Friday, November 9, 2018

Cremona Document Provides Independent Corroboration of Sinclair Journals


Foreword by Scott F. Wolter

Imagine for a minute, that you played an integral part of investigating, and eventually solving, one of the most controversial historical mysteries the world has ever known.  Then imagine, after fifty years finally figuring out that you had been intentionally kept in the dark about the truth of what you had been intimately involved in.  Now imagine, that person who kept you in the dark was a childhood friend you knew your entire life.  Then, nearly a decade after the death of that close friend, they finally reveal the entirety of the mystery you had helped them solve.  To this day, Donald Ruh will tell you he still doesn’t understand everything involved with this story and there could be more pieces yet to be revealed.  Even the lifelong friend who brought Don along on this incredible journey is shrouded in mystery as I found out first-hand upon being pulled into this story in 2006.

Donald Ruh points to the carving of a goose carved into a large block of sandstone on Hunter Mountain. 


I first became involved after being asked to perform laboratory work on an inscribed stone discovered in the Catskill Mountains.  Early on in my own research, it was clear Dr. William Jackson was the key person involved in the story.  Don warned me not to dig into his deceased friend’s past and not long after an Internet search, I received and ominous note telling me to stop the searches that warned could harm Dr. Jackson’s still living family members.  Despite this warning, my search found nothing about Dr. Jackson.  Regardless, I still wanted to know more about this man and the details about how he came to possess these explosive documents, so I reached out to Don.  Don was very protective of his friend and eventually, after earning his trust, all my questions about this shadowy figure in Don’s past would be answered and shared in a highly personal and moving way, in this book.

At the time of the writing of this book, several aspects of the Cremona Document had not yet been investigated.  However, the veracity of the contents of the two-centuries-old copy of a twelfth century document had been established decades earlier by Dr. Jackson, with the assistance of Don and other colleagues.  The Cremona Document tells the story of the Templar knights who entered the extensive cave system under the walled city of Jerusalem shortly after they had captured the Holy Land.  The story tells what the six Templars found beneath the ancient city and the subsequent mission decades later to a temple in “Onteora.”  The stories are told first-person by the Templar knights who made the discoveries, and in the deposition of a historically known Templar knight, Sir Ralph De Sudeley, who led a flotilla decades later to recover ancient first century scrolls hidden in what is now the Catskills of New York.

Ironically, it was Don Ruh’s discovery of a brass device on the shores of the Hudson River, while fishing with Dr. Jackson and other friends in 1968 that started this amazing adventure.  Hidden inside a garden ornament that originated on Bannerman Island, the devise contained inserts and artifacts, inscribed with Theban script that eventually led Dr. Jackson to purchase the Cremona Document in Italy, before it could be donated to the Vatican and disappear forever.  Dr. Jackson invited Don to join him on a diving expedition off the coast of Newfoundland that led to the discovery of an ancient shipwreck. Unbeknownst to Don, it was from the twelfth century.  Convinced the stories in the document were true, Dr. Jackson asked Don and other colleagues to help search the Catskill Mountains for stone structures mentioned the document. They were all on one mountain where ancient artifacts were hidden.  Don recounts these numerous expeditions on Hunter Mountain, and elsewhere, which are as memorable as they are historic.


The brass seal etched with Theban symbols onto the surface, was discovered hidden inside a decorative lawn ornament on the shores of Bannerman Island, on the Hudson River, by Donald Ruh, in 1968.  This artifact, and the artifacts found inside it, started the incredible journal that has lasted half a century. 


Dr. Jackson died in 2000 and before his death he planned to pass on his research, his artifacts, and the remaining documents to his lifelong friend who never questioned his intentions or motives.  Don had always been a loyal friend and was the only one who took a genuine interest in his archaeological hobby and the only one who was deserving of receiving this knowledge.  In 1994, fate would play a curious hand when Dr. Jackson sold the Cremona Document to an agent directly connected to the Vatican.  However, this was far from the end of the story.  In fact, it was simply the end of an important chapter in a very long book. 


This photograph of the Cremona Document is the List of Subjects page written in Theban text that includes two Hooked X's on line seven. 


It took twenty-three years before Don assembled the many pieces of the story left by his friend that can only be told by the person who lived it.  The final and most important pieces didn’t arrive until 2017. It arrived in a package from Europe, only days before I arrived at Don’s home to review the material he had received.  We examined the pages that Dr. Jackson had retained that were key to understanding the rest of the document - likely now in Vatican hands.  If so, Dr. Jackson pulled the ultimate prank on the institution he so despised by leaving his trusted friend Don with the “Keys to the Cadillac,” in the form of numerous potential Templar treasure sites.

Arguably, one of the greatest adventures I have ever experienced all happened in one day during our climb up Hunter Mountain on July 1, 2009.  In the hotel room the night before, I was amazed by Don’s photographic memory as he recalled details of the discoveries he, Dr. Jackson, and others made in the 1970s and 1980s during numerous expeditions into the Catskills which ultimately led to Hunter Mountain.  Our hike up the mountain the next day, and to another site a few miles away, led to the incredible discovery of not one, but two inscribed stones directly connected to this amazing story.  These stones led to other adventures that resulted in many important revelations, as well as many unanswered questions.  Rarely do answers like these ever come but incredibly in 2017, another envelope from Europe arrived unexpectedly at Don’s door that held the answers to our nearly decade old questions.

There have been many times as I have spent time with Don, the artifacts, and the documents, that I sat back and marveled in amazement at what has been revealed to me that relates to my previous research and discoveries.  So much of it provides powerful evidence supporting my thesis of multiple pre-Columbian expeditions by the medieval Knights Templar order to North America, both before and after the putdown by Pope Clement V and the King of France in 1307.  Not only does the Cremona Document support that research, but it also introduces twelve new examples of the Hooked X™ symbol that connects directly to the Knights Templar and later traditions that embraced Templar ideology and philosophy.


Don Ruh and I during a visit in October of 2018. 


It has been almost a decade for me, but for Don a half a century passed before all the pieces to this immensely complicated jigsaw puzzle finally fit together.  You will be amazed by the stories told both by Donald Ruh and his lifelong friend whose life was shrouded in mystery both in life, and in death.  I am proud to call Don my friend, and honored to write the forward for this history-changing book that will leave an important and proud legacy for both of these men.

For those interested in purchasing Don's fascinating book that corroborates many aspects of Diana Muir's book about the Earl Henry Sinclair's first journal, and those to come, please follow the attached link:  https://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?keyWords=The+Scrolls+of+Onteora&type=

64 comments:

  1. great news, goes along with what my uncle was into about the same time, he was from Ontario NY and was an early chemist for Eastman Kodak that went off on a discovery quest about the stones used in the great pyramid and some of his quests into the Catskills after ancient stone carvings and ancient stone usage. It always sparks an interest about the man named Smith who came upon some copper or brass scrolls and ended up in Utah...another big story should come out of that...

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    1. Bear Spirit Walking,

      I have no doubt other families have stories, journals, and artifacts connected to these stories. Now that they are public more information will be forthcoming. It should be fun!

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    2. Hi Bear! Yes, as a Mormon I know the story of the gold and brass plates. There are also plates that come out of the southern most counties of Utah found beneath where the Manti Temple is. They were putting in post holes for a fence and broke into a cave beneath. It would be interesting to look at all these finds as a larger whole and see what they say about the history of our country.

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    3. Yes hidden secrets amongst families. In line of free masons, it appears that many of us alive... will pass with secrets in hand. As I.... 1180 was a grand year so I have learned. I have knowledge of a syracusian landing coming from the port of the greal. As I said best to you in your lives

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  2. Thank you for this wonderful information!

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  3. It is amazing to see symbols that look like upright versions of the so-called "Christian" fish symbol on the upper left portion of the brass artifact that I think future research will show to be as a representation of a cod. Will your research team be deciphering the script or have you already done so and are just giving us a little teaser before the good stuff is revealed?

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    1. Anonymous,

      The upright fish symbol has been deciphered and will be revealed in my forthcoming book. It is an esoteric symbol that has NOTHING to do with cod. The Theban text on the brass seal, in the title page, and in the Cremona Document has all been deciphered and translated into English. The stories told in these texts are nothing short of incredible and well worth the read.

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    2. Sometimes the fish symbol carries a different meaning if it is facing another direction. If you turn the artifact upside down or at a 45 degree angle does it effect the translation?

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    3. Anonymous (do you mind using your real name?),

      Not necessarily, what matters more is the context in which the symbol is being used. Opposing fish symbols have one meaning whereas a lone symbol has another regardless of its orientation. However, in another context the orientation might indeed matter. It depends...

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    4. I'm not really comfortable divulging my identity because of past harassment by those who lower themselves to taunt and bully anyone who does not adhere to the same old tired paradigms. However, if you would like you can refer to me as Mikjikj which is my proto-Beothuk/Mi'kmaq totem animal name.

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    5. Mikjikj,

      I have no problem with whatever name you choose and welcome. I can assure you there will be no harassment or bullying here. We certainly allow tough questions and good-natured ribbing, but trolls have a very short leash; even shorter when they post as "Anonymous."

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    6. Excellent, I have no tolerance for those who try to disrupt legitimate efforts to seek truth. I look forward to discussing my own theory for interpreting ancient documents at another time. I call it Solar Cycle Interpretation. It is why I asked about viewing the Theban script at a 45 degree angle. Unfortunately I am preparing for holiday travels and don't have time to delve into the topic. So just consider this to be a small teaser of far greater revelations to come.

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    7. The "fish symbols" on the brass hubcap looks more like segments of orbital dances of planets. See: "A Little Book of Coincidence" by, Jean Martineau the last few pages. Makes sense, with the other astronomical symbols,

      Anthony Warren

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    8. Anthony,

      The symbols on the "brass hubcap" are Theban characters that when translated give instructions how to open it. Astronomical symbols are all through the Cremona Document.

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  4. Can't wait to get this book to go with Diana's book! Thank you guys for digging deeper and deeper til you find the truth

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    1. We still need to complete the final few pieces. However, all indications are these two sets of documents from completely different sources and different times, independently corroborate each other which is how authenticity is determined. Down the road, there will be a third set of corroborating documents to be revealed, but everything in due time.

      I think we finally have the answers to several of the nagging historical mysteries we've been investigating for the past 18 years.

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    2. Diana,

      At 6'8" Don makes everyone look short!

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  5. I know some are skeptical of Don's book, but it's amazing! The way that I helped was to research the names mentioned in his narrative and to create a table of contents and index for him. They're all real people even though some of them were very private. And there are over 400 photos of evidence and artifacts. I hope you guys will read it. The evidence and artifacts speak for themselves. Be prepared to rewrite history!

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  6. I've followed this blog for a few years now and it never fails to pique my interest. I really look forward to reading the book.

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    1. Daniel,

      I'm glad you've enjoyed the blog which I plan to be more active with in the coming year. There has been a lot going on research-wise over the past few years and it is now being brought to light. I've spent the past 13 years working with Don Ruh and others on the Cremona Document to ensure the veracity of the historical information, the archaeological aspects were clean, and everything was consistent as must be the case if the story is true. At this point, I am satisfied that is the case and look forward to hearing input from others about aspects we might have missed.

      Don tells a fascinating story that, in my view, rewrites the historical narrative of what we thought we know about the Pre-Columbian history of North America and the medieval Templars.

      I know you'll enjoy the book.

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    2. I believe I will like the book. I know what you mean regarding ensuring the veracity of historical information with a story or theory. I helped my late mother research our family story involving the Old West outlaw, Jesse James. The research we did led her to write three books about that topic. As you may know there are a lot of treasure legends surrounding Jesse and I spent many years researching that which led me down paths I never expected. To make a very long story short, I ended up writing a book and it is slated for release this coming July. The reason I'm mentioning that here is, I believe you will be very interested in some of the findings I present in the book and I would like to send you a copy when it is available.

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    3. Daniel,

      I'll be happy to take a look at the book when it's ready. BTW, is your publisher Inner Traditions? If so, send me a private email when you get a minute at swolter@amengtest.com

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  7. I appreciate that, thank you. I've sent an email.

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  8. After reading this blog, I went out and bought the color copy of Ruh's book. Fascinating. One question- on the Journal pages-the photos of them in his book- were these photos taken digitally by Mr. Ruh or are these Jackson's photos?

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    1. Don didn't take those photos; it was Jackson who took them sometime in either the 1970s or 1980s. The film wasn't developed until the 2000s is my understanding.

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    2. Yes, he showed his receipt when he developed the film. I was not sure if that was on that film. Then, do I take it, that the pages (1913 Journal) he shows in his book are non existent today or are they all in Ruh's possession? Would be great to see them in person!

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    3. The 1913 journal isn't really related to the Cremona Document; it's a separate document. Zena Halpern became confused with it and thought there was a code in it when there wasn't. It was something Bill Jackson created using the document that was going to be part of a novel he wanted to write but never did.

      During his decade-long investigation, Dr. Jackson became disillusioned by the negative attitudes and what he believed was unethical behavior of academics. Instead of publishing the Cremona Document, his research, and incredible findings, his plan was to publish the story as a novel. Unfortunately, he became ill, sold the document and passed on the material to Donald Ruh.

      Because Zena was dealing with a serious illness, she too published her research prematurely and because of that her book is filled with false information. Some things just can't be rushed and happen when they are supposed to.

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    4. thankyou for the explanation. To answer the question, then, does Ruh have the pages of the Journal shown in his book? sorry, if you took it that I was interested in the Cremona Document pages.

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    5. Unfortunately, Don does not have the pages.

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    6. I am going between Halpern's book and Ruh's. Question: why is the 1913 Journal considered a novel Jackson was writing- when Halpern had Journal pages sent to her from Ruh's friend, Spartan? Her book reads that Ruh's friend sent her original pages by the letter in her book where he explains the Journal.

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    7. Spartan sent the pages to assist Zena with the research before he realized she had turned her back on Don. I know first hand that he is very unhappy about what happened. If he could take the pages back he most certainly would.

      The 1913 journal is real, but Jackson used the contents of the journal as pat of his novel. The code Jackson embedded in the novel Don was unaware of when he gave Jackson of the journal to Zena. He later found the pictures taken of the original journal and realized the code was fiction created by Jackson.

      I don't blame you for being confused as the manner in which acquired the material was from several individuals over a period of seventeen years.

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  9. This is AMAZING!!! Thanks Scott, I can't wait to get these books! I look forward to your upcoming posts on these subjects! Keep up the great work and keep enlightening the closed minded of our REAL past!

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  10. Work in progress nice job. Now the question is do these transoceanic people somehow relate to or inform the discussion of isle royal copper which occurred much earlier. I believe it all stems from the same sources lost to us in the desintagration of all near eastern cultures in the 1400 BC catastrophe

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    1. Yes it does harken back to previous knowledge of ancient cultures like the Phoenicians who traveled to North America thousands of years ago using the "Western Star" to navigate by just like the Templar's who received this important navigational secret from similar traditions who came before them.

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    2. Celtic records reccorded on bark were destroyed by Caesar hundreds of years worth.he also noted there sail expertise. StBrendan recreation, Human organic disciplines known but inscrutable.

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    3. Do you think the late Barry fells work with ogham and the book of kells is an antecedent to the division of the celts. Later to evolve into a land branch the Gallic and a sea beach the Nordic.whose records are possibly the only documents available at the beginning of the first and early first millennium. Must get the book bought a book by this Scott guy couple a years ago on a run through Alexandria man at this nice downtown museum. Credit to Ohlmam family their persecution explains so much about the topic.CWBuckles

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    4. Scott Walters book on rune stone solid deep entertaining.Result of long effort and expense. Not your typical money making anomalous speculation.Templar involvement in historical North American development likely,the first group with the logistical ability to exploit , and finally the need to act upon knowledge gained? From the Moslem crusades.

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    5. CW Buckles,

      The Ohman Family has simply been themselves throughout this ordeal. They've always known the Kensington Stone was authentic and never wavered to this day.

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    6. Anonymous,

      I can assure we never made money on the "Compelling New Evidence." It took me 10 years to sell the 5,000 copies we to print to be able to break even at the wholesale cost. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

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  11. Did I miss the name of your book , Scott? I saw Ms. Muir's but maybe I missed yours. And , any more television shows for you? Thank you ,
    Jeff Buckshorn

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  12. Scott just heard you on Coast to Coast, what a great topic. Where did you play collage ball?

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    1. Ryan,

      I played inside/outside linebacker at University of Minnesota-Duluth for the Bulldogs from 1977-1980. It was a blast!

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  13. Watching "The Curse of Oak Island" the episode where Zena Halpern bequeathed her research to Rick Lagina. Judy Rudebusch, Zena's friend, is going to help them with Zena's materials. John Temple and Gretchen Cornwall, authors, are also getting involved. Seems like there are a lot of threads to all this, some connected, some not. Scott, what is your opinion of all the drilling and searching on Oak Island by the Laginas? Do you think the Templars left some kind of treasure there? Bones of a European and an Asian were found deep beneath the surface (a Templar and a servant?) as well as pieces of parchment and leather book binding. Seems like the island is riddled with tunnels that were dug centuries ago. And on the surface they're finding coins from several eras, jewelry, iron spikes, and most interesting, a lead cross and an iron crossbow bolt. The last two items seem to have a Templar connection for sure, but the bolt was traced back to the Romans, so I don't know how that ties in. So, do you have an opinion and have you been watching or keeping up with what the Laginas are doing? Interested to see what you think.

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    1. Unknown,

      I personally don’t believe anything on that show is legitimate. Zena Halpern had no right to give the Cremona Document material to the brothers because it didn't belong to here; the information belongs to Donald Ruh and she violated the agreement she signed with him. Further, the only part of Don's material that relates to Oak Island is a map of the island that is known to be a modern fake created in 1979. In fairness to Zena, she didn’t know the map was fake prior to her death when she shared it with the brothers. I also don’t think Judi was aware the map was fake when she appeared on the show this past summer. In any case, if that is what the forthcoming episodes rely on for content it will be an embarrassment that could have been avoided. We’ll see what happens, but I wouldn’t hold my breath any treasure will be found. Whatever might have been there was recovered long ago.

      The good news is the Cremona Document Templar story does appear to be legitimate. However, it has nothing at all to do with Oak Island, but I’m sure they’ll find a way to make a fit. It’s a TV show and enjoy it for what it is; entertainment.

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  14. I've followed some of your work, and I find it all very fascinating and compelling. However, the fact that you don't believe the Lagina's finds are legitimate... It feels like I'm stuck between two parents who are arguing with each other. I want to believe in both of you!

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    1. I have a very good reasons for not believing the show is legitimate. First, the production company admitted to me they planted the “Hooked X” stone Rick “found” in season 4. If they planted something once, they probably did it again.

      There has never been any evidence of the so-called “flood tunnels” (when you dig below the water table guess what happens?), or the “90 Foot stone” (I asked Dan Blankenship about it and he couldn’t answer my questions), and burying something 150-200 feet deep on a glacial end moraine island would be physically impossible to do prior to 1800 (I’ve been to Oak Island twice and am a geologist who understands glacial/Quaternary geology), and do you really think they are the first people to use a metal detector on the beaches? Doesn’t pass the smell test for me.

      The brothers seem like good guys, but after 5-plus seasons of nothing, Meh…

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  15. Tonight they found out the lead from the lead cross Gary found on the beach was from southern France near a known Templar area. Seems like they're spending a lot of money on lab tests if it's just entertainment. I'm withholding judgment.

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    1. Unknown,

      I'm not convinced the cross was a legitimate or that it has any connection to medieval France. You can't age date metal.

      Don't be fooled into thinking they are spending their own money. The brothers, production company and the network are making millions on that show. They are doing just fine!

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  16. Ok, fair enough. As far as that new Donald Ruh book, does it do a good job of getting someone up to speed on the subject matter? I've only just heard of the Cremona document (because of the show), so I don't know the back story or any pedigree it may have. Personally, do you believe the available evidence supports the story? Also, why is the book going for about $40+ in paperback? I am willing to buy it if you support its claims 100%.

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    1. Mark H,

      Don's book goes into great detail outlining his and Dr. Bill Jackson's complicated story about the Cremona Document. There is still much work to be done to vet the story, but so far things are hanging together pretty well. I think you'll enjoy the book even though it is relatively expensive. On-line publishing is convenient, but also expensive.

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  17. only one question comes to mind on this page Scott is that at one time you and JHP were working together and it was told many times that he was working with the family that owned the 90 foot stone, what is your take on that info and did you get the chance to view/exmamine the stone personally or have conversation with JHP about the stone? thank you Bear

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    1. Bear Spirit Walking,

      Hutton seemed to have a lead on the 90-foot stone, but I have personally only run into dead ends researching it in the past. Maybe he'll share something about it in the near future.

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  18. Facinating! Thank you for this blog! I really enjoy the discussions!

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    1. Terry,

      Glad you are enjoying the discussion. Fire away if you have any questions.

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  19. Darn, it looks like I'm going to end up with more books to read! Historical information is appearing too fast for me to keep up right now - and I am loving it. However, I have no idea where all this "new information that will rewrite history" is going to take us. I see so many that will close their ears and eyes to anything that I wonder if it will have much effect at all to our current endeavors?

    I enjoy reading your blogs and am in awe of the research you are presenting. Please continue.

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    1. Don't know why I am unknown? I am Larry S.

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    2. Larry S (thanks for letting us know who you are),

      The facts are coming at a rate even academia cannot ignore. The Cremona Document is a real game-changer because there are numerous original documents and artifacts they eventually will be able to examine once our work is done (not everything related to the document has been revealed). That way we can be sure they can't bury anything or intentionally deceive. We already have many answers, but more work needs to be done.

      Don's book is definitely worth reading when you are ready. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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  20. What was the stone.?
    The fake Hooked X that was planted on Oak Island that Rick picked up and showed on TV ?

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    1. Anonymous,

      You accurately described the stone; it was clearly planted.

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