »
There was a good article on this by Tom Alex in the Gazette recently but it doesn't seem to be on their website.

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Re: Big Bend Tablet
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2019, 08:55:41 AM »
There are some legitimately interesting archeological mysteries in the Big Bend, but this isn't one. I'm 99% sure that this is 100% BS.
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Offline Txlj

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Re: Big Bend Tablet
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2019, 09:08:00 AM »
So please Ranger Tim, what are they? I love researching and to learn new and odd things.

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« Last Edit: May 30, 2019, 11:46:32 AM by Txlj »

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Offline alan in shreveport

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Re: Big Bend Tablet
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2019, 09:32:43 AM »
There are some legitimately interesting archeological mysteries in the Big Bend, but this isn't one. I'm 99% sure that this is 100% BS.

Ranger Tim - what makes you say that ? What part of the story is a red flag ?

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Re: Big Bend Tablet
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2019, 10:36:23 AM »
All questions do not have to be answered; all mysteries do not have to be explained.

Tim - I'd LOVE to have a list of  few of those archaeological mysteries...
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Re: Big Bend Tablet
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2019, 10:41:16 AM »
There are some legitimately interesting archeological mysteries in the Big Bend, but this isn't one. I'm 99% sure that this is 100% BS.

I'm 99% sure that you are 100% right
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Re: Big Bend Tablet
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2019, 01:03:18 PM »
There are some legitimately interesting archeological mysteries in the Big Bend, but this isn't one. I'm 99% sure that this is 100% BS.

I'm 99% sure that you are 100% right

   


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Offline Ranger Tim

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Re: Big Bend Tablet
« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2019, 07:58:30 PM »
The first flag is that it is a bronze age European script on a friable clay tablet. No similar script or tablet has ever been observed in the region making it an outlier,... a distant outlier. The fact that it conveniently crumbled before being professionally documented is another flag. It's location was also conveniently not recorded. All in all there is as much proof it did exist as it didn't.

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Re: Big Bend Tablet
« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2019, 09:05:04 PM »
Many people have said many things to be seen and know. Not all, have been worth seeing or knowing.

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Re: Big Bend Tablet
« Reply #14 on: May 31, 2019, 10:41:10 PM »
The first flag is that it is a bronze age European script on a friable clay tablet. No similar script or tablet has ever been observed in the region making it an outlier,... a distant outlier. The fact that it conveniently crumbled before being professionally documented is another flag. It's location was also conveniently not recorded. All in all there is as much proof it did exist as it didn't.

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I hate it when facts get in the way of a good story. Thanks.

 


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