Chinese Petroglyphs in America? - A Book Review
Asiatic Echoes: The Identification of Chinese Pictograms in North American Rock Writing; Ruskamp, Jr., John A.; Amazon Press, Charleston, SC; 2012. ($29.50)
Asiatic Echoes: The Identification of Chinese Pictograms in North American Rock Writing – Addendum 2012; Ruskamp, Jr., John A.; Amazon Press, Charleston, SC; 2012. ($9.25)
In his best-selling book, 1421: The Year China Discovered America, the author Gavin Menzies claims that it was not Christopher Columbus, but the Chinese that were the first to land in the Americas (excluding the native inhabitants, of course, who have been purported to be living there since the last glacial period). Dr. John A. Ruskamp, Jr., an ESCONI member, builds upon the premises popularized by Menzies and theorizes that in the rock art of North America there is evidence of early Chinese trans-Pacific contact at scattered sites, particularly, in the southwestern U.S. The rock art (petroglyphs), it is proposed, take the form of ancient Chinese pictographic characters.