California B.C. - Egyptian Hieroglyphs - Volcano, CA
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Egyptian Hieroglyphs In California

    Below are three photographs of a panel of petroglyphs .  This panel is located on a cliff face that used to tower above the Stanislaus River in the California Mother Lode. The Stanislaus River valley was flooded in 1974 when the New Melones Dam was completed, and the petroglyphs are now submerged. Picture 1 is the left side of the panel, and picture 2 is the center of the panel. Picture 3 is the right side of the panel.
    Below the pictures follows a symbol by symbol comparison to Egyptian hieroglyphs. I can confidently demonstrate that not only is this a panel of Egyptian hieroglyphs, but that they translate into a readable text, pertaining to the subject of the panel.  In the center of picture 1 are a number of circles that represent a star chart. The North Star is indicated. Without going into the details here, the star chart helps date this panel of Egyptian hieroglyphs to around 1,000 B.C.

Picture 1
Left side of panel. Click to enlarge.

Picture 2
Center of panel. Click to enlarge.

Picture 3 Left side of panel. Click to enlarge.

Introductory Notes:

   Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs were written both horizontally and vertically. Some Egyptian inscriptions were read from left to right, and some were read right to left. Some inscriptions even had both. This panel uses both directions. The right side of the inscription reads right to left, and the left side reads left to right. When Egyptian hieroglyphs were written vertically, they were read from the top of column 1 down to the bottom of the column and then starting again at the top of column 2 etc. 

  The Egyptian hieroglyphs in this panel on the Stanislaus River are actually connected to each other  by connecting lines to show that the symbols are meant to be combined. The "inscription" portion of this panel is comprised of 4 short vertical columns, and 1 short horizontal row over the "sun-god's" head. I'll point this out as we go. Picture 1 contains the whole "inscription" part of the panel and I will always be referring to picture 1 unless otherwise mentioned. By far, the largest symbol in this panel, is the rayed sun on the right side of picture 3. Actually, the rayed sun is a "circle with a dot in the middle." This itself is the Egyptian symbol for the sun, and should be considered the first similarity with Egyptian hieroglyphs. The sun or sun worship is clearly the subject of the panel. With sun worship in mind, we proceed.




   This ancient Egyptian inscription starts in the top right quadrant of picture 1. This portion of the inscription reads from right to left. I have copied the top right quadrant of picture 1 down below so the reader doesn't have to keep scrolling up to picture 1 to see what I'm referring to. 

Top right quadrant of picture 1. Beginning of inscription.

   One can see that this is a short vertical column of symbols. With the internet, it's easy enough for the reader to look at photographs of hundreds of local Miwok Indian petroglyphs. The Miwok Indians did not carve their symbols in vertical rows, but the Egyptians did.  Vertical rows should be considered the 2nd similarity to Egyptian hieroglyphs.

   At the top of this column of symbols are 2 symbols beside each other. There are 3 "wavy lines" on the right, and a "dot" to the left of the 3 wavy lines.

   Three wavy parallel lines is a universal symbol for water but is also a common Egyptian hieroglyph and the 3 wavy lines in the panel should be considered the 3rd similarity.

   In "late" Egyptian hieroglyphs, "dots" were used to separate different sections of the text. In this panel, the "dot" symbol separates the three wavy lines to the right, and the vertical column of symbols below it.
The use of a dot to separate different sections of the inscription, should be considered the 4th similarity with Egyptian hieroglyphics.

   The first symbol below the dot is a "rayed" arc. t is difficult to see in the picture but, there is a faint line across the bottom of the rayed arc. It looks like the top half of a sun. The Egyptians had an essentially identical symbol which represented "The hill over which are the rays of the rising sun." This is the 5th similarity to Egyptian.

       Miwok                                 Egyptian

   Directly below this rising sun symbol is, a vertically oriented, human forearm with hand and fingers. It is bent at the elbow. The Egyptians employed the same symbol. In the more elaborate Egyptian inscriptions, the individual fingers of the hand are portrayed. There are 2 differences between the Miwok "forearm" and the Egyptian. The Egyptians carved and wrote the "forearm" horizontally not vertically, and the bend at the elbow is 90 degrees.
   The index finger in the Miwok panel actually touches the bottom of the "sunrise" symbol above it. and the shoulder end of the "forearm" actually touches the symbol below it. I am confident that the Miwok "forearm" was carved vertically to show the "connectedness" with the symbols above and below it. This is the 6th similarity to Egyptian.

          Miwok                                                           Egyptian

                       Miwok                    Egyptian

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