Welcome new members
- I would like to welcome Patricia and new member 'thoughtoflove2' to
the group! I was away for several days and apologize for the delay
in welcoming you both. I am full time and a half at several jobs
yet, but helping to connect diffusionist researchers seems to be an
essential element in my life.
The Ancient Waterways Society web site is newly established and you
are among its early members. Please feel free to make suggestions
as to possible modes of intercommunications well suited for this
site, which align with the suggestions outlined in our group's
founding principles. With that in mind, please feel free to
introduce yourselves to each other, provide friendly greetings to
newcomers, and let's see what we can do in the next several months
to find common ground in the exchange of ideas, exploration, and
mutual support not filled by other similar groups.
In this group's introductory letters the founders of the Ancient
Waterways Society make reference to, and are members of, the
PreColumbian Inscriptions group (see the URL listed under
our "Links", to your left). It is neither my intention nor
capability that Ancient Waterways Society duplicate the services of
the remarkably bright and lively PreColumbian Inscriptions Message
I noted from your Profile, Patricia, a keen interest in Celtic
culture and language and suggest checking the PreColumbian
Inscriptions posts the past week or two for letters on that
topic...I believe two are from host Mike (who recently joined
Ancient Waterways Society) and, if I recall, a Dr. Legner.
I received a suggestion for our group from retired University of
Wisconsin professor of Civil and Enviromental Engineering, Dr. James
Scherz, who is also a founder of Ancient Earthworks Society--again,
see "Links". Jim suggested the Ancient Waterways Society group
post related papers and has offered for placement on the web site
this Spring: "OLD WATER LEVELS AND WATERWAYS During the Ancient
Copper Mining Era (about 3000 BC to 1000 BC). For further
information on Dr. Scherz' background and extensive work surveying
Native American effigy mounds, ancient astronomy, and other areas of
research, check out his University of Wisconsin URL:
Dr. Scherz is not accessible online and the email address listed no
longer in use. Jim will be guest speaker at the Ancient Earthworks
Society in Madison (Wisconsin) in May and will speak with our site's
web designer-moderator, MinnesotaStan about tne submission of his
paper and possibly ongoing research material to the Ancient
Waterways web site. Another paper I will request for submission is a
twenty-seven page paper incl/diagrams Prof. Scherz wrote just prior
to his presentation last month at a local Institute of Noetic
Sciences meeting: "The Golden Ratio--Key to Secret Ancient Sacred
[...helping us to better 'think like the ancients'].
My interest in diffusionist research is in interconnecting
researchers -- both avocational and professional--to each other and
to resources so as to investigate data, explore ideas, re-examine
and re-write the history we have long been taught. And most
importantly, to provide insights and opportunities to those I serve
toward wise, practical APPLICATION of selected data, built from the
wisdom and intelligence of past societies that coould bring about a
more balanced, healtier world.....uncovering and carrying forth the
legacies of the ancients into useful, present contexts.
In the meantime, as we continue free exchange across "international
waters", our intercommunications may not be too unlike those of our
profoundly diverse, seafaring ancestry.
M. Susan English
- First, welcome two (2) new members to the Ancient Waterways Society.
This is to share an historic waterways connection that may be of interest. Around 1840, people around the world began using blue-green glass floats as buoyancy for their fishing nets.
Many of these glass floats were inadvertently lost by the fishermen. The objects began to float around the world in ocean currents.
A large number of the glass floats were created in Japan and signed by their makers. The glass floats range in size from a few inches in diameter up to the size of a beach ball.
Beachcombers occasionally find these objects on beaches around the world. Occasionally they are used as decorations in seafood restaurants and serious collectors search for them. Several authors have published books identifying the makers marks.
One wonders if ancient people would occasionally find the fishing floats/ cultural debris from other foreign societies washing up on their shores.
Once again, new members are welcome to introduce themselves and communicate about their interests.