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Hittites

The Hittites together with the ancient Egyptians are claied by ‘rogue archaeologist’ David Hatcher Childress to have been the successors of Atlanteans. He hittite3quotes their appearance, dress and construction techniques to support this contention. However, Childress’ views are very much at odds with the opinion of the professional archaeologist, Eberhard Zangger, who has identified some of the petty states to the west of the Hittite Empire as part of the alliance of Sea Peoples(d) and in that same region Zangger equates Troy with Atlantis. rather than the enemies to the east.

Childress describes them as great seafarers and he ascribes to them the exploitation of the vast American copper reserves of North Michigan[620 ch.2].

The idea of Hitties in America is in no way new, as John Campbell (1840-1904) published a paper(b) with that very title in 1881, which is now available online.

The renowned, if controversial, epigrapher, Professor Barry Fell identified the writing on the Newberry Stone, found in 1896 in Michigan, as Hittite-Minoan. As there is no such language as Hittite-Minoan and the ancient exploitation of the Michigan copper mines by Old World traders is unproven(a), Childress’ claims are based on speculation and flimsy circumstantial evidence, which for me are far from convincing.

Even more exotic was the claim by Gabriele Baraldi that the Hittites had developed an empire in Brazil, offering as evidence the petroglyphs on the Ingá Rock(c). Baraldi also located Atlantis in north east Brazil.

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*(a) http://www.ramtops.co.uk/copper.html (offline Sept. 2017) See Archive 2547*

(b) https://openlibrary.org/books/OL24141925M/Hittites_in_America

(c) http://brazilweirdnews.blogspot.ie/2012/09/the-miystery-of-ingas-stone.html

(d) http://luwianstudies.org./