Dr. Cyrus Gordon concluded that carving on a stone found in Parahyba, Brazil (image above) was a Phoenician inscription. But Dr. Gordon was being thwarted by what he called “the establishment.”
Relaxing in his easy chair, Roger Saidah of the Lebanese Department of Antiquities declared the Brazil stone markings to be “probably the work of nature.” (“‘Phoenician’ Inscriptions Refuted by Archaeologist” Page 28, Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, New Mexico), May 18, 1968)
If you can see the image above, a reproduction of the Brazil stone markings, then ask yourself: Was this caused by random chance nature?
Roger Saidah added that, unlike himself, an easy chair seer, Dr. Gordon was not being scientific. Saidah said a book published in Brazil in 1930 which had also made claims similar to Dr. Gordon’s was “just a joke.” (Albuquerque Journal, op. cit.)
The Albuquerque Journal did not provide the name of the 1930 book, nor of its author.
In 1920, opinion was more open-minded on the subject of Phoenicians in America. “Giant monoliths standing strangely alone in many places on the globe when discovered by intrepid explorers and adventurers during the recent centuries are being referred to as the greatest mysteries of human history by archeologists who are now trying to determine what race built them,” reported The Chicago Heights Star. (“Give Credit To Phoenicians”, Page 4, Chicago Star Publications (Chicago, Illinois), August 19, 1920)
These stone structures “are built of terrifying stone blocks, some weighing as much as 250 tons.” A Monsieur Levistre, a French archeologist, believed they were erected by Phoenicians because most of them are found near waterways. “A footprint, the Phoenician mark of death, has been found carved in many, while a coiled snake, another mark of these navigators, also is found.” (Ibid.)
Dr. Cyrus Herzl Gordon (1908-2001), besides backing “the Paraíba Inscription” (carving on a stone found in Parahyba, Brazil), also gave credence to “the Metcalf stone,” according to Austin Whittall, author of “The ‘Phoenician’ inscriptions from Paraiba, Brazil.”
The “Paraíba Inscription” is thought to date back to the time of King Hiram. “The Freemason theory points out that Hiram inspired the character Hiram Abif in the Freemason initiation rituals, and this is the (in my opinion tenuous) link between Masons and the inscription,” writes Whittall (op. cit.) However Hiram Abiff was the chief architect of King Solomon’s Temple, and a different person from King Hiram.